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September at Newhaven

By salopian
The strong curve of the breakwater attracted me to this scene and the low sunlight emphasises the shape and textures, so I was quite pleased with the result. Then I began to wonder if this would be classed as just a "record shot" and dismissed as such, or if there was any other merit to it. Only one thing to do thought I - post it in the "critique gallery" !!


Tags: Light September Newhaven Landscape and travel

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pamelajean Plus
12 1.1k 2023 United Kingdom
4 Oct 2013 9:02PM
I do like your "description", Geoff.

I agree, the curve is strong in that light, with a good shadow, too, and with strong textures in the sand and wall. I also like that diagonal wave at the top, following the line of the end of the wall.

Curved lines are often perceived as soft, soothing, settling, and relaxing, and S-curve compositions typically produce a feeling of calm. They're one of the most graceful lines used in composition.

It seems simple at the moment, but there lies its strength. Simple in this context doesn’t mean simplistic, but rather lacking unnecessary elements that confuse or are redundant. However, I decided to focus on what can further be removed in order to strengthen the composition even more.

I've done a modification where I removed the sky and left-hand row of cars, simply pulling the image in and maintaining your aspect ratio. At first, I didn't like the parked cars, but by just having one row, tucked into the bottom left corner, acting as a starting point for the eye to follow up and along the breakwater, didn't bother me so much, and I think their strong shadows are an interesting feature. The one red car echoes the colour of the bottom of the lighthouse, joining the beginning and the end together.
I used Levels to increase the contrast, making the image a touch more "abstract" and punchy. I also removed the little yacht in the upper background.


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