A Trio Of Pelicans – Framing And Cropping

three pelicans

There were more than three pelicans on the water. I shot the image with a Fuji X100s. It is a fixed-lens camera with a 35mm-equivalent lens. So the shot captured more than just these three pelicans – though I focused on the ones you see here.

The birds were swimming about and there was only a relatively small area of water that was free of distracting background.

I think of photography a bit like archery. It all comes together in a moment, and then the shot is committed and it wings on its way.

How do we frame shots? Unless we close our eyes and shoot blindly then every shot is the consequence of many factors going on in the photographer’s mind.

What decides whether and where the finished image will be cropped? Even a decision not to crop is a framing decision.

Petition The White House To Prosecute Trump

I have never before used this site as a platform for a political point of view. But the times call for people to oppose the person who might become the Republican presidential candidate.

The link below is to a petition to the White House to prosecute Trump for inciting violence. It has 50,000+ signatures already since March 13 and it needs another 40,000+ by April 12. That number seems eminently doable if enough people are reached.

Legal precedent: Brandenburg v. Ohio, where the Court held that government cannot punish inflammatory speech unless that speech is directed to inciting, and is likely to incite, imminent lawless action, which the petition claims is exactly the case with Trump’s statements.

Arrest and prosecute Donald J. Trump for incitement to violence. Legal precedent: Brandenburg v. Ohio.

This is a video of MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow documenting where Trump has held his rallies; why he has held them where he has; and the inflammatory statements he has made at them.

This is the link to the White House petition

Sign it if you agree, and share it as widely as you can.