not the dreaded crop!
We’re all taught and nagged to “compose in the viewfinder” and that “cropping is sacrilege” and, by and large, I kind of tend to agree. You really should be committed to the discipline of being able to work out how to compose and shoot a subject so that what is included in your frame consists solely of what you wanted to be there.
Sometimes, though, one can crop for fun and enjoyment and to profit from a picture you wouldn’t have had otherwise, as whatever was good about it may have been lost in the other stuff that surrounded it within that frame.
This is one such example. I was constricted a bit by being on the beach with my recently-acquired 80-200mm lens and this kayaker was a fair way from shore. Still, I could see that it would look good when her kayak traversed the sparkly bit of Port Phillip Bay just below the setting sun, so I took a shot at 200mm. This was OK but there were a couple of kayaks in the frame and a fair bit of extraneous stuff that didn’t really add much to the picture. As I looked closer I saw that just this bit looked really good so - out came the cropping scissors!
I didn’t take the shot thinking I’d crop it later, but now I’m really happy with the result. Discipline and rules be damned!
Oh, and the water spilling from her paddle was a lucky accident, but to my way of thinking it kind of makes the picture.