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Fisherman's Bouys

By pixieparkes
Fishing boat alongside, Weymouth harbour

Tags: General Fishing boat

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pamelajean Plus
14 1.5k 2189 United Kingdom
16 Sep 2018 4:19PM
The buoys are your subject, Larry, but, as is often the case in harbours, the background is very fussy.
I wonder if there was a different angle from which you could achieve a less cluttered background, perhaps with more water?

You chose to concentrate on the lines of buoys rather than photograph the whole fishing boat, and that's a good idea, but in my modification I have chosen to go in even closer, filling a large portion of the frame with the buoys. Even with some of the background still in the frame, the buoys dominate, and the background simply gives context.
I straightened the image using one of the vertical bars, brightened, and adjusted contrast.
I very slightly reduced saturation, but I do like the bright red.


mrswoolybill Plus
14 2.5k 2343 United Kingdom
17 Sep 2018 7:57AM
There's a really nice juxtaposition of subjects here, and I really like the contrast of hot red and cool blues. But making that work demands a sense of structure to the image. There's rather too much going on in the frame - Pamela has shown the way with her crop, I would crop even tighter. You don't need to include every last detail to tell the story - give enough information for the viewer to imagine the rest. Less is generally more!

When an image includes buildings, it's a good idea to make a check against the grid a part of your editing routine. The vertical nearest to the centre of the frame needs to be true. So look at those houses in the background...
dudler Plus
17 1.4k 1775 England
17 Sep 2018 8:07AM
I feel much the same about this as about your boat rack shot a few days back: a straight-on picture would work better, for me. To emphasise the pattern, you need to crop out extraneous things. Just the red buoys against blue water - perfect.

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