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Cropping With Balances

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Our Anonymous Photographer has perhaps seen Edward Weston's famous series of peppers and other vegetables which he explored in the first quarter of last century, agonising over the spatial relationships of the subject within the frame and the way the light revealed its shape and form. This photograph also has some beautiful light and while the edges of the petals get lost in the background (on the left), it is nevertheless a strong photograph and very intriguing.


My main suggestion is to consider the balance of the shape within the frame. Now, the Anonymous Photographer may believe it is perfectly balanced, but to my eye, the subject is too far to the right.



When I look at the space between the subject and the edges of the frame, there is more space to the left than to the right. It's not much of a difference, but it is there. To my eye, it unbalances the composition. The light is coming from the right and so the subject appears to be looking into the light. If so, it has less space to look forward into and more space behind - normally I would have the balance the other way around.


I say 'normally' because there are wonderful examples where this compositional 'rule' has been broken, but usually the rule has been broken dramatically, whereas here the difference is just marginal.



This is my suggested crop.



I have then added a little space all around to keep the subject a similar size within the frame - does this look better balanced to your eye?


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