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Blue Moon, Sea and two friends.

By PradyothChakraborty
On 31st August there was blue moon in the sky. I tried to capture some shots. Unfortunately I have left my stand in my hotel. The picture was taken hand held.

Tags: General Landscape and travel

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This photo is here for critique. Please only comment constructively and with suggestions on how to improve it.


DanielaS 5 4 Romania
13 Sep 2012 2:24PM
I am not a pro, but I try to say what I think so if you disagree, don't be upset with me Smile

I think you shouldn't have centered the subjects. The moon and those two people are in the center of the image and the rest of the photo is empty .. Also, I see a small reflection of the moon on the wet sand and I think you could have captured that too. There are some shades of red from the sunset and if you would have taken the photo from a diffrent angle or position(on the right) you could have captured those shades, the reflection and the people in a better way. Hope it is helpfull

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Focus_Man 8 481 631 United Kingdom
13 Sep 2012 2:50PM
Before uploading here, why not go through a lot of the previous uploads to this gallery, look for pictures similar to your own and read the comments applied there. That will give you an initial learning and tuition ie self-help.

Take good note of the comments which appear to present themselves the most and ignore the comments ,like “Good shot” or “Love the colours” that is not the help you are after, you want to look at critique, which is what this galley is all about.

Looking back at comments and learning from them will give you a very good start without the need for members to keep adding the same advice time after time to picture after picture.

I have said this many times to the extent that I now cut and paste it, but it certainly still applies Pradyoth.

Your horizon is not straight, nor is it close to RoT, the sun and the figures are too close to centre. EXIF is not the best with an aperture of f4. I have also said before, it is better to look for quality rather than quantity, in other words don't upload so many until you have checked comments applied in the past and applied them to your work in general. Doing that will do a number of things.. Firstly as your photography improves comments will get better, you will appreciate them better and you will enjoy your hobby more.

Ignoring viewers' comments tends to make people not bother to comment so a little bit of your own 'Quality Control' is essential Pradyoth.

banehawi Plus
13 1.8k 3862 Canada
13 Sep 2012 2:53PM
Its a nice shot, - it conveys a sense of fun with the people splashing in the sea under the full Moon.

Its inevitable that handheld is likely to result in an off level horizon, as this is slightly off.

The Moon and figures are not central, however cropping some space to make it less wide, and conform to a 10 X 8 aspect ratio works, as does a little sharpening. Ive done this in the mod.


paulbroad 10 123 1238 United Kingdom
13 Sep 2012 3:45PM
OK, the horizon is a bit out, but an otherwise fine simple composition has been spoilt because it is very unsharp. You say hand held, and it shows. You need either a faster shutter speed or some kind of camera support. A monopod is an excellent cheap buy. It is easy to carry, can be used as a walking stick and, on sand, I would rest it on my foot.


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