Fred A Levy Haskell (fredcritter) wrote,
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"On cropping" continues . . .

As I mentioned in an earlier post, Sara Sara Sara, our friend dd_b had an interesting comment and suggestion about cropping one of the Sara photos in his reply to my post To Crop or Not To Crop . . . that got me to thinking and experimenting in Photoshop. He said:

There's a third option on the picture of Sara, which might bear examination: clone out the detail on the left (or paint over, or whatever works). Plain white wall, and plain carpet; very easy to duplicate. And then just a *little* baseboard to fake up (I'd lose the whole concept of the stairway if I did this).

That tempts me because the cropped version is coming rather too close to the mirror image being exactly across the vertical centerline; keeping the original composition keeps it closer to center and right 1/3 line.

The first two images are the ones on which he was commenting; the third is what I ultimately came up with:

First Crop   Original   Latest Crop
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Larger version of latest crop:
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Wow. That's really spooky! I just noticed that you can still see the reflection of the framed photo in the mirror, even though you can no longer see it on the wall to the left (where it, in reality, hangs) because it was cloned out along with the other distracting things that had been there. Which may or may not bend one's head depending on how strong a sense one has of the relative locations of things in the image. Maybe I should experiment with cloning it out of the mirror as well…

Mmmm. Anyway, I have to agree with DD-B and the others who thought that the first crop was too tight, and with his notion that I could expand things by "cleaning up" the wall. As you can see, however, I do not share his inclination to "lose the whole concept of the stairway"—to me the space is so obviously a landing that losing the, um, "stairness" would, IMHO, cast one hopelessly adrift in the realm of "what the heck is going on here?" And not, I think, in a good way.

Whups! It got late again. *sigh* Okay, more thoughts, photos, and stuff (not to mention more of my pending replies) as soon as I can get to it. Vootie!

Tags: friends, photo by da fredcritter, photothoughts, sara
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