From the comments on the last post “Rolling Hills – Harris” here is my interpretation of the suggested crops to this picture.
John Long, Andy Hooker and Janice wanted to crop out the car altogether.
The square crop above suggested by Janice is growing on me. It tells a different story to my original interpretation, one that is far more minimal but still retains the strong diagonal composition. As they say less is more. As I said in a comment to somebody a day or two ago use it or lose it is a very good way of thinking about composition. Question the image as John Blakemore would say to test and challenge assumptions.
Eddie Ephraums would say the best way to check the balance of a picture is to temporarily flip it vertically and look at the picture as shapes of tones rather than a recognisable scene.
I think this has been a really useful exercise because it clearly demonstrates none of us has the absolute correct view of our own work. Nine people commented on my original crop each said something different.
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(c) Andy Beel FRPS 2012