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| p.1 #17 · More Alaska Coastal Bears*Images are Back*What crop is a better choice? |
If this were a documentary photo of the physics of bears splashing, #1 would be better. But, contrary to the consensus, I think #2 is much better aesthetically. It focuses the viewer's eye on the bear's expression, the solid water coming off its paws, and includes the major part of the splash. Compared with #1, the residual splash and vegetation to our left of the #2 crop is a hum-drum dilution of the major action and distracts attention from the dramatic focus of the image. In addition, for whatever human reason, an animal looking into the image space is more attractive than its looking at the outside border. Although it's the same base photo, the second crop increases the relative space between the bear's gaze and the direction of the gaze. To me, it's a no-contest.