How low can you go? Can you go down low? πŸ˜€

l like my monthly photography posts. It gives me a push to squeeze those creative juices. It makes me think of other ways to present a blog post, and in turn breaks monotony of my posting patterns. This post idea was also long overdue. I doubted on how well it will come out, and how easy or hard it is to compose. The idea is “simply” to crop pictures into small strips.

Cropping down pictures into strips is not new to anybody with a blog (header photo) or a Facebook (cover photo). The first time I did this was actually with my once popular front page, 2.22 Destinations. The normal frame sizes are just too large in one page, and so, I decided to crop each of the images. I love the result. Thank you, by the way, for the 400 Likes on that page.

Some of my notable stripped images I had …


“Stripped” is also a sub-title from my post “Shot into Smithereens“.

Here’s two of the most recognized header photos this blog ever had …


Venice Beach in LA


Sunset Blvd in San Diego

What I anticipated composing this post is the number of workable pictures I can use. I doubted that most images won’t work when I frame it smaller. I had to sift through my archive trying to find pictures that haven’t really introduced before. That’s what I wanted as much as possible, to use pictures I haven’t shared before. Otherwise, I lose the mystery of the photo. That’s one of the idea you get – wondering what part of the image is removed and how did it look originally.

Slab City, California

Okinawa coast

Florence, Italy

Drake’s Beach in Point Reyes, California

The advantage and disadvantage of cropping image comes side by side. The advantage is it allows me to hide what I don’t want to show πŸ˜€ It also makes you remove distractions and stay in focus of the subject. With that, I get to present images I wouldn’t normally share.

Cadiz, Spain


Muir Beach in California

Seabee Days

Seabee Days

The disadvantage is, well, you don’t get to see everything. So, from me composing this post, I had to find pictures whereΒ it’s okay toΒ lose certain portion/s of a picture, which is not always the case.

Oxnard, California

Japanese school children making mocchi


Morro Bay, California

Venice Beach

Venice Beach


Caramoan, Philippines


Murphy Auto Museum in Oxnard, California

As it turns out, this is actually easier than when I did BLAQUE. I also couldn’t visualize how it good this will look. As for me, tiny strips of images on top of each other, I love the result. It was a bit stressful at first but I had a bit of fun doing it too. πŸ˜‰

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Whaddayathink? Do let me know which is/are your favorite (except for the first five) and I’ll eventually change the blog’s header photo with whatever gets the most mentioned.


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  1. I think it’s fabulous! I’ve recently found the wonder of cropping to make a subject “pop”. It’s a great tool to use. You’ve presented some great strips!

  2. I learned something from you today. Thank you! Lovely pictures. I like so many of them and it’s hard for me to pick one. I’ll have to come back and stare at them a little longer πŸ˜‰

    • πŸ˜‰ That is another shot similar to the one from the original post. The carabaos were not smaller on the one here so I diverted the focus on the trees instead. πŸ˜‰

          • Thank you, I’m no expert… just fooling around with a camera that I don’t know how to use! We have some things in common. Our daughter just finished her Freshman year at USC, so we visit the Los Angeles area ALOT. But to us it is fresh and new and exciting because we’re only visitors…but by the 4th day we’re ready to get out of there! THE TRAFFIC MAKES MY EYE TWITCH!! Also, I think Rome is the best city in Italy. Easily. πŸ™‚

    • The original of that image is actually presentable, just haven’t had the opportunity to post it. I hope I get to show the original in the future. Thanks for the comment and visit, bluerock. πŸ˜€

  3. Oh, Rommel, you seriously want me to pick a favorite? Impossible! Too many! I love these. I can tell you some of them that I favor — Florence, Italy; cat on a wire; waves on the beach. But they are all wonderful! πŸ™‚

    • Nice of you to pick the unlikely. I love the accessories, buttons and switches on old cars. When I was at the museum, I wondered why we lost those kinds of designs on newer cars.

  4. I see a bunch of pretty postcards! You should set up shop and sell them. πŸ™‚ I do wonder if you have ever tried to enter an arts festival? A friend of mine got in the Main Street here locally as an emerging artist. I totally think you could nail that. πŸ˜‰

  5. Great shots Rommel, I am a fan of that type of cropping for my landscapes. It is so effective. I particularly (and Im not sure why) love the Caramoan Phillipines photo but they are all fantastic.

  6. Excellent crops from great compositions. Yes I do a lot of cropping not only to make it pop but also to take one’s eyes to where you want them to focus. I can’t help you pick, your strips are just outstanding!

  7. Everything looks so gorgeous, it makes it hard to pick. But I like the one on venice beach because of the uniqueness of the focus and the cat on the wire because that is just a powerful image. If I HAVE to make a choice, I would say it depends on my mood when I’m forced to choose …haha…spoken like a female right? πŸ˜€

  8. Rommel Strips! Well that made me look twice! Joking aside, I just love all of them. You’re an artist, and you have have a terrific eye for a picture. I’ve seen lots of clever and technically perfect photos on different blogs, but many don’t have ‘feeling’. Yours ooze it. πŸ™‚

  9. oh my goodness, all of these are gorgeous! I think the lily flower (#2) is my top favorite, but since it’s in the first five I will pick more: Okinawa Coast, Morro Bay surfboards, Caramoan, boat on lake under cloudy skies, and the old books πŸ™‚

  10. This was genius Rommel! I would never be able to pick a favorite but I love what you have done. It was very interesting to look at images you have previously posted and have my eye take me to another part of the photo. πŸ™‚

  11. I miss ‘stripping’ now that I don’t have a header image at all. Yours are all brilliant Rommel. The lotus and the cat on the wire are particular stand outs for me.

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