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this was taken at hunstanton just as the sut was going down , i used 3 exposers ,

Camera:Canon EOS 7D
Lens:EF28-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Focal Length:10mm
Aperture:f/11.0
Shutter Speed:1/8sec
ISO:100
White Balance:As Shot
Title:Groynes at Sunset
Username:brian7d brian7d
Uploaded:5 Nov 2013 - 8:25 PM
Tags:Landscape / travel
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mrswoolybill
mrswoolybill Critique Team 7407 forum postsmrswoolybill vcard United Kingdom998 Constructive Critique Points
5 Nov 2013 - 8:55 PM

You had very attractive light here - not the cliché sunset or long dark shadows, but mellow, hazy, gentle. The interest is in the foreground, the ripple lines and textures. I like the high horizon and just enough sky to balance the proportions.
Two points that I shall address in a Mod - there's a hint of a dip in the horizon which I'm surprised at, it can easily be corrected; and there are various odd little dark blobs, in the sky and the sea. I think that those on the right are wind-surfers but they are not clear enough to be a recognisable feature so I don't think that they add anything.I shall also try adding just a bit of brightness and contrast, for a better sense of luminosity in the sky. But not a big change there.
I will also try passing the burn tool, set to shadows, about 3% exposure, large brush size, over those sand textures. It has the effect of bringing a foreground foreward, making it more real, more tactile. Again it needs to be done discreetly.
Moira

Last Modified By mrswoolybill at 5 Nov 2013 - 9:00 PM

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AnneB50
AnneB50 e2 Member 2103 forum postsAnneB50 vcard Scotland18 Constructive Critique Points
5 Nov 2013 - 11:58 PM

I like this a lot and see 2 completely separate pictures here. The first is as you have presented it (with Moira's adjustments). And the second, which I think stands as an image in its own right, is the square at the bottom of the picture, cropping at the top of the first block. The light is lovely there and really picks up the patterns in the sand.

I'm a little confused by the exif data, 28 - 135 mm lens but the focal length is showing as 10mm. If it is 10mm could that account for the dip in the horizon that Moira talks about? Whee I use my 10 - 20mm lens that wide I sometimes have to straighten the horizon on my shots.

Anne

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babajoshua
babajoshua e2 Member 6babajoshua vcard United Kingdom
6 Nov 2013 - 1:13 AM

nice composition

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mrswoolybill
mrswoolybill Critique Team 7407 forum postsmrswoolybill vcard United Kingdom998 Constructive Critique Points
6 Nov 2013 - 8:39 AM

Further to Anne's comment - I managed to mangle a chunk of my comment and leave a chunk out, I was puzzled at the Exif data regarding focal lengths... My surprise here was because with wide angle I would expect to see a bit of barrel distortion, not pin-cushion as here - though it is very easy to convert one to the other when adjusting subsequently!!
Moira

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pamelajean
pamelajean Critique Team 8755 forum postspamelajean vcard United Kingdom1589 Constructive Critique Points
6 Nov 2013 - 1:05 PM

Very nice use of the groynes as a lead-in, Brian, an extremely attractive sky, and nice traces of footprints in the sand.

However, I first saw this for the interest at the bottom, the pool of water, patterns in the sand, and golden tones. As Anne says, "the light is lovely there and really picks up the patterns".

So I have done a modification in a square format, with just those elements in the frame. I did some tweaking with highlights, shadows, levels and sharpening to enhance the patterns and colours, then cloned out a few bits and pieces at the frame edges so that all attention is focused on the pool and patterns.

It’s a good idea to assign the sRGB colour profile to your images for the web, otherwise viewers won't be seeing the same colours as you do.

Pamela.

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paulbroad
paulbroad  781 forum posts United Kingdom850 Constructive Critique Points
7 Nov 2013 - 4:15 PM

For me, the picture is the foreground. I would have concentrated in the first place on the bottom half of the image. The water and sand is pin sharp and extremely well shown. You can get rid of the rest to advantage. Not sure why you needed HDR.

Paul

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