Porth Nanven revisited; to crop or not to crop?
This photo was taken on the same visit (15th May 2014) as the image I posted on 10th June. It is a slight crop from the original, which was taken with an ultra wide angle lens. Normally when composing with a wide angle lens I would point the camera slightly downwards to accentuate the foreground but since I was using the lens at 15mm I kept the camera dead level. If I do this any distortion is not too obvious and is easily corrected in Lightroom. This is not the case if the camera is not kept level; distortion, which can be difficult to deal with in Lightroom, becomes very marked with very wide angle lenses. Below is the uncropped image:
I have started playing with the transform tool in Photoshop and below is a version of the image which I have manipulted to give the foreground even more prominence.
I am very wary of the transform tool. It is an impressive tool. You can change the size and the shape of the image and it is very easy to use. I don’t know why but when I crop landscapes or seascapes I feel I have to keep to the same original size ratio, and I find using the transform tool an even bigger sin than cropping to non standard sizes. I suppose it is all to do with the old (some may say unimaginative) idea that the image should be composed correctly when taking the photo.
I do prefer the top two images but cannot decide which I like best. Maybe someone will let me know which version they prefer?