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Seeing the chair on a cold, empty beach in Montauk gave me a sense of emptiness of the scene,devoid of people
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Lovely image in the late sun
good comp and use of shadows
A well seen oportunity, I like the idea and composition. As you have enabled mods I have done one. All I have done is select the back of the deckchair and with curves increase the effect of the strong sunlight shining through it. Cropped some from the sky and just a little from the base to focus the interest on the chair and shadow.
As with all things it is very much personal taste.
A wonderfully sharp and clean image - using f9 has everything in focus from the footprints to the superbly sharp horizon. I suppose the chair might have been better facing into the picture, but it is a great shot as it is.
You found a great scene, Peter.
You have made a feature of the long shadow of the chair, and I am therefore not sure if my suggestion would have worked.
You haven't placed the chair in the centre, which is good.
However, the chair would look better if it were more to the left, with space on the right side, the area into which the chair is facing. This makes the shot more compositionally pleasing and it also helps guide the viewer’s eye through the image, in the direction your subject is facing. The viewer can then imagine sitting there and gazing out to sea, and to the far horizon. The empty chair becomes an invitation.
In order to achieve this at the time of shooting, you would have had to move to the left and try to get as much of the shadow within your frame as possible. Not an easy one.
The top of the chair is in line with the horizon. By using a lower pov, you could have had the top of the chair above the horizon, and this would have given more definition to its outline and helped it to stand out better.
Good idea and concept. A couple of things to consider: i am not sure that all the footprints in the sand convey loneliness; getting a higher pov would stop the top of the chair crossing the horizon and add more depth to the picture enhancing the loneliness concept; the positioning of the chair which points out of the scene and reduces the depth of the image. As a challenge - does it need to be B&W? That said it is good effort as it is very hard to convey emotion in an image with so few elements. Steve.
I like this a lot. I agree that is less lonliness than expextation. If the chair was looking directly out to sea, and was small on a lower third, perhaps more like lonely. I want to sit in this one!
I like the mod by Ivor too. I think panorama works. I would suggest going further by adding space to the right which places the chair in a better position for me. Its underexposed of course because you are shooting towards the light, and the sand, like snow, can cause underexposure. Using exposure comp of +2/3 would have helped. Addressing the exposure, with a small contrast increase works well.
There is a significant barrel distortion visible as the horizon curves upwards in the centre. This would be quite noticeable if you made a large print of this, and its easily corrected in Photoshop.
The mod shows what I mean. View large.
I rather like this and the idea is good. Just include all the shadow and I would have stayed with colour. Not an ideal mono shot.
Thanks all for your comments, suggestions, and modifications. These all help in future photographs.
And, I think that this still is better as a monochrome.....color to me interferes with the imagery.
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