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Saltburn Pier

By Adrianhalliday
I thought having the pier and the contrast of the sea and cliffs would make a nice photo
Shutter speed-160
Focal length-18

Tags: Seascape Pier Seaside Landscape and travel

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KarenFB Plus
14 5.4k 176 England
20 Sep 2018 6:38PM
This is a gorgeous 'postcard' photo - a wonderful summers day, the sea and sky are a brilliant blue (with some lovely cloud formations to add interest to the sky). I really like the fact you've included the pier. I think this is one of your best photos so far! Smile

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banehawi Plus
16 2.2k 4126 Canada
20 Sep 2018 7:54PM
Yes, it works well.
dark_lord Plus
16 2.5k 664 England
20 Sep 2018 9:10PM
It's a good record, and composed well.
Just because something is a 'record' doesn't mean you can forget good composition, so well done for thinking about that. The inclusion of the foreground grass detail helps with depth too.

Even so, an aperture such as f/11 or f/13 would have been dood enough for sufficient depth of field here, with the added benefit of being able to use a lower ISO of 100 or so for maximum quality and also utilise the best performance of the lens (less likelihood of softening due to diffraction caused by such a small aperture.
Not that I can readily see any issues quality-wise at this size, but they are factors to remember in future situations.

Willie's mod is just that little bit brighter and contrastier, which really helps with viewer appeal. Often, just a subtle tweak is sufficient, to make the most of your capture.

And this would look good on the wall.

dudler Plus
16 1.2k 1646 England
20 Sep 2018 9:17PM
Really beautifully put together as a picture.

Good stuff above about finessing the best quality possible from the situation - but this is lovely, a reminder of a perfect day, one hopes.
mrswoolybill Plus
13 2.1k 2210 United Kingdom
21 Sep 2018 12:25PM
It's an attractive shot of a location that I know well. My first thought was that it needs a very slight anti-clockwise tweak to level the sea horizon - with that much mist, it may be an optical illusion...

As a composition, the lines are strong and the foreground grass tells us where we are standing. I like the fact that you have the foreground diagonal rising from very close to the corner of the frame. I might try to cheat and bring it right into the corner, that creates a better frame.

But there's a lot of empty sea, sky and grass. A foreground bush or other object would provide a point of reference for the viewer. As this stands, I would try some very gentle dodging of highlights, burning of shadows (huge brush, very low exposure) to bring out the texture interest.

Alternatively, I wonder if it was possible to move a little to the left without endangering life and limb? That could have included a bit more of the beach and the buildings along the seafront.

I'll just add that there are at least a couple of dust blobs in the sky - possibly your sensor needs a clean...
mrswoolybill Plus
13 2.1k 2210 United Kingdom
21 Sep 2018 12:40PM
I've uploaded a quick modification. I skewed the top right corner up a wee bit (looking at this up close I think you may already have rotated a bit? There's the hint of white triangles in a couple of corners).

I cloned in a bit more grass slope bottom left, to continue the line into the corner. I also dodged and burned the foreground bottom right.

I cleared 16 faint dust blobs from the sky and a few more from the sea (and I can now see one that I missed). NB - A very small aperture will really show them up! But a sensor clean is definitely needed...
pamelajean Plus
14 1.3k 2133 United Kingdom
21 Sep 2018 6:51PM
Using a large frame means that the image inside the frame is a lot smaller in pixel size and, for critique purposes, it would be easier to critique without the frame, and consequently a larger image.

The viewpoint you used here, Adrian, is quite different to most images that we see of Saltburn Pier, and therefore refreshingly different. As has been said, your composition is well thought out. I like the idea of including Hunt Cliff, the pier and also the cliff lift.

A few things to consider.
Just because it's there, you don't have to include the end of the pier. Everyone knows that it ends at some point. All of the interest seems to be in the centre of the frame and so, in my modification, I cropped all sides, bringing the grass into the bottom left corner (as Moira mentioned), positioning the cliff lift on a thirds line (if you aren't aware of the Rule Of Thirds, just ask, or look it up on the internet), and placing your horizon one third down on the vertical.
This composition may not appeal to you. You may like the more expansive view. But I offer it as an alternative.
In my modification I also brightened the image and slightly adjusted contrast.


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