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God's Painting

By TexasSky    
While out on a photo day trip, I saw what going to be a spectacular sunset. I pulled up Google maps, to find the perfect point over the Galveston Bay.

Tags: Sunset Landscape Blue Photograph Water Pier Clouds Reflections Orange Boat house Landscape and travel

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franken Plus
18 5.2k 4 United Kingdom
9 Sep 2016 10:06PM
jimbob133 6 1 United Kingdom
9 Sep 2016 10:34PM
I don't think you can improve on that shot.
That is an amazing sky.

9 Sep 2016 10:55PM
Thanks Franken Plus & jimbob133
banehawi Plus
16 2.3k 4176 Canada
10 Sep 2016 12:12AM
Lovely scene, nature at its best. Great atmospheric cloud formations.

Mod is a 16 X 9 crop with additional exposure towards the bottom part, and a slight increase in the upper area. Underexposure is to be expected with a scene of this type.


tonyguitar 8 77 37 Canada
10 Sep 2016 1:46AM
Say hello to Corpus Christi and Padre Island. Never saw a sunset this good there however. Still, the Gulf is a great place. Avoid little jelly fish though. TG
paulbroad 13 131 1290 United Kingdom
10 Sep 2016 8:49AM
One of the better sunsets we see because it has compositional form and a firm grounding. it screams out for a panoramic crop. The top of the sky and a strip of the water are not needed and the impact is immediately even better with that crop.

silverfoxey 11 17 2 United Kingdom
10 Sep 2016 9:28AM
Wonderful sky, no need for the crop of the sky, as that is the whole point of the shot, the sky. The little piers add also to the composition. Nice capture.
10 Sep 2016 12:50PM
Thanks for everyone's input.
mrswoolybill Plus
14 2.4k 2290 United Kingdom
10 Sep 2016 2:16PM
It works because of three factors I think: low horizon, so the bottom of the frame doesn't compete with the sky; strong silhouetted detail along that skyline, acting as a baseline to hold the sky down to where we are; and lovely bright textures in the water, so the image doesn't suffer from an empty foreground.

NB You have at least one dust blob in the sky towards the top of the frame, and around 2/3 from the left, possibly some more (I don't think the marks are part of the clouds). Your sensor may need a clean.

Willie has cropped as I wanted to do, to make better use of that strong diagonal cloud; but he has lightened a bit more than I would want. I like the sense of mystery in dark shadows. OK I'm off to have a play.
10 Sep 2016 2:49PM
mrswoolybill, I did find the spots and removed them. My problem now is trying to figure out how to upload the clean copy. I've taken into consideration the other comments. However, I do not want to crop. I'm working on thirds with this image, also, and I think it would distract by cropping either above or below. And I don't want to change the color of the sky, since that's the way we saw it.
dudler Plus
17 1.4k 1739 England
10 Sep 2016 5:35PM
Getting the picture looking the way that you saw the scene matters - you want that for a family picture or a holiday record, and it's one of the 'valid' artistic ways to make a picture, though there are others.

I can definitely see the thirds in use there: and it is possible to do a panoramic crop retaining a thirds composition... The difficult thing, sometimes, is to abandon a really attractive part of the original frame for the overall cohesion of the final picture - and that is often matter of opinion, as it clearly is in this case, given the differing views above...

A lot of what goes on in this Gallery is about options, though, rather than absolutes!
paulbroad 13 131 1290 United Kingdom
10 Sep 2016 6:56PM
Yes, composition and content are personal. This is very good as is and if that is as you want it, no problem. I think the panoramic approach increases impact and thirds apply to any shape. however, that is a personal view.


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