Marine life

Are you using square crop in your images?
I was looking at this simple scene I photographed last month in Sea Life, aquarium in Mall of America. There was a lot of negative space around the shell and the star. Yes, the small stones have distinct texture, but there was still too much of it, no need for it. The square crop allowed to focus the image on what it really is about- the large shell. The scene was monotone anyway, in a boring, yellowish way. I turned it into black and white and replaced original color with a more pleasing tone. Now you can see better, how the flow of water in this small artificial pool creates lines through the image, parallel to the shell and helping it stand out.
if you want to learn more about square crop, stop by the blog tomorrow.