Taken out on the farm in Redwater a couple of summers ago, this is one of my favourite images. Every time I come across it I smile because of its overall attitude and mood, and then I always start noticing the great light, composition and balance (purely serendipitous, let me assure you). L, the smallest of the three focal points, gets the strong highlight. C’s elevated position, although in shadow, moves her forward in the viewer’s perception, and in the foreground, F’s larger size and strong isolated profile serve to underscore his presence. All three are then framed by the shape of the trees and contrast of shadow and light.
I thought I might try a few crops and see what shifting our triad around the frame and changing the crop ratio might accomplish. I tried to stick to the traditional 2/3 rule and ignored my ‘favourites’ in deference to variety. As you can see, some crops just didn’t work, while others served to change the overall impression the image gives.
A traditional, more or less 4:3, crop
A widescreen 16:9 crop
The newly fashionable ‘Instagram’ square crop