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Extreme Cropping with the Sony A7r at the Long Beach Grand Prix

By Pye Jirsa on May 14th 2014

The Advantages of Cropping

Cropping with sony a7r

These days almost every camera manufacturer makes a high megapixel camera capable of providing insane amounts of detail in our images, leaving us with many cropping options. In the video and article below we’re going to show you how to take advantage of extreme cropping with a high megapixel camera.

Watch The Extreme Cropping with the Sony A7r Video

My Mixology

  • 01-30 BASE-VIVID: 30b. Vivid – Import + Profile (RESET)
  • 02-00 CURVES-NEUTRAL: 04a. Vintage Punch – Standard

Local Area Adjustments

  • Graduated Filter: 03 Burn (Darken) -0.5 Stop

Cropping Our Image

The first thing I’m going to do to my image is apply the “01-30 BASE-VIVID: 30b. Vivid – Import + Profile (RESET)” preset, and now I’m ready to crop my image. When I was taking this photo I was shooting with a 2×1 crop in mind. I’m going to compose my crop so that the yellow racecar is the focus of the image.

2x1 crop

Look at the difference this crop makes! We’re able to get up close and personal with the racecars and it gives this image a more intense feeling.

long beach grand prix crop

The amazing thing is that even though we cropped away most of the photo, we’re still left with an impressive 7-8 megapixel image. There’s still plenty of details in this picture and if we were to print this image it would look just fine.

8 mp image

Finishing Our Edit

Now that we have cropped our image to satisfaction, we need to finish our edit. I want this image to have a 70’s style cinematic look (Have you seen the movie Rush?), which is why I’m applying the 02-00 CURVES-NEUTRAL: 04a. Vintage Punch – Standard preset. After some minor tweaks with Color Temp and Contrast, and after applying 3 Gradient Filters (watch video above to see how those were applied) I am finished with this edit. Here’s what our original photo and finished photo look like.


long beach grand prix photo


long beach grand prix photo


Conclusion and Learn More

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Q&A Discussions

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  1. Basit Zargar

    Awesome :) Mind blowing

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  2. eric smi

    No offense, but this isn’t even a thing that needs to be on the internet.

    I can’t believe how long winded this has made a simple tool..

    I think I crop every single photo I’ve ever taken at least a little

    1. Decide if you want to crop
    if yes
    2. Select crop and do it


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    • Pye

      Apparently you didn’t watch the video where we actually show how to produce the look to the final processed image as well. Even if you did, keep in mind that everyone is at a different skill level. Many don’t realize that you can crop to this extent with high resolution cameras. For those that do, we also talk about the A7r, my experience shooting with it, and the production to get to the final color grading. But again, it is doubtful you watched the video, apologies if I am wrong.

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  3. Bokehman

    Sorry, but I’m not that impressed, I do crops like that from my D700 and they look great.

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    • Andre

      I own D700 and you cannot go crazy with cropping “Bokeman”. I also own D800 and i can do the same crazy cropping with it.

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  4. Yannick

    Interesting, but why did you crop the front of the black car and not behind the yellow car? Also, can you explain this aspect ratio?

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    • Pye

      The Sony A7r has pretty poopy focusing. So I pre-focused. Just so happened that the sharpest portion of the image was the yellow car. So I cropped for that. Would have been awesome if the front of the black car was sharp, then it would have been a much different crop =)

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