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Photo 101 ~ Day Fifteen: Landscape & Cropping – Hill View of George Town   Leave a comment

Photo 101
Day Fifteen: Landscape & Cropping – Hill View of George Town

This photograph was taken during Photographic Society of Penang’s Photo Outing of Sunrise at Penang Hill. However, the sun did not appear due to intense cloud coverage on the mainland. In the end we just took photographs of the cityscape. As city dweller, I seldom take natural landscape nor have the luxury of shooting beautiful natural landscape in the city and I shall search further for natural landscape which I took a few years ago on the Mainland from my photo archives. I submit this first entry until I get another natural landscape from my archives which is in another hard disc. Apologies.

As for my photo editing, I use Picasa for cropping and other required editing. It is very convenient for me as I am using for many years but the problem is the storage of the photographs as I have a few hundreds of files of numerous photographs. As a senior citizen, I forgot to label the hard disc so the problem of recalling starts.

SP Lim

Penang Hill Sunrise

A Hill View of the City of George Town, Penang at sunrise

Can you observe the faint lightings of the two bridges connecting Penang Island to the Mainland Penang? The First Penang Bridge is 13.5 km or 8.4 miles long, built by the Koreans of South Korea or Republic of Korea (Hangul: 대한민국; hanja: 大韓民國), while the Second Bridge is 24 km or 15 miles long, built by the Chinese of People’s Republic of China. The Second Penang Bridges is known as the Sultan Abdul Halim Muadzam Shah Bridge (Malay: Jambatan Sultan Abdul Halim Muadzam Shah or Jambatan Kedua Pulau Pinang).

Near Sungai Dua

The landscape of Seberang Perai Utara (Northern Part of Mainland Penang) with more natural greenery.

I managed to take this more natural landscape of the Northern part of Mainland Penang (Seberang Perai Utara in Malay) where animals like goats, cattle and chicken were reared. There are padi (rice) fields nearby.

SP Lim


Photo 101
Day Fifteen: Landscape & Cropping

We’ve practiced our establishing shots, captured street scenes, and observed the natural world. Today, let’s walk in the footsteps of masters like Ansel Adams and focus on landscape photography.

Landscapes generally focus on wide, vast depictions of nature and all of its elements, from formations to weather. In this genre of photography, you won’t find much of a human presence: nature itself is the subject. A focus on nature isn’t mandatory, however — you can capture a sweeping panorama of an entire city, town, or industrial area.


Today, snap a picture of a landscape. Focus on the gestalt — the entire setting as a whole, like the shot above of the English countryside in Kent — rather than a specific subject or focal point within the scene. The setting itself is the star.

Get inspired: the landscapes of nature photographer Kerry Mark Leibowitz are stunning.

Today’s Tip: Ready to do some basic image editing? Sift through your landscapes and find one that needs cropping. (You can look back to previous shots from the course, too.) Look for:

Stray objects in the background, near the frame’s edges and corners.
People around the perimeter that have “photo-bombed” your picture.
A foreground or background that is too prominent or “heavy.”
A composition that is too-centered, with your subject right in the middle, that might benefit from cropping along two sides (in other words, cropping to the “Rule of Thirds”).
You can crop any image in your dashboard. When viewing the image in your Media Library, click Edit Image:

In the Edit Image screen, drag your cursor across the frame to select the area of the image you’d like to keep. When you release, the crop option — the first icon at the far left — will become clickable. Clicking this button will crop your image.

While you can crop as much as you’d like off the sides, top, or bottom, your image may only need a subtle snip. Start slow, and crop little by little. If you make a mistake, restore the original version in the Edit Image tool under Restore Original Image.

If you choose not to use the crop tool in your dashboard, you can also use Photoshop, PicMonkey, or an application on your computer like Preview (Mac) or Photo Gallery (Windows).

Josh R. and the Team

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