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Pit Stop

By Bee76
This was taken at Bawdsey. I can't seem to catch a break there with the weather no matter what the forecast is although I was happy to find some driftwood just waiting for my arrival.

I'm not entirely happy with this one for some reason but can't put my finger on it.

First upload in V5 so not sure if the tech info will load. I'll amend if not.

Tags: Suffolk Seascape Sunrise Driftwood Dawn Landscape and travel Bawdsey

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jinstone Plus
12 3 1 England
25 Jan 2011 1:52PM
Leave it as it is, super shot. Don't mess with it Smile

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paulbroad 10 123 1249 United Kingdom
25 Jan 2011 5:14PM
I think the problem is the bit of driftwood - not a very attractive piece and right in the middle. Needed a bit more interesting sharp and offset to the left. Basis of an excellent shot.

Eviscera 12 1.1k 149 United Kingdom
25 Jan 2011 7:17PM
Quite like the bands of light and exposure in this composition.

No idea if your into p.p as you didnt say , but slapped a quick mod that shows (after selecting a band) how to create a layer mask and modify the curves for each.

Well worth a go if you want to create more harmony in the balance fg mg bg
Tooth 13 5.8k 227 Ireland
26 Jan 2011 12:35AM
First let me say i don't like silky milky long-exposure water but hey that's a personal thing, so I'm just going to talk re the comp. You've looked for a bit of driftwood to provide foreground interest, but it seems that that's where that thinking stopped. The problem with it for me is that it lies near horizontally across the pic and does nothing to guide the eye around the picture. The problem isn't helped by the fact that there's not much interest in the sky in terms of a focal point (a strong cloud form or patch of sunlight, etc. Then you could have rotated the stick so it drew the eye in more diagonally from say bottom left up to an interesting part of the sky in the top right (ideally but not necessarily on a third).

Just my honest thoughts there, hope they're some use

26 Jan 2011 9:06AM
IMO its a good pic but the composition isnt quite right with the drift wood so agree with the guys above. It could point to the milky waves a bit more and also the shot taken at a slightly lower angle. The pic isnt quite balanced with the light coming out at the top of the frame as i always prefer dark edges and the milky water on the bottom right isnt balanced with the left. Picky but its just my personal opinion.
Bee76 7 17 England
26 Jan 2011 4:29PM
Thanks guys for your comments, all of this feedback is useful. It gives me lots more to consider each time I go out and I try not to make the same sorts of mistakes again. Sorry it took a bit to respond... I got PS CS5 given to me last night and kind of got a bit absorbed by it. I had no idea just how much bigger and more confusing it is than PS Elements.

I can see now that it was the composition that was setting my teeth on edge a little so thanks. Unfortunately this was the pick of the bunch in my shots of this log and it was taken in between waves pushing it all over the place. I tried a lower viewpoint a couple of times and got fed up with cleaning spray off the filters so hoped the slightly higher viewpoint would work instead.

Cheers again,

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