Framing and naming
Part of what brings the art into photography has nothing to do with the mechanics of shooting or the significance of the subject matter. As anyone who delights in the endless possibilities of post processing will tell you, there’s as much creativity to be deployed after the shutter snaps as before we’ve made that commitment to capture a moment in time as an individual frame, forever.
Post-processing doesn’t have to involve weird effects or HDR or exotic PS filtration (although in these examples I’ve converted to grayscale — because I like it). The most basic thing we do to alter our original photo is to crop it. And how we crop it can make all the difference in the world as to how our viewers perceive our picture.
Take this image of a tree (above) whose underpinnings have outgrown the grassy berm between street and sidewalk, resulting in all sorts of pictorial drama. My original crop used the complete width of the 6×4 ratio image, cropped top and bottom to deliver an 8 x 4 (or 2 x1 for you purists) which serves to emphasize the broad extent of the tenacious biomass.
By choosing different targeted and zoomed crops (which we can safely do thanks to our camera’s high resolution – in this case the 5DII), different pictures can result from the same image. And through the act of naming them, we can not-so-subtly affect the way our audience perceives the images.
Here’s where the ol’ right brain comes into play. This stuff can be fun!