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Burgh Island

By vickyh    
Another looking at Burgh Island from Bantham Beach

Tags: Devon Beach Waves Sand Sea Bantham Landscape and travel Burgh island Bigbury

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GraceC 18 83 5 United Kingdom
2 Jan 2008 3:49PM
A fine image but a a bit bland. Experience of this place tells me early in the morning with the sun lighting Burgh Island can be quite special.
randomrubble 17 3.1k 12 United Kingdom
2 Jan 2008 5:02PM
As noted above, the image does lack a bit of sparkle, but I imagine there's not much you cn do in that sort of light. Noting that you mention waves in the tags I wonder if moving closer to the sea and capitalising on them may have given a more dynamic foreground.

I'd also add that the upper part of the foreground sand appears to be a little dark, have you used a grey that's maybe a touch too low for the scene? If this is the case it may also have been less obvious without the foreground sand.
CathR 14 151 564 United Kingdom
2 Jan 2008 6:35PM
I like this - plenty of foreground interest leading the eye through to the building on the island. I think you have done the best you can with the light conditions as they were.

aidanmayne 13 2 United Kingdom
2 Jan 2008 11:27PM
Excellent composition, unfortunately the weather let you down, didnt it?
Perhaps try it as a moody mono, bringing out the shadows in the clouds and the highlights in the foreground? Would really bring out the white building against the dark island.
I'm guessing you used a grad on it too? i'd stick to hard grads as opposite to soft ones at a scene like this, just to avoid it affecting the foreground.
Aside from that, good shot, and i hope iv been vaugely helpful and not too harsh.
Tooth 16 5.8k 227 Ireland
5 Jan 2008 10:39PM
Potentially this is a nice shot though as others mentioned lacking a bit of sparkle. Compositionally it's one kind of time when i think the "rule" of thirds would work better (I prefer to call it a guideline). As it is, the building on the island (which is the main point the eye finally rests on) is IMO too central on a horizontal plane.

If you were to crop some away from the left, then from the bottom to above the lowest big rock, I think you'd achieve 3 things...

1) the building would fall onto a thired line and be moew settling to the eye,

2) the waves would be proportionally bigger in the frame,

and 3) the repetitive element of the two lower rocks would be lost -as it is I think it's a little bit jarring.

Finally, although the light isn't great, the shot would certianly be improved by a small boost in contrast and/or saturation

Hope that's some help


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