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derekp Plus
9 1 5 United Kingdom
4 Sep 2014 10:15PM
Like the colours and view but would consider cropping out much of the foreground to make a letter box panorama. Just a thought.
mrswoolybill Plus
14 2.5k 2343 United Kingdom
5 Sep 2014 9:34AM
I like this a lot, it's a scene that I know well and I appreciate the fact that you haven't simply aimed the camera at the hut but have included it as a focal point in a much wider view. This captures the atmosphere of the beach here.

I would go for a different approach to derekp's. Crop off about 1/3 of the sky, to raise the horizon but then work to make more of the very typical Kent beach - shingle, sea kale and viper's bugloss.

This is a bit flat tonally, depending on your software there's the potential for much more sense of texture and variety in that foreground. Call up the histogram for this - on your camera's viewing screen or on your hard drive if you can. The graph rises slowly on the left, there's a big peak and then it drops down to the base well before the end of the line. So there's not a lot of black, a lot of midtones and no true white. This needs whites, for sparkle and vitality.

If you have Levels, just move the left hand slider in a wee bit, and the right hand slider in to touch the point where the graph line falls. Then about 6% each added brightness and contrast. Whatever software you have, explore the possibilities for enhancing light.

That will give more interest to what is an interesting and very characteristic scene.

Hope you won't be offended by the suggestion.
JackC 9 United Kingdom
6 Sep 2014 8:29AM
Hi derekp, mrswoolybill. Thank you both for taking the time to look at my photo and your comments are most welcome; I will try out both suggestions.

This was my first visit to Rye Harbour and the hut really stands out against the surroundings making it difficult to pass by without snapping away. Moira, you are right in that I wanted to capture the atmosphere of the beach and that is why I included a lot of the foreground in this shot. I shoot in RAW and this was a straight conversion to JPEG with no post production before uploading. I use Lightroom 5 (almost exclusively) and Elements 12 (very occasionally) so I should be able to achieve the corrections suggested. I have been an ePHOTOzine member for some time and rarely upload anything but intend to try harder from now on.... mmm! flashback to my school report there.

I took photos from two other viewpoints and will post these over the next few days so as to keep the flow going. If you get the time to comment on them I would be grateful for any suggestions. I feel you never stop learning with photography and always welcome a different viewpoint.


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