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Seaton Cliffs

By billmyl
Inlet into the cliffs near Arbroath. Not sure about this image. Is there enough to hold interest or is it just a shot of some rocks and water? I quite like it as an abstract type landscape. All comments and critique are very welcome.

Tags: Specialist and abstract Landscape and travel Arbroath Seaton cliffs


paulbroad 13 131 1290 United Kingdom
25 Apr 2015 4:54PM
It is an interesting record image. Probably get accepted in a library. Pictorially, a subject needed. Don't know if anyone could be standing anywhere in frame. Possibly not.

pamelajean Plus
14 1.4k 2168 United Kingdom
25 Apr 2015 7:09PM
I understand why you are unsure about this image, Bill.
The image could probably have been taken from a number of locations, and it doesn't immediately speak of Seaton Cliffs.

When you looked down, you would have had a good sense of height and depth, and would have been seeking to bring that out in your picture, but the viewer wasn't there, can't feel the breeze, cannot look down from an awesome height, doesn't hear the seagulls, and it's not easy to convey all of that, or things like that, in a photo.

I think that you would need some more context for the image to work as a "landscape", a bit more of the surroundings, and maybe try a slower shutter speed to add impact to the water.
Altenatively, to give a better sense of height, you could have included more of the "viewing area" beneath your feet, part of which is showing bottom right.

What you HAVE done is show the interesting colours of the cliffs, and you also have some nice light and shadow, as well as good detail in those rocks. There are interesting shapes and structure, and lots of good texture, so I think it could be considered as an abstract.
To make it more so, I have done a modification where I cropped, with a view to leaving in just the rock formations and water. I lifted the shadows to bring out some detail from the shaded areas, adjusted colour balance, and did a Levels adjustment.

I personally think it is of interest because I like the patterns in rocks and how they sometimes have faces and figures, as yours do, especially in the dark central area.

billmyl Plus
7 171 1 Scotland
26 Apr 2015 8:27AM
Thanks for your comments Paul and Pamela. They are much appreciated.

On reflection I think this image only works as an abstract, if at all. It was the form, colour and structure of the rocks that attracted me at first. I tried a lot of crops and colour adjustments and in the end decided to upload it with only a small crop and some basic processing done to get some ideas on how best to present it. Pamela your mod I think is absolutely spot on and brings out the best in the image.



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