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Dawn's Promise

By Bee76
I took my family camping at Sizewell and decided to take the opportunity to make my first visit to Benacre as I was so close.

The beach along Benacre was a delight. It was just a shame I couldn't stay longer - I will most certainly be visiting again.

The elements that make it for me are the wave cresting parallel to the beach and the sun rising in the 'V' of the foreground tree. That's just my opinion though - maybe it doesn't work for the more experienced photographers here.

Settings are:
18mm - 1s @ f/20

All Criticism +/- welcome.

Oh and it's just a straight RAW conversion in PSE without any further work done on it. I'd be interested in any suggested modifications on this sort of picture.


Tags: Suffolk Beach Seascape Sunrise Benacre Landscape and travel Night and low light



watters66 19 75 Scotland
1 Sep 2010 7:37PM
I'm scratching my head as (at the time of writing) nobody has commented on this photo. Sometimes these things happen....

I like the composition, the low viewpoint lets the main branch fill the foreground and the pebbles on the sand also add interest along with the breaking wave.

You have also caught a lovely sky with the sun just at the horizon.

Very well captured,
1 Sep 2010 7:37PM
Well done
SUE118 Plus
15 8 1 United Kingdom
1 Sep 2010 9:14PM
Lovely shot.
nice composition, wouldnt bother modding Smile
NEWMANP 15 1.6k 574 United Kingdom
1 Sep 2010 11:20PM
sky exposure is beautiful and the water also capured nicely.
i think a slightly lower viewpoint and a move a little to the left would have tightened upo the composition.

the move to the left to bring the branch into the right top corner and the lower pos to bring more separation against that sky and give more of a diagonal.

you have a little issue here with the horizon sloping down to the right and this looks worse than it is by the slope of the shoreline.

im wondering if i would have gone and tried another view around the right side of the branch making this fit the left side and the far ones over to the right side of it by pulling in a greater diagonal shore line.

the loose bit of branch could be cloned out as its not adding anything

nice shot though
paulbroad 15 131 1294 United Kingdom
2 Sep 2010 7:50AM
I would leave it alone - a good example of it's genre. The 18mm has caused the horizon to bend a bit - thought it was tilting, but it's not.

NEWMANP 15 1.6k 574 United Kingdom
2 Sep 2010 8:25AM
the horizon is bent and tilting 3mm to the right, scroll the image and align with the toolbar to see
Bee76 12 17 United Kingdom
2 Sep 2010 9:53AM
Thanks all for your comments.

Paul and Phil, your comments were exactly what I was after so thanks for taking the time to analyse in such detail. With regards to the horizon, I'm pretty sure the bubble on my tripod was in the middle but I guess even a very slight tilt becomes exaggerated on a distant horizon.

I'm aware that I may get barrel distortion when my lens is wide open at 18mm. Until I can buy a wide angle lens is there a way to correct any bend in the horizon that might occur?

I'm still new to this game and it seems to me right now that there is so much to think about once I'm on location. The main things I'm trying to focus on right now are composition (rule of thirds and point of view etc) and the settings on the camera. I guess it all becomes instinct in time though.

I have a couple more from Benacre that I will be uploading in the next couple of days as well that I'm sure you may have opinions on.
Bee76 12 17 United Kingdom
2 Sep 2010 10:15AM
Thanks Frank for your comments and your mod - I think I prefer it. I have PSE 7 and I'm new to that as well so it's still early days for me in working out what I can do with it.

NEWMANP 15 1.6k 574 United Kingdom
2 Sep 2010 11:51AM
having the bubble on the tripod is fine but that levels the top flange of the tripod only. the pan and tilt or ball head can be totally different. a bubble in the flash mount is better to be fair.

im not familiar with elements but its easy to correct tilt, select all-edit-transform, rotate with the corners of the box until level and recrop to suit. there are easier ways in ps but im unsure about elements.

the barrel distortion is also fixable with the transform tools but there is a special correction tool under the filters in ps. try google for elements solutions im sure its easy to do.

main thing on composition is do your shot and then explore other angles---work the scene

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