I love change. I thrive off of it. I think this is the longest I’ve lived in one place since I was 18. We’ve had our house for 6 years in December. I confess: I’m ready to move!
Why am I telling you this? This week’s assignment is allowing me to make changes! To photographs I”ve already taken. 🙂 I’m excited about this!
This is week 45 and we are covering the topic of “Choose Your Aspect Ratio” from David Duchemin’s Book, “The Visual Toolbox”. He talks about cropping photos in ratios such as 1:1, 3:2, 3:4, 4:5 and even 16:19. By habit, I automatically for some unknown reason crop to a 4:3 ratio. If my eye doesn’t love it, a lot of times I go right to that square crop of a 1:1 ratio. I admit, I’ve NEVER cropped to 16:9. I can’t wait to give this a go!
Duchemin states that “our aspect ratio is not set in stone. If your frame orientation tells your readers to read the story one way or another, it’s the aspect ratio that exaggerates that sense of vertically or horizontally”. In our assignment for this week we are asked to open up Lightroom and pull up 6 of our favorite photographs. We are to crop each one as a 1:1, 3:2, 4:5, and 16:9 and then decide which images work the best with each of the crops and why some work betters with one and not the other. Fun! I get to “change” things up a bit… and who knows, maybe I will like the new aspect ratio even more! Let’s see what I come up with…..
The first one is a photo from a photo shoot I did in September at Lake Quanapowitt in Wakefield, MA. This is Gypsy and she’s a beautiful “Lurcher”. We met up early evening. The area was busy and Gypsy is a little bit “fearful” when it comes to other dogs, so we found some quiet nooks. This photo was taken in a more open area, but down a ways from the sidewalk path. I admit, I have a thing for “ears” which is why i love this photo so much! Gypsy has amazing ears and even better, she looks so relaxed in the picture. Yes, you can tell by those wayward ears!!!
Here are my crops. Do you have a favorite?
Thoughts on Gypsy? I’m loving change in the last photo! I think the 16:9 works! It tells more of Gypsy’s story – how relaxed she is in the park …with no other people or dogs in the wider view of the picture. (yes, you can’t tell what is behind her from the “blur”) Just pretty Autumn colors!
Next, I’d like to share a one of my favorite fall shots that I took “vertically” and the results of the different crop ratios. This is Meera on our hike at Maudslay State Park. Ask her mom… I LOVE photographing “pups on stumps”. The colors in the background were perfect for this shot!
Love that dog, Meera! Such a pretty girl and loves to pose! My original of this photo was the 3:4 ratio and cropped a little bit tighter. Again, even with a vertical photo, the 16:9 ratio just could work! I might have to work with that aspect ratio a bit more now. My favorite it #3. How about you?
I do confess: I never change aspect ratio in camera! That’s a setting I keep at 2×3. This lesson gave me so much to think about and gives me more options to make changes!
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