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Crop for focus

Crop for focus image

I live very close to a rather large community of windmills. When I was younger I used to travel through this seemingly endless field of tall white towers on my way to see my grandparents. They actually made me car sick, I guess because I wouldn’t look away. Nowadays I live a short 5 minute drive from them and I surprised myself by having only one other photo of them, I would show it to you, but it is gross. Really. I edited it when I first started using Photoshop and I had no filter built into my mind. The grass is ELECTRIC green, as if it is hooked up to power, it glows. Its a hideous photo. I love having it though, it shows me how far I have come. This latest shot is 7 plus years of Photoshop and photography. I really didn’t do a whole lot to do it. I mellowed out the sky, because it was originally very harsh, but nothing else. Other than of course one of the most important post production elements you need to remember. Always remember to ask you self this question, “Can this picture be more with less?” To be honest, if you aren’t asking yourself this question either A. When you are taking the photo or B. When you are post processing, then you still have a whole lot to learn. True, you can get “lucky” with the shot, but if that is how you intend to shoot, you are going to be missing a whole lot. Cropping this image was a must. I was limited to my wide angle lens on this shoot, and I zoomed in as far as I could. I knew what I wanted to capture in the shot, but I knew I was going to have to post crop to make it happen. Best part about my giganto sensor is that I knew I would have plenty of pixels later. I went ahead and got the image I saw in my mind. A single windmill doing all the work while all the others seemed to be taking breaks. I needed to drag my shutter in order to show movement, and since I did not have a density filter to allow less light in so that I could drop my shutter speed I did the only thing I could do, overexpose the image by a stop, and drop my ISO to 50 (which is exactly why you have a 50 ISO setting on some cameras). The final image is exactly what I was looking for except for that crop. I just had to crop for focus.

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Original image without the crop. Its still not a “bad” image. It could be stonger

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Everyone Else is on Break 1/8sec f/22 ISO 50

This crop is much stronger. Remember, if it does not add to the image, take it out. So, bye bye, sky and bye bye foreground.

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