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Facing the Sea

By Xavier666
For this photo, I used a Benro 6 stopfilter to smoothen the water of the sea; I usually use a big stopper (10 stops) but I wanted to see what a 6 stopper would give.
I keep on wondering: shouldn't I have used a 10 stopper? That would have resulted in a longer exposure... Perhaps that would have flattened the sea even more, enhacing the calm of the sky.
I quite like the symmetry in this picture. And although the horizon is nearly in the middle, I don't consider that to be dusturbing in this shot.
I admit, there is a lot of sky but the blue coloured sky has a calming effect.


Tags: Nature Waves Seascape Breakwater Sea Coast Long exposure Belgium North sea Blue sky Landscape and travel

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banehawi Plus
15 2.1k 4036 Canada
22 May 2019 7:03PM
Its a nice scene, though like others of this type, a focal point subject would help.

However, its not always going to happen, and you work with what you have.

I would try to get this cropped to have the centre piece exit the frame in the same place on bot sides to help symmetry, and the horizon may need a very small ccw rotation.

It can also work with less sky, and Ive uploaded two mods, the second has the horizon on a third with less shy.

This could, as you suggest, make a calming print, or with some appropriate text, something for an office environment.


I like it.


Regards


Willie

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23 May 2019 5:24AM

Quote:Its a nice scene, though like others of this type, a focal point subject would help.

However, its not always going to happen, and you work with what you have.

I would try to get this cropped to have the centre piece exit the frame in the same place on bot sides to help symmetry, and the horizon may need a very small ccw rotation.

It can also work with less sky, and Ive uploaded two mods, the second has the horizon on a third with less shy.

This could, as you suggest, make a calming print, or with some appropriate text, something for an office environment.


I like it.


Regards


Willie



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dudler Plus
16 947 1521 England
23 May 2019 8:02AM
You psoe two questions, one directly, and hte other by implication.

The direct question is about which filter you 'should have' used. That depends entirely on what result you wanted: certainly a longer exposure than 3 seconds would have given a smoother sea. So now you know what the result of using a 6-stop filter is.

The central horizon isn't that disturbing, but nor is it that eyecatching, as Willie's second mod shows, making the jetty more prominent, and - to my eyes, at least - making a more involving picture..
pamelajean Plus
13 1.2k 2094 United Kingdom
23 May 2019 5:39PM
Willie's modification gives prominence to the breakwater, its texture, patterns and colours, all of which we can now see has lovely detail. The strength of that against the softness of the water makes a fine image.

I would let the sea water provide the calming effect and dramatically reduce the amount of space that the sky takes up in the frame.

Pamela.
paulbroad Plus
12 131 1285 United Kingdom
23 May 2019 9:07PM
A simple image. Actually the type of thing you see on a pub wall to fill space with something pleasant and with minimal content. I have to say the subject is not my kind of thing without a bit more there, some kind of focal point, but that is purely subjective.

Paul

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