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hi i took this one evening i did stop down a bit to make it look warmer. wot do you think. christineGrin

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Title:sun set on the beach
Username:christinecilia christinecilia
Uploaded:12 Sep 2013 - 3:56 PM
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ColleenA
ColleenA e2 Member 2168 forum postsColleenA vcard Australia3 Constructive Critique Points
12 Sep 2013 - 3:57 PM

It's beautiful, the sea looks like molten gold, a great sunset capture

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ddolfelin
ddolfelin e2 Member 234 forum postsddolfelin vcard Wales1 Constructive Critique Points
12 Sep 2013 - 3:58 PM

A lovely light here, Christine.
Good shot.

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ali63
ali63 e2 Member 2474 forum postsali63 vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
12 Sep 2013 - 3:59 PM

The image has a warm glow to it very nice

Ali

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Holmewood
Holmewood e2 Member 1Holmewood vcard United Kingdom
12 Sep 2013 - 3:59 PM

Love the colours Christine. Cathy

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ChristineD
ChristineD e2 Member 8ChristineD vcard England
12 Sep 2013 - 4:00 PM

Excellent colours and light

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NDODS e2 Member 33098 forum postsNDODS vcard United Kingdom102 Constructive Critique Points
12 Sep 2013 - 4:30 PM

As far as the composition is concerned, your image works very well. However when photographing sunsets or lowlight images it is very tempting to either under or over exposed an image in order to hide unwanted detail or to show the detail hidden in the lowlight shadowily areas. This image for me is stuck in-between. This has resulted in one trying to peer through the semi darkness in search for something to look at, whilst I think if one has under exposed you would have created wonderful silhouettes. I would upload a modification, but for some reason the system is not allowing me to do so.

Regards Nathan GrinGrinGrin

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johnlw
johnlw e2 Member 7johnlw vcard United Kingdom10 Constructive Critique Points
12 Sep 2013 - 4:48 PM

Lovely warm light but Nathan is spot on.
Regards John.

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paulbroad
paulbroad  781 forum posts United Kingdom850 Constructive Critique Points
12 Sep 2013 - 4:51 PM

Decent beach sunset. When you say you stopped down to make the image warmer, I assume you mean you intentionally under exposed? That has helped you handle the sun, but it might be advantageous to work on the figures a bit with the dodge tool. Compositionally the image needs a figure or couple on the bottom left third walking along the tide line as centre of interest.

Paul

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barbarahirst
barbarahirst e2 Member 6barbarahirst vcard United Kingdom10 Constructive Critique Points
12 Sep 2013 - 5:00 PM

i love this warm glow
my kind of image for sure

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Fefe
Fefe e2 Member 2Fefe vcard United Kingdom28 Constructive Critique Points
12 Sep 2013 - 5:36 PM

I had done a mod for you, I have just played with the Shadows/highlights a bit and then added a bit of "Luminance" to brighten it a bit. This has brought out detail that was before a little dark.
Although saying this I quite liked it as it is anyway. By reducing the exposure compensation you have not over exposed the sky, which is far better in my opinion than blowing the highlights. Easier to correct in software than overexposureGrin
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Mike_Smith e2 Member 7121 forum postsMike_Smith vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
12 Sep 2013 - 7:31 PM

Nice image beautiful sky too, i also like the mod

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Nikonuser1
Nikonuser1 e2 Member 2Nikonuser1 vcard United Kingdom8 Constructive Critique Points
12 Sep 2013 - 9:39 PM

I agree with Nathan, for me the image is a little to dark, like the modSmile


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williamsloan
williamsloan e2 Member 3williamsloan vcard Northern Ireland1 Constructive Critique Points
12 Sep 2013 - 11:02 PM

i like your shot take advice from Nathan and Fefe.



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pentaxpatty
pentaxpatty e2 Member 1pentaxpatty vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
13 Sep 2013 - 9:20 AM

I like sunsets too but find them hard to get the light quite right. I agree with the others too Chris but still a very good photo lovely warm tones. Best wishes PattyGrin

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pamelajean Critique Team 8755 forum postspamelajean vcard United Kingdom1589 Constructive Critique Points
13 Sep 2013 - 4:16 PM

You've put this into the Critique Gallery, Christine, and it would be helpful to have your camera settings (Exif Date) in order to give a fully constructive comment.

Your composition is good, with the water line on a diagonal, leading the eye up through the image to the people and building on the right, although I'd like to have seen the whole of the building inside the frame because it acts a a focal point, so you could have sacrificed a little from the left in order to achieve that.

Your under-exposure has obscured a lot of the interesting details, particularly in the background rocks, and lifting the shadows in editing is bringing out a lot of noise there. I don't think under-exposing was a good idea. You don't have the sun in the frame, so there isn't any risk of burn-out. The scene should be warm and vibrant, whereas it's a bit dull and flat. The message it conveys is warm sunny fun times at the seaside, but it needs to be a lot brighter to invite this response.

In my modification I brightened the image, lifted the shadows and the highlights, added some saturation and sharpened. I cloned out the white pole on the right and ran the dodge tool over the building to give it a bit more prominence. I can now see how lovely that sunset glow is on the water and shore, and I can also see the green of seaweed that has been washed up. The far background buildings are subtle, but that looks ok.

Pamela.

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