In the film days there was a rule that you had to show exactly what you shot. In the digital age, things have changed a bit. THANK GOODNESS! Don’t get me wrong, I still think its a good idea to be careful about your composition in camera. Its also a good idea to make the proper exposure and even use filters where you can. Getting it right in camera is still a good concept! That said, I have been liberated by the digital world. While in the field, I find myself thinking about cropping the frame in post processing. Lets face it, sometimes the 2×3 format gets in the way. Oh and by the way, isn’t the format of the camera a crop? Moving on…. This is when I consciously decide to include more on one side and commit to cropping out the unwanted when I process. Or sometimes I include more knowing I’ll need to fix a perspective issue. Or, sometimes I am frustrated that I don’t have enough reach with my longest lens and remember I have 24 megapixels in my D3x and I’ll be able to crop to the image I’m seeing.
With this image, I saw a square. Below is the full frame and an alternate crop. Always interested in your thoughts on which composition you prefer.