Monday, October 7, 2019

Cropped Close-Ups I, Zuiko OM 21mm F3.5

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Olympus E-P5, Olympus Zuiko OM 21mm F3.5

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Cropped Close-Ups I, Zuiko OM 21mm F3.5

'Five frames with the Olympus Zuiko OM 21mm F3.5 cropped and resized close-ups of garden variety plants'

Cropping is a technique that you may want to apply, especially for close-ups, if you are faced with circumstances that make you unable to fill up your frame with the subject you are shooting.

Olympus E-P5, Olympus OM Zuiko 21mm F3.5
This may include having to step back from your subject to gain depth of field and sharpness, or to remove distracting background elements.

As in my case here, I was testing the ultra-wide-angle Olympus Zuiko OM 21mm F3.5 which I had mounted on the 2x crop-sensor E-P5, which effectively makes the lens a 42mm equivalent on full-frame cameras.

Even at the lens's closest focusing distance of 0.2 meters, subjects seen by the almost 'perfect normal' equivalent focal length lens is only as the eyes see it, no magnification.

Cropping, on the other hand, helps to fine-tune the composition, eliminate unused space from the image frame, remove distracting background, and help direct the viewer to the area of the image that is most important or interesting.

With cropping, you will also lose a portion of the original image size, and you might need to post-processes the cropped-image for color adjustment, after exposure adjustments, fine-tuning the contrast and image sharpening.

Olympus E-P5, Olympus OM Zuiko 21mm F3.5

Some of these elements are necessary as close-ups may tend to pick up and reflect the colors of their surroundings more than other images. Being a single subject matter, close-ups may tend to be monochromatic as well, and this is where it makes it pertinent to post-process for contrast adjustments.


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