Cropping and a Black-Crowned Heron

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I have heard that cropping is the poor man’s zoom, and yet it is almost the first thing photographers do in post-processing. Not everyone can afford expensive telephoto lenses and even then you cannot always get close enough. Long telephoto lenses do not mean that you will not crop the result. Of course with higher megapixel cameras cropping is easier. Robert Capa, best known for his combat photography, is often quoted as saying: “If your pictures aren’t good enough, you aren’t close enough.” There is no argument that getting closer while retaining context can help composition. No one I know can walk on water, the bird in this picture was not just up a tree but also across a swamp. As long lenses are not always practical cropping is a good alternative. From what I have read most nature photographers and certainly “macro” photographers crop when necessary (though it might disqualify you from some contests).

18 responses

  1. Cropping has been a factor in photograph it seems forever. You may not crop much but that little branch/twig that invades your image deserves a crop as it distracts from the subject.
    These night herons are common in Taiwan. I’m never sure their exact name/type.


    April 24, 2016 at 1:28 am

  2. Cropping definitely creates a better picture, not only for bringing the subject closer, but defining what we want to draw the eye. I still wish I had one of those awesome telephoto lenses though! 😉

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    April 24, 2016 at 11:09 am

    • Long lenses have their place, some that are not primes are getting more reasonably priced. I know someone who won some national geographic bird awards with a 70-300.

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      April 24, 2016 at 1:52 pm

  3. I think it’s much like saying if it’s not SOTC it’s not a real photograph. Sign of the times! And lovely capture.


    April 24, 2016 at 1:32 pm

  4. TPJ

    Cropping is a necessary part of post processing. We shoot with long lens but even when very close composition rules now need to be considered. I have never had an Eagle hold up a little to help me with the rule of thirds.


    April 24, 2016 at 1:48 pm

  5. I don’t know what I’d do without cropping, even just for centering etc. It is my first step in post-processing. I not sure why it would be an issue in competitions.


    April 24, 2016 at 2:53 pm

    • It’s an issue when people insist on out if the camera shots.


      April 24, 2016 at 3:23 pm

  6. I love herons, first time I see one of these, it’s beautiful!


    April 24, 2016 at 3:40 pm

  7. beautiful


    April 24, 2016 at 4:42 pm

  8. All part of post-processing. Love this bird, Victor.


    April 24, 2016 at 11:07 pm

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