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Calm waters - Morston, North Norfolk

By Ghacon
I posted this image earlier but somehow managed to post it on the regular gallery and not the critique where intended.

This is my second image posted - this image has had no colour correction or post production, what you see here is what came out of the camera (I only cloned out a dust spot). My intention was to show the strength of an image by careful exposure and considerate composition. The shot was taken before sunrise on a gentle inflowing tide.

I know that most images produced are an end result of digital darkroom but somehow this image has captured practically all I need. Your thoughts are welcome.

Gareth Hacon

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


Carabosse 15 41.1k 270 England
27 Jun 2010 8:19PM
This photo conveys serenity and really needs very little adjustment, in my view.

In the mod I've uploaded I've reduced the slight cool cast and upped contrast, just a tad, via a curves adjustment. Hope that helps.

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27 Jun 2010 11:31PM
I am an amatuer photopgrapher. This picture is beautiful. The the composition, the lines the exposure. All pefect to my eyes. I wouldn't have changed a thing.
DRicherby 9 269 725 United Kingdom
28 Jun 2010 6:11AM
I agree that no significant editing is needed, here. My only complaint is that I find the diagonal mooring ropes to be something of an intrusion.
Ghacon 8 4
28 Jun 2010 8:02AM
As with photographing a landscape we can only work with what we are given. My choice was simple to capture the moorings at Morston before sunrise. Ideally the clean reflections would (subjectively) deem a more appropriate finish but the choice was simple, the image was far too important to capture than to ignore.

The morning shoot consisted working with various lens settings while walking along the embankment. I was fortunate enough to have a successful morning session (getting at least one decent image) before the sun came up.
paulbroad 10 123 1240 United Kingdom
29 Jun 2010 4:27PM
This is, indeed, quite restful, but I would take a bit off the top to improve balance and those digonal mooring ropes, bottom left, are a real eye puller.

OK, they were there, but the comment is relevant. After technique, and yours here is very good, critique becomes subjective and comments can relate to what people acually like.

Would also lift the contrast a bit. I go back to the wet darkroom, and a good image was, and still is, always finalised in the procesing and 'printing' - wet or computer.

Ghacon 8 4
29 Jun 2010 7:13PM
Hi Paul,

As I stated at the start of this post my point being the importance of good metering, I merely wanted to show an image based on the merits of exposure. I agree with you that the shadows need a 'Lift' and this is something that I have done to the file the other day before sending it off to a lab to be printed. Remember this is a untouched digital file. I would never consider a single capture to be the final stage and always say to people that this is only have of the photograph, the computer and post processing is the second half.

If I were to expose any more then I would have run the risk of 'Blowing the Highlights' thus lifting the shadows during the editing stage, the composition is a tight crop of the lay of the boats and while I agree the rope is an element, the sensitivity is the relationship of the boats to one another. I have processed more images from the morning where I was further away, concentration on boats with there full reflections on the water well within the scene.

Gareth Hacon

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