I have finally finished the exercises in unit 1 and can now move on to the assignment. The last activity was another slightly tough one because again it pushed me out of my comfort zone and made me think about alternative formats but this time for existing photographs. I have used the cropping tool in Elements before but usually to tidy up the composition or get rid of distractions around the margins. What I have done in this exercise is change the picture completely and I think in each case for the better.
The first picture I chose was of a surfer, quite a small figure, bang in the middle of the scene. I originally took this photo as I liked the reflection in the wet sand. I was disappointed with the final image though.
Having thought about the balance of the picture and the rule of thirds, I’ve still tried to keep the reflection but get rid of some of the empty
sand and the sky and place the surfer walking into the picture. Although I feel this gives a more balanced picture, I’m not sure it is quite right yet. Should I have lost some of the reflection and placed the surfer further down in the image or maybe gone for a portrait format? Not sure, another one to play around with.
The second picture I chose was a snow scene taken on Christmas day. Having tried the long narrow format for the earlier exercise, I decided to apply the same treatment here. The result is much more pleasing having got rid of a lot of boring sky and snow!
My final picture was a rose from my ‘Mothers’ Day’ flowers which I had taken in close up. It didn’t really fit with the standard photo format so I decided to try a square crop for this one. It also allowed me to lose some damaged petals on the edge of the flower. I felt this resulted in a much more pleasing image and will certainly use this technique again in the future.