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Tanning Lines

By firefly_pete  
Sunset on the Las Playas beach, Lanzarote.
I saw the rigid lines of the sunbeds earlier in the day and decided to revisit at sunset.
Plan was to use the sunbeds to lead the eye towards the setting sun, and to portray the texture of the sand in the low light.

Exif f/10 - 1/250th - ISO 140 - 2 stops under exposed
Nikon D7100 - Sigma 18-50mm f/2.8 zoom focal length 19mm.

Tags: Sunset Landscape Holiday Beach Sunrays Evening Coastal Lanzarote Golden hour Landscape and travel Sunbed

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6 Dec 2017 1:56PM
Beautiful work.!

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mrswoolybill Plus
13 2.1k 2231 United Kingdom
6 Dec 2017 5:18PM
Hi Pete, welcome to the Critique Gallery! You've been on the site for a few years but this is your first upload for quite a while, and I think the first time you've ticked the critique box. I hope you know what we are about here - and that you'll find it useful.

A couple of things that I noticed while trawling back - you're a born-again photographer approaching retirement. Sounds like me a few years ago, and quite a few of us come to that. And you've upgraded from a D90 to a D7100.

Thanks for explaining how you saw this, what you wanted to convey. I wish more people would do that. It's loaded with atmosphere, holiday resