Crop it!

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I usually ready frame my photos as I take them - it comes naturally to me somehow. Most times, I leave it be. But I usually can't leave well enough alone... (ahem!) and like trying out new framing, crops, zoom-ins when processing the photos before posting.

This is especially true when I get clear steady shots - my mind (and fingers...) work overtime in trying out new ideas, etc. Do you do that too?

Here are a few examples of flowers and plant-life shots I zoom-ed in on, just to show some ideas I came up with - you may like them edited... or may even like the originals better! There is no right or wrong, I feel, just personal preferences.


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A close crop of a shot I took...

Wanna see the original? 😏👇

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It's a jungle out there! 😄

Hah! That's one of my personal tricks when my, errrr... framing didn't work out so well, or I was a little 'meh' when I took that shot. Sometimes we see something nice, a pretty flower, and go, "Ooohhh, I need to get that!"... but the meh mood gets in between... The saving grace is getting it clear enough to zoom in and crop a new frame later. At least, this way I can say, "Oh, I saw a nice morning glory..." and have a decent photo to show... 🙄🤭

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Next...

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If your shot didn't come out the way you like it, shock them!
The 'in-your-face' trick! (my fav!)

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And the original... which the 'traditionalists' ( I like seeing the whole flower... ) may say...

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Which do you prefer?

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Next....

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Zoom in.... close... closer.... get all the gritty details....
Up close is always more fascinating... 😮 to me anyway...

...than the full picture (sometimes)
Or how about both points of view...?

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Some might like this fuller view, I suppose...
(I posted this anthurium some time back in another post)

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You bored already? Or are you still with me...? 😂
Aren't you fascinated??? 🤩 Isn't this all sooo fascinating??

Next!
Let's get dark...

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Don't know what you're looking at?
But admit it - it's interesting, isn't it?!
Look at the textures... patterns....
(what the heck is it?)

The original.... ta-daaa....

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One ugly not-so-pretty anthurium, even if it's kinda unusual in form & colour.

See what I did here? Seeee... I made it almost unrecognisable - almost like one of those quizzes where they ask you to guess what the item is! No need to guess here, I'm no quiz host! 😄 No prizes here either...

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A simple one now...

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A darkish background, a simple small bloom in profile


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Lol, I might have thrown this shot out! Hardly much to look at, huh... what was I thinking when I took this... 🤦‍♀️
So, I save some shots this way sometimes.

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Another dark themed shot, in keeping with the Halloween season, I might say...

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And where that came from...

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I did also darken the background for better contrast and for a more dramatic feel. And of course, converted to a black and white - drama.... and dark theme, remember... Another crop of this plant here

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Last but not least...

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Fill the screen! Why not...
Pink and sweet,
Feels like you're in a field of hydrangeas?

Nahhhh....
Sorry to burst your bubble! 😆

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Captured with SONY A5100 + Sony E 50mm f1.8 OSS lens | ©images & text are my own (who else's would it be)


Not to say there weren't many healthy wonderful bunches around, but the actual shot was of one, just one pretty bunch! A pretty one (I repeat myself...), and I caught a clear steady shot of it! Crop it and I get to project a different look-and-feel of it!

Again, which do you prefer?

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So now that you know some of my secrets... 😬🤫 ...it may not be much of a revelation, but hope you at least enjoyed the lil tour, and feel free to play around with your edits using these tricks... And hope you like what you find too! 😉

Remember, crop it! - ✂ ✂ ✂



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Awesome edits you have here.
I am not a flower guy, but I have to admit I liked you work a lot.

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Glad you like them! :) Thank you!

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Oh, you know me so well! I love it up close and personal! I love those details, every single day!

The tiny yellow flower is my favorite, the interesting stem, so delicate, holding onto the yellow flower. So beautiful! I love it and I am taking it home with me.

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Haha... of course! Up close and personal - me fav too...
Glad you love that lil yellow one too, she's most happy (she told me so herself, yes she did!)

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Haha! And why do I believe that? Because it's true! She is so sweet!

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Anthurium you say? This is a strange one that stands out from the pack in your posting.

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder as they say, maybe the viewer is blind or wants something a little different. Either one works for me but I must admit, my eyes are drawn to this strange one

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We saw many similar strange ones there...
Thank you for dropping by! :)

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