Sunday, November 23, 2008

Photo Exploration # 23: Feet and Stillettos

Feet and stillettos ... two things that go together.

As you can obviously see, this photo is heavily cropped at the top and a little bit at the bottom. I did it to get rid of the extraneous visual elements that will distract attention from the main point (the point of interest) of this photograph. The compositional simplification I did to this photo, I think, helps accentuate the feet (both of the girl's and the chair's), and hence articulates the impact I want to achieve in presenting the subject.

Now the question is, how much cropping are we allowed to perform in photography?

There are no exact guideline to this. Some photographers, like Henri Cartier-Bresson, simply oppose after-the-fact cropping as, according to him, it would destroy the "geometrically correct interplay of proportions" of the original scene. Many other photographers, of course, have more linient attitude about cropping.

Generally speaking, however, cropping is a very useful way of enhancing a photograph's composition. It does so by removing unwanted or distracting elements, correcting compositional balance, or hiding/covering a framing mistake. It also helps create the visual impacts you want with your photograph.

Text and photo by Eki Qushay Akhwan.


Rambling Woods said...

I didn't know that there were opposing views on cropping a photo, but I haven't studied the theory of photography. I first thought how uncomfortable the shoes looked. GG

Anonymous said...

Definately an interesting shot! I think she might have been better of with tan colored nylons. Just my oppinion though. Have a great day, and thanks for visiting and commenting on my blog!

babooshka said...

The majority of may images have no cropping. I do then to be a purist. ther hand occasionally images cry out for a bold crop for a wide strip, say for landscapes.

I do love the opaque black against the shimmering silver. Unusual combination.

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