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The combination of a high tide and a storm caused this boat to break its moring and drift across the bay and end up stranded high and dry. It was there for a few days till there was a enough of a tide to lift it off.

I wanted it to look like an oil painting, ! wonder if it leaves you thinking it does or its not quite hitting the mark?

Brand:Canon
Camera:Canon EOS 5D MkIII
Lens:EF17-40mm f/4L USM
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Date Taken:29 Dec 2013 - 4:31 PM
Focal Length:21mm
Aperture:f/22.0
Shutter Speed:0.5sec
ISO:100
Exposure Mode:Manual
Metering Mode:Multi-segment
Flash:Off, Did not fire
Title:GU315
Username:GManVespa GManVespa
Uploaded:27 Jan 2014 - 11:22 PM
Votes:Voting Disabled

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banehawi
banehawi Critique Team 10933 forum postsbanehawi vcard Canada2947 Constructive Critique Points
28 Jan 2014 - 12:34 AM

It works for me, - really nice image, dramatic and with that sky it does look "painterly". Theres a real sense of brush strokes in the sea too, - I would buy a painting like it!



Willie

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peekay2001
28 Jan 2014 - 2:14 AM

lovely image.. i love the colors.. bold and striking, which go a long way with the content and grimness..
and the turbulence in the very foreground is very telling too..

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Mike43
Mike43 e2 Member 3Mike43 vcard England16 Constructive Critique Points
28 Jan 2014 - 7:51 AM

Great photo, but for me maybe the trawler is just a little bit too far to the right, almost out of the photo and I think I understand why but for me just maybe just a little bit to the left. Maybe I am just getting picky in my old age.
Mike.

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mrswoolybill Critique Team 8481 forum postsmrswoolybill vcard United Kingdom1077 Constructive Critique Points
28 Jan 2014 - 8:24 AMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 

I like the way you use breadth of frame, here as in your first upload. A composition needs a visual 'subject', a focal point for the eye to come to rest on, but really the subject is the emptiness.

Just those two splashes of strong colour on the right, the boat and the lobster pot, are so effective against the essentially grey tones, and also make me see the green in the water at the horizon.

I'm interested in the shutter speed. This isn't at all my area, but looking at the waves I assumed that it would be a bit faster, to capture that breaking wave top right. The waves have a lovely balance for me between precision and movement. Capture the moment but feel the flow.
Moira

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paulbroad
paulbroad  782 forum posts United Kingdom875 Constructive Critique Points
28 Jan 2014 - 10:43 AM

A fine image indeed. Loads of lovelly quality. In general, I like the very dramatic composition, but just wonder if the boat is a tad too near the right.

Paul

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Quoise
Quoise e2 Member 1298 forum postsQuoise vcard United Kingdom
28 Jan 2014 - 12:32 PM

I think this is a great shot, very dramatic. I do tend to agree about the boat, I think it's just a little too far to the rhs. I still like the image though Smile

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pamelajean
pamelajean Critique Team 8806 forum postspamelajean vcard United Kingdom1636 Constructive Critique Points
28 Jan 2014 - 7:23 PM

I like the story, Glen, and the atmosphere you have tried to create.
Your horizon is nice and straight.
The clouds provide the mood, the boat adds that bit of colour to lift the image.

I wonder if an even slower shutter speed might have given you more of the oil painting effect you were looking for.
Your chosen shutter speed has affected the foreground water, but hasn't had much effect on the background or the clouds.

I have a feeling that there might have been rocks and shore to the right of the boat and that this could be the reason why you positioned it so close to the left frame edge. I feel the need for the boat to be more inside the frame, part of the picture, part of the story. Also, the lobster pot is an interesting and colourful element, but again too near the edge.

I wonder what the image would look like if you had moved more to your right and hopefully including that extra bit of breathing space for the boat. This would also have given you a bit of an angle on the boat.

When using "negative space", the closer you place your subject to the edge of the frame, the more tension you create. Maybe this was your intention. The rule of thirds is a good guideline to follow when deciding on the placement of your main subject.

Pamela.

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chase
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28 Jan 2014 - 7:51 PM

Great subject matter & I do like the hint of movement in the waves.
For me it does just need a teeny bit more to the right of the frame in order to put the boat on more of a third,it does look a tad cramped right on that far edge.
Nice light which has given you good shapes on the rocks & boat,that green does make a rather nice statement in the frame.

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dark_lord Critique Team 101491 forum postsdark_lord vcard England141 Constructive Critique Points
30 Jan 2014 - 9:25 PM

There's lovely drama in the sky and light. I hope you took some shots of just seascapes without the boat as there looks to be a great selection of images on offer here.
I too would like to see the boat further into the frame.
Keith

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fazzer
fazzer e2 Member 537 forum postsfazzer vcard United Kingdom6 Constructive Critique Points
30 Jan 2014 - 9:39 PM

superb image, that sky is beautiful and that touch of movement in the water is spot on it definitely looks very painterly, might be tempted to lift the darks just a tad in the rocks but Love it SmileSmile

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SWMahy
SWMahy e2 Member 6SWMahy vcard United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
4 Feb 2014 - 9:48 PM

Welcome to Ephotozine, Glen. This is the best place I know of for worthwhile comments and constructive critique - not just a load of 'great photo my friend, please take a look at my portfolio', like some other websites I could mention. Smile

I really like this. Your processing for me is spot on. I don't know how you achieved that lovely painterly look but I think it suits the subject and light perfectly.

The slight movement in the sea is a nice touch, retaining enough detail in the water. I like the crab pot too. Yes, the crop and the placement of the boat is quite extreme. Maybe if there was something towards the left of the frame it would make the image more balanced and harmonious - but there's nothing wrong with a bit of tension and disharmony, is there?

A photo which definitely floats my boat. (get it?) Smile

Steve.

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GManVespa
5 Feb 2014 - 12:27 PM


Quote: Welcome to Ephotozine, Glen. This is the best place I know of for worthwhile comments and constructive critique - not just a load of 'great photo my friend, please take a look at my portfolio', like some other websites I could mention. Smile

I really like this. Your processing for me is spot on. I don't know how you achieved that lovely painterly look but I think it suits the subject and light perfectly.

The slight movement in the sea is a nice touch, retaining enough detail in the water. I like the crab pot too. Yes, the crop and the placement of the boat is quite extreme. Maybe if there was something towards the left of the frame it would make the image more balanced and harmonious - but there's nothing wrong with a bit of tension and disharmony, is there?

A photo which definitely floats my boat. (get it?) Smile

Steve.

Thanks for the comments Steve. I was a member years ago but got lost in other picture sites and social media.

Finally decided to move away from club competitions while I concentrate on some styles and ideas I want to explore further.

Judging by comments and critique so far this seems to a better balanced site to the one I remember. So expect the weird as well as the chocolate box.

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