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Beside the seaside

By marktc  
I'm really not sure about this one, I'm uploading it for your comments really, to establish what it is I can't put my finger on...

Its probably the positioning of the groyne but there was no other place to get this shot from and I wanted to keep the beach huts in the shot to the left. Processed in SEP 2 with a solenium tint.

V2 the original prior to processing and conversion

Thanks to all those that clicked and commented on yesterdays upload.

Tags: Seascape Landscape and travel

Voters: Hermanus, nonur, CarolG and 35 more

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Hermanus 4 4 South Africa
30 Jan 2013 5:11AM
I normally prefer colour but here I must go with V1 Mark ! Excellent photo !!

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nonur Plus
7 17 11 Turkey
30 Jan 2013 6:09AM
Great mono, so V1 gets the vote.
CarolG Plus
9 196 19 Greece
30 Jan 2013 6:13AM
The fact that the groyne is almost in the centre of the image may be what you are not sure about, Mark, but it works very well, drawing the eye across the water to the horizon, I like it very much Smile Carol
almiles 7 38 102 United Kingdom
30 Jan 2013 6:23AM
The mono has much more impact and is a well seen conversion; the sky certainly shows up better as do the beach huts though the latter are still subtle because the groin leads away from them. I agree with Carol it may be the placement of the groin that nags at you. Difficult to see how you could have had it positioned more off-centre once you chose to retain the beach huts, if you moved to have it coming out from a corner it would be more of a barrier than a lead in. Maybe you don't need the beach huts at all. Square cropping to left corner the groin gives a different feel to the image and lets the groin lead out to the post in the water and focuses on the textures in the wood. Not sure it's a better image, just different Smile
30 Jan 2013 6:32AM
V1 is a great one, so gets my vote
Andysnapper 8 109 25 England
30 Jan 2013 6:42AM
Mmm, I like this, mainly. I think the groyne and the land are fine but the sea and clouds don't look quite right. Too smooth possibly, like an ageing supermodel whos had too much botox.....

I also think that Carol and Al are correct about the groyne placement, centre doesn't quite work on this one, but I think the beach huts add to the image so a square crop would lose them.

Your only option is to go back and move either the beach huts or the groyne.....Grin

Sorry not much help really.

jasonrwl Plus
6 1.1k 10 United Kingdom
30 Jan 2013 7:00AM
Nice conversion Mark and, yes, I think you have it concerning the position of the groyne but I still think it is an interesting image
AnnChown Plus
6 199 1 United Kingdom
30 Jan 2013 8:09AM
Sometimes we can't get the shot we want and it can be really frustrating as we have an idea in our head. I think this has probably happened here Mark. Happens to me all the time! I think if it as the one that got away! Smile love the processing tho!
charlotte 12 34 2 United Kingdom
30 Jan 2013 8:25AM
The conversion picks out the drama in the sky and water. Nice one Mark.

30 Jan 2013 8:43AM
I like this - and V1 works best for me.

Irishkate Plus
6 38 100 United Kingdom
30 Jan 2013 11:11AM
The mono conversion looks so much better than the colour.
Think I'd crop off the right handside up to end of groyne which leaves a nice triangle including your beach huts.
WhiteRose1 Plus
6 1.6k 148 England
30 Jan 2013 12:36PM
Think you should allow for 'mods' when eliciting ideas, Mark. The manipulation brings out some good sky detail and textures. I would be tempted to crop the right side to near the end of the groyne and crop the sky to maintain the landscape proportions. The groyne initially leads away from your beach huts but the shore line brings you back across the image to them.

jdinne 13 16 England
30 Jan 2013 12:49PM
V1 Mark excellent.

taggart Plus
12 47 13 United States
30 Jan 2013 2:31PM
I find v1 heavy and forboding----the color is very appealing-- interesting comments above, so do not be offended by the PA view point???
Fefe Plus
4 23 31 United Kingdom
30 Jan 2013 5:37PM
I really love the processing!................ I think a crop as Kate says to make one image..........and crop from the other side losing the beach huts to make another image........... great work thoughGrin
zapar40 6 66 5 Wales
30 Jan 2013 5:46PM
nice processing, Mark. i like the idea from Andy, if only we could move the huts and groin, i'd be moving lots of large rocks.Smile
WhiteRose1 Plus
6 1.6k 148 England
30 Jan 2013 5:52PM
Mod uploaded, Mark. This is what I had in mind.

gajewski Plus
12 10 9 United States
30 Jan 2013 6:13PM
I like both shots and I had similar thoughts to those already posted -- about the placement of the groyne. Dave's mod is quite nice. I see he moved the groyne to the right.
In your shot, I am very impressed with your B&W conversion, although I agree with Jenn that the color version is also very appealing. It's interesting how a B&W conversion can completely change the mood.
netta1234 Plus
4 371 2 Wales
30 Jan 2013 7:04PM
A great setSmile
Big_Beavis 11 4 2 England
30 Jan 2013 11:24PM
Truly amazing Mark.

chensuriashi Plus
10 240 17 England
3 Feb 2013 6:35PM
I was at Hill Head in September and grew up there...Thanks for the memory again and great shooting of my home patch...Wink Chen.

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