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01/04/2005 07:18:02 PM · #1
How would you crop this photo (or would you leave it uncropped)? Below is the original...it was taken out of my friend's apartment on Richmond Ave in Toronto.

Please take a look, the thumbnail doesn't do much for the photo...

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01/04/2005 07:22:37 PM · #2
I woldn't crop it - dark space adds dimension and highlights the glow outside on the south side of the street - just east of Spadina - wait a sec, I know where your friend lives !
01/04/2005 07:31:31 PM · #3
Actually, just west of Spadina on Maud!

...and the camera's pointing North!

But you're in the right area...

01/04/2005 07:37:07 PM · #4
I'd crop out the reflective poster (?) visible on the right of the image behind the blinds, leaving the perspective (ceiling-wall edge > background to fore-) intact and maintaining the placement of subject(s) within the given negative space. I'd also be careful to achieve a satisfying balance (which I usually do my squinting to eliminate distractive detail) and crop no more than necessary.

I think it's an exciting image with wonderful light and quite a bit of discernible depth and tonality to it. There are no ambiguities either, which is surprising with an image as dark as this.

Message edited by author 2005-01-04 19:38:35.
01/04/2005 07:37:25 PM · #5
The negative space could frame the window if there wasn't a shadow on the right side. Instead of a window framed by darkness, it's a picture with some black to the side.

I would crop just to the left of the window so who ever looks at it only looks at the window, instead of trying to figure out what the black has to do with the rest of it.
01/04/2005 07:39:03 PM · #6
I had a 50/50 chance - couldn't tell what building it was outside, but I work on University, drink on Richmond and do my photo processing on Spadina....
01/04/2005 07:48:09 PM · #7
I would leave as is on the crop. With the horizontal line of the table at a slant the black area on the left keeps my eye from going off the picture so I believe it is a vital part. The right, having lines coming towards me adds depth but you do have a reflection that is slightly distracting but be careful not to crop to much on the right side if you do crop out the reflection. I like the shot. It has a feeling just opening the door to the room and the first thing you see before you cut on the lights. Nice Capture.
01/04/2005 07:57:23 PM · #8
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This, roughly, would be my crop, although you might want to try this in postcard format (4x6, rather than my 4x3), so as not to centre the window. The photo feels assymmetric, to me, at least...
01/04/2005 08:39:23 PM · #9
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Thanks everyone...
01/04/2005 08:50:34 PM · #10
I would have cropped it this way and eliminated the light on the wall on the right...gives it a darker feel. Did not change the image levels...
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01/04/2005 08:59:05 PM · #11
Hmm...It does change the look and I still like it but I have to say I love the shadow that the blinds are casting on the wall...

But that's the neat thing, I can make two photos out of one with two slightly different moods to them!
01/04/2005 09:05:26 PM · #12
Originally posted by thatcloudthere:

Hmm...It does change the look and I still like it but I have to say I love the shadow that the blinds are casting on the wall...

But that's the neat thing, I can make two photos out of one with two slightly different moods to them!

Here's a cropping going the other way as you stated presented a completely different mood...

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Message edited by author 2005-01-04 21:07:20.
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