A few days ago, in this post, I had a look at cropping and how it can change the story of your wildlife image.
As I was working through some images from our Tuli Nature Photography workshops I found another great example that shows how cropping can be a very effective way to create different stories. Different mages.
Check it out.
This is the original image as shot out in the field.
As the small herd of ellies moved past us I was focusing on the little family unit right in the middle but I just could not get a clean shot as the one youngster on the right had his butt in the frame the whole time.
Now I am not against this shot as it definitely shows the family in the middle and, by including the butt on the right, shows that they are part of a larger herd. There is a story there.
Now let’s crop.
By doing a simple crop in Lightroom I was able to create a similar but more focused story.
Cropping out the young elephant on the right hand side left me with an image that is a lot more focused on the family and the new portrait orientation makes the height differences within the group more pronounced than in the landscape image.
I do not necessarily prefer one image over the other but it’s great to be able to create to different images, two different stories, from one frame.
Cropping can be a very powerful part of your post processing workflow. Learn how to use it properly, without overdoing it, and you will have a great creative tool with which to tell stories.
Until next time.
Gerry van der Walt
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