Jide Alakija

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I managed to sneak one more shot in the little time I have to pack. I thought I'd post something to talk about crop styles. There are various rules in cropping images. Much the same as the ones used in laying out pictures and text in a magazine.

My very good friend Skee has been sharing some links relating to web and magazine layouts recently that has prompted me to share some of my ideas with you on this subject. Over the next few posts I'm going to spend a bit more time talking about crop ratios and when to use them.

This shot above is a scene from my recent trip to Folkstone. The crop ratio used here is the 16:9 which is the same ratio used in HDTV displays that most of you are familiar with. I personally prefer to use the 2:1 ratio for most of my landscapes but if there is quite a bit of information along the height of the frame I resort to the 16:9

Okay more to come when I return next week.

comments (16)

  • alex
  • United States
  • 23 Feb 2009, 00:18
Love the strength in the color of this image.

16:9 is pretty short in height and very wide. But 2:1 is even more. Why do you prefer 2:1 for landscapes, as opposed to something closer to 3:2. Is it simply for the width or something with more unspoken appeal?
Jide Alakija: In my landscapes I particularly like subjects that focus more on the horizon. I also like the stretch feel the image gives when you use 2:1.
  • Kay
  • Portland, Oregon
  • 23 Feb 2009, 00:24
Beautiful light here.
Jide Alakija: Thanks Kay.
  • vintage
  • Australia
  • 23 Feb 2009, 12:24
Very blue good stuff
Jide Alakija: Thanks V
Stunning work here Alakija fella. We VERY IMPRESSED. smile
Jide Alakija: Haven't heard that from you in a while.
  • Dr A. W!
  • United States
  • 23 Feb 2009, 14:41
excellent work

i think you could still have afforded a 2:1 without losing any information that would be missed (especially in the foreground)...after all 2:1 would be 16:8
Jide Alakija: I don't agree that 16:8 (2:1) would have worked in this case because the image is already tight on the height. Going 2:1 would mean loosing another 100+ pixels in this crop which is a tenth of the height! That's quite a lot!
This ratio seems to be fine ... but I really like the light on the water. I have got planned a series to be posted on just such a theme. richard
  • YF
  • 23 Feb 2009, 23:28
  • Abisola
  • Middlesex
  • 24 Feb 2009, 09:41
the clouds...
  • Laurie
  • United States
  • 24 Feb 2009, 19:01
Well this certainly is wonderful.
  • aadesanya
  • United States
  • 25 Feb 2009, 03:48
well a great run.. but the saga continues.. maybe on FB now.. anyways can't wait mark your assignment(s) goodnight
  • Samarth
  • United Kingdom
  • 1 Mar 2009, 21:18
just such a great example of the range of hues you can get from a single colour, loving it!
Una preciosidad.
Heavenly image here smile The crop works for me. For me, the elements in the image determine how I crop - keeping in mind what message I'm trying to convey.
  • Adaoha
  • Italy
  • 9 Mar 2009, 13:44
I love this style of teaching, since I am one fond with the idea of cropping smile . I love this image. Thanks again for this.
  • Somto
  • Nigeria
  • 28 Jun 2009, 22:27
awesome is the word
  • Omolara
  • United States
  • 5 Jan 2010, 08:45
This is breath taking.

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