I generally crop every photo, unless it’s framed perfectly (a rarity for me). I’m more of a photographer than a naturalist, so I don’t just crop. I sort, geotag, process, check time, add metadata, export to jpeg (often multiple times after checking errors or missing items), and upload—and the process for a single day’s photos takes several hours for me.
Photos of organisms that are blurry, too indistinct to make out, too far away, too dark, etc.—I don’t upload them.
Understood about the people with low bandwidth. I have been leaving some of the organism’s environment in the photos I upload most of the time. I know putting the organism in its environment is not one of iNat’s primary aims, but I think it could be useful to people. The photos are high resolution, so they’re zoom-able if you’ve got the bandwidth.
I realize that some people may simply skip photos in which the organism is small or far. I try to balance that generally by putting the most closeup and cropped photo of an observation in first position in the carousel.
In this case, the birds are so distant that the crops would be too small, and they’re about all the same size, so I didn’t think it would be worth it. And it does take more than a few seconds, as someone else mentioned. It requires, for me, exporting some 21 different jpegs for the set of 3 photos and 6 birds, cropping 3 for each bird and including one full scene. Like I mentioned, I’ve added text to specify which bird the observation is and its location. If zooming is too much for some people, I hope that others with bandwidth will take a look. I guess if nobody made the id with time, I’d scrap it or try the extra crops.
Again, this is a special case, not a movement against cropping or making it easier for people to id. We want to make it nice and easy for people to view and take the time to identify. Anyway, that’s why I included the link, so people could see how this instance works.