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Coastal Composition

By NDODS    
Good day to you all near and far

Thank you for all your comments, critiques and votes following yesterdays upload of Leeds Castle. A further mention going to Jamesmoorephotography (James) for his User Award.

Today's upload is from my archives, it was captured a little while ago now whilst spending a rather cold and damp day at Dungeness. I agree it is quite minimalistic, however I would like some feedback as to its composition and appeal.

I hope that you all have a wonderful day ahead.

Regards as always NathanGrinGrinGrin

Tags: Sky Weather Beach Dungeness Water Sea Wildlife and nature

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It certainly appeals to me. The colours and textures are great. Wouldn't fancy a dip mind you....looks freezing.

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Caziwinkles 4 3 1 United Kingdom
8 Sep 2013 8:25AM
Very appeasing. Calm waters below very moody skies! Would quite like to see this in landscape format Nathan. Smile

rayme330 4 17 1 United Kingdom
8 Sep 2013 8:29AM
The vertical layers of tones and textures work very well Nathan.

8 Sep 2013 8:35AM
This is really good, it is so simple but its composition is fantastic.

I love the feel of the way it creates the layers of the earth.

Would be interested to see how this would be in mono ?


Minimal with great impact.. The contrasting layers work very well here.., with the addition of texturing in the f/g...
8 Sep 2013 8:41AM
A lesson in how to capture mood and atmosphere with minimal content. Great comp' Nathan, and a really excellent piece of Photography. Well done.

John Smile
LynneJoyce Plus
8 20 99 United Kingdom
8 Sep 2013 8:48AM
Minimal magic, I like this very much.
8 Sep 2013 8:49AM
the very distinct layering is simple yet very pleasing Nathan like it

netta1234 Plus
4 371 2 Wales
8 Sep 2013 9:06AM
I really like this one Nathen,with great texture in the fgSmile
bobsblues 6 10 2 United Kingdom
8 Sep 2013 9:06AM
I feel its certainly got a lot of depth to it as it draws you in to the horizon and the colours blend perfectly for me.Smile
tomcat 11 6.4k 15 United Kingdom
8 Sep 2013 9:15AM
Even though the sea is the narrowest of the three bands, the sense of distance to the horizon is still there

Works well for me

widtink 4 406 2 Scotland
8 Sep 2013 9:24AM
The banding works beautifully Nathan , the fact you chose " up an doon" format accentuates the bands which is marvelous and the added texture finishes this off beautifully. SmileSmileSmile

morpheus1955 9 3 2 United Kingdom
8 Sep 2013 9:28AM
Moody atmospheric image Nathan, like it a lot

nonur Plus
7 17 11 Turkey
8 Sep 2013 9:32AM
Excellent work, Nathan. I love this layered compo. Wish I had another UA to use for this.
8 Sep 2013 9:39AM
superb shot and love that leadened sky looks like you were in for a downpour
8 Sep 2013 9:39AM

8 Sep 2013 9:40AM
I think it is just great! I love the layers of sky, beach etc; the sense of peace it portrays is just wonderful. For me, a super picture.Grin
OK,the three bands are OK as too composition, but the clouds really make it. I dont think it wouldnt work mono any better. A good capture anyway! ---- The very best regards from Finland ! - Jukka.
8 Sep 2013 9:56AM

Quote:Minimal magic, I like this very much.

I think Lynne has summed things up very well, Nathan!
You're certainly drawn into the picture.
I wonder what a square/squarish crop would do for the image - just a thought!
Trevhas Plus
4 992 3 United Kingdom
8 Sep 2013 10:01AM
I like this one Nathan, the layers are quite appealing and wouldn't look out of place in an up market gallery. However regarding the composition the dark collection of pebbles ( top r/h side of beach) could do with cloning out or cropping but i like the dog dodo in centre fg as this helps the viewers eyes around the image.

Quote:OK,the three bands are OK as also the composition, but the clouds really make it. I dont think it wouldnt work mono any better. A good capture ! quote]

it says it all.

8 Sep 2013 10:04AM
Beautiful scene. Live it's composition Nathan. I can never get the horizon quite right. Good morning and I hope your feeling well today Grin
Wonderful textures, wonderful colours...totally wonderful image Nathan... it grabs the eye GrinGrin

Lynette GrinGrin
8 Sep 2013 10:18AM
Stunning. I really like the layers. Fantastic image.
8 Sep 2013 10:18AM
Appeals to me, Nathan.

rontear Plus
13 8 8 England
8 Sep 2013 10:42AM
Desolation beach, Nathan.
saltireblue Plus
6 6.0k 33 Norway
8 Sep 2013 10:55AM
I like the simplicity of this image, the portrait format working to the advantage of the scene.

I do however, find the almost identical amount of foreground and sky not quite right.
I would crop out some of the fg, giving the three very distinctive sections a different amount of space each. I think that would give a better overall sense of vertical balance.

ColleenA Plus
4 319 4 Australia
8 Sep 2013 11:25AM

Quote:A lesson in how to capture mood and atmosphere with minimal content. Great comp' Nathan, and a really excellent piece of Photography. Well done.

