Lens – artists Photo Challenge # 96 – Cropping the Shot

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


  1. Excellent examples, Sue. Especially effective with that wall art. 🙂
    Best wishes, Pete.

  2. Wonderful crops, Sue. I love all of them!

  3. Great examples Sue 😀

  4. I can’t place your last examples. I thought it could be San Pau, but then changed my mind …

  5. Good crops. Well done.

  6. That is One serious crop, Sue! I can barely see the person in the original. And I love what’s you’ve done with the oriental lady 🙂 🙂

  7. Amy

    Nice cropping, Sue!

  8. Good examples, Sue. I’m glad you cropped for the lone person – I would never have found him!

  9. I crop often and feel a certain guilt that it’s somehow a lie to the photo. Yet the crop looks better and focuses on what I really wanted and sometimes reveals something I missed which is like a gift. Good post.

  10. Love the examples Sue 🙂

  11. Love the middle example especially- had no idea what was there from the original shot.

    • Sue

      Thanks, Anabel! I didn’t have the right lens on me, saw the lone figure and took the shot knowing I would have to crop drastically!

  12. Cropping does help us focus on certain aspects of the photo

  13. In the first picture, I prefer a version that has not been cropped. For me, a bicycle is another interesting element in the frame. It’s just that the existence of a cone that is not quite right there is a little disturbing. If only the cone was farther away towards the left corner of the frame, I think it would be more interesting.

  14. Excellent examples. The one shot is brilliant, I would not have noticed that figure in the original image.

  15. Very effective crops, Sue. 👏🏻

  16. Lovely examples Sue – the second scene is marvelous! Becky is getting quite a few mentions for her square format in this week’s responses!

  17. Hey Sue – in each photo – I like the crop – or square – good idea

  18. I agree, sometimes we crop to cut our unwanted surroundings, and sometimes we crop to put the focus on some beautiful detail we captured within the big picture.

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