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Colourful Kayaks

By WeeGeordieLass    
In keeping with yesterdays boats and rule of threes theme I thought I'd upload this one.

It was a quick grab shot. We were walking along the harbour and these three kayaks were sat on the slipway. I made a quick decision to focus on the tips of the kayaks as there was a tarpaulin type of cover on the other ends.

I liked the colours and hope I've managed to reign in my natural tendency to oversaturate coloursTongue

Thanks for looking.

I'd love to know what you all think.

Elaine Grin

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NDODS 7 5.1k 125 United Kingdom
29 Jul 2013 11:29AM
An image with an immediate impact. Superb colour and such an appealing composition. This kind of image would make for a great greetings card.

Regards Nathan GrinGrinGrin

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cats_123 Plus
14 4.8k 28 Northern Ireland
29 Jul 2013 11:48AM
Very colourful and good range...nice shadows..would perhasp have liked to have the two `plugs' in show on the green kayak SmileSmile
29 Jul 2013 11:59AM
Hi Nathan,

How are you? Good I hope Grin

Thanks for your great crit. I'm glad you like it.

Elaine Grin
29 Jul 2013 12:01PM
Hi Jeff,

Ah hadn't occurred to me but you're perfectly right about the "plugs". Wish I'd thought of that at the time.

Thanks for your help.

Elaine Grin
boov 5 2 United Kingdom
29 Jul 2013 1:54PM
Super shot.....
29 Jul 2013 3:17PM
Hi Jim,

Thanks for leaving such a nice comment. I love your Beach Huts series in your pf by the way Smile


Elaine Grin
mrswoolybill Plus
11 1.2k 1929 United Kingdom
29 Jul 2013 5:28PM
Like this a lot - naturally saturated colour, against cold greys, and strong lines. The subject may be very real, identifiable but the lines work as abstract for me.
Three objects together always seem to hint at a conversation, a story. You might be interested to look at Ann Chown 's last couple of uploads in the Gallery for comparison...
pamelajean Plus
12 1.1k 2023 United Kingdom
29 Jul 2013 5:40PM
An eye-catching trio, Elaine.
I like the fact that you haven't included the complete kayaks, due to the tarpaulin, a good decision, using the points to make three triangles. So you have colour, triangles, circles and a fine bit of texture on the slipway. Very attractive.

I see several compositional possibilities here. I think I might have tried to place the kayaks on the diagonal, with the middle pink one emanating from the top right or left corner, probably the left because they are then all facing to the right, and our eyes seem to find that more comfortable because we read from left to right. Just an idea.

You say this was a grab shot, and you did well, but I'd like to have seen the same amount of the green kayak as we see with the others. It's a little cramped, the kayaks being tight in the frame. Some will like that, working on the principle of filling your frame with your subject, but I am feeling the need for a bit more space around the boats.

In my first modification I added canvas to the bottom, giving them space to "move into". I then cropped the top and right, simplifying the shapes, and brightened the image using a Levels adjustment.
My second modification is the same, but with canvas added to the left side as well (I had fun cloning in that bitTongue). I think my reasoning is that the slipway provides a nice patterned and textured background and that more could be made of it. It doesn't fight with the boats for attention, they still stand out well.

29 Jul 2013 8:15PM
Hi Moira,

I've checked out Ann's pf. Her poppy seed shots are wonderful. Thanks for pointing me in that direction.

I'm learning here all the time by looking at great images - thanks a lot.


Elaine Grin
29 Jul 2013 8:23PM
Hi Pamela,

I like your idea of the kayaks in a diagonal composition. I had to take a quick shot and that comp didn't occur to me but it's great that you've suggested it here as hopefully, if I'm faced with a similar opportunity in future, I'll remember your suggestion.

Thanks for your great mods which show the alternative comps and better choices I could have made at the time.

Bravo for your cloning and adding of canvas - the mods look fab.......great skills Pamela.


Elaine Grin
29 Jul 2013 10:22PM
Hi Elaine.
Really good, this. The mods by Pamela are very skillful, and I see what she's getting at, but I still prefer your original. Mainly that's because the mods lose the red and blue 'rings' or whatever it is they're called, on the pink and green kayaks. Graphically, I think they're an important part of the image... the red one especially...and much much too important to lose.
A bit more of that plug on the green kayak would've been good....just a bit, and not enough to spoil the odd number thing which I agree is important..... that's the only negative as far as I'm concerned. The bit of plug that is showing- I downloaded the image and cloned that out, but it didn't look right somehow, and a slight crop to remove it instead just buggered up the composition with regard to the rope thingy further down. Better left as it is.
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30 Jul 2013 11:10AM
Mornin' Alan,

Shame about the plug thingy but it's another lesson on my learning curve. Thanks for your positive and instructive crit, it's very helpful for me.

I feel I was about 99% there with this one...........damn that plug!!

Tarra Pet Grin
30 Jul 2013 11:32AM
Oh I'd say 99.9%

It's very hard to notice everything when you're on the spot. Especially if you're rushed at all. I even miss things when I take my time. Attention to detail feels to me like the hardest of all disciplines. But for a quick decision I think yiv din geet canny, hellish in fact.

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