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By Peter_West
image taken at Diamond Beach Iceland

Tags: Landscape and travel Diamond beach

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banehawi Plus
17 2.5k 4263 Canada
20 Mar 2019 9:20PM
Much the same comments as before, not surprisingly. It is a very nice scene, and getting a lower POV would improve the shot IMO.

The bottom may look better is there was more open water below those floes so one isnt exiting the frame. - moving back a bit, or getting lower.

Ive added a bit of extra space at the bottom, cropped some from the top; brightened the lower area, made the image a little cooler in tone.


dark_lord Plus
17 2.8k 784 England
20 Mar 2019 9:32PM
There's a lot in this image Peter.
I like the inclusion of that foregound shape detail.

But my eye is instantly drawn to the blue ice on the left in the middle distnce. The vast majority of the image remains unexplored. Although there's detail over the whole of the image as far as my viewing is concerned it gets ignored.

You've a good shape there but it's beten by the stronger blue ice which also happens to be lit more strongly (though you can adjust their relative bightness in post processing.

So I think crop in towards the left to make a feature of the blue ice, or alternatively move the camera round to the right and make more of that circle inthe ice.

Either of those two elements need to be the focal point, and be bolder in the composition. as it is the image doesn't hold my attention.

mrswoolybill Plus
14 2.9k 2455 United Kingdom
20 Mar 2019 9:43PM
We all see differently. It's a glorious scene, and for me it hints at so many possibilities. But the high pov separates the constituent parts rather than creating a relationship between them, there's simply too much stuff in the frame, and it's all plonked down in the middle... Those dazzling blues in the middle distance, they are the gems...

OK I'm off to try some radical cropping. Less is usually more.
20 Mar 2019 10:02PM
I agree with Willie that a lower angle might have worked better. Another possibility might be two panoramas, one for the top half and another for the bottom half.

But personally I'd have been mostly interested in that top left corner, which is very striking... there's structure there, there's drama, and the best light.
It's already been said, but the rest just looks messy... too busy, too much detail. There's virtue in simplicity.


dark_lord Plus
17 2.8k 784 England
20 Mar 2019 10:13PM
Moira's second crop is what I was considering Smile
mrswoolybill Plus
14 2.9k 2455 United Kingdom
21 Mar 2019 8:19AM
I guess it comes back to the big difference between being there, experiencing the scene in real life; and constructing a set of lines within the confines of a geometric frame, something that will take the viewer there, make it real to them. That's what composition is about. Making sense of the world that we see...
paulbroad 14 131 1293 United Kingdom
21 Mar 2019 9:13AM
Yes, it would look much better being there. Whilst the vista is doubtless impressive I find it very monotone and confusing with no compositional planning to hold my attention. a strong splash of colour suitably placed would probably make a lot of difference, but then, there was none.

21 Mar 2019 9:28AM
Hello all, many thanks again for all your comment good and bad LOL, I'm not very good with Lightroom or Photoshop, the main reason I took the image was for the black mountain ridges coming down to the shore line, they looked awesome in real life but the image doesn't give then justice, the icebergs are as big as houses amazing thing to see and experience, need to save up now and hopefully go back, even if it was 12.50 for a bottle beer. Thanks Pete and thanks for all the mods folks, will bore you again tonight and upload a Aurora image to cast your eye on
dudler Plus
18 1.7k 1877 England
21 Mar 2019 11:22AM
I think there's a slight tilt to this - something that provides a reason for doing at least basic editing.

I suspect the high viewpoint was dictated by where the open decks on a ship are - am I right?

A sense of scale is hard to achieve unless you can put a recognisable object - a person, a car, a boat - next to something. That makes it really difficult for casual pictures taken in passing - the better pictures come from those hardy souls who trek out there on foot (if it's accessible at all). Imagine a shot from the distance with your ship giving some scale...
21 Mar 2019 11:44AM
Hi Dudler. Wasn't on a ship had to trek along shore to get this with ice spikes on very hard going and tiring with all camera equipment, Peter
dudler Plus
18 1.7k 1877 England
22 Mar 2019 9:21AM
Thank you - so maybe the viewpoint is lower than we all thought? And getting the camera down really low would have been a possibility?

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