Mother’s Day thoughts – Koala & joey drawing

Mother's Day thoughts - drawing of koala & joey by Siobhan Sullivan May 2020

Sending good Mother’s Day thoughts your way.

The best thing to hold onto in life is each other.

Audrey Hepburn

Making the cut-Capitol Reef National Park: LAPC

The Lens-Artists Photo Challenge this week is cropping the shot. I’m sharing before and after images taken at Capitol Reef National Park near Torrey, Utah. These pictures show examples of making the cut to highlight the subject matter.

Sometimes you want to cut a road out of the picture so you can focus on the scenery. I loved the layered land forms at this park.

Capitol Reef National Park, Utah May 2017
Before…
Making the cut (cropped image) Capitol Reef National Park, Utah May 2017
and after.

Other times there’s a sign you overlooked. How did I not see that?

Capitol Reef National Park, Utah May 2017
Before…
Capitol Reef National Park, Utah May 2017
and after.

But there are other times when you want to emphasize a sign.

Sign at Capitol Reef National Park, Utah May 2017
Before…
Making the cut (cropped image) of sign Capitol Reef National Park, Utah May 2017
and after.

I was interested in that sign because a thunderstorm was about to break. Needless to say, we did not drive down the narrow canyon.

Note: I also used a perspective correction tool in my photo editing program to straighten the sign.

Sometimes a place deserves a more panoramic view so you give it a little trim. You have to decide where the best place is when you’re making the cut. Hope I didn’t cut it too short.

Capitol Reef National Park, Utah May 2017
Before…
Capitol Reef National Park, Utah May 2017
and after.

And then there are times when you add a little hidden Easter egg and wonder if anyone will notice it when you share the final cropped photo.

Capitol Reef National Park, Utah May 2017
Before…
Making the cut (cropped image) Capitol Reef National Park, Utah May 2017
and after.

Do you see the tiny tan smudge in the lower left corner on one of the flat rocks? That’s a white-tailed antelope squirrel traveling at Rocky J. Squirrel speed. Not a great picture of it, but good enough that I could identify it later. 😀

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge – Cropping the Shot