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I am trying to capture the peaceful timeof dusk. This was taken at Opua Bay Of Islande New Zealand

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22 May 2008 5:36AM
Lovely peaceful,calm,serene image.
Paddy 18 254 8 England
22 May 2008 6:07AM
not sure about your focus here, I love the peacefulness of the sailing ship, not sure about the men in the boat your eye goes from one to the other, I might have also cloned out the black bouys & the other boats as they distract from what your trying to feel ... just my thoughts, you do have a love picture its just if you wanting that feeling ... just how I see it with your title Smile)Paddy
RosaB 14 61 2 Greece
22 May 2008 8:24AM
Lovely peaceful scene but agree with Paddy above. I think also the sailing boat is too centrally placed. It would be better to crop it so as it is in the left third of the picture. Hope this helps!
Slaterm 15 496 1 United Kingdom
22 May 2008 8:41AM
I can live with the row boat and the bouy. I would be tempted to crop out the outcrops on left. Make image squarer but will lose the distractions on the left. The row boat adds fg interest IMO.

Might be worth trying this as a toned mono image. It has a mono feel to it already. As it is, the blue tones give it a restful feel in keeping with the sail boat.

CathR 14 151 564 United Kingdom
22 May 2008 9:56AM
The image has a nice feel but is trying to do too much. I think there are two images here - one with the sailing boat and the other with the rowing boat. There is too much space between the two boats for there to be a single unified image. So I would play around with the crop tool and you may get two good images for the price of one.

Tooth 16 5.8k 227 Ireland
22 May 2008 1:50PM
The others homed in mainly on the composition so I'll start there. I agree it's a busy shot and there are too many elemets - the eye ends up darting around the shot looking for somewhere to rest. This kind of goes against the "tranquility" you were looking for. So I'd suggest cropping first from the left to lose the rocks which intrude in at the edge of the shot and have the effect of dragging the eye out of the shot. After that I think you'd have two choices - first a crop to just to the left of the men in the boat - this leaves a triangular composition which can work well but might even then be a bit too busy. The second suggestion is to crop further in to a square format so the two main elements are the yacht and the dinghy nicely balanced against each other.

In either case as mentioned above I'd clone away all the little buoys as they're just distractions.

Now about the exposure, you have a beautiful cloudscape but the oputcrop on the right and the men in the boat are in silhouette, which again I think doesn't sit too nicely with the dreamy feel of the sky. A graduated neutral density filter would have relatively darkened the sky and balanced iut the exposure a bit, Whether you can retrieve any detail from these areas will depend on whether there's any detail there in the original - but if there is a curve to brighten the shadows might help, or possible careful use of a dodge brush on the aoffendin gareas

So., a lovely scene which has great potential for the dreamy kind of feel you're looking for - hope some of this is helpful

samsalt1 14 34 4
27 Jun 2008 3:09AM
An image worth getting right, I have done a mod as it is easier than trying to explain.


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