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All Tied Up

By WeeGeordieLass    
Isolated these three boats in the busy harbour at Port Erin on the Isle of Man. I liked the recurring blue and white colours and the clarity of the water.

I thought the ropes would make good lead in lines.

I'd appreciated any ideas on how this shot could be improved.

Thanks for looking.

Elaine Grin

Tags: General Landscape and travel

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28 Jul 2013 5:39PM
Attractive image, Elaine. Love the crystal clarity of the water, the colour, the reflections. Can't really see why anyone would feel the need to do anything to it. It's a clean simple image, and they're often the best kind.....though not always the easiest because with a simple image everything has to be right and there's nowhere to hide. I think you've succeeded admirably. Pet.

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banehawi Plus
13 1.8k 3881 Canada
28 Jul 2013 6:41PM
Nice image, exposure colour all look good. Water looks great too.

If only all those ropes came together to one point, but not to be.

28 Jul 2013 9:02PM
Hi Alan

Great to have your feedback and it's very encouraging for me to know that this one floats your boat Wink I've had more time to look at your pf again Alan and viewed your images on Large - wow.....very creative images, great vision Grin

Hi Willie

Thanks for your crit. I feel that my photography is improving a bit and it's down to all of the advice I get on here from you and everyone else who takes the time to help me. I regularly check out your pf and amazing images too Grin

Thanks both of you guys - your opinions are much appreciated.


Elaine GrinGrin
pamelajean Plus
12 1.1k 2016 United Kingdom
28 Jul 2013 10:32PM
I like your vertical format, the composition, reflections and ropes. Well seen and captured, Elaine.

The ropes are an excellent element. You thought about how to use them in your composition, and how they could affect the way the image is seen, pulling the viewer into the picture.
Your background is completely water, with no distractions, and you have allowed each boat some breathing space.

Three is an excellent number for photography, and comes under the Rule Of Odds, or The Rule of Three and Odd Numbers, which says that, whenever possible, it's a good idea to take pictures with odd numbered objects, and that by far the most popular odd number is 3. But any odd number of objects (generally speaking) is better than even numbers. Remember this is only a guideline and there are always exceptions. However, it tends to produce a more interesting composition compared to one that your eye can take in quicker by dividing it in half or grouping even numbers of objects.

I am going to be really picky now. In my modification I have cloned out the knot in one of the foreground ropes, simply because it captures my attention and stops my eye running straight to the boats. The only other thing I did was to use an automatic levels adjustment, simply to tone down the brightness of the whites on the top of the two top boats. It also gives a bit of a boost to the colours. See what you think.

28 Jul 2013 11:40PM

Quote: I've had more time to look at your pf again Alan and viewed your images on Large - wow.....very creative images, great vision

Really nice of you to say that Elaine, thanks.
nonur Plus
9 17 13 Turkey
29 Jul 2013 1:27AM
So lovely.
pablophotographer 6 936 334
29 Jul 2013 1:31AM
Hi Elaine,

excellent picture (period/full stop/the end.)

I suspect you were standing on solid ground when you shot this. It looks like being shot from head level. The sea is used also as background and the horizon is not visible. Good thought.

Alternatively, (have you got the camera insured?) I would suggest you to wrap the neck strap around your arm, kneel, lower your hand at the rope level and take some shots from there. Horizon might be visible but, what the heck, the Earth isn't flat either.
Danial 8 Iran, Islamic Republic Of
29 Jul 2013 7:09AM
Nice texture SmileSmile
29 Jul 2013 10:35AM
Hi Pamela,

Thanks for your critique and the mod. I don't think you're being picky at all about the knot in the rope as it does hold the eye a bit Smile

Thanks for your help.

Elaine Grin
29 Jul 2013 10:37AM
Hi Nezih,

Thanks for taking the time to comment. It's nice to know you like the shot.


Elaine Grin
29 Jul 2013 10:39AM
Hi Pablo,

What a great idea about taking a shot from rope level. I'm going to try that next time. Hopefully I'll not end up in the Tongue

Thanks for your conment.

Elaine Grin
29 Jul 2013 10:42AM
Hi Danial,

I'm glad you like the texture. Thanks for taking the time to leave a comment.


Elaine Grin
Wilco54 6 192 1 Luxembourg
7 Aug 2013 8:12PM
What a beautiful shot and what great water for the IOM!

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