Sometimes it is not always possible to achieve the perfect composition in the field and although one should always be looking to compose correctly before taking the shot, there are times where cropping an image can dramatically enhance the overall look and feel.
Here is an image which I have processed in Lightroom 5 with the composition as I originally shot it (for whatever reason).
Image 1 | As Shot
Now when I was looking through my archives this image didn’t stand out particularly well. It felt somewhat unbalanced but the content is what grabbed my attention and made me think that there may be an interesting story here. After processing the image I started to play around with various crops and even asked Andrew “The Badger” Aveley for his thoughts.
The traditional cropping guideline using the rule of thirds would have left me with something along these lines:
Image 2 | Rule of Thirds
The focal point of the image (the leopard’s head) has been placed firmly on the intersecting lines according the the rule of thirds yet somehow it feels like there is a little too much of the body in the frame. Trying an alternative I came up with this:
Image 3 | Look & Feel
A slight change from the initial crop and it does feel a little bit more balanced than before despite this crop not conforming to the traditional rule of thirds.
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