John Smile

I love the layers Nathan....would hang this on my wall, a great capture
8 Sep 2013 11:36AM
Personally I would like a bit more in the picture such as a small bird in the sky
AnnJ Plus
5 5 Scotland
8 Sep 2013 11:37AM
This is excellent, breaks all the rules, but that is what makes it so good! Ann.
Nikonuser1 Plus
4 96 14 United Kingdom
8 Sep 2013 11:48AM
Minimilisim at it's best Nathan, like the portrait view, great captureSmile

tonyng Plus
6 8 2 United Kingdom
8 Sep 2013 11:57AM
Some landscape abstract this is. Well done Nathan.
Irishkate Plus
6 38 100 United Kingdom
8 Sep 2013 11:57AM
Wonderful layers of colour and interest.
The potential crops are endless and it makes me want to rush out with my camera.
Hi Nathan, I love this but would have to disagree with "quite minimal", there's plenty of shades, textures and lines. The narrow band of water divides the wider bands of cloud a beach very well and gives balance. Most people would do this as a landscape but for me the portrait format makes it deeper and stronger. Best of light, Si.
a great impactive image,very well done.

Hermanus 4 4 South Africa
8 Sep 2013 12:20PM

Quote:A lesson in how to capture mood and atmosphere with minimal content. Great comp' Nathan, and a really excellent piece of Photography. Well done.

John Smile

I also love the earthy tones in this !!
achieverswales 6 8 101 Wales
8 Sep 2013 12:36PM
As there is good detail in the sky from the clouds it works for me Nathan.


TrevBatWCC Plus
8 12 10 England
8 Sep 2013 12:46PM
I like the different layers in this, and the composition makes it a much stronger composition than had it been shot at an angle Smile
Trev Smile
I really like this Nathan, the moody sky makes it for me, I would hang this on my wall Grin
taggart Plus
12 47 13 United States
8 Sep 2013 2:23PM
An interesting division of canvas-- perhaps even 5 sections--- and no particular focus point---it is very pleasing to the eyes tho!
8 Sep 2013 2:46PM
Simply lovely Nathan.

Jenny Smile
8 Sep 2013 3:18PM
I love it too Nathan, love to be sat there gazing out to sea, wrapped up warm as it does look a tad chilly WinkGrinGrin

Barjo 5 United States
8 Sep 2013 3:34PM
A really fine composition, Nathan....Elegant and with a very appealing abstract feel....Fine work!
xwang 7 55 8
8 Sep 2013 3:41PM
Simple and effective, beautiful 'layers's work...
CarolG Plus
9 196 19 Greece
8 Sep 2013 4:06PM
I love the simplicity of this, Nathan. Carol
8 Sep 2013 4:27PM

Quote:It certainly appeals to me. The colours and textures are great. Wouldn't fancy a dip mind you....looks freezing.

Excellent and effective
banehawi Plus
12 1.5k 3531 Canada
8 Sep 2013 4:35PM
Ive looked at this for a while Nathan, trying to pu it into the context I have to assume it was meant at the time of shooting. So I can be way off.

Ive read all the comments, and its certainly had an impression on all, - which is good.

I read the composition suggestions, and your question.

So, to properly assess this shot I downloaded it.

A couple of things I notice.

The image is not level, using the apparent far side of the water as a guide, it needs about 0.4 degrees CW rotation.

The central band is not central, - its lower than the exact centre, i.e theres more sjy than beach. I think this is important when dealing with bands like this, unless you crop. So a little off the sky lifts the centre, into the centre, and then looks balanced, and not top heavy.

However, when I look at it and think, - whats the important part of the shot, I think, its the clouds. So if I crop a lot off the bottom, leaving the edge of the beach on a third, - magic!. It works great, at least for me. So either the thirds, or get the middle in the middle with the rotation.

Sharpen the water only, - its very soft.

Hope this helps,


pluckyfilly Plus
10 351 33 United Kingdom
8 Sep 2013 5:19PM
I might have cropped out the beach and pebbles but otherwise its a peaceful shot, I can also see where Willie is coming fromSmile
Lillian Plus
7 22 17 United Kingdom
8 Sep 2013 6:17PM
After reading down, most feel a great shot
sorry Nathan...agree with the majorityWink
Atmospheric and lovely
RockArea 10 18 3 United Kingdom
8 Sep 2013 6:42PM
I think the layers and gradations really work well!

8 Sep 2013 9:06PM
Perfect simplicity Nathan, and perfectly simple. Don
Works for me Nathan. Cathy
Potra 3 Venezuela
8 Sep 2013 9:25PM
Nathan, this is a wonderful shot. I am delighted with Willie's modification that puts the horizon on the third.
Franko59 5 3 2 England
8 Sep 2013 10:09PM
Rules in photography and art are made to be broken, it`s a lot like choosing hifi " if it sounds good it is good". This makes you look and walks your eye to the waters edge and I like it! Some of the greatest Images in the world are not technically perfect but they are still great images! Well that`s me off my soapbox, Great Work NathanSmileSmileSmileSmileSmileSmile
Glostopcat 10 255 2 England
9 Sep 2013 7:49PM
A very moody and minimalist beachscape Nathan, this scene is typical of our usual British summer at the seaside
10 Sep 2013 12:16AM
I like the bands of colour and the texture on the beach.

Ridgeway 9 222 2 Ireland
13 Sep 2013 2:28PM
A stunningly simple shot.
If I was to change anything Id have done this as a panoramic.
Retaining the simplicity of the shot.

Source 6
15 Sep 2013 12:05AM
A bleak and powerful scene

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