I don't think that you should crop the images. The thing is, especially with #3... it has a very nice sense of dynamic movement. If you crop to center, it will become stagnant.
The thing with minimalism is to keep the info of the subject as minimal as possible but yet add dynamic movement. This movement is felt as part of the visual elements of the image. You've applied that device very well.
Oh, my wife just said... No Divorce, we're together till death....
these are wonderful PetitP ... I noticed your Lambretta scooters in the "Winter ..." thread had a similarly quality of zip and movement ... the subject "Light in Darkness" would make a good share/show thread too
These pictures are "straight" (resized with Olympus IB software) out of the camera using camera settings.
I used in-cam "grainy" art filter (it gives B&W pictures) which, from my little experience (2 months) gives great result on subjects who are also originaly somehow black and white.
Especially for you Nate, here is one photo to illustrate the above comment....probably much too old to fit into a Navy plane
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Slightly off-topic, the plane (father is the pilot) where this altimeter was. Prototype of Druine Turbulent.
Those are very nice, I haven't used the grainy art filter much, but I have been experimenting with in camera monotone settings. My current Monotone setup is Contrast: +1, Sharpness: +1, Filter: Green, Tone: Neutral. Here's a couple that kind of work with your thread title: