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I took this photograph when i was in Wales, near Tenby taking photographs for a college assignment of Movement or Perspective with a sub category of Water. i took this photograph in colour as well as black and white, but in colour it did not seem to look quite right and it seemed too bright and a bit too much to look at. . I think that this photograph looks underexposed in some areas, and over exposed in others, but I think it works. There is a certain element to the picture that makes you look harder to see whether the waves are going on to the beach, or whether it is all just water. Also, either side could look like the beach, and so in a way It has the feel of it being some sort of illusion. The water frames the surfer, Although the surfer is not in the rule of thirds, i think it looks better this way. I trued it on the rule of thirds, but it did not look the same at all. F-stop: f/18
ISO Speed: ISO-200. After i shot this photograph i went down to the beach and waited for the surfer to be done in the water, and then he gave me his permission to use photographs i took of him, although in this photograph you can not tell who the person is.

Camera:Canon EOS 1100D
Lens:70.0 - 300.0 mm (35 mm equivalent: 110.1 - 471.8 mm)
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Date Taken:27 Oct 2013 - 3:10 PM
Focal Length:300mm
Shutter Speed:1/640sec
Exposure Mode:Manual
Metering Mode:Evaluative
Flash:Off, Did not fire
Title:beach and surfer
Username:elgmotionless elgmotionless
Uploaded:20 May 2014 - 1:32 PM
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banehawi Critique Team 111265 forum postsbanehawi vcard Canada3289 Constructive Critique Points
20 May 2014 - 5:14 PM

Welcome to EPZ Emma-Louise. I hope you enjoy the site.

This is a nice shot, certainly evokes an emotional response.

Its like an optical illusion, The waves can be hills, and the water the earth the way it appears.

Its is light, and you can improve contrast if, in Photoshop, using levels, you drag the left slider inwards to meet the start of the histogram.

The surfer is right on a horizontal third and looks fine.

Some suggestions, apart form improving black, which Ive uploaded as modifications. Scroll up, click the modifications tab to see them.

Consider a horizontal flip to have the surfer walking left to right; this can be more appealing; its done in both mods. Mod1 is with the black level changed, and V2 is with a blur to reduce the sharp appearance, - might be more like an abstract, or a painting. It obscures those hills/waves a little more. Both mods are pure mono.

Nice work,



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