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Taken from Evening hill in Sandbanks Poole on a fabulous eve.

All advice taken on board and very welcome .. thanks for looking

Brand:NIKON
Camera:Nikon Coolpix L810 Check out Nikon Nation!
Lens:std
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Date Taken:20 Aug 2012 - 8:01 PM
Focal Length:38.6mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/3.1
Aperture:f/5.5
Shutter Speed:1/1000sec
Exposure Comp:0.000000
ISO:80
Exposure Mode:Program AE
Metering Mode:Multi-segment
Flash:Off, Did not fire
White Balance:Cloudy
Title:sitting on a dock of a harbour
Username:sluggyboy sluggyboy
Uploaded:22 Sep 2012 - 7:04 PM
Tags:Landscape / travel
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SueEley
SueEley e2 Member 8271 forum postsSueEley vcard Wales96 Constructive Critique Points
22 Sep 2012 - 8:45 PM

It certainly was superb light and using the cloudy white balance made th most of this. In my mod I have tried to show the advantage of excluding the sun itself from the shot, and of having the light trail and the post on the third in stead of in the center.

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Jestertheclown
22 Sep 2012 - 9:13 PM

Hi Mark,

Sandbanks just got a bit cloudier!

I've added a mod in which I've also removed the direct sun but by cloning clouds and bits rather than cropping, although I did remove a little from the top.
To be honest, it's all a little over the top for me but I can see why you went for the shot.

Good luck.

Bren.

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Sooty_1 Critique Team 41195 forum posts United Kingdom196 Constructive Critique Points
22 Sep 2012 - 10:48 PM

It's all a bit central for me. The sun, the reflection, the post up the middle, and the dark strip of land across the centre of the frame.

It looks to me like there might have been more sky interest off to the right, and excluding the sun would have avoided the large blown highlight, as you can see from the mods. The light is good though, I'm sure there was something interesting here to silhouette against that sky, maybe something neater and better defined.

I'm sure I'm not the only one that hates data imprinting....it needs to go. The only time you need it is for a record shot where you need the evidence on the shot. Otherwise, you still have the information in the exif data should you need it and it won't spoil the shot.

Nick

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Focus_Man
Focus_Man  4481 forum posts United Kingdom631 Constructive Critique Points
23 Sep 2012 - 9:26 AM

As nick states, far too central, things have more impact when located around 'thirds' in an image of this type. it can also be detrimental to your camera's sensor to include full sun in your frame, central or otherwise.

Foreground interest is always welcome nd in some cases essential, but unfortunately, a post with some knotted rope doesn't fit the bill. Final bit of critique, please omit the adte it really adds nothing to the allure of any image.

Now apart from that the picture even if shown at its best is a bit 'betwixt and between' neither a seascape not a silhouette. It may prove more worthwhile to attempt a rising or setting sun, behind a section of interesting land to form a shapely interesting silhouette.

EXIF try to get a better aperture for land/seascapes, f5.5 is less than ideal. Try for f8 of f11 and adjust your shutter speed accordingly.

Frank

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paulbroad
paulbroad  781 forum posts United Kingdom845 Constructive Critique Points
23 Sep 2012 - 5:21 PM

The sun is too bright. Sunsets are better when the sun is behind thin cloud or has lost it's intensity. Turn of date and time for general photography. One shot each day with date and time on holiday acts as a good record but every frame has date and time in the EXIF data.

Paul

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