This exercise was to take three photographs I had already taken and by cropping them, find different pictures within the photographs. Looking through photographs I had already taken I tried to find photographs that I had taken prior to commencing the course, to see if the knowledge of the previous exercises could be incorporated into the cropped photograph.
Image 1 - Original
Image 1.1 - Suggested Crop
Image 1.2 - Cropped
Image 1 was taken of the Menai suspension bridge, which links the Isle of Anglesey to the mainland of North Wales.
Image 1 is the full uncropped version of the image, the bridge is situated slightly above the middle of the frame. On the day the photo was taken the sky was an all over grey colour and not very exciting, so I choose to incorporate more of the foreground into the image. Upon viewing the photograph for this exercise and taking into account what I have learnt so far, I looked at cropping the photograph as shown in image 1.1. By doing so I would cut some of the distracting foreground and by placing the bridge in the frame with reference to the 'golden section' would give the final cropped photograph a more balanced composition.
By placing the bridge in such a way, the horizontal lines of the bridge also suggest movement left and right, but more so to the left.
Image 2 - Original
Image 2.1 - Suggested Crop
Image 2.2 - Cropped
Image 2 was taken at the Eden Project in Cornwall, my thoughts when taking the photograph was to place the flower towards the lower half of the frame and have the Bio domes, out of focus in the background.
The suggested crop in image 2.1 would make the frame square and the flower central in the photograph. This would give the photograph maximum symmetry as the flower petals radiate out around the frames centre giving symmetry on all axis, as shown in image 2.2.
Image 3 - Original
Image 3.1 - Suggested Crop
Image 3.2 - Cropped
Image 3 was taken looking along Bangor pier in North Wales. My thought process when taking the photograph was to have the converging lines of the seating drawing the eye towards the cafe at the end of the pier.
When I uploaded the photograph on the computer on my return from North Wales I was uninspired with it for a few reasons, and never really looked at it again until I was looking for images for this exercise. The large expanse of wooden decking in the foreground and bland sky coupled with the fact the camera was not in line with the centre of the pier, the converging rows of seating on either side of the pier are seen at differing angles, result in the frame being out of balance. The result of this is very unsatisfactory photograph.
In image 3.1 my intention was to crop out some of the foreground and sky and try to concentrate on the end of the pier. By doing so I tried to create bilateral symmetry of the seating leading to the cafe, however by not having the camera in the centre of the pier to start with, the photograph was out of balance.
In the final cropped version, image 3.2, while I think the photograph is better than in the original, it still doesn't work. The moral of the story is that no amount of cropping will make a bad photograph into a good one, well not always, as has been said time and time again, there are no rules in photography!!