Following on my last post about digital photography, the next phase which I love is being able to create the photo I want, directly. Without a printing company in between. With programs like Photoshop and Lightroom, I can crop the photo, clean up any spots my lens may have left (yes my lenses get dirty), correct the exposure (not needed often) and rarely, sharpen or correct hue and saturation. But the biggest is the cropping and accompanying enlarging. It makes life so easy, saves time and money and allows me to put my interpretation on the output. I can provide the focus of attention for the viewer to start with. From then on it is their interpretation of the photo.
These geese shots show the results of my tweaking of the photos.
The first series is of a group of geese and goslings heading up the creek and meeting up with another group on the shore. In the end of the series there were over 5 pairs of adults and probably 30 goslings! It got crowded. But at this point everyone was enjoying a day’s outing:
Cropping is applied lightly in my mind as I want the viewer to see the context of the shot. Too close a crop shows the subject, but not the how, where and when of the subject. This shot before cropping and after may demonstrate what I mean:
I think that, while the second image brings the viewer closer to the subject, the mountain goats, the first shot shows their environment which adds so much more to the image. Thoughts?