Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #96: Cropping the Shot

This week, Patti invited us to use cropping a shot to bring out the better quality of photography. I’m always interested in doing that, especially when I take photos in a hurry or have a limited choice of my position where I take the photos. The photos may extra elements not desirable to me.

I found several photos in which I applied the cropping. I’ll explain the reasons of doing so. You can let me know if you agree with them.

Before the crop

In this photo I took on the way to Road to Hana in Maui, Hawaii, I liked the cliff but it is in the center and I wanted the focal point to be a little off center to make the composition interesting.



After the crop

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I took two steps:

  1. I cropped a little of the foreground and part of the slope on the left to change the composition.
  2. I increased the clarity to being out of the texture of the cliff and have more contrast between the land and the waves.

Before the crop

In the next photo I took in the Kowloon Park in Hong Kong, I included a group of flamingos. It was a smoggy day, and the air was not clear.


After the crop

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I took three steps:

  1. I cropped of a scattered part of the flamingos on the left and the man on the bench.
  2. I increased the intensity of the color to being out a little more of the pink in the flamingos.
  3. I increased the clarity, even though there’s no way to add sunshine to the sky.

Before the crop

I took the last photo in Nara Deer Park in Kyoto, Japan. With the busy tourists taking photos of the deer, it was hard to get in front of the deer to get them to look at me. This deer turned to me, so I took the shot regardless of the busy surrounding.


After the crop

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I took two steps:

  1. I cropped the immediate tourists who were taking photos.
  2. I increased the clarity to bring out the texture and the clarity of the deer’s eyes. Now I got the deer looking at me.

Tina suggested to crop less to include the tourists as part of the story. Here is the one with less cropping.



Thank you for reading and please let me know what you think!

Next week, Sue of Mac’s Girl will be our special guest host for Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #97 on Saturday, May 16th. Our regular schedule for Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #98 on May 23rd will have Ann-Christine as our host.


Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #96: Cropping the Shot




  • I saw that you took the challenge to chop some of your shots, which interested me immediately. I suspect some of the best photography has been chopped to only include items of major visual interest. The one I especially ❤️ of your set was the deer alone looking at you. After seeing your populated 1st effort, I was more visually impressed that you kept only the deer in the foreground, and everything/one else well out of your chop. Mr/Ms deer 🦌 then appeared to be posing for only you. His/her expression (for me) was preferably 👁 catching. It also received a giggle. My kind of image! 🤣

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    • Yeah, Jen. It happens all the time in working with photos, depends on what I want to show. We just went for a walk around the lake and I took some photos of the ducklings. I couldn’t zoom in, so I covered more than I wanted. I use those photos, I’ll have to crop them down to just the mama and ducklings. 💖💖 Thank you for your comment. 😊

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      • You are very welcome Miriam. Keep on doing what you’re doing because I suspect your readers enjoy the positive slants you bring to life thru your variety of images. I certainly do. Much appreciated! 👏🏾👏🏾👏🏾

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  • wonderful! it’s all a matter of how we look at things, no?

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