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Stormy Day

By wideangler
A stormy day in West Wales. The lack of light has made the picture a bit drab. It lacks the vitality of the actual day although it seems to have captured the harbour features and the background obscured by sea mist as it was on the day.

Tags: Harbour Landscape and travel Newquay cardigan

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davey_griffo Plus
8 213 165 England
26 Sep 2010 10:01PM
It's a lovely scene, but it does lack something. It doesn't look very stormy. Perhaps it's the rather plain sky.

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Rough seas there Neil. Great image.
Tooth Plus
12 5.8k 227 Ireland
26 Sep 2010 11:36PM
You've kind of answrered the main problem yourself - as a scene it has potential, but the conditions are just not conducive to getting a good picture. You've done well with the exposure given the conditions. So you have to ask yourself a hard question - was it worth taking the picture? Could it be redone another time in better weather and lighting conditions?

You mention it's captured the harbour features and the mist covering the hill - so the question is, do you want to capture the mist as a record , or do you think it has photogenic qualities in its own right?

Sorry if this sounds negative but you've put it up for critique so I'm just trying to be honest as I see it - but only you can answer the questions. I'd love to see a version in warm evening light...

26 Sep 2010 11:43PM
Great image.well done.
27 Sep 2010 9:04AM
The scene had potential, getting in closer with a wider angle lens towards the sheds on the right would have allowed the breakwater to carve away into the distance and the nearby waves would have seemed more impressive. Having the distant cliffs meet the see in the frame would have added to the composition too.

As it is it doesn't hold me, I think your horizon is on the wonk too. The overcast sky has allowed nice saturated colours though.

Jestertheclown Plus
9 7.6k 252 England
27 Sep 2010 8:57PM
It's an interesting scene and I think the mist in the background adds to its charm.
You say yourself that it's a bit drab so I've added a mod in which I've simply tweaked it using shadows/highlights and added a touch more vibrance.
Hopefully, it's lifted it a little.

paulbroad Plus
10 123 1216 United Kingdom
27 Sep 2010 9:01PM
For me, wrong conditions and wrong viewpoint. The composition needs order - currently a number of items spread about the frame. There is also a very slight lean on the horizon to the left.

9 1.6k 574 United Kingdom
27 Sep 2010 10:33PM
well light is useful but not 100% necessary to bring home a great image, other conditions, if you work hard can look good too.

you cant capture a bright area of sky against a darker foreground without burning out the sky and nd grads are most useful holding back colour and detail in the sky, and enabling the mood to be retained.

you pushed the saturation a little far also. overall the whole thing is overexposed, to get the best of that you have, and show more of the mood that was present at the time try making a duplicate copy and blending in multiply mode, then pick up a grey tone and drop a grad over the sky. i did a quiick mod which is not brill but shows waht im saying.

best regards

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