Thursday’s Special: Section

For this week, Paula has asked us to show a section of an image,  as she says “segment, part, component, or in terms of photography a crop of a larger view. Have you ever taken a photo of something and then cropped it to add interest, to improve composition or to zoom in on something?”

Well, I do crop from time to time, sometimes to alter perception or mood. Take a look at this original image:

And does this crop tell a different story? Do we need the chair?

Please let me know what you think…which image do you prefer? And I’ll give you my spin…

Hop across to Paula’s for more here.




  1. I quite like the first one. The chair adds something.
    Best wishes, Pete.

  2. I think I would prefer the first one, too. It shows a bit from the environment and has wonderful colors, Sue, regards Mitza

  3. Sue the uncropped image seems to invite a story…if I were to section the image I would include the rocking chair as well as the two individuals.

  4. I’m agreeing too about the first image and the chair 🙂

  5. Ellen Whittle

    Crop from the right. Leave the chair but ditch the doors on the right.

  6. I like the chair, too. It changes the whole subject when you crop it, doesn’t it, Sue? 🙂 🙂 Paula’s point, of course.

  7. I prefer the second one but would go farther – leave only the purple walls, the dark green frame, and the sidewalk. To me, the story is the interaction between the two guys and whoever is inside but hidden by the plywood panel. But that’s just my take…

  8. I like Ellen’s thought. Like the characterization in the cropped photo.

    • Sue

      Ellen’s thought is close to my own idea – I just wanted to show the original, and a crop that told a different story, to get some dialogue going!

  9. I prefer the first one as well. The chair is just too intriguing to leave out 😉

  10. I think I prefer the cropped one, although it’s a pity about the chair!! However when I cropped and left the chair in it didn’t work as well as your crop – for me.

    • Sue

      I shall be cropping the original just a tad, in another post…..because my intention was always to leave the chair in…it speaks to me!

  11. I like the chair too.
    But I do like getting in a bit closer and losing the road. I’d be tempted to crop differently, or maybe go different format – maybe 16×9 would work?
    It’s a nice shot whichever way Sue – I like those little stalls, with little to sell but always busy.

    • Sue

      Oh yes, my proper crop would still retain the chair, lose the road ….I just did this to get a conversation or two going…..perhaps I’ll do a follow up post on this! 😀

  12. Sue, I’d go with the cropped version. The first image has too much information and it’s hard to see what story you’re trying to tell. The second is more intimate and one can immediately imagine a friendly conversation between buddies. You could include the chair in your crop to add more interest to the image, but the three amigos are the real deal.

  13. I would crop.more. eliminate the top whit wall and the stuff to the right. You asked for it. :-). I love getting feedback. I hope I get some like you just did. It’s all subjective anyway.

  14. The chair gets my vote, it is a subject all on its own.

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  16. Sue, you did a great job provoking us all to think and rethink the idea. I was very interested to read what everyone got to say. I agree with Debbie – I would probably crop it to 16:9. This was a really successful entry 🙂 🙂

  17. On the first look I didn’t notice the difference. But then I miss the chair in the cropped version. 🙂

  18. Sue

    Subsequent submit? This was ages ago…

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