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Wash Day

By paulbroad
A quick shot of a Grey Lag Goose having a spring clean. Decided to do what I always suggest and crop to fill the frame. 18/250 at f8 and 250mm - 400mm. Monopod.


Tags: Nature Action Goose Natural Bird Feather History Flap Wash Wildlife and nature

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PhillipMinnis 6 94 4 Australia
3 May 2011 7:33AM
A fantastic captured! Wonderful!



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Chinga Plus
5 3 1 United Kingdom
3 May 2011 12:29PM
A great image! I like it a lot. IB
pamelajean Plus
10 969 1832 United Kingdom
3 May 2011 5:00PM
Very good detail on the body, Paul, considering the movement of the goose, a nice action shot, very well captured.
I am aware of your "Crop to fill the frame" teaching, but I don't think it has to be a hard and fast rule, and neither do any of the other "rules", but there are times when we suggest to others that having space in front of the bird/animal might look better, or that it would be nice to have the whole of the bird/animal within the frame. Then again, we will suggest that the eye is on a third line. Well, you may be conforming to your frame-filling, but none of the other three. And yet, it works fine. I think that the only one of those that I might suggest is the space-in-front, in other words at the left and top, which would conform to the rule and also include the wing tips.
I crop a lot less nowadays than I used to, because I try to shoot with the desired composition in mind, but I find this a disadvantage for stock photography images, where space around your subject can be more desirable to a purchaser, especially if they want to add text. So, any cropping is usually done just for EPZ, simply because it looks better, and also because it doesn't matter if I lose my large file size. I hope you understand that.
paulbroad 9 116 1064 United Kingdom
5 May 2011 7:25AM
Thanks to everyone. Thanks, Pamela for your comments - you are entirely right in my opinion. All rules in this context are there to guide - if an image breaks every rule and works - so be it.

We should only be satisfying our own desire for our personal work anyway. Those wishing to enter competitions, etc, need to think of he rules though. Images often do look better obeying some, if not all rules, and I push two - thirds and fill the frame. Both were continually stated during my photographic carreer, and when we look at images in the critique section, for me, those are the two rules that, if they had been applied, would have improved many images.

The bottom line, for everyone is - suite yourself.


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