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MaryAnn_Talamo
03-06-2008, 05:54 AM
This is my strongest image this year, so I don't want to mess it up with the wrong crop. Would you tell me which looks best to you?

Full image

http://i159.photobucket.com/albums/t134/mtalamo/comp/WideCrop.jpg

Tighter crop

http://i159.photobucket.com/albums/t134/mtalamo/comp/Tighter.jpg

Completely cropped

http://i159.photobucket.com/albums/t134/mtalamo/comp/Tightest.jpg

Thank you, any help or critique is greatly appreciated.

Jeff_Dachowski
03-06-2008, 12:02 PM
Mary Ann,
Depending on your placement in the final image, I like the full version the best. It has an open feel to it that seems to match her pose and expression the best. IMHO

Jeff

Cynthia_Anderson
03-06-2008, 01:43 PM
I agree. I like the full version the best.

KirkDarling
03-06-2008, 01:46 PM
Mary Ann,

I like the subject-size-to-format of the first image, but not so much the framing--I'd rather see the subject on the left side of the image than the right side.

If you've cropped the first image at all, you might adjust the framing a bit of the first image--maybe even try to paste and blend more background to the right side.

Stan_Lawrence
03-06-2008, 02:12 PM
The second crop is the best.....the face falls right into the diagonal, which is exactly where is needs to be. I would love to see her farther from the background, and a stronger expression would help....the left hand is done very well, the bend of the right wrist is not quite there....:cool:

Ron_Jackson
03-06-2008, 02:53 PM
Personally, I think the first one has too much head room. I would like to see a crop a bit more like this. The format for this is a 20x30 but you see what I mean by taking a bit off the top and a bit off the right. Just my thoughts. Beautiful work.

http://i99.photobucket.com/albums/l293/voodoomagic_2006/WideCrop2.jpg

MaryAnn_Talamo
03-06-2008, 02:57 PM
The second crop is the best.....the face falls right into the diagonal, which is exactly where is needs to be. I would love to see her farther from the background, and a stronger expression would help....the left hand is done very well, the bend of the right wrist is not quite there....:cool:

Thanks everyone for the advice, very helpful!

This is my 16 year old daughter. I took this at 1:30 in the morning the night of her Sweet Sixteen party (the best I could bargain for). She gave me a full ten minutes to create this portrait. :) Considering, I think I'm pretty lucky it looks this nice! lol!

Title - The Woman Within The Girl

Any thoughts?

MaryAnn_Talamo
03-06-2008, 02:59 PM
Personally, I think the first one has too much head room. I would like to see a crop a bit more like this. The format for this is a 20x30 but you see what I mean by taking a bit off the top and a bit off the right. Just my thoughts. Beautiful work.

http://i99.photobucket.com/albums/l293/voodoomagic_2006/WideCrop2.jpg

Well I did my crops with a rule of thirds layer on top, so that's why I left the head room. Maybe I'm cropping too rigidly to the rule.

Jeff_Dachowski
03-06-2008, 03:09 PM
Mary Ann,
Try it as a square. I like the openess of the first one, but not necessarily the crop.

Jeff

Ron_Jackson
03-06-2008, 03:26 PM
Good idea Jeff. Mary Ann, if there is any more room on the original file below her arms, you might try a vertical crop as well as long as you can tak off some head room.

D._Craig_Flory
03-06-2008, 04:54 PM
Hi MaryAnn;

Here is how I see it being worked and presented.

http://i70.photobucket.com/albums/i93/DC47/Confidence.jpg

MaryAnn_Talamo
03-06-2008, 06:56 PM
Craig, I like that very much!!