interesting.. last year i actually decided to start cropping a few select images here and there, after all, everyone else does it and so why not.. but, it makes me feel dirty each and every time i do it.
This is a 105 with 2x TC, non cropped, full frame. Sure, i could have done the same with a simple 60mm and cropped it but... Don't people feel that sense of satisfaction from working on a photo for 30 mins before pulling the trigger and nailing the shot?! I guess not..
I dunno.. i assume 90% of people will say "use the technology, crop it in post" but I hate that, its just seems wrong
That's just me
haha.. i am becoming old and crotchety!
Hi Mike, nice to see you are still alive.
Nice image. Easy to understand why you feel that way.... after all, it is a lot easier to post process, and your image takes far more skill to do.
But what if you wanted the whole animal in focus (artistic choice)? Physical reality is that your setup could not do that. It could be done by using a different setup and cropping. It would not be the case of being lazy, but rather looking for a specific appearance. Would that be wrong? And if it is not, then making a judgement based on someone's intent would seem to be a bit difficult to do, and if it is, then one is passing judgement on what a good image is.
I've seen lots of your work, and you are one talented person. Whether you crop or not would not change that judgement, and it might just give you some more freedom to produce more of your work.