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Fishing with grandad

By AnnChown  
I took this on Friday at Pett Level. It's really about the sky but I hope that the grandson and rod set it off reasonably well (taken with a polariser). Grandad is out of shot on this one. Does it matter that the little boy is in the centre?
Thanks for looking and for any comments and/or criticisms.
A big thank you to Mark (marktc) for his UA for Tracking yesterday - very exciting and much appreciated!
Another boiling hot day here with nothing to do but laze around. It's far too hot to even think of going outside!
Ann

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morpheus1955 10 3 2 United Kingdom
19 Aug 2012 10:56AM
Fantastic image Ann, great composition, and what a fabulous sky

Hugh

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CarolG Plus
10 198 19 Greece
19 Aug 2012 11:05AM
A wonderful sky, Ann, and a grand composition. Good to hear you have summer at last, rather late coming Sad Carol
annettep38 Plus
5 218 40 Costa Rica
19 Aug 2012 11:14AM
he is fine in the center of attention.
great sky, too.
19 Aug 2012 11:18AM
Nice scene Ann, it's a beautiful sky,
Fred.
Joline Plus
10 27 53 United States
19 Aug 2012 11:19AM
I didn't even notice he was centered because of the balance with the pole. A really fine image.
Tibetan 4 3 England
19 Aug 2012 11:26AM
No it does not matter! you have reversed the one third two thirds method, to two thirds one third! balances out as far as I am concerned, regards Leon.GrinGrinGrinGrinGrin
lovely shot like the boy in it set it off great sky.GrinGrinGrinGrinGrin
woolybill1 Plus
10 22 68 United Kingdom
19 Aug 2012 11:41AM
It's all about balance, Ann, and it balances reasonably well. There is more interest in the water to the right than to the left.
However, a 10:8 crop removing a little from the right would concentrate on the more interesting sky to which the rod is pointing, while leaving some space around the little boy.
A touching image in any format.
Regards
Bill
19 Aug 2012 11:44AM
a nice blue sky and full of wispy clouds

GrahamGrinGrinGrin
EAS 7 1 13 Scotland
19 Aug 2012 11:44AM
The image balances perfectly as far as I can see. Wonderful comp and that's a superb sky.

Ann
SlowSong Plus
8 6.6k 29 England
19 Aug 2012 11:46AM
What lovely clouds. They look as if they've been painted on with a light hand. The slightly quirky crop is both attractive and unsettling at the same time. Smile
It looks so cool and lovely there, much better than in my hot, hot garden in deepest Ilford.
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mrswoolybill Plus
10 990 1514 United Kingdom
19 Aug 2012 11:47AM
Rather lovely. He and the fishing rod are leaning towards each other, that's what makes it work for me.
I would look for a tighter crop, maybe square, but as an alternative not an improvement; it would lose some of the breadth of the sky but accentuate its height.
Moira
AnnChown Plus
7 199 1 United Kingdom
19 Aug 2012 12:00PM
Thanks for the crop recommendations - both the square and the 10:8 work much much better!! Thanks Bill and Moira! Smile
marktc Plus
6 86 14 United Kingdom
19 Aug 2012 12:03PM
Ann, this is another wonderful image as Moira and Bill say it balances well and the child being in the centre isn't noticeable. The eye is drawn from the foreground by the fishing rod to those wonderful sky, you polariser really did a great job for you.

Overall a terrific image.
CaroleS Plus
6 424 3 United Kingdom
19 Aug 2012 12:19PM
I am just amazed at that sky - a lovely comp.
Carole
achieverswales 6 8 101 Wales
19 Aug 2012 12:32PM
Love it Ann, excellent exposure and as your Grandson is looking into the frame even better, I would hate to crop and loose any of that awesome sky, I would crop the sky and keep in a folder to replace featureless sky's though.

Regards

Trev.
19 Aug 2012 12:41PM
For me your composition is fine Ann, the sky is so good it keeps my mind busy. I quite like Bill's idea of the crop, it would emphasise the sky even more than your filter has.

