IL76
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Badcentered

Thu Apr 14, 2005 7:03 pm

I just had this shot rejected for being badcentered.
http://www.airliners.net/addphotos/r...ections/big/31681_020405_USAFx.jpg
The fuselage looks pretty much in the center of the frame if you ask me, give or take a couple of mm's. If I crop tightly around the fuselage (I suspect the screener didn't like the space on the right), I can not make the 4:3 ratio anymore, and I have to chop off some the tail (which I don't want to do).
Is it really that disturbing?
Curious to hear your opinions...
Thanks,
Eduard
 
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RE: Badcentered

Thu Apr 14, 2005 7:52 pm

Hi Eduard,

I can see your dilemma here. My guess is that the screener thought that the horizontal stabiliser being chopped off on the far left somewhat imbalances the image, together with that bit of dead space on the right of the image.

Would you be able to crop the original differently, so that the complete horizontal stabiliser would be in shot, even thought this would 'push' the fuselage off to the right a bit? It may look slightly more balanced that way, even if then technically off centre - e.g. using a 3:2 aspect ratio.

Paul
 
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RE: Badcentered

Thu Apr 14, 2005 8:52 pm

Paul,
Thanks for your reply. I see what you mean. I cropped it the way I did to get as close to the fuselage as possible without cutting off the vertical stabiliser. If I move the complete selection to the left to keep the horizontal stabiliser on (it is completely visible on the original file) the picture looks unbalanced I think. I actually tried that when I edited it, but I didn't like it. The 'technically off-center' as you mentioned looked a bit odd to me.  Smile Oh well, I have a look at it again in Photoshop.
Thanks!  Smile
Eduard
 
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RE: Badcentered

Thu Apr 14, 2005 11:04 pm

Eduard,

I was having a quick look at your photo again.

Depending on how much original image you have available that would be to the left of the current crop, I think a 3:2 ratio may work okay. By closely cropping the top and bottom to the top of the vertical stabiliser and the nose gear, you may think it looks okay - the main fuselage may still be slightly to the right of centre for your liking, but I am wondering if that may be somewhat counterbalanced by the complete vertical stabiliser then being in the shot.

You will know best having the original file to hand, but I would now be very interested to see if somehow that form of crop could work.

Take care.

Paul

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