For my final photo from this series of street photographs from Mount Bonnell, we have a couple and their dog looking west. Unlike yesterday’s photo, where bad photographic technique caused me to botch a picture, there were no problems with today’s. I properly focused on the intended subject with adequate shutter speed to produce a sharp and precise photo.
Back in April, I talked about a new street photography technique with the Fujifilm GFX 50R, which I used here. With a 40mm equivalent prime lens, I don’t always have the flexibility to compose the way I want to. This couple was down the hill, and my scampering to get closer probably would have ruined the shot. Instead, I did a massive crop in post-processing.
This Fuji medium format camera has 51MP. After creating the final crop, I’m left with nearly 16MP. Plenty of detail, and I got tack sharp results. If I didn’t tell you this was a crop, I doubt you would have noticed.
Here is the original framing. I think this version has some of the moodiness I captured in this photo from two days back. Ultimately, emphasizing the subject with a tighter crop made for a more straight forward photo. Both will work, I guess. But that big rock center-left attracts more attention than I want.
Incidentally, all photos from this series of six posts were made on the same day. I shot them within 20 minutes. Sometimes, the photo gods smile upon an outing, and I make more worthwhile pictures than expected. It’s certainly hit or miss. Other times, despite hours spend, I come back empty-handed.
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4 thoughts on “A Couple and their Dog”
Dear Atmtx, excellent pictures, as usual, but I should disagree with your choice: I love the uncropped version more! The river is majestic, and this in my opinion gives a deeper sense to the couple: in the uncropped photo we see what they are looking at. Subjective judgment, no doubt.
Best wishes, and thanks for sharing. Andrea Bellelli
Hi Andrea, thanks for your comment and opinion. I certainly understand why you prefer the original over the crop. I too like the landscape and the background. I just personally find the rocks to be too distracting, even when I darkened them.
It goes to show there is no perfect crop, and there are no right answers. Much of photography is artistic interpretation.
I prefer the original framing. The large rock added a sense of scale and emotion to the image. The cropped version feels compressed and lacks a larger context.
Thanks for the feedback