Cropping a shot that has no outside area

Hi- People often send me photos of their home that they want in a header. But they take the shot close up, so there's no room on either side of the home.

It makes it impossible, in my view, to crop it to even a 980x434 size, which is still high for a banner.

Does anyone have a trick? I'm uploading a photo. The actual size I have is 5184x3456. I need to try to crop it to 980x534. In my opinion, that means I need to add content to either side in order to get the whole home in. No idea what to do, and any advice is most welcome. Thanks! I have Photoshop CS5 or Adobe Illustrator CS5.
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GaryCommented:
Why don't you use the trick they use on tv for widescreen when using 4:3 video and repeat the image but blur it out.
You can't fit a square in a round hole
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mel200Author Commented:
OK, I will try that. Thanks.
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WebDevEMCommented:
Expanding on GaryC123's concept -

You could also copy the original image to a background layer, stretch it to fit, and apply a radial blur (zoom) of 50, then resize and stroke the un-blurred image in the foreground.  That will draw attention towards the un-blurred image.
Original copied to background w/radial blurIt really depends on the effect you want, but I think the idea is to have something somewhat meaningful (rather than just a background color or difference clouds)
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GaryCommented:
I was thinking more like this, but you would have to play with the sizing so the blurring blends in better with the main image e.g. the left roof looks a bit odd whereas the right side doesn't look distracting.
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mel200Author Commented:
I like both ideas, thanks everyone!
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EirmanChief Operations ManagerCommented:
In the future, ask your customers to shoot a few photos .... one of the left .... middle .... and right.

Then stitch them together into a panorama and crop to suit
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mel200Author Commented:
Both great ideas, thanks!
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EirmanChief Operations ManagerCommented:
Actually, Left and right will probably do, so long as there is some common area in the middle.

Then stitch them together into a panorama and crop to suit
http://sites.duke.edu/oit-mps/2010/11/16/stitching-a-panorama-in-photoshop-cs5/

This will produce by far, the best results
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mel200Author Commented:
Thanks, Eirman- great idea, but I was in a hurry, so the other ideas were more to my needs.
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EirmanChief Operations ManagerCommented:
Not to worry mel200 .... maybe next time

In general, it's always worth waiting a day or so after the last reply before closing out a question.
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mel200Author Commented:
ok, good advice thanks.
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