This is a bit of an unconventional post, I guess. I am asking for some help.
I posted these images on my Facebook page yesterday and received some great feedback from friends and family. But, now I think I have more questions than answers. Let me explain.
I took this image on our recent trip to Fort Bragg, at Mackerricher State Park. The sun was setting, it was within the golden hour and the waves and ocean shore were very picturesque.
I am happy with the coloring in the color image and the black and white image is getting there…but I can’t find the right place to crop either of these images. In its original size, it feels like there is too much ocean and sky. The rocks, which I appreciate get lost, to me.
So I first tried cropping some of the ocean out, but I am not feeling it.
Then I tried more ocean and less sky…
Which is more on the right track, but still feels out of balance for some reason.
So, I moved on to black and white, thinking maybe I would just use a black and white version of this image…
I am not sure why this is bothering me so much, usually I either like something or I don’t, I don’t have to stew over it for more than a day. If you don’t mind, I would really appreciate your opinion and if you have some, your guidelines for how you crop images. A good crop can really change an image, in many positive ways. I am just really uneducated in this area, but think this image in particular could use a little more T.L.C.
I would really appreciate your help and starting a conversation.