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A rare opportunity for me to get this kind of shot. I got to this location kinda late, just few min before sunset, but managed to get a few shots. This shot was taken after 15 min of sunset.

F8,1/2s, ISO100.

Camera:Nikon D80 Check out Nikon Nation!
Lens:18-135mm
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Title:Sunset Cliff
Username:vat vat
Uploaded:31 Aug 2009 - 12:40 AM
Tags:Landscape / travel
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somnathchatterjee
31 Aug 2009 - 5:56 AMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 

beautifully you have captured the scene. but as you have sent it to the critique gallery i must say the placement of the person standing at the right side of the frame is very high. you could have given slightly more space for the sky. you may have tried to capture the wave resulting such kind of placement but if it is not at all possible at the time of capture you could have done this at the time of post processing. the horizontal level of this image is slightly out of the mark(0.14 CW degree). i guess there is some rock at the top right side of the frame but it would have been better if you had cropped them out because it has a little distraction on the person standing there.

i have uploaded a modification here and i have adjusted the horizontal level and added canvas at the top and filled it by cloning the nearest pixels. i have also increased the sharpness a bit. i have cropped out the distracting rock at the top right side of the image.

Hope you like it,
somnath

Last Modified By somnathchatterjee at 31 Aug 2009 - 6:01 AM

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Smurfmuffin
31 Aug 2009 - 12:35 PM

I think the man on the cliff balances the picture out nicely

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NEWMANP
NEWMANP e2 Member 61587 forum postsNEWMANP vcard United Kingdom574 Constructive Critique Points
31 Aug 2009 - 6:30 PMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 

hello,
first of yours i have seen so a warm welcome to epz.

this is a lovely scene and the very best time to take these is after the sunset is passed as you have noted.

the composition is rather nice and i like the figure on the rocks and the movement in the water is just sublime. its all round a lovely shot but there are a few things that could be done to improve it even further.

the sky is a little pastel and lifeless and i dont know if you used a nd grad but a 0.6 2 stopper would have given a greater depth of colour whils leaving the sea as it is, (just lovely)

there is a little compromise here, im guessing you had a tripod, pretty essential really with these shots and your 1/2 sec shutter speed is just perfect but you really needed f16 minimum to get the maximum depth of field reqd to get the rocks sharp as well as the person in the distance, in this respect, im not sure the foreground rocks are as sharp as they could be. that said a quick selective sharpen (avoiding the sky and water like the plague) would improve that. moving up to iso 200 would have given you that benefit and i believe the d80 sensor is optimised for this anyway.

Somnath is quite correct about the rock on the right side which is a little distracting and would be better cropped away in my opinion.

but the shot is lovely anyway.
Best regards,
Phil

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NEWMANP e2 Member 61587 forum postsNEWMANP vcard United Kingdom574 Constructive Critique Points
31 Aug 2009 - 6:39 PM

i did you a quick mod and i hope you like the result.
Phil

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vat  5
1 Sep 2009 - 5:33 AM

Thanks Somnath and Phil for your valuable inputs. I redo my original photo and uploaded as a mod version. I used Capture NX to do my touch up. I know really little when it comes to touching up picture, as you can see here.

Thanks,

Vat

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somnathchatterjee

your new modification is looking better. well done.

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