Patti has walked us through some good reasons for cropping.
I have thought about why I crop.
Usually, it’s to remove extraneous, unwanted or distracting elements from a shot
I couldn’t find a way of getting the image I wanted, so knew I would have to crop the bollard and most of the bike out
…and this is what I ended up with:
Sometimes, ever more frequently these days, it’s because I’m too far away, so I have to crop to get what I want…the lone person in this image
…a very drastic crop, but given that I wasn’t likely to be there again, and certainly not with those precise elements in the scene, this was what I needed to do:
And finally, it will be because I want to change the image ratio, for example with Becky’s squares, or it might be because I actually realise I want a portrait not a landscape because it suits the elements of the image better
Here’s a square example
Linked to Lens Artists Photo Challenge at Patti’s here