Monday, February 09, 2009

The Power of Cropping

I'm no Jon SooHoo, but I know an amazing photo when I see one. Check out Kobe Bryant as featured on last Monday's front page after his 61-point rampage at MSG:

(Click on picture for larger version.)

Kobe's expression, his musculature, the halo of the rim, the Knicks' championship banners in the background, the light flare; it's perfect.

A larger version of the photo is still outstanding, but introduces the concept of gravity, which destroys the illusion somewhat:

Kudos to AP photographer Kathy Willens for her work—and to an anonymous editor who made it even more effective.