This week Gary got in on the action before I had posted the picture. Pretty impressive! He saw the picture over on my Flickr account and emailed me some comments and observations on cropping the picture, which I have followed, pretty much as he suggested:
Something you might like to consider for Sweets would be to make a pretty much square crop of the image. Keep the entire image from the left, but crop it on the right just where the blue tablecloth from the next table begins to appear. (That’s slightly wider than square, but it’s not far off.) It would “balance” the angles of the opposite ends of the main row of baskets. It would also crop out he sandalled feet of the customer at the top right of the existing image.
There’s an American magazine I am able to get here in Glasgow from my local Borders store called Outdoor Photographer.
It’s more about the person behind the lens than it is about the photographs they produce – hence the name not being Outdoor PhotographY. Having said that, they publish lots of stunning quality images, so their photographer subjects are pretty damn good at what they do. I’ve been buying it for several years now and – getting to the point – one bit of advice I can recall seeing several times could be reduced to “omit the unnecessary”.
I certainly don’t always remember this myself when I’m behind the viewfinder. Sometimes I do remember it but (obviously) can’t change the aspect ratio of the viewfinder to follow through at time of shooting. So I try to remember when I’m back at the computer that “this image was to be cropped square” or “crop the top of the sky and the lower foreground to make a panoramic crop”. Things like that. (Sometimes, though, I look at an image and think “why on earth did I not immediately delete that? – it’s poor (or even rubbish)!” That is supposed to be a trigger for me to look “within” the image and try to recall what the original motivation was… 🙂
Anyway, I hope you don’t mind me saying that I think the right hand section of Sweets – the tiled floor – adds nothing to the image. Cropping the image as described makes for a much stronger image. IMHO.
I actually squared it as he suggested, but then felt that the sweets at the front being too out of focus distracted from the rest of the picture. I also used Photoshop to lighten the picture a little.
As far as using it as my desktop goes I have set it to tiled (as the picture at the end of this article taken with Skitch shows) which is fun but someone difficult on the eye! Still it is a really cheerful which is a pretty cool way to start off the day each time I fire up the Mac.
Here is the picture as originally taken:
My thinking/plan at the time was that the colours gave a good representation of the fun and festive nature of the event, so I was trying to capture something that would reflect that rather than show a specific picture of the event.
As ever your comments will be most welcome.