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Moon Surfer

By Hedoman
Taken on a recent trip to New South Wales Australia. Shot at Snapper Rocks.

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paulbroad Plus
14 131 1294 United Kingdom
8 Aug 2015 1:09PM
A very strong image with great initial impact! Longer viewing raises one or two points.

The very briight area at botto right is rather too bright and in composite such as this, could be reoved by selective sizing. I suspect the surfer is nt critically sharp, but that doesn't really matter much in an effect shot such as this.

In general,like it a lot. Very competant. Just deal with the burnt out wave.

dudler Plus
18 1.9k 1936 England
8 Aug 2015 1:35PM
There's a lack of EXIF data - maybe caused by the digital manipulation...

Striking, definitely.

The major downside, for me, is that it really isn't very sharp - is this the manipulation, the fact that both of the shots were taken in challenging circumstances, or a deliberate posting of a lower-quality file?

I've tried a square mod - moves the figure from the centre, and also loses that awkward highlight...
tonyng Plus
12 12 3 United Kingdom
8 Aug 2015 11:03PM
Great work.
pablophotographer 11 2.0k 428
8 Aug 2015 11:30PM
Good imaginative picture, blending two elements, the sea with the surfer and the moon which causes tides.
I would try a black and white version, mind you there are some overexposed areas on moon and wave.
But I think the issue with merging two pics is to arrange the light to appear as coming from the same direction and here this is not happening, as the surfer's face and lower back are very dark.
mrswoolybill Plus
15 3.2k 2527 United Kingdom
9 Aug 2015 12:31PM
It's a clever image. I suspect that the shot of the surfer was taken using a long lens hand held, and has been cropped down considerably, hence some niggles about quality...

John's cropped modification makes the image much more dynamic, active. Central placement of the subject gives a static feel. It can look settled, comfortable, that can be good. But it's not what is needed here.

Just for comparison I want to add a horizontal flip, to show the action as moving from left to right. That's how the brain intuitively expects to see it happen.
pamelajean Plus
16 1.7k 2256 United Kingdom
9 Aug 2015 4:29PM
I think this is rather beautifully manipulated and crafted for a strong impact, Steve.
But I also feel that Moira's modification shows an interesting alternative, and you may feel that the image benefits from these alterations.
I particularly like the action, the colours, and the surfer set against the moon.


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