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Taken on the Costa Del Sol.

Camera:Sony A390
Lens:18-55
Recording media:RAW (digital)
Title:SunriseBoat
Username:AlexRitchie AlexRitchie
Uploaded:24 Nov 2010 - 8:30 PM
Tags:Boat, Landscape / travel, Night / low light, Sunrise
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vandalp
vandalp  6
24 Nov 2010 - 8:39 PM

Brillant colours, great shot.
Vanda.

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Jestertheclown
24 Nov 2010 - 9:22 PM

Hi Alex and welcome to Epz. and the critique gallery.

I rather like this but it looks very orange so I've just put together a quick mod. with very few adjustments.

I used auto tone in CS5 which has re-arranged the colours and removed the shape in the sea (a wave?) in the foreground and a few other slight specks using the content aware tool.

Hope it's OK.

Bren.

Edit; I sharpened it slightly too.

Last Modified By Jestertheclown at 24 Nov 2010 - 9:25 PM

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AlexRitchie
24 Nov 2010 - 9:53 PM

I can't see the edited version. can you please re-load.
Thanks for comments.

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jammbulator
24 Nov 2010 - 10:01 PM

awesome shot. no wonder they call it costa del sol (suncoast)

jamm

Last Modified By jammbulator at 24 Nov 2010 - 10:04 PM

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Jestertheclown
24 Nov 2010 - 10:19 PM


Quote: I can't see the edited version. can you please re-load.

Strange.
It's large as life here. I'll try again.

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DRicherby
DRicherby  5269 forum posts United Kingdom725 Constructive Critique Points
25 Nov 2010 - 2:32 PMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 

Welcome to ePhotozine!

This is a nice shot to start your portfolio. There are a lot of sunset photos around but this is a pretty good one, with an interesting sky and a nice, recognizable silhouette in the foreground. There are a couple of things that could be improved but they're fairly minor.

Your horizon isn't quite straight. In this case, it's actually very close to straight — there's only a five-pixel difference from left to right, which isn't usually noticeable so, to be honest, this is more something to be aware of for the future, rather than a problem with this photo. On the land, we can imagine that a sloping horizon is just a hill but we know that the sea doesn't slope so it must be the camera at an angle.

The boat is an important inclusion as it gives both scale and a focal point to the photograph. However, it's not very well placed in this case. It's probably moored but we tend to imagine it sailing through the picture. In this photo, it's about to sail out of the picture, which introduces a note of sadness: the moment is about to pass, never to be seen again. It's better to have the boat facing into the photograph, which gives more of a feeling of permanence and tranquility. Nothing's going to change suddenly so we can relax and enjoy the photo at our leisure. (On a similar note, it's usually best to position any people or animals so that they're facing into the photograph, because we're naturally curious to follow their gaze and see what they're looking at. A person or animal facing the nearby edge of the photograph encourages us to look outside the photo, at which point, you've lost the viewer's attention.)

You could also look into the rule of thirds, which provides a guide for where to position the boat in this kind of shot. I think the positioning is OK, here, but it's good to know your options. Smile

I've posted a couple of mods. I levelled the horizon, then selected the boat in a rectangular selection and mirrored it to make it face into the photo. I then used the push tool to blend away the hard edge of the flipped region, and I cloned out a couple of lumps and bumps. The second mod is exactly the same thing but mirrored. For photos like this that could go either way round, it's often worth looking at the flipped version, as it can often look dramatically different which, sometimes, can mean 'dramatically better'. In this case, I think it looks slightly better but there's not a lot in it. Again, good to know your options.

The colours in the original look natural enough to me so I'm a bit confused by Bren's mod with electric oranges on the horizon and green-blues at low altitude — I've never seen a sunset that looked like that.

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Jestertheclown
25 Nov 2010 - 5:26 PM


Quote: The colours in the original look natural enough to me so I'm a bit confused by Bren's mod with electric oranges on the horizon and green-blues at low altitude I've never seen a sunset that looked like that.

Hi David,
That's Photoshop for you!
As I said, I did that simply using auto tone, it's not really supposed to represent a true sunset, more an alternative.
And while I've never seen one on the Costa del Sol, I have seen sunsets all over the Southern Med. and North Africa and I stand by what I said about the orange looking too, well, orange!

Last Modified By Jestertheclown at 25 Nov 2010 - 5:28 PM

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DRicherby
DRicherby  5269 forum posts United Kingdom725 Constructive Critique Points
25 Nov 2010 - 5:35 PM

Fair enough. Smile

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AlexRitchie
25 Nov 2010 - 7:33 PM

Thanks guys. I appreciate all feedback. Your comments have been very interesting.

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