Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #96: Cropping the Shot

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A friend taught me long ago not to zoom in so much when taking a photo – you can always crop it later to get rid of unwanted ‘stuff’ to create a completely different view of an image, or improve the composition of the shot.

Our friend Patti at P.A. Moed has challenged us to illustrate the cropping technique. I do this quite often during the editing process.

Here goes!

  1. The other day, we were playing cribbage on the patio and I happened to snap this shot with my two faves and their tongues.

In order to highlight the cuteness of this situation – not sure who was imitating whom – I cropped the image to highlight their sweet faces. Sean’s noggin also looked a little on the large side so I cropped part of that as well.

Additionally, I edit iPhone images with the Google app, Snapseed and love it. There are a ton of different filters, etc. and it’s easy to use. Yogi is so dark, it’s hard to pick up his expressions so the “drama” filter was used below to lighten his face and enhance the color of the blues.

“They say imitation is a form of flattery, but honey, it’s time to get your own ideas”


Flowers always seem to bring joy into our home, so they are a constant staple these days. The Stargazer Lilies below are a day old and smell fantastic – their scent permeates throughout the house. I couldn’t have them when kitties were running around as they are lethal when ingested (dogs are ok). The image below was taken from the top of the bouquet.

My focus went straight to the center of the flower where all the reproductive ‘bits’ are. I thought the contrast of the green, pink and orange colors was interesting, so this section of the flower was cropped. A feature to enhance the contrast of the details was also used – you can almost ‘feel’ the softness of the anther.

“Earth laughs in flowers”

~Ralph Waldo Emerson~

As you can see, one can do all kinds of cool things to images when cropping the shot.

Happy editing!

…..i choose this….



  1. I like what you did! I am always cropping photos. A friend who takes thousands of photos and uses apps, told me about Snapseed. So I know all about the “drama” tool and you used it to great effect for Yogi.

    I also love the quotes you inserted! Flowers have been a big source of inspiration for me of late. Emerson was right about flowers, and if we’ve forgotten it still is spring and the world could use some more laughing to be sure.

    Susan Grace

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      1. Dear Pam,
        I love anything yellow – sunflowers, yellow roses, daffodils. But then again I love purple – irises have always been a personal favorite but lilacs also stir me deeply. I posted a photo of a gorgeous bloom on my latest blog that is the boldest and brightest hibiscus I’ve ever seen (It is orange and yellow) It was a random find in someone’s front yard, and I snuck into their yard to take a photo. It was stunning!
        I was mesmerized by its beauty. Isn’t it wonderful how Nature can stir us to our very depths!

        All warmest wishes to you,
        Susan Grace


  2. Your flower edit is beautiful. Not too long ago, I decided that I wanted to illustrate my posts with a single photo at the top. I like to make them one unit high and three units wide… just a strip of a photo. I get all of my images from unsplash. Do you think it drives people nuts that I crop their photos? I always use the ‘photo by’ feature which I think would alert the photographer that I’m using their photo, but I’ve never heard from any of the artists. I think if someone used my photo, I’d read the post. And then maybe tell them why they shouldn’t have edited the photo.

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  3. Great photos and great advice Pam. I always try not to zoom just in case there is something in frame that I don’t see at the time and can cut to later when editing. Would love a decent camera though to do some serious photography.

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  4. I crop photos all the time. I often have to compromise on a shot I’ve taken knowing that I will later ‘correct’ it on the computer. Sometimes I successful, and often I’m not.

    I do love what you did with the first photo. The original is ‘atmospheric’. It gives an impression of the casual, light-hearted ambiance of the moment, while the cropped photo creates focus. Nicely done!

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    1. Thanks Jo! I know what you mean – sometimes I’ll try to zoom in on a subject knowing I am going to crop it later – only to find it’s too grainy given the quality of the camera Im using.

      I hope you are doing ok! Summer is coming 🙂

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  5. Nice! Cute subject you’ve chosen for your challenge response. I am a fan of Snapseed, use it only occasionally now that I’ve found other tools with similar filters so I prefer to edit on my desktop computer. Still and all, I always use it to edit and post directly from my smart phone.

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          1. Check out Luminar 4 from Skylum Software. It has some issues with the catalog (which is the main reason why I continue to use Lightroom as well.) Luminar is very powerful and it’s become my final editing tool for almost all of my images.

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  6. Fun shots Pam – loved your edited opener :-). As for the flowers, oddly the smell of that particular flower makes me nauseous (seriously). If I remove the little “reproductive bits” the aroma goes away but the flowers are still beautiful. Who knew?!

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    1. Thank you! I had no idea about the bits – I can see why it might make you a little sick – the scent is super strong. I’ll keep that in mind if I have a guest who feels the same way.


  7. Excellent crops. I love dogs, and that flower closeup is beautiful. I’ll have to check Snapseed. If it’s free I’ll probably like it. 😉


  8. What a fun post, Pam!
    Love the illustrations you have used to demonstrate the art of cropping – particularly the one of your 2 cuties!

    Was thinking of you this morning and wondering how you are doing …. I can see you have been keeping busy!

    Be well & keep safe, my friend!

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    1. We are good Ju-Lyn! We have been busy and trying to have as much fun as possible through this! Trying to stay creative to keep from going insane. LOL. I hope you all are doing ok. Wish you were here to cook for me :-).


      1. I wish you were closer too, Pam! We have a few neighbours which we exchange goodies with – lots of variety and lots of excitement when the doorbell rings!!!

        Glad to hear that you have not put fun on hold! Hang in there!

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  9. I really like your beautiful blog. A pleasure to come stroll on your pages. A great discovery and a very interesting blog. I will come back to visit you. Do not hesitate to visit my universe. See you soon.


        1. its hard to start again for sure…maybe because I have no content. Though I have been COVID revenge traveling this month! lol. I need to get back into posting pics with Tina and the gang. That always gets me back in the groove. 🙂

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