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foot print in the sand

By mcginty
taken while on holiday in tunisia.Wondered if I should darken the foot print and crop some off the top.As I rather like this shot so simple I thought.

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frz67 11 10 32 Italy
6 Jul 2010 4:56PM
Hi Valerie,
personally I like this kind of pictures because of their simplicity and immediacy in communicating emotions or feelings.
At the same time, the strenght of the messagge can be spoiled or at least diminuished by a presentation which is not as effective as it could or should.
With your picture, the main problem I see is the composition.
The foot print is right in the middle and there's not any idea of movement. The past and the future of the walk have the same "weight" (equally distant from the left and right border) and the final impression is static.
In most cases the so called rule of thirds works really well and my advice is to crop the picture to have the footprint in the lower RH corner.
The second issue I see is the tonal range. The picture appears quite flat and this is due to the fact that the blacks are not really blacks, and the whites not really whites (you can see this looking at the histogram of the picture). Also in this case is good practice to re-define the the black and the white point, once you open your picture with your editing software.
In the mod I've gathered all this comments.
hope it helps
best regards
paulbroad 13 131 1293 United Kingdom
6 Jul 2010 5:29PM
Well seen. Simple is often best, but I concur with what has been said above. Footprint a bit central, compose it onto the right bottom this, then lift the contrast a bit to darken the footprint and lighten the water to nearer white whilst retaining detail. Don't let it burn out.

mcginty 12 1 United Kingdom
8 Jul 2010 10:26PM
Hi Guys,
Thanks for your input I can see sraight away what you mean about the composition.I really like this a lot.So with a poor forecast for the weekend I shall be spending it indoors trying out all the expert advice you have given me thanks again.Regards Val.

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