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Which crop do you prefer?

Corrimony Falls is a lovely spot and quite local for me so is often the destination for a longer dog walk. The light is always quite challenging and even though I have taken many shots there I feel I can do much better.
This is yesterday's effort, but I can't make my mind up which crop I prefer:

1. The full scene


2. The portrait crop


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Re: Which crop do you prefer?

The vertical crop. The rocks on the left in the top crop are irrelevant to the photo, the subject of which is vertical.

Nice shot, by the way. You could spend hours there!
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Re: Which crop do you prefer?

The vertical I think. You have a vertical expanse of water calling for a portrait layout, well that's the way I would do it.
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Re: Which crop do you prefer?

I think I would take the portrait crop and lop bit off the bottom to make it almost square. There is a horizontal line of consistent dark brown tone which could serve nicely as the bottom edge - for me the lighter rocks in the foreground are a distraction rather than a positive component. Isn't it fun taking the shears to somebody else's photo

It's a lovely atmospheric shot, whichever version you prefer.

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Re: Which crop do you prefer?

The first composition.

The second crop seems too abruptly truncated on the right, almost giving the viewer a sensation of falling out the picture on that side. Also, the crop removes valuable vertical rock strata on the left which mirrors the shape of the falls yet contrasts perfectly in tone. IMO the first one is far better balanced.
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Re: Which crop do you prefer?

I too feel that the vertical crop should favour the vertical waterfall but in this instance I think that 10% off the bottom of the landscape version brings you closer to the waterfall and would be my prefered option.
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Re: Which crop do you prefer?

Here is the square crop suggested by Bikie John:


And the narrower landscape shot suggested by OM USer:


My thoughts before the original post were that the portrait crop 'should' be the correct crop, but, like John (Zuiko) that there was too much missing from the original and it didn't give an accurate representation of the place?
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Re: Which crop do you prefer?

Yup, seeing them both I think the square one is too tight, it doesn't give it room to breathe and removes too much of the surroundings. The new landscape shot works very well indeed.

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Re: Which crop do you prefer?

Iain, just to chip in with a slightly different opinion - I definitely think the landscape format works best here. However, I would lose a little from the right, cropping somewhere around where the tree trunk exits the rock face. This puts the waterfall on the RH third and with the water flowing to the left , does away with some of the 'dead space' on the right. As for the bottom crop, I like the patch of white water in the bottom LH corner as it gives a bit of motion and direction so would probably crop level with the top of the foreground rock or even slightly below it (then possibly clone out the remaining bit of rock if it was distracting).

Glad you managed to get out by the way - didn't manage anything myself this weekend.
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Re: Which crop do you prefer?

Iain, I feel I want to "see and experience the real thing" ... however, as flights are delayed today (due to wind; rain etc.,) I just have to be satisfied with your images

I like the first image most, and your portrait crop which I would like to see more saturated - as I feel the depth of colours has diminished somewhat in the cropping.

I think the image of the waterfall begs to be a portrait crop to "credit the height of the waterfall" and give depth to the pool at the bottom

wish it were my own image ... here you have done it again, made me want to visit this scene ! Thanks for Sharing ... it saves me the travel ...
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Re: Which crop do you prefer?

Landscape for me too - I prefer the first version. I think all the others, with perhaps the exception of the last, invade the waterfall too much. For me, the waterfall in its environment delivers a better sense of being there. I also love the brown colours and textures around the edge. A beautiful shot for sure.

Anyhow, my 2c worth!
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Re: Which crop do you prefer?

Landscape for me too. Just personal preference.
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Re: Which crop do you prefer?

I like the last two, square and landscape, best. Both are excellent ! Love the tree. Can't decide which I prefer, but would have either (but not both) on my wall: do you have a complementary shot of the scene to make a diptych ? :-)
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Re: Which crop do you prefer?

I always love your water shots Iain and can understand why you were undecided about these two. Each can stand alone, but I am with OM.
The landscape with the bottom rock removed draws you in and makes you focus on the waterfall and the wider aspect gives balance and needs the lh rocks to strengthen the whole scene.
It is a very attractive spot.
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Re: Which crop do you prefer?

No.2 for me
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