What our eyes don’t see..

Hi there! Long time, eh?

I want to talk about composition, posing the model and cropping.. Big subjects! I won’t go into details with each field, they just have one thing in common; Doing it wrong and you end up with a totally different picture than you intended to make.

If you take a image of a person and you crop the image right on the knee or elbow the viewer thinks the rest of the leg/arm outside the frame is amputated. And why is that? Why can’t our brain comprehend that the image is just stopping there, and the poor person still got his arm or leg intact? And why isn’t that a problem in reality? If the same person hides his arm behind a wall in real life preventing you to see the arm from elbow and down you don’t get the idea that he is amputated.

- Because of the 3rd Dimension in reality versus 2-d the moment you capture it on a media. Even though you can somehow trick your brain to think a picture is in 3-d by shoot it on wide open aperture (low f-stop) and therefore getting a low depth of field making you think something is closer than the rest, it’s still in 2-d.

Another thing I see from time to time is people sometimes crop their image right on the breasts of a woman, turning the poor girl into having way to large breasts. We can’t see the breast shape and we can’t see where it ends, and that can in some circumstances make our brain think the girl got bigger breasts than she have in reality.

I’ve tried to demonstrate it on this lovely image of Henriette Espersen shot by one of my friends, Alexander.

- It’s not the best example, but I hope you get the idea! I would’ve wanted a image where it was cropped on the shoulders too so you couldn’t see how large the rest of the girl is. Right now you can easily see how healthy she is and has no overweight at all! It would be unnatural if she had huge long breasts so you won’t exactly be tricked right away to think otherwise!


Now, Alexander didn’t crop it that way luckily for Henriette. Can you see the difference though?


Source: Alexander Flemming (www.alexanderflemming.net)

Here are some more examples on how your brain get tricked!


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