This is a mini mushroom farm that you buy at the store. It's just a card board box with mushroom spores that you water and watch them grow. We harvested some yesterday so I could make a mushroom, eggplant and goat cheese frittata for breakfast. Really good.
But I had to photograph them first. This got me thinking about something that came up in a class recently; cropping. I've never understood the people you see all over the internet who insist that they never crop an image. "I only crop in the camera" is a badge of honor that they wear. This makes no sense. You're letting the engineers who designed your sensor dictate the aesthetics of your image. Now I do try and get it as close as possible in the camera and more often than not that works . But not always. These are growing out of a card board box. That's not very interesting. Plus, the background was a problem. This was done on the dining room table with window light and my wife holding a towel behind to hide the living room. The shape you see above is what made the most sense, but that's not the shape of my sensor. So I cropped it to make it work.
It's always good to get as close as you can in the camera but don't be afraid to change the shape as needed. Sometimes it's; "note to self, crop when you get home". Let the subject decide the shape of the image, not the sensor.
More next week