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Golden sea

By adnanmujib
Pic taken by Point and shoot camera. your coment and critics are wellcome

Tags: Sun flare Landscape and travel


cats_123 Plus
17 5.1k 30 Northern Ireland
16 Apr 2013 12:34PM
Gorgeous sunset...have straightened the horizon and brougt out some of the shadows in the fg Smile
chase Plus
16 2.3k 592 England
16 Apr 2013 6:00PM
You really need to get that horizon straight.The bast way is in camera but you could do it in your post processing workflow.
The fg is very dark as the camera has exposed for the light,shooting into the sun is always difficult.One way to combat this is to use 2 exposures,one for the sky & one for the dark fg,then combine them in your editing program.I think a good old crop from the top & bottom would help this no end,as per the mod uploaded for you.Most photographers would choose to have either 2/3rds sky & 1/3rd fg ( or the other way round) as the 'rule of thirds' is a useful tool to be guided by & is generally much more pleasing to the eye.
pamelajean Plus
15 1.7k 2239 United Kingdom
16 Apr 2013 10:02PM
Welcome to EPZ.
You were looking at the effect the sun was having on the water and wanted to capture it.
The first most obvious thing to rectify is the sloping horizon.
At the time of shooting, I would suggest going in much closer to the water and to concentrate on the water, giving it the two-thirds space on the vertical, as mentioned by chase, and one-third sky because the sky is quite featureless apart from the sun and deep gold colour on the horizon. Eliminating the shore from your frame altogether will avoid having that dark area, and I don't think it adds anything to the image. You have titled this "Golden Sea" and there is your biggest hint, it was the colour of the water that you wanted to emphasize. By going in closer, even if it means getting wet feet, you are looking down upon the water and can easily fill your frame with it.
Your shutter speed suggests that you wanted to freeze the wave movement. You may have a sunset mode on your camera, which you could use, and switching your White Balance to shade or cloud would enhance your sunset colours.
The clear sky has given you nice gradient colours, but a little cloud cover can create interesting patterns, and it can be worthwhile waiting for nights like that. Then, if your sky becomes more interesting, you can give it more room in your frame.
The sun is an important element in any sunset image, but this doesn't mean that it has to sit in the centre of your frame. Having your sun sitting slightly off centre can result in a more pleasing image, so try placing it to one side, then it stops the viewer from thinking it's the only important point of your shot.
Try using a smaller aperture to give you a greater depth of field, to ensure that everything is in good focus.
17 Apr 2013 5:12AM
tnx a lot
Sooty_1 11 1.5k 221 United Kingdom
17 Apr 2013 5:22PM
I have no wish to discourage a new member, but sometimes it seems like a picture is deliberately inserted with every basic error in it to see if it gets a reaction.

As above, there are basic errors here:

Sloping horizon
Horizon right across the centre of the image
No real subject matter
Sun right in the middle of the frame
Vignetting top right of frame, as if something has come very close to obscuring the lens
Not really very sharp anywhere

All that's missing is a palm tree growing out of someone's head.
Unfortunately, it isn't enough to just snap the sky with a good sunset. You need to consider other factors, mostly covered by Pamela.

Also, look back at similar images posted on here by others and look at the kind of comments they have got. Try to avoid the mistakes they made, and read the remarks about how to overcome/avoid them. Think why you are taking the picture - here "golden sea", ie the bit that is really golden, occupies only a very tiny part of the frame. Get closer, fill the frame with it, turn your camera the other way up and make the most of the reflections, etc etc. Think how you are going to attract people's attention in the image, and how you are going to keep it there. A coloured blob and a distant wave isn't enough.

Also, just because it's a compact point and shoot camera shouldn't mean you can't get good images, you just need to work a little harder sometimes! Keep at it, and bear Pamela's words in mind - basically think what you want to achieve and don't just snap away in hope. With digital, you can always review the images and change settings if you need to. Try different things, but most of all, keep trying.


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