View Full Version : Which crop do you prefer?

08-20-2010, 09:17 PM
I'm undecided at this point of how to frame this portrait....cropped or uncropped? I could use your input, if you would ---- Which one looks most pleasing to your eye?

Kathryn Wilson
08-20-2010, 09:58 PM
I think a crop between the two - one just above the bustline.

08-20-2010, 10:01 PM
I prefer crop #1.

Very nicely done, by the way!


08-20-2010, 11:28 PM
Crop #1 gets my vote too.

08-21-2010, 12:02 AM
I guess I'm muddying the issue since I like it a bit better uncropped, the way it darkens and softens at the bottom is very cool. But the crop looks good too, it won't ruin it if you go for the crop. The balance is different, I just really like the balance of the uncropped version and that's personal taste.

08-21-2010, 12:58 AM
I vote for crop #1 ... the bustline is a distraction from her face ... it could be cropped a tad lower as has been suggested, but as you have it is nice ... i think your instincts told you so too, considering where you signed it ... :)

08-21-2010, 01:53 AM
another vote for 1 with just a bit more..

08-21-2010, 10:54 AM
Another vote for Crop 1 with a little more.

08-21-2010, 11:34 AM
Yet another vote for Crop #1 with a little more!

Elena in Exeter
08-21-2010, 01:39 PM
Yep - something between the two. I think because of the length of her hair she needs a little more vertical balance than the first crop.

Good luck choosing!


08-21-2010, 02:01 PM
Well I first thought no 1 too as it makes a good portrait but there is something about the attitude in no 2 that makes it a little different. I guess as you know her you would know which is more her. Whatever you do this is excellent. Jen

pastel lover
08-22-2010, 01:30 AM

It is a wonderful portrait so you can't go wrong either way. However, I prefer the second, rectangular one rather than the square. In the first one her face cuts the painting almost exactly in half horizontally & also close to center vertically. For be the second is a more pleasing composition & I love the way the dark circles around the bottom & ends at her eye line lending more emphasis to her eyes. Very well done.


08-22-2010, 04:23 AM
Here's another vote for crop # 1.

Merethe T
08-22-2010, 09:43 AM
Another vote for #1 here, it puts more focus on the face.

Beautiful portrait, great work!

08-22-2010, 11:10 PM
Thank you so much for all your input - reading your comments helps me to remember how important balance and placement are.......I've been unsatisfied with my attempts to figure out how to crop this (my gut is telling me to bring the focus in and not be so emotionally attached to parts that aren't necessary to convey who my neice is - i.e. the knit vest.) I'm known for chopping off the upper parts of heads, so I thinks that's what is going to happen.) More like this: