In this exercise you were asked to choose three images of different subjects, present an original and a crop, and describe the decisions you made about cropping.
The first picture I chose was of a housing development in Kuching. In the original, I included a vast sky because I thought the clouds were quite dramatic; in the crop, I removed it. The effect of this is to create greater symmetry and make the subject more immediate, and the new shape of the print suggests the use of a panoramic lens. But on reflection, I think I actually prefer the original because of its more interesting viewpoint!
The second picture, of a motorbike, illustrates a more standard crop type - removing clearly extraneous elements around the edges of the image. What originally caught my eye about this scene was the colour, so I cut out the gate to the right and cropped quite close to the bike, to mirror the thin grey strip on the left created by the shutter behind the wall. In this pair, I definitely prefer the crop as the composition is more balanced.
In the last pair, of a mother holding her baby at a wedding, I decided to use a square rather than rectangular format. This allowed me to chop out the man to the left who doesn’t really add anything to the picture, and close in on the main subjects. The child is given prominence as she is in focus, but part of the mother’s face remains to provide context. Again, I much prefer the crop as it has a greater sense of intimacy.