Nice work, didn't realise you had a grandson.

Dougie
AnnChown Plus
7 199 1 United Kingdom
19 Aug 2012 12:42PM

Quote:Love it Ann, excellent exposure and as your Grandson is looking into the frame even better, I would hate to crop and loose any of that awesome sky, I would crop the sky and keep in a folder to replace featureless sky's though.

Regards

Trev.


Just for the record, Trev - he's not mine... - but a willing model we came across on the beach! SmileSmile
and thanks for the suggestion of keeping the sky!!
AnnChown Plus
7 199 1 United Kingdom
19 Aug 2012 12:43PM

Quote:For me your composition is fine Ann, the sky is so good it keeps my mind busy. I quite like Bill's idea of the crop, it would emphasise the sky even more than your filter has.

Nice work, didn't realise you had a grandson.

Dougie


I don't!! No children either!!! SmileSmileSmile I probably didn't explain it clearly - see my comment to Trev above!
19 Aug 2012 12:47PM
I misunderstood your caption, sorry for that Ann. Even better that yu found him rather than took him to the beach.

You looked far too young in your image anyway.Wink
RonnieAG Plus
7 153 116 Scotland
19 Aug 2012 12:55PM
Your composition works for me just fine, Ann. Can't really add much to what has already ben said.
Nice one.
Ronnie.
AnnChown Plus
7 199 1 United Kingdom
19 Aug 2012 1:06PM

Quote:
You looked far too young in your image anyway.Wink


Now you're heading in the right direction Dougie! Smile
taggart Plus
12 47 13 United States
19 Aug 2012 2:34PM
Others have given opinions re cropping, etc. Not a landscape person--so I will just say the crisp, clean image works well -- the sky being superb and not at all diminished by the inclusion of the child and equipment!
banehawi Plus
12 1.5k 3558 Canada
19 Aug 2012 3:18PM
Lovely shot. Bills crop suggest would work well.


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Niknut Plus
6 1.3k 69 United Kingdom
19 Aug 2012 3:58PM
Cracking shot !!....beautiful quality, with a terrific sky !!!!

I think the format & framing are fine....though there is a sneaky little trick that might add a little something ???...but it ain't
up for mods....so I'll keep you guessing !!.GrinGrin
AnnChown Plus
7 199 1 United Kingdom
19 Aug 2012 4:21PM

Quote:Cracking shot !!....beautiful quality, with a terrific sky !!!!

I think the format & framing are fine....though there is a sneaky little trick that might add a little something ???...but it ain't
up for mods....so I'll keep you guessing !!.GrinGrin


Come on Keith - spill the beans! I've opened it up for mods, just for you!! SmileSmileSmile You know I wouldn't be able to resist...
WhiteRose1 Plus
6 1.6k 148 England
19 Aug 2012 4:33PM
Tremendous sky, Ann, and an excellent triangle formed by the rod and child. I've tried several crops and they all seem to work mainly because of the strength of the image in the first place.

Dave
franken Plus
14 4.0k 4 Wales
19 Aug 2012 4:37PM
Lovely composition Ann.

Ken
Niknut Plus
6 1.3k 69 United Kingdom
19 Aug 2012 4:53PM
GrinGrinGrinGrin !!!....you temptress !!!!!.Grin
AnnChown Plus
7 199 1 United Kingdom
19 Aug 2012 5:03PM
Go for it Keith! Smile
Niknut Plus
6 1.3k 69 United Kingdom
19 Aug 2012 5:45PM
OK !!....uploaded my mod. for your consideration...........

Basically I've moved the lad to the right a bit, to balance the composition a wee bit....but I've also 'enlarged' him somewhat, to make him
a little more prominent in the shot, but more importantly for his head & shoulders to 'break' the horizon-line......??????

Not meant as a criticism !!....I'm just trying to make a lovely shot have a little more impact.....without altering the layout or cropping !!.Smile
helenlinda Plus
9 344 22 United Kingdom
19 Aug 2012 5:51PM
Lots of advice here Ann - but a wonderful sky whatever SmileSmile
Helen
AnnChown Plus
7 199 1 United Kingdom
19 Aug 2012 6:01PM
That works really well Keith! I like it that he's a bit bigger - it adds a lot more impact !! thanks so much for your time SmileSmile
The bot in the centre of the image is OK. For me it has been off balanced by the rods which draw the eye up into the sky. The boy fills what wouls have been an empty space.

Regards.

Gavin
fentiger Plus
15 916 23 England
19 Aug 2012 6:37PM
Where's Grandad? Wink Good use of the wide angle to achieve this fine composition but I think the tighter crop, as suggested, would improve the image. Great sky by the way.

Albert
ChiliMan Plus
10 135 17 Singapore
19 Aug 2012 6:48PM
I am in love with that sky.

As for composition, there are all these Ďrulesí. Most times they work, sometimes they donít. I think you should go with your gut and your eye. Howís that for weird biology?? Grin

Iíve done two mods, both square crops, just for the heck of it Smile

The first mod is oriented to the left as I wanted to preserve as much as possible of the sky on the left Ďcos itís more beautiful (to me) than the sky on the right.

The second mod addresses the fishing rod and shoots the handle into the bottom left corner. Unfortunately, some LH side sky gets sacrificed.

All that aside, this is a thoroughly wonderful image, Ann Smile

Andrew
ChiliMan Plus
10 135 17 Singapore
19 Aug 2012 6:49PM
OOPS! The second mod uploaded is the wrong one!! Don't know how to delete it Sad
ChiliMan Plus
10 135 17 Singapore
19 Aug 2012 6:52PM
Ok...second mod uploaded. If you can find a way of deleting the 'mismod', please do so! SO embarrassing Smile
AnnChown Plus
7 199 1 United Kingdom
19 Aug 2012 6:59PM
Andrew - I think your mod 2 (or 3 if you count the upload of you Smile!!) works best. As you say, the composition is better but it sacrifices the lovely sky. As far as going with my gut is concerned, I think my original hasn't worked as I do think a crop is necessary and really improves the image! Smile
Thanks so much for 'having a go'! Smile
Ann
19 Aug 2012 8:07PM
Ann,
You have received some interesting comments and suggestions. The sky is fantastic and I don't think the boy being in the middle is an issue particularly because of the position of the rod and rest.
Cliff
19 Aug 2012 9:56PM
Wonderful sky and a nice narrative going on in this image, Ann. Excellent.
Alun
fentiger Plus
15 916 23 England
19 Aug 2012 11:20PM
Had a look and thought I would try a mono conversion.

Albert
Ray42 8 3 England
20 Aug 2012 6:58AM
A great shot - love the comp - a great sky and the boy leaning towards the rod full of anticipation of a bit - some excellent mods and critique especially from our friends the woolybills
AnnChown Plus
7 199 1 United Kingdom
20 Aug 2012 7:31AM
I wondered whether a b&w would work but as I'm so hopeless at converting to mono I dismissed the idea! So thanks for your mono conversion Albert. I think it works, don't you?
Ann
fentiger Plus
15 916 23 England
20 Aug 2012 7:46AM

Quote:I wondered whether a b&w would work but as I'm so hopeless at converting to mono I dismissed the idea! So thanks for your mono conversion Albert. I think it works, don't you?
Ann


Quote:

As a long time fan of black 'n white YES I do Ann. Smile

Albert

KingBee Plus
10 504 2 Scotland
20 Aug 2012 9:27AM
Truly wonderful, full of nostalgia.

Regards.

Bob
Superb sky good rule of thirds looks and works well, nice detail well presented.

John
20 Aug 2012 6:43PM
very suggestive
nicely composed too
bricurtis Plus
11 2.1k 49 England
20 Aug 2012 8:25PM
I like it as is Ann re composition - a well balanced image for me........... Mono mod looks good.
Brian.

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