A Good Crop


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

crop 3 crop 2  crop 1

A widescreen 16:9 crop

= 16x9-1


= 16x9-3

The newly fashionable ‘Instagram’ square crop

square 4  square 2  square 3


My mother had sent me a picture of the cairn at Trenton for the All Weather Fighters memorial but I had forgotten about it. A recent keyword search for “rcaf ewu” sent someone to my site and I went poking around again…

The AWF Memorial Cairn was dedicated at the RCAF Memorial Museum, 8 Wing, Trenton on 14 September 2002 at 1400 hours

Scroll down: you’ll see F/L J.G. Keith EWU