Last night was one of the best nights I have had in a while.
Instead of watching series or movies on my laptop in the evenings, I put on some music and decided to properly look through the images that i captured when the Wild Eye team went to the Sabi Sands. Most of my images looked pretty uninteresting, but because I was in such a great mood from listening to fantastic music, I looked closer at what was actually captured.
A few weeks ago, Gerry wrote a blog on cropping and how it helps to tell stories. When I looked closer at my images, i found that there were indeed quite a few moments that I had in fact captured, but were just lost in the frame due to other elements cluttering my images.
Ideally I would have loved to have captured these images in-camera, but I know I also have to be realistic and think about all the reasons why I couldn’t at the time, and may indeed have not been able to.
I have come up with a few suggestions on why I may not have been able to capture the cropped image:
- The lens I was using – If it was a fixed lens, then I am limited to the frame I am able to create. The zoom on the lens will also determine how close/far I am able to get to my subject.
- Environment – There could have been a lot of flora and other obstructing elements that inhibited me from getting the image I desired in-camera.
- The sighting is happening right now – As it involves an animal that is conscious and doesn’t have any qualms about moving away when us photographers really would love to have it look in a certain direction, pose a certain way, I was not able to set up the shot exactly how I would have liked as the moment can be fleeting at best.
- I may not have been in the right position to set up the shot – I am in a vehicle with other photographers…ie there are elbows everywhere and to try find a space where it is elbow/person free limits the photographic possibilities
- Any others that you would suggest? Maybe some that you have had the pleasant experience of coming in contact with?
So through the use of cropping and having fun playing around with different post-processing techniques (yes, by this time I was having a truly great time jamming to my music and getting caught up in this activity), here are two images that I came up with:
Cropping can help focus in on the subject and present the story that you originally wanted to tell.
As Gerry wrote in his blog, ‘cropping can be a very effective way to create different stories’ and ‘change the story of your wildlife image’.