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The rules of cropping people?

 
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Nov 17, 2015 21:27 |  #1

I was just wondering what you guys thought about this crop which cuts off at the shin. Does this hurt the photo? I'm slowly transitioning into street photography and just trying to find my own style. I love this photo, but the shin thing kind of throw it off, no?


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Nov 17, 2015 21:32 |  #2

Given the distortion from using the wide lens up close the crop is fine.




  
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Nov 18, 2015 06:59 |  #3

what's bothering me is the foot on the right.


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Nov 18, 2015 07:04 |  #4

Same a rwmson - my eye went straight to the foot. Only then I saw the fiddle! Try a very tight crop to see what it looks like.


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Nov 18, 2015 08:46 |  #5

rwmson wrote in post #17788329 (external link)
what's bothering me is the foot on the right.

yup.

i'd hit the foot at the ankle and let the shin fall where it may.


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Nov 18, 2015 09:36 |  #6

Left Handed Brisket wrote in post #17788432 (external link)
yup.

i'd hit the foot at the ankle and let the shin fall where it may.

While the fiddler's cut off foot is bothersome, I think they're referring to the partial barefoot one. They both bother me.


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Nov 18, 2015 09:42 |  #7

bob_r wrote in post #17788482 (external link)
While the fiddler's cut off foot is bothersome, I think they're referring to the partial barefoot one. They both bother me.

oh guess you might be right, I just saw that as "feet" not "foot"

for some reason I kind of like the bare toes in there, gives the photo a good sense of place. Technically it might not be the best but there are other reasons to include things in photos.


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Nov 18, 2015 16:52 |  #8

I think it works better as a portrait crop without the structure on the left. I don't mind the cut off leg or the feet.


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Nov 18, 2015 17:59 |  #9

cmh512 wrote in post #17788937 (external link)
I think it works better as a portrait crop without the structure on the left. I don't mind the cut off leg or the feet.

I agree. One of my almost rules certainly guidelines is that unless the subject is looking there or moving there then crop it away.


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