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Scottish Estuary

By Yewtree
A summer evening at Findhorn, Scotland. Thanks for looking.

Tags: Landscape and travel

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sherlob Plus
15 3.2k 131 United Kingdom
27 Jun 2008 10:07PM

An interesting scene with lots of photographic potential. You've done a reasonable job of the exposure here - although the lighting on the image looks a little flat and could be picked up slightly by tweaking the levels in your photo editor. A slight tweak to saturation may also bring out the colour in the scene a little more - adding punch. However, be careful not to over do this later edit - keep your adjustment to under 10 - preferably under 5.

The main problem with this scene for me though is the composition. I'm left uncertian as to what the focal point is. Eg. is it one of boats? If so, which one? There is some nice light shown on the harbour wall, but the wall appears to be hanging from the side of the image and is not rooted within the frame. Finally, the horizon line is not straight and the image tips from right to left.

So what can you do about this? To be honest yyour options at this point are limited. The horizon line is easily corrected in an image editor (as I see has been done on a mod already uploaded). However, as to the other compositional problems - theres probably very little you can do at this point. In the future though it would be worth considering the scene and what you want your picture to communicate. E.g. Looking at the shot presented I would have been tempted to perhaps isolate one of the boats within its reflection - in attempt to communicate the stillness of scene.


pamelajean Plus
15 1.6k 2237 United Kingdom
28 Jun 2008 11:45PM
Hello again, Tony. I agree with Adam's remarks about the composition and have done a mod showing the cropped part of your picture that I particularly like. With the horizon straight, the boat's masts become aligned as well. Many people will not like the horizon being so central, but I personally like the balance. There is some very good detail in the image, which was revealed in editing, and your reflections are excellent. There is also a nice balance of tones in sky and water. The little dots of red in the buoys are very appealing to my ye. Going for a pleasing composition when taking the picture is a very satisfying exercise, especially when you have something "static" like boats, and can take your time. I'd have been tempted to use a portrait format for this one, going in closer to the boats, and this format will allow the length of the masts and their reflections to be completely in frame. Hope that's of some help.
RosaB 14 61 2 Greece
29 Jun 2008 7:39AM
A lovely peaceful waterside scene! I agree with all of the above as regards compostion and lighting etc and of the mods I prefer no 3 without the harbour wall however I would have been tempted to crop a little of the gunk off the bottom making sure that you keep the whole of the reflected masks and then possibly cloning out the remaining gunk! I have uploaded a mod for you. As it is a small size picture I have done very quick cloning on the large size you can get a much better result
Hope this helps Rosalie
Its a shot worth playing around with to get the best possible result
pamelajean Plus
15 1.6k 2237 United Kingdom
29 Jun 2008 7:46PM
I agree with Rosa on her crop, her mod is excellent.
I hope you can see all the potential in your image.
Yewtree 13 England
1 Jul 2008 8:23PM
Thank you all for the comments and the modifications, they all make for a much better picture. Incidentally, my father loved this shot and had a large canvas made of it. Wished I had done some of your modifications beforehand though! Many thanks.

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