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Salthouse Sunset

By wardp
Caught a fabulous sunset from the shingle beach in Salthouse, North Norfolk.

Tags: Sunset Landscape Norfolk D7000 Salthouse Landscape and travel

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Kim Walton 14 145 30 United Kingdom
13 Jun 2012 8:59PM
Nicely composed seascape.
The thumbnail doesn`t give the light on the pebbles justice.
I might of tried to tone down the highlights in the cloud.

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marktc Plus
7 101 15 United Kingdom
13 Jun 2012 9:39PM
Very nicely composed and presented
Focus_Man 8 481 631 United Kingdom
14 Jun 2012 8:40AM
All the elements are there just IMHO a compositional shift required to place the horizon on 1/3

banehawi Plus
13 1.8k 3862 Canada
14 Jun 2012 3:31PM
Welcome to EPZ Paul.

I love the way the light has been captured on the shale, - very attractive.

Youve shot directly into the Sun, so you have caught some lens flare, - those coloured circles in the image. Best to wait until the Sun is covered, or just below the horizon for the best Sunsets.

The composition has the horizon exactly in the middle, and accorsing to the generally used composition rules for sunsets, its should be 1/3 the way from the bottom or from the top, so theres either more sky, or more foreground.

The bright area where the Sun is can be covered by moving existing cloud over, and it benefits with the application of a warming filter.

Ive loaded 2 mods. one as is with the sun covered, one of the flares removed, warming filter, and a little more contrast; second mod is a crop with the horizon 1/3 from the bottom, - this required adding more sky, using content aware scaling in Photoshop CS.

As a new member there are features in this gallery you may want to use: Theres a "Like" icon beside a comment; and theres the small "Nominate for Constructive Critique" link at the bottom of every comment. The Critique Team approves or denies submissions for constructive Critiques, and members can accrue points. Critique Team members cannot approve comments on their own feedback. When you provide constructive feedback, you can also start collecting points, which can mean you are improving to the point where you can see how to improve other members shots. To qualify as Constructive, the feedback has to improve you image, your skill, your knowledge of the photographic process, or post processing. Comments like nice shot, love the scenery, etc dont qualify.
Also let us know what software you use, and how competent you are so we can tailor feedback for your needs.

Hope this is helpful,


wardp 5 United Kingdom
14 Jun 2012 5:47PM
Thanks so much banehawi - this is really helpful. Question, how do i reply to others comments ?
banehawi Plus
13 1.8k 3862 Canada
14 Jun 2012 6:31PM
Just add a comment as youve done already, - they will all show up under your shot. If you want to send a message directly to the person, click on the name, and then you will have a number of options, one of which is Send Message, whcih is a private message to their inbox.


Davesumner 11 28 300 Australia
15 Jun 2012 3:57AM
Hi Paul,

Welcome to EPZ and the Critique Gallery, as usual you have had some great critique above and as always I am late in adding my little bit.

I love your shot, apart from the shale it reminds me very much of the 90 mile beach here in Australia. I just love the sky, the sunset, the water and the light on those pebbles. Unfortunately, I think that it is just too much for this one image and I think that as Willie has said, the sky and the pebbles are quite strong in the image especially with the horizon in the centre. I also am not a fan of the darkness of the shot and want to see more of that lovely reflected light on the pebbles.

I have done a mod also, (suprise suprise) only I have lightened it up loads in Adobe Camera RAW (ACR), I thought the water was looking a little blue so I corrected it in Hue/Saturation layer in Photoshop (PS), I added some red and yellow to selected areas and cropped off that overly dark foreboding sky. I then removed the flaring and sharpened.

Hope this helps

wardp 5 United Kingdom
15 Jun 2012 1:11PM
Thanks Dave, really appreciate the comments and mods. I do tend to go for darker images i must admit.

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