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Look carefully and you can see the ghostly image of a seagull landing on the marker at the end of the pier. Shot towards the end of last year this one has yet to have an airing and as the weather is so dull and grey I thought I'd post it.

I'm beginning to think I've come as far as I can in photography, I've done a fare amount over the winter and not too much has been terribly successful. So what to do next is the question!

Regards

Mark

Brand:Canon
Camera:Canon EOS 500D
Lens:Canon EF-S 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 USM
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Date Taken:30 Dec 2012 - 7:34 AM
Focal Length:22mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/4.5
Aperture:f/11.0
Shutter Speed:5sec
Exposure Comp:0.0
ISO:200
Exposure Mode:Aperture-priority AE
Metering Mode:Multi-segment
Flash:No Flash
Title:The Seagull has landed....
Username:marktc marktc
Uploaded:13 Mar 2013 - 5:03 AM
Tags:Banjo pier, Landscape / travel, Low light, Sunrise, Swanage
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annettep38
annettep38 e2 Member 3188 forum postsannettep38 vcard France32 Constructive Critique Points
10 Mar 2013 - 9:10 PM

I like the strict composition and that shadow Smile

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CarolG
CarolG e2 Member 8147 forum postsCarolG vcard Greece18 Constructive Critique Points
13 Mar 2013 - 5:58 AM

A superb composition, Mark, and great timing with that seagull Smile Carol

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Hermanus
Hermanus e2 Member 2Hermanus vcard South Africa
13 Mar 2013 - 5:58 AM

This is excellent Mark !! The Seagul is perfect up there Smile I trust your Muse will visit you with excellent creative ideas Smile

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almiles
almiles  538 forum posts United Kingdom102 Constructive Critique Points
13 Mar 2013 - 6:08 AM

Lovely symmetry (echoed by the gull) and good colours in this, The sky is beautiful. As for your comments... I don't know that you need to give up photography!! :o We all go through patches where we are not happy with the images we are producing and sometimes it's just bad luck with the weather. However I find curling up with some inspiring photography books then trying shooting somewhere or something new usually reinvigourates me so why not try something similar? From what I read, even the best of the pros keep improving with time, experience and lots more shots!

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zapar40
zapar40  466 forum posts Wales5 Constructive Critique Points
13 Mar 2013 - 6:09 AM

nicely done, Mark, with great tones.
ant.

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marktc
marktc e2 Member 459 forum postsmarktc vcard United Kingdom13 Constructive Critique Points
13 Mar 2013 - 6:46 AM

Sorry Al I didn't mean to I've the impression I was giving up, I just don't know what to do next to improve!

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gajewski
gajewski e2 Member 10gajewski vcard United States9 Constructive Critique Points
13 Mar 2013 - 7:04 AM

I see the gull, Mark. This is a wonderful shot.
You sound a bit discouraged. When I get to that place, I remind myself of the Henri Cartier-Bresson quote that Jenn Taggart has at her portfolio -- "Your first 10,000 photographs are your worst."
Keep shooting, Mark. You've got some good work. We want to see more.
-=\Walter

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andylea
andylea  637 forum posts United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
13 Mar 2013 - 7:05 AM

brilliant colours and tones mark wonderful detail and comp a cracker nice one Wink
andy

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Andysnapper
Andysnapper e2 Member 6108 forum postsAndysnapper vcard England22 Constructive Critique Points
13 Mar 2013 - 7:08 AM

This is another excellent shot, composition and exposure spot on, like it.

Mmm, as to your comments about what to do next, I think we all go through these stages (I know I have....possibly am) but I find that trying something completely different usually works. If you look at my pf you will see that I have tried out nearly every type of photography (except motorsport) and I enjoy them all.

Why not have a go at still life using different lighting techniques, candles, torches, natural. Just gets you thinking about how light works and how you can manipulate it to make an image.

I also find that setting myself a project helps. At the moment i am thinking of trying to get a licentiateship to the Royal Society of Photographers so I need to produce 10 images for that, it will probably take all year but it something I can come back to when I get stumped as to what to do next.

Cheers

Andy

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barbarahirst
barbarahirst e2 Member 6barbarahirst vcard United Kingdom10 Constructive Critique Points
13 Mar 2013 - 7:33 AM

I think alot of us thinking much the same as you...
I really have lost the plot when it comes to my camera.....

Your timing with that seagull is perfect......

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AnnChown
AnnChown e2 Member 5192 forum postsAnnChown vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
13 Mar 2013 - 8:08 AM

Perfect timing Mark and another fine landscape from you. I know what you mean about what to do next and you have had lots of encouragement and advice above. Just keep pushing the envelope... Smile
Ann

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leontari
leontari e2 Member 2leontari vcard Greece
13 Mar 2013 - 8:16 AM

A superb capture and the seagull adds to the image.
Effrossini

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platzy
platzy e2 Member 2platzy vcard United Kingdom
13 Mar 2013 - 8:53 AM

Great symmetric image and focal point with a perfectly lit sky, quality shot.

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Lillian
Lillian e2 Member 5Lillian vcard United Kingdom16 Constructive Critique Points
13 Mar 2013 - 9:35 AM

This really is perfect Mark, right down to the landing
What to try next...what about giving wildlife another try as you were interested and good at that too
Lillian

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WhiteRose1
WhiteRose1 e2 Member 41122 forum postsWhiteRose1 vcard England137 Constructive Critique Points
13 Mar 2013 - 9:56 AM

Lovely light on the rails, Mark, and a very ethereal gull.

Just keeping on doing what you do well whilst dabbling in other areas. Your self-doubt is taking your enjoyment away. Remember, that once in a lifetime shot may be just around the corner, where everything falls into place at the same time. I think a lot of people run out of steam because they're trying to produce a blindingly good image to upload everyday... it's not possible. Rationing your uploads does not prohibit your participation on the site.

Dave

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Irishkate
Irishkate e2 Member 431 forum postsIrishkate vcard United Kingdom76 Constructive Critique Points
13 Mar 2013 - 10:49 AM

Lovely pier image today Mark with plenty colour and great clouds.
Plenty good advice but I think you should try other types of photography -
landscapes would be an easy sideways move.
Portrait ? - you've got the baby to practise on!
Street photography?
Give yourself a challenge - seven different styles of photography over the next week?
Awaiting resultsTongue
KateGrinGrinGrin

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Meheecho
Meheecho e2 Member 2275 forum postsMeheecho vcard United Kingdom
13 Mar 2013 - 11:21 AM

A cracking image and very well composed
Steve

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crookymonsta
crookymonsta e2 Member 6705 forum postscrookymonsta vcard England10 Constructive Critique Points
13 Mar 2013 - 2:02 PM

I think you are being very hard on yourself Mark, but we all go there sometimes. The challenge of getting a panel together for the LRPS could be the answer - having to demonstrate the ability to use a range of techniques pushes you into exploring other genres. Joining the camera club pushed me away from concentrating on flowers, they generally don't do too well in club competitions and I am getting great enjoyment from trying different things - and finding that I can even do some of them reasonably well!

You produce some stunning seascapes so keep going with those, but it's good to have a break sometimes.

Sandra

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Fefe
Fefe e2 Member 3Fefe vcard United Kingdom30 Constructive Critique Points
13 Mar 2013 - 5:18 PM

What are you on aboutTongue........ your images are great, if you try something different I am sure we will like those too, if you keep on with your usual style, fine by me. I love seeing your imagesSmile
The seagull makes this one for me, lovely imageGrin
Diane

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fazzer
fazzer e2 Member 543 forum postsfazzer vcard United Kingdom6 Constructive Critique Points
13 Mar 2013 - 7:56 PM

Beautiful shot Mark,really well composed and those colours are lush,the ghostly seagull with its outstretched wings is like the icing on the cake SmileSmile.
I think Dave hit the nail on the head,its really easy to get carried away with uploading daily.....limit yourself to one every week or two .Stick with the side of photography that brings you the most pleasure.
Next time i'm down your way taking pics(where is it againSmile) i'll give you a shout
regards
jeremy

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jasonrwl
jasonrwl e2 Member 4261 forum postsjasonrwl vcard United Kingdom8 Constructive Critique Points
13 Mar 2013 - 9:20 PM

Cracking shot Mark - great colours.

As for your work, I for one very much enjoy seeing it and i am certain you have not "gone as far as you can". Just keep them coming is my advice.
Jason

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Quoise
Quoise e2 Member 1344 forum postsQuoise vcard United Kingdom
13 Mar 2013 - 9:20 PM

Don't give up, I for one love your work. For whatever reason we all seek recognition by way of an award on here and I'm sure it would give a 'feel good factor' feeling and encourage us to carry on, by it's obvious many great images are overlooked and images by the same members are given award after award. Do what you do because you love it, not for anyone else or to seek approval.

Your images are special and I for one would be proud to say any one of them was mine. The world we live in changes every day. The sky is different every day. If you enjoy setting up and taking the shots then don't stop, if you stop you may miss an exciting shot that you can't wait to share with us. If you give up we shall have to hunt you down and drag you out with your camera in tow...and insist you take more shots TongueSmileSmileSmileSmileSmileSmile

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AnneWorner
AnneWorner e2 Member 7618 forum postsAnneWorner vcard United States43 Constructive Critique Points
14 Mar 2013 - 12:05 AM

I see your seagull - and I very much like the symmetry in this image, broken by benches not quite symmetrically placed.

So, you've reached one of those plateaus - this is when you take the camera down to a street corner and decide to take images of only one theme - you only get one lens. It's a great way to start thinking again - try things you've never shot before. You do landscapes well, and you've become too comfortable with them.

You can always pick another hobby, but if you enjoy this one, then you should find a way to make it fresh and new.

Anne

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