There Are Gems To Be Found

Gerry van der Walt All Authors, Penny 2 Comments

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?
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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’.

Penny Robartes


Comments 2

  1. Andrew

    Great post Penny! Your frame of mind certainly does help in the creative process of post-processing.

    It is also good to keep the possibilities and limitations of post-rocessing in mind when shooting so this is a great lesson learned!

    I love the composition of both of the images you shared here.

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