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Kovalam Beach 2

By johnMathew  
Sunset at Kovalam Beach,Trivandrum,Kerala

Tags: Landscape and travel

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NEWMANP 13 1.6k 574 United Kingdom
27 Jul 2009 11:34AM
hello John, first of your uploads i have seen so welcome to epz.

i can see the attraction here, a lovely golden sunset, people in the water, probably a very memorable moment for you.

there are however a few little things that you could have done to make a memorable spectacle into a winning image.

there is a lot going on around your field of view, probably too much and shooting directly into the ferocious sun has caused the exposure control to underexpose putting everything in its path into silhouette and blocking up the details and making a lot of the figures merge in dark areas. the sun is directly centre frame and thats dividing the picture in half and leaving nowhere to look but straight down the barrel of the sun.

how could things be improved ? firstly i would suggest that in the same circumstances it would be better to turn the camera to the left and to get the sun out of frame, or move arond the back of the group and point more towards the sea. this would bring the exposure back into control and eliminate that powerful sunball. it would also cut out some of the figures and make the composition a little more uncluttered.

when shooting images where the sky is quite bright in comparison to the foreground, it often helps to fit a neutral density graduated filter to help even out the exposure and make the whole thing more tonaly pleasing. its also worth remembering that often the light is better when the sun has actually slipped behind the horizon and thats when most photographers would be getting down to making the shots, often the afterglow is more exciting than the sunset.

hope this helps, and very best regards.
somnathchatterjee 12 67 175 India
27 Jul 2009 11:37AM
not as an Indian, i can say it is a beautiful place. you have tried well but as you have sent it to the critique gallery i am giving you some points as under:-

1. level the horizon it is not up to the mark.

2. you have captured the sun nearly at the middle of the frame you should avoid the placement of it at the center for better work.

3. the sun set, the beach, the water is very much peaceful except the crowd. in such kind of peaceful nature photography always try to exclude the crowd while shooting and by selecting a different location or at least at the time of digital manipulation.

4. a ring around the sun is clearly visible and it is a distortion of the lens. this kind of photography requires a grad filter for better exposure.

5. you could also have waited a few minutes for the proper exposure as the sun is going down.

Hope it helps,
28 Jul 2009 11:40AM
Thanks Phil and somanath for your comments..

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