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Stormy sky

By Pauls_photos
This photo was taken near Applecross on the South West coast of Scotland. Several things about it appealed to me the people with there dog on the beach, and the overcast clouds in the distance while I was in the sun.

Tags: Landscape and travel

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myrab 10 United Kingdom
18 Jan 2013 2:32PM
Love this, the people give it scale, great place to go.

Myra

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paulbroad 9 116 1056 United Kingdom
18 Jan 2013 3:59PM
The figures are a picture in there own right, but there is just a bit too much background for me. The tonal range is very flat due to the lighting conditions but there is far too much water in the middle for me. A subjective view from me in essence and I would crop off 2/3 of the top right down to a letterbox of people, sand and a little water. Then up the contrast..

Paul
Mike43 5 17 21 England
18 Jan 2013 4:11PM
I think Paul above have said it all, have uploaded a Mod but to be honest it is not a lot better. Wonder if there is a software where you were able to slice out the middle of a photo??? because that is what you need here to get rid of some of that sea.
Anyway apart from the above great location.
Mike.
Steve-T 9 54 66 England
18 Jan 2013 6:02PM
Looks a great place to take photographs. Compositionally I like the placement of the people in the frame and this gives sense of scale and space. I do think that the picture is dominated by the sea as already said. This can be reduced at the taking stage by crouching down (if crouching is possible, without going over the side Wink ). Less sea would not impact on the impression of scale or sea. I have tried to demonstrate this in a mod. Also quite naturally my eye wanders to the left and out of the picture - I want to see more of what looks like an inlet and receding hills. This takes the eye away from a really interesting shaped mountain on the right which makes a very good subject. The decision again is at the taking stage - do you open up the left by moving (if possible) to the right and taking the picture or do you stay put and compose with the interesting mountain as the subject - again I have demonstrated this in a mod. If you do stay put the people are directly below the main subject which could be said to unbalance the composition. Another factor to consider is the light area on the sand - if possible I would exclude this because light areas draw the eye away from your subject. Lastly, it is a dull day but I think you have under exposed which compounds the issue - you may have darkened the image to capture the threatening clouds but as stormy skies go it is not the most dramatic and I would be tempted to concentrate on the other elements ( although it probably did look threatening at the time Wink ) - see mod which brightens everything up a bit. Hope that helps and gives an insight to some of the thinking that I often fail to do when I am composing! Steve
18 Jan 2013 7:33PM
Thanks everybody for taking the time to comment.
I agree with everything that has been said.
I have made some of the adjustments to the original that have been suggested and see a real improvement.
Many thanks PaulSmile

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