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Llandudno Beach

By Steven_Tyrer  
Taken for the long sweep of the beach

Tags: Beach Llandudno Landscape and travel

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SostanD 11 Canada
26 May 2008 6:47PM
Nice Photo

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ade_mcfade 16 15.2k 216 England
26 May 2008 9:36PM
A very nice beach scene here, the small buildings give you a sense of the size of the beach, theres a little light on some of the buildings to add interest and the long curved steps act as a good lead into the shot. Actually delivering you to the lit building - nice.

With this kinda shot you need something other than the background to hold the viewers attention - here you have 90% of the job done. I think you should consider maybe....

getting lower down and using the steps as a bigger part of the shot, if they are large in the bottom right, they could be forground interest

better light on the beach -- maybe try a shot when light's peering over the beach leaving shadows and bright bits

a foregreound object to the left - put a friend there, wait for a couple to pass, look for a log - just fuill that space if you can

Crop the sky - you're main horizon is on the centre of the shot, and with a featureless (yet well exposed) sky, you'e dedicating a lot of space to very little - so try ctopping so the horizon to the top1/3 of the shot.

add contrast - use curves or levels to boost the foreground contrast a bit, get the bright bits standing out more and the dark bits properly dark.

All in all, a good attempt and makes the place look pretty big and nice
zarquon 12 47 55 England
27 May 2008 1:52PM
I really like the way the eye is drawn into the scene by the curved sweep of the steps on the right of the image. I felt that there was a too much sky and I played with it to get sunset colours and pink-tinged clouds but it added little to the composition... almost like two different images (a sunset/skyscape and a landscape)

The beach looks a bit like a building site to my eye (with it being mainly gravel) and very little sand and I played with getting a bit more yellow into the beach to suggest that there was some sand in between the pebbles. Smile

I had opened the shadows a bit and I feel that has helped the foreground a little more. I also desaturated the image to suggest a more settled time period (say... late Victorian) because the empty expanse of the beach suggested that to me.

Its a RAW image so you can go and have another bite at the cherry. My crop is to illustrate that we all have a different eye and spending a little time playing with the crop tool as a composition device may help you to express your vision in ways that could surprise you.

Nice work! thanks for the opportunity to mess with your image. Smile


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