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Sea & sky.

By Manas
A lovely sunny day at Kovalam beach, India; with it`s all warmth & calmness.

I request for your advices how this image could have been captured better so far framing, composition, exposure & camera setting are concerned.

Tags: Nature Seascape People Fishing nets Skyscape Boats and water Landscape and travel


banehawi Plus
17 2.6k 4281 Canada
3 Dec 2019 3:48PM
Its a beautiful place. I like how you waited for that man to walk into the frame too.

Youve done something that many people do, you incorrectly applied a -2/3 rather than a + 2/3. Try to keep in mind that you will use + compensation 99 times more often than negative!

This makes the image too dark, as the camera itself is also applying a negative exposure value at the same time, so you get too much negative.

Ive corrected this in the mods, and also brought up some shadow detail on the left.

Theres a second possible image here if you isolate the man by cropping tighter, which is mod 2.


prabhusinha 13 5 5 India
3 Dec 2019 4:58PM
1/3rd & 2/3rd ratio Korte hoi
dark_lord Plus
17 2.9k 793 England
3 Dec 2019 9:44PM
Composition, framing and timing are all fine.

Aperture is fine as you don't need huge depth of field here. Nonetheless you could have raised ISO to 200 with no impact on image quallity and giving you f/9 or f/10 to 'be on the safe side'.

The exposure is not enough, and while it can be sorted in post processing it's best to get it as close as possible in camera so little or no adjustment is needed later - saves time and effort on the computer, and smaller adjustments mean image quality loss is not an issue.
capto Plus
9 6.9k 26 United Kingdom
3 Dec 2019 10:48PM
Lots of good advice above. I have done a mod and using a layer mask have selectively lightened the darker areas but leaving the sky and sand untouched. I also reduced the intensity of the green vegetation.
pablophotographer 10 2.0k 416
4 Dec 2019 2:11AM
Lovely scene and composition. You could do 16:9 oblong frames and cut part of the boat on the left corner while you reduce the amount of sky visible creating a pseudo-panoranic feeling in it.

Camera settings: Avoid centre weighted average for a scene like this. Light reflects differently on different surfaces. You exposed for sea area roughly. Opt for Multi pattern metering so the dark greens of plants are considered for exposure as much as the reflective golden sands and the pale skies.
White balance set as sunny but sun looks still low (considering the boat shadow) and not harsh at this time in the morning. I would opt for cloudy.
More sea is always welcome so you could had turned more to the right...

dudler Plus
18 1.8k 1891 England
4 Dec 2019 9:23AM
The exposure is a problem - good advice both from Willie and Pablo on that. Multi pattern metering is pretty good these days, and a far better bet than centre-weighted. And a light subject requires positive compensation, not negative.

What the right white balance setting is depends on what you want - and if you shoot and process RAW files, it's fine to adjust as you want in processing. Sunshine setting will give a slight warmness here, and Pablo's suggestion of cloudy would make the result very warm - which is fine, if you want that: I sometimes shoot in that sort of way, for effect.

One question - did you process this much? I don't know, but it would be good to understand what you did, and why if it's had much treatment.
Manas 10 India
4 Dec 2019 11:29AM
Attention Mr. Dudler,
I have uploaded the original image in modifications for your doing the needful.

Special thanks to all other critiques for their kind suggestions & tips.

banehawi Plus
17 2.6k 4281 Canada
4 Dec 2019 1:14PM
Loaded a mod of your original with exposure increased as before, and space added to the right side rather than subtracted from the left.
Manas 10 India
6 Dec 2019 6:18AM
Thanks to you all for the respective suggestions & modifications. These are really very beneficial for the novices like me.
pablophotographer 10 2.0k 416
17 Feb 2020 7:10PM

Quote:Thanks to you all for the respective suggestions & modifications. These are really very beneficial for the novices like me.

Hi Manas, I can guarantee you, we have all been novices and we are happy to help anyone. There have been times through our comments and discussions where we get an idea or realise something which can be changed and be interesting. Interaction is beneficial. Do not hesitate of particpating or commenting, something good comes out of it.

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