Is Dave right? by Travis Easton

A re-upload of yesterdays post but cropped as per David Murphy’s suggestion.

So do you think Dave’s suggestion has improved it?

Original version:

Australia’s rugged landscape is an important part of my life and over many years I have explored some of the more remote parts of it on foot, ski, kayak and rope. I usually travel alone so I can take my time capturing the essence of these places without distraction. Life slows down and after a while I feel like I begin to merge with the land, nature takes me into her confidence and changes me. I hope you enjoy the fruit of these excursions.

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  • Puggs
    Puggsabout 4 years ago

    Maybe i would not have croped the top, this one seems to darker without it…

  • Dennis Wetherley
    Dennis Wetherleyabout 4 years ago

    I think Dave was right. Cutting out the bits and pieces at the bottom improves the composition. I don’t think cutting off the top makes much differance. Nice shot anyway.

  • Kathleen Hill
    Kathleen Hillabout 4 years ago

    Hi Travis, I agree with Puggs leave the top and crop the messy stuff from the bottom, not sure what David’s suggestion actually was but I am inclined to listen to someone with his ability. Mind you your work is not too shabby either! I guess it is general perception and taste. After all beauty is in the eye of the beholder.

  • joak
    joakabout 4 years ago

    they are both guid in there own right but yup i do agree davids is better…sorry!

  • Lenka
    Lenkaabout 4 years ago

    Depends… This one (cropped both top and bottom) is rather abstract and (in my opinion) lacks depth. I believe the top of the original is important to fully show the power of water and keep some dimensionality. The original bottom, hm, you can see it as distraction, but you can also see it as a partial frame. It certainly gives some sense scale that I miss otherwise. I don’t say if that (missing scale) is good or bad: as Kathleen said above, depends on taste. But I like the original more, both top and bottom.

  • Peter Hill
    Peter Hillabout 4 years ago

    I was thinking the same, but don’t make such suggestions any more (once bitten, twice shy). The subject is the juxtaposition between the trees and the water, which is an abstract effect, so I feel cropping out the extraneous enhances it.

  • Lenka
    Lenkaabout 4 years ago

    Just checked David’s suggestion and indeed it was mentioned to create an abstract, yep ;)
    OK, when playing abstract, you may want to cut off the top and maybe a bit in the right side, but keep the bottom. You’ll get nice ‘M’ (and ‘I’, if you keep the right side) ;)

  • Kevin McGennan
    Kevin McGennanabout 4 years ago

    Yep, I think this is better Trav.The bottom of the original was a tad busy. The left of the current one is a bit gloomy. Maybe lighten or crop out? Given the balance of the limbs across the image I’d go with the former. Either way (original or this) great outcome,I really like it. Did you try a shot with a long exposure? I’m not sure it would have been a better result but it would be interesting to see.

  • Richard  Cubitt
    Richard Cubittabout 4 years ago

    Me…like the original :)

  • Miron Abramovici
    Miron Abramoviciabout 4 years ago

    I agree with the bottom cropping but not the top.

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