Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 2001/03/29

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Subject: RE: [Leica] Two more
From: Guy Bennett <>
Date: Thu, 29 Mar 2001 11:43:15 -0800

C wrote:

>OnT: I didn't have a criticism of Stan's pictures until you mentioned
>burning the lamp in.  I agree.  Might look more dramatic.  OTOH I like the
>"claustrophobic" cropping.

I'm not opposed to claustrophobic cropping, but why chop something off the
left side of the picture only to leave empty space on the right? If the
shot was so tight that the table and chairs filled the frame and were
cropped off all around, that would make sense. IMO, the picture doesn't
gain anything with the right side empty, whereas it might if it were
reframed to include the whole table. Of course, we wouldn't know for sure,
unless Stan went back and shot the scene again, this time recomposing to
include the table.  ;)


> -----Original Message-----
>From: 	Guy Bennett []
>>two more shots. for thou pleasure...
>I like your cafe image, but, compositionally speaking, why cut off the left
>end and bottom of the table? You don't gain anything on the right hand
>side, though it does permit you to include the lamp on top (could you have
>moved back a bit to get both?).  The crop leaves the image looking a bit
>amputated on the left and bottom, IMO. Also, methinks, it would be nice if
>you burned in the lamp a bit.