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On the beach

By Minerva1342  
This photo has been cropped slightly but no other effects have been made. I am currently looking at trying to improve my composition and so would welcome your comments on that.

I know my horizon is not quite level but I haven't yet got to grips with my software to know how to change that!

Tags: Beach Sea Specialist and abstract Deckchairs Landscape and travel

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frz67 11 10 32 Italy
6 Nov 2010 2:52PM
Hi Alison,
I quite like picture like this because there are few different elements and a ripetitive pattern.
The first thing I'd say is that the horizon needs to be horizontal. Not always it is immediate to see it in the pathfinder or on the LCD, but it is something that can be fixed quickly in any of the SW available for pictures editing.
the second issue that I found distracting is the rope in FG. I know, it was there, but if it was not possible to find a different position or angle which doesn't include it, you can always remove it in post-processing. I know is cheating, but some pictures need some help and in this case I would consider it a minor thing.
the final consideration is more about composition. I think the pebbles in foreground are a bit too dominant. I reckon that the bases of the chairs are in the correct lower third, but in fact the dominant line made by the chairs is slightly higher. So I would crop off a bit the lower part.
In the mod I've summed up all my considerations.
Hope it helps
artcubis 13 6 United States
6 Nov 2010 2:55PM
This is a beautiful shot and compositon.
The line of colorful chairs with a backdrop of the ocean is very charming, sunny summery, breezy and simply beautiful.
If you have photoshop or other editing tool, you could remove the thin bar at the bottom of the picture not to distract from the view (just cut and paste some stones over it). The horizon of the water needs just a bit of tweeking to make it perfectly level.
p.s. for straightening and some other editing or special leffect tools you could download FREE Picasa 3.8 from google
Jestertheclown 12 8.4k 253 England
7 Nov 2010 12:16AM

Quote:p.s. for straightening and some other editing or special leffect tools you could download FREE Picasa 3.8 from google

I'll second that.

I use CS5 for nearly everything but almost always turn to Picasa to straighten things up. The straightening tool's probably the easiest one to use that's out there.

Tooth 16 5.8k 227 Ireland
7 Nov 2010 12:50AM
I agree with much of the above, so just a couple of extra points..

There seemsw to be a bluish cast, especially evident in the sand- easily fixed by adding a few % of red or yellow in your software.

The island?? on the horizon is a bit distracting - it's too vague to have any detail, and so it ends up looking like a blemish. It might be better cloned away

Just a copuple of niggly points then, but a nice shot which can be easily improved


7 Nov 2010 12:25PM
Thanks all for your comments. I'm not very adept at using software to improve my photos other than for resizing and cropping. Whenever I do try something more complicated I think the picture looks worse. Photoshop Elements is on my Christmas list and then learning how to use it will be my next task. In the mean time I'm hoping to take some reasonably nice, well composed shots that need a lttle tweaking to make them something more so your comments here are encouraging that I'm on the right lines.

Thanks again.

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