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This is an image I prepared for a digital comp a few weeks ago but decided to discard. But when I tagged it on the end images for a DPAGB assessment day it received a massive thumbs up. Just shows what I know.

I do enjoy the restricted colour palette and the way the figure and container ship are linked by their rusty colours, yet contrasted by movement vs stillness.

BTW, the redness in the breaking waves is due to the sunrise behind me, not pollution. I think.
malcolm

Camera:Canon EOS 50D
Lens:EF 24-105L IS
Recording media:RAW (digital)
Title:Sail Away to Another Place
Username:malc_c malc_c
Uploaded:15 Mar 2010 - 5:35 PM
Tags:Another place, Crosby, Landscape / travel, Mersey
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raygregson
raygregson e2 Member 6raygregson vcard United Kingdom
15 Mar 2010 - 5:54 PM

super image.ray

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saeidNL
saeidNL  4 Netherlands3 Constructive Critique Points
15 Mar 2010 - 6:01 PM

beautiful image,well taken.
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xwang
xwang  531 forum posts7 Constructive Critique Points
16 Mar 2010 - 9:38 AM

Nice image,especially like the waves, brought the image into life.I do see it as "Movement vs stillness",apart from the ships, I feel taht the waves play a role on movement as well.You have already said what I like, so well done!
xiaoli

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crookymonsta
crookymonsta e2 Member 6683 forum postscrookymonsta vcard England10 Constructive Critique Points
16 Mar 2010 - 11:31 AM

All the elements are there to produce a very thought provoking image, Malcolm, what would primitive man make of our modern world? Would suggest that it may have been enhanced here with an EPZ black background. Hope you were successful with your assessment.
Sandra

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BarryC123
BarryC123  543 forum posts Ireland25 Constructive Critique Points
16 Mar 2010 - 1:08 PM

It's probably me, but I think this would have been a so much stronger image without the windmills - The simplicity of the man and ship alone makes this work.

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malc_c
malc_c  8 England167 Constructive Critique Points
17 Mar 2010 - 10:38 AM

Thank you all for your clicks and comments.

Xiao-li- I agree that the movement in the waves (and wind turbine blades) is important in adding a dynamic to the picture. I deliberately chose an ISO-200 and F22 to keep the exposure long at 1/8 sec (I can't remember if I used an ND as well, but probably not). Because of the long exposure the boat also moved within the frame, so to keep it sufficiently sharp I used a re-focusing tool (Focus Magic) to recover the details (which doesn't show in a tiny EPZ image).

Sandra- the assessment went well, the two judges (including our own Paul Keene) chose 16 of my images that they would have both scored as 4 (on the day six judges score each of 15 images between 2 and 5 and you have to get 300 points, or an average of 20 points per image) so that sounds very positive. As there's now a years waiting list for adjudications though, I should have some more images by then too. The problem is that the standard is really quite high now and they're rejecting far more applicants than they're accepting. As a guide, for DPAGB they expect you to be having significant success in having images accepted into international salons such as Southampton that we had at the club on Monday, and in which I had two out of four images accepted.

Barry- As you probably know I frequently advocate keeping narrative images simple to ensure the message is clear, but here, for me, the turbines are part of the message. I have tried removing them, in fact I'll post it for you, but I find it a little barren by comparison. Of course that's a personal choice but in the assessment both judges say they would have given it 5 points, which given I had rejected it for a club comp myself obviously comes as a shock.

malcolm

Last Modified By malc_c at 17 Mar 2010 - 10:41 AM

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blondspice
28 Dec 2010 - 5:23 AM

Futuristic image - a twist on Columbus landing in America
Krystal

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jammbulator
28 Dec 2010 - 4:22 PM

artistic original great works
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