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A Cornish sunset

By LouiseTopp  
I sat on top of a structure to take this. It was a lovely sunset so I hope I haven't ruined it. This is Fistral beach in Newquay.

Tags: Cornwall Sand Sun Flowers and plants Digital art Seaside Newquay South west Landscape and travel

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pamelajean Plus
15 1.6k 2237 United Kingdom
30 Jul 2014 8:23PM
You do like shooting sunsets, Louise, and I can see from this image that you have taken on board a lot of the advice that you have been given.

The positives are:-
1. Your use of portrait format. Moira said she wished people would think of it more readily for a sunset over water.
2. Your sun is offset, instead of the less interesting central placement.
3. You have remembered to try and include some foreground interest, and so have included some people on the beach. They may be a bit small, but at least you have included them in your composition, giving added interest to the viewer.
It has been suggested in the past that you find something to act as the focal point, and you have heeded this.
4. You have certainly chosen an unusual viewpoint (I sat on top of a structure to take this).
5. Your sun is not burnt out. Those little clouds have held it back for you.
6. The horizon is level.
7. You chose to give more space to the water and shore because there is more interest in those areas than in the sky. Although you haven't used the rule of thirds, you have adhered to the principle.
8. Your golden colours and strong, even though you used Daylight white balance. Do you remember me suggesting that you set your white balance to shade or cloudy to get stronger sunset colours? Did you use your polarizing filter for this one?
9. You used a smaller aperture, to get everything in focus.

So, what are the negatives?
Not a lot really.
I have done two modifications. The first has a crop top and bottom (I didn't mean to crop the bottom of your original at all, but forgot to do this version and had to crop my second modification later.....sorry).
It is just to show you that the "blank" sky at the top of the frame is superfluous.
It also shows that a little brightening of the image brings out a lot more detail, and also helps to highlight your group of people in the bottom right.
I lightened the area around your people (try to imagine the sun threw its light across that waySmile) and gave the area a boost in contrast so that the group stood out better.
A bit of sharpening makes the water sparkle.

The second modification is to show you what two thirds water/shore and one third sky looks like, using the rule of thirds. All I did was stretch the bottom part. This could have been achieved by simply lowering your camera a bit. If your camera has a thirds grid that you can use on your screen, it's a good idea to use it to help you compose a scene like this.

Full marks for working on critique given, and I hope you can recognise the improvement you have made.

Pamela.

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