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Friday, July 13, 2007

Four For Friday!

In keeping with my theme from yesterday, I'd like to focus this week's "Four For Friday" on photography. This picture is one that I have been after for quite some time. I have been searching for a situation that would lend itself to a perfect silhouette. It isn't easy to find in state that is so full of beautiful mountains. Everywhere I turn, the backdrop is mountainous. I love it, but it frustrated me trying to find just the right sky backdrop. This particular location I just happened upon. I was standing down a trail, while Sugar Bear waited at the top when I looked up and gasped. THERE IT WAS! I began snapping in glee.
When I downloaded this picture onto my computer I was so giddy with excitement. I set to work finding the perfect crop for it. This is where I ran into a problem. I couldn't decide what crop lent the most to this photo. I posted it on my photo board and boy was there a WIDE variety of opinions. It ranged from LESS black at the bottom, to needing MORE black at the bottom. Some liked it horizontal, and some liked it vertical. I smile at the different perspectives. IT got me wondering, what you all might think. Here are four different crops of the same picture. I'd love for you to leave me a comment and give me your thoughts on which one you like best and why. I can't wait to hear your thoughts.

1. The picture as I took it:

2. The picture less centered:

3. The picture with MORE black ground at the bottom:

4. The picture with LESS ground, so it is horizontal:

14 Live It or Love It:

Jules said...

I love number two, because I like interesting crops or off center subjects. I also like the last one.

Beautiful picture!!!!

Amanda said...

I am all about #2! It is perfect!

Boricua in Texas said...

I lik # 2 as well. Perfect balance.

Boricua in Texas said...

I meant I like.

Laura said...

Yep, I was coming to post that I like #2 too! :) Cool picture!

Sara@Sarandipity said...

Looks like number 2 is the favorite! I think there is a perfect amount of black on the bottom and top. The only thing I would think to change would be the little bit of leaf that shows up on the upper right side. Maybe clone that out. It's one little thing my eyes are drawn too and I thought it was kinda distracting, but that's just MHO. Otherwise, I think you did a great job!

Megan@SortaCrunchy said...

I love the shot in its original form, but of the crops, I think I like #4 the best! It's concise and to me allows the most emphasis on Makenna.

Autumn said...

I like #4. I've been trying to figure out what it is about it that I like the most, honestly I don't know. I guess it was just that I had a reaction to the last one.... it was "Oh I like that!". Sorry I can't give more "technical" feedback. :)

David Spach said...

I like #4 and #2. I agree with you about the leaves in the upper right. but both are winners. I have been studying a few books and hope to start using some new techniques soon. Love the pics and the links to other photo blogs/sites!

Nichole said...

I like two and four. I think the crop on 4 puts more focus on M, but I like the offset of 2.

kouredios said...

I also can't decide between #2 & #4. What a great shot Corey!

Anonymous said...

I love your original! But when you asked which is more enhanced after photo shopping it, I would say #2. I like thing symmetrical, yet not perfect! Lovely photo! If we were still cutting metal silhouettes I would have made this one! (Remember those???)

Meghan said...

I like #1 the best. No question.

I like the heavy base of the black ground, and I especially love the framing of the tree above her head. Beautiful capture.

What settings did you use?

Lori said...

I like #2. I really don't like #3 at all (except that Makenna is in the pic)!

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