Crop 1: trimmed off a bit of the rocks, still leaving a base for the photo and an overall similar structure, although slightly squarer.
Crop 2: Further trimming of the rocks, squaring the image and focussing now on the groynes, sea and ruins. May suffer from not having a base to sit on. I think it's stronger than the original, but not sure why.
Crop 3: Completely focus on the shapes of the sea and the groynes, with some small fishermen as interest top left. No sky. Completely different feel. I like this one.
Crop 4: The next logical step - all about the shape of the sea and groynes, and now it feels a little claustrophobic perhaps, so I tried to offset that with leaving perhaps more sea on the right than I would normally, to create space to imagine the sea extending further out.
I am sure there are more (like a vertical crop, focussing on the more abstract shape of the groynes), but I wanted to leave some for you guys...
Thoughts and comments welcomed.
I got some interesting images - I have cropped these for maximum effect, rotated where they were severely squint (as most were) and with some auto balance as the only other tweak.
Not my usual sort of thing, but I'm trying to try new stuff..
Also, I wonder what proportion of your images you feel are great - 1%, 10%? And, has shooting digitally improved that percentage or not? Thoughts?
1. To be a regular attendee at CCC - took a severe hit in 2006, but this should change soon UPDATE - I have been to the last two sessions, and aim to be there for the remainder of the season.
2. To complete the population of my website and to build in the purchase prints facility. UPDATE - I have put a few more images on there. Nothing done about the PayPal yet, but that's just a couple of "clicks" to enable that.
3. To have one or more of my prints available for sale in a local outlet in/around Cambridge. UPDATE - nothing to report yet.
4. To sell some of my prints to paying punters (this could be linked in to number 2). UPDATE - a friend from Cambridge wishes to purchase some prints for his home and company office. More on this later.
5. To have some more "success" in CCC competitions and perhaps inter-club competitions too. UPDATE - I got a "Highly Commended" grading in the last projected image competition.
6. To enter one image in this year's CCC Annual Exhibition. UPDATE - on reflection, this is not a "goal", as I think each member is allowed to enter one image each. However, it's on there to make sure I do it. Nothing to report yet - this is much later in the year.
7. To enter, and hopefully be placed in at least one round, a national photo competition (e.g. a magazine "Photographer of the Year" type competition. UPDATE - I am preparing 2 images to be entered in the "Practical Photography" POTY competition Round 2 - Sunset to Sunrise. As you know, I have a few of these...deadline is 15 Feb. Watch this space.
8. To obtain Adobe Certified Expert (ACE) status in Photoshop. UPDATE - nothing to report.
9. To begin the process of obtaining another photographic "qualification", through CCC. UPDATE - nothing to report.
10. To stop buying as many books and magazines, and start doing more photography!! UPDATE - I have started re-visiting my digital back-catalogue and have decided to subscribe to a magazine, rather than buy ad-hoc each month (when I tend to buy more than 1). Also, subscription will be cheaper.