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    Torn between two crops HELP!

    What crop for this image do you think is better,

    This is the original crop:
    Torn between two crops HELP!

    And here is the cropped version:
    Torn between two crops HELP!

    Let me know what you guys think!
    Plus C&C is welcomed!

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    Re: Torn between two crops HELP!

    For me, the close crop works better.

    Particularly, the patch of bare arm near the edge is a little distracting and the crop removes it without harming the composition.

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    Hi,
    I would try shifting the whole image to the left. Make the gap from the edge to the hand the same as that at the top edge to head. Keep the aspect ratio: this way the model will be looking into rather than out of the image. As always cropping is very subjective. Nice image anyway. Howard

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    Re: Torn between two crops HELP!

    The second one.

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    Re: Torn between two crops HELP!

    2nd one for me. I might even try 1:1, which I often like for portraits. Leaving space "to look into" has never made a lot of sense to me unless the context requires some additional info worthy of sharing. I think your space on the left manages that admirably.

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    Re: Torn between two crops HELP!

    Yes, definitely number 2. And thanks for keeping the top of her head on. It's probably just me, but I don't much like the fashion for "top slicing".

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    Re: Torn between two crops HELP!

    You wrote 'Original Crop' Zach. But is that actually a crop or the original image size?

    Yes, I agree that losing the tiny patch of bare arm is an improvement; but it now means that she is rather too close to the right side when she is also looking to the right, as Howard mentioned. So I wonder if there are any other alternatives to be considered here.

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    Re: Torn between two crops HELP!

    By original crop, I ment the original image, sorry it was late and I was tired hahaha, Thanks for the suggestions and opinions guys!

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    Re: Torn between two crops HELP!

    Second version for me too Zach,

    Yes she is (even more so) 'looking out of frame', but it is worth it.

    Perhaps a version where her gaze is directed at you (us) is possible?

    Is it just me, or does anyone else feel it is about 1/2 stop too bright (on the skin tones especially)?

    Lovely lady though.

    HTH,

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    Re: Torn between two crops HELP!

    Hi Zach,
    2nd picture for me as well.
    However, what about something like this? I will of course remove this crop if I've over stepped the mark.
    Cheers John

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    Re: Torn between two crops HELP!

    Quote Originally Posted by Dave Humphries View Post
    Is it just me, or does anyone else feel it is about 1/2 stop too bright (on the skin tones especially)?
    That may well be a monitor calibration issue.

    It's certainly rather bright on my monitor, which is regularly calibrated, but many people do not calibrate their monitors so it is very difficult to know how it will appear on theirs.

    John's version looks about right to me.

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    Re: Torn between two crops HELP!

    I guess I should calibrate my monitor because John's version looks underexposed and green. Hmmm

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    Re: Torn between two crops HELP!

    Crop 2 is stronger to my eyes. Wayland hit the nail on the head with his comment about the distracting bit of arm near the bottom of the frame.

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    Re: Torn between two crops HELP!

    Nice natural shot, Zach. I don't mind your current second crop, but would like to see more of her left arm if possible. Do you have a similar vertical shot? The missing arm due to the crop throws me off.

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    Re: Torn between two crops HELP!

    Quote Originally Posted by Viridian View Post
    I guess I should calibrate my monitor because John's version looks underexposed and green. Hmmm
    Yes

    John's version still has a blown bit (probably in capture like that), but it is much better for exposure and colour balance on my monitor, although it may stand a tad less saturation, the blue patterned shirt/blouse is becoming quite distracting.

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