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Subject: RE: [Leica] Re cropping dilema
From: "bdcolen" <>
Date: Thu, 31 Jul 2003 14:25:50 -0400

But then Art, we run into the problem that all those images with their
similar perspective will look awfully dull and similar. It's not an easy

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Arthur G NSSC
Sent: Thursday, July 31, 2003 2:06 PM
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Subject: RE: [Leica] Re cropping dilema

		Eric's bus appearing as a "looming threat" in a
photograph makes an interesting example to consider.  I'm
wondering---not arguing, mind you all!---whether the difficulty, to the
extent there is one, in drawing a line between what's acceptable and
what's not, what's "honest" and what's not, might not be the result, at
least in part, of this matter being not one of black and white (no pun
intended), between which a clear line can easily be drawn, but rather a
continuum of sometimes very subtle choices.  Someone mentioned that
merely pointing a camera is an exercise in cropping and editing, and so
is choosing when to "click" a sort of editiorial function. And in Eric's
interesting bus example, it occurs to me that if one were photographing,
head-on, a bus coming up behind a pedestrian, the mere choice of focal
length might make the bus appear either far off (wide-angle) or an
ominously looming threat (telephoto).  In that sense, an "honest"
photojournalist might be one who sticks exclusively to some middle focal
length---say, 75mm---that produces a relationship between near and
distant objects that is similar to what appears to the human eye.  Just
a thought!

		Art Peterson
		Alexandria, Virginia

		-----Original Message-----
		From:	Eric Welch []
		Sent:	Thursday, July 31, 2003 2:27 AM
		Subject:	Re: [Leica] Re cropping dilema

		That's an interesting point. Cropping, sizing, WHATEVER.
If the intent was to create a tension that makes it look like the bus is
a looming threat when it isn't is more dishonest than adding a bit to
the corner of the photo.

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