Looking for cropping suggestions, folks.

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  1. thebeatles

    thebeatles TPF Noob!

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    I took this photo with my old canon powershot point and shoot, (which got stolen, but that is another story,) a couple years ago and thought I may try to do something with it. How would you folks go about cropping this? C & C is, of course, welcome ;) Thanks!

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  2. thebeatles

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    I'd think about the underexposure of the woodpecker and the tree, first.

    Then I'd be concerned with the soft focus of the bird.

    Then I'd think about a possible crop.

    I'd show you what I mean, but you don't allow editing of your images.

    By the way, most of the forum members are asleep from 1 AM till around 7 AM or so. :lol:
     
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    If you aren't going to print it, then 4x5 on woody should look ok.
     
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    You have Woody dead center, which is not where you want your subject usually.

    Since he is on a tree, you may want the photo to have height, and the grass behind him does nothing..

    Crop the shot so Woody is in the uper left of the frame about a third of the way from the left edge and a third of the way down from the top..
     
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    +1
    Once you get down everything for a great exposure then you can just worry about the crop.
     
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    Thanks for the advice :thumbup: I will have to allow my photos to be edited, I sorta forgot that I declined that option :blushing: And yes, I am an insomniac :lol:
     
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    Looks like bird is out of focus. If that is the case then just call it an 'almost' keeper. Trash and try again. I know, good close ups of piliated woodpeckers are hard to get. But,what you want is "good".
    Cropping advice? Hit the delete button. Sorry.
     
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    Thanks! Is that a general rule to have the subject in the upper left?
     
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    Yeah it sucks that I did not have a decent camera at the time :thumbdown: The camera did not have manual focus capabilities and I suppose it just focused on the tree bark :lol: I guess that's why I haven't touched this photo in 2 years, I must of had a moment of bad photo denial and that is why I was trying to save it. Good call though I suppose.
     
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    Just a quick example using the composition guideline, the Rule-Of-Thirds:

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    Here's my edit:
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