I shot an image today, unlike I normally shoot anything. The only reason I got my 5D out to capture it instead of my iPhone, was the reach I was able to achieve with the 24-105 over my iPhone’s fixed focal length. I wanted to capture a specific detail in the name plate of this vehicle, purely for my own benefit. I was not planning to be sharing this image in any way. I just wanted to know the name of this vehicle!
Here is the Before:Here is the After:
Let me first clarify.. If I intended to shoot an image like this, with even the slightest creative intention, I would have done exactly that. But because I didn’t have any creative intention or intend to share what do ever, I didn’t.
Out of curiosity, I cropped this image in Lightroom, and was really happy with he look and feel of the image. Happy enough for me to feel the need to write about it! The crop had suddenly brought it to life! Made it instantly more interesting and gave it a slightly eerie feel too, which I liked.
With the 22.something megapixels the 5D Mark III allows me to shoot at. I don’t see a problem with cropping if I need to. Though I would never do this to spare a few seconds of switching out to a lens with a longer range. DON’T BE LAZY! 🙂
I hit the jackpot in being able to capture foreground AND background items in the frame, leaving the ability to re-frame them later. Although this was not my intention, it is always something you could be thinking about if there is no way to get any closer, or further away from your subject. Allow room for cropping if needs be. It’s better to get the shot, and fix it later. Than not get the shot at all. That being said, if you have the ability to get the shot in camera. Then bloody well do so. But if it isn’t down to laziness, but instead gear limitations or physical boundaries/room limitations you simply can’t get around. Always try to think of an alternative.