For Scott Thomas' photo assignment:
Before cropping, straight out of the camera:
After cropping (and clicking "enhance" in iPhoto):
I think if you click on the image, you'll get the full size.
If I didn't "get it" then maybe I need to win the prize! LOL.
This was taken from a moving vehicle with a point and shoot, so I consider myself lucky to have gotten anything.
(Edited to correct the title to "thirds". Oops! I must have been thinking "Leaves of Three".)