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Cute Japanese Girl Photo Tells Different Story Cropped Four Ways

by Bob Kerstetter

When possible you want to photograph pictures to fill the frame. This means each photo contains everything you want and nothing else.

Cute Japanese Girl Jumps for Happiness During Cherry Blossom Season 2013

While nice in theory, perfect full-frame photos often happen by luck, especially when shooting action with you also on the move. At best you hope to capture your subject, plus some additional information. Latter you can improve your story by cropping.

So it happens at Senso-ji Temple (浅草寺) in the Asakusa (浅草) section of Tokyo, Japan. Cherry blossoms—sakura—fill the trees.

Sakura at Senso-ji Temple

The action starts when a cute Japanese girl jumps for a happiness photo. While, you aspire to capture the photographer and the jumper, you capture much more.

The photo you share tells a slightly different story, depending on how you crop it.

In this unposed shot the girl focuses on the photographer.

Cute Japanese Girl Jumps for Happiness During Cherry Blossom Season 2013

Widen the view a bit and her grandmother notices your camera.

Cute Japanese Girl Jumps for Happiness During Cherry Blossom Season 2013

Pull in some more edge material and her mother looks at something down the street.

Cute Japanese Girl Jumps for Happiness During Cherry Blossom Season 2013

In its full frame, the photo shows everyone else going about their own business.

Only a tourist with a camera stops to watch.

Cute Japanese Girl Jumps for Happiness During Cherry Blossom Season 2013

The first cropping shows the picture you wanted. You moved too slow to shoot it in full frame.

Cute Japanese Girl Jumps for Happiness During Cherry Blossom Season 2013

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