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I like the effect. It suites the subject. The muted tones and low contrast are also well judged. Importantly you have managed to avoid halos which often occur around buildings when using HDR. Compositionally I like the boat in the foreground but feel that there is too much dead space on the left. This is easily resolved with a tighter crop. A tighter crop would balance the foreground boat with the most interesting building to the left. I agree with the comment about removing the no smoking sign - although that is probably easier said than done!
A very eye catching image. The tree has a very good shape which works well withe radiating light behind. The problem with the shadow is that it confuses the principle subject - the tree. As it stands the picture is half and half and therefore the subject could be the tree or the shadow. A crop from the bottom resolves this. After the crop I think it would be acceptable to make the remaining shadow lighter and possibly less defined. I will have a go at a mod later. Steve.
Good idea and concept. A couple of things to consider: i am not sure that all the footprints in the sand convey loneliness; getting a higher pov would stop the top of the chair crossing the horizon and add more depth to the picture enhancing the loneliness concept; the positioning of the chair which points out of the scene and reduces the depth of the image. As a challenge - does it need to be B&W? That said it is good effort as it is very hard to convey emotion in an image with so few elements. Steve.
I like this sort of shot - it is always good to look up every now and then! For some reason these shots tend to work better in a more square format. For me the interest is in the diagonal branches and the curved trunk. The vertical one become a distraction and leads no where - the other branches curve into the image. I think a square-ish format would work better and I would start the crop where the dense foliage covers the vertical trunk and forms a natural frame - i will try to demo on a mod. Steve
The sunlight contrasting against the dark mountain and sky makes this an appealing scene - the thumbnail definitely drew me in for a further look. I guess if you are loading in this gallery you are looking for something more than - great light! A more critical look identifies a few distractions: the large white cloud area at the top; the light coloured rock on the lower centre and the larger bush on the left. It is possible with a crop to remove all of these to make a more clear focus on the subject - the dark mountain and highlighted trees. I'll try it on a mod in a minute. On the processing side some might say it is slightly over processed but that is a matter of taste - I think I see a sharpening halo above the mountain for example. Hope that helps. Steve.
This is the sort of scene that I like but you are right it is hard to capture successfully. If this was out of the camera I would say it was under exposed. If you have processed the image in this way unfortunately it has given it a dull finish which doesn't show the mist in the way you may have seen it. Compositionally, as you were at the longest focal length of your lens you may have to accept a fair amount of cropping to make a picture but I think you may have been better off in a landscape format to avoid too much white sky and dark moorland. There are a couple of natural highlights which zig- zag towards the two trees which makes an interesting composition - see mod. It is a bit soft which might be the shutter speed chosen: 1/100 secs for 200mm. Probably recommend above 1/200 secs if hand holding. Alternatively, mist does tend to soften so it might be the subject matter. Steve.
Looks a great place to take photographs. Compositionally I like the placement of the people in the frame and this gives sense of scale and space. I do think that the picture is dominated by the sea as already said. This can be reduced at the taking stage by crouching down (if crouching is possible, without going over the side ). Less sea would not impact on the impression of scale or sea. I have tried to demonstrate this in a mod. Also quite naturally my eye wanders to the left and out of the picture - I want to see more of what looks like an inlet and receding hills. This takes the eye away from a really interesting shaped mountain on the right which makes a very good subject. The decision again is at the taking stage - do you open up the left by moving (if possible) to the right and taking the picture or do you stay put and compose with the interesting mountain as the subject - again I have demonstrated this in a mod. If you do stay put the people are directly below the main subject which could be said to unbalance the composition. Another factor to consider is the light area on the sand - if possible I would exclude this because light areas draw the eye away from your subject. Lastly, it is a dull day but I think you have under exposed which compounds the issue - you may have darkened the image to capture the threatening clouds but as stormy skies go it is not the most dramatic and I would be tempted to concentrate on the other elements ( although it probably did look threatening at the time ) - see mod which brightens everything up a bit. Hope that helps and gives an insight to some of the thinking that I often fail to do when I am composing! Steve
Is that a seal posing on the rock to the right? If so I think that was your picture from a landscape perspective the foreground is quite interesting but the composition is unbalanced. The key details going into the image are right of centre and the left is faded due to shooting into the light. A more balanced composition would be achieved by shooting more to the right as I will try to demonstrate with a mod. Steve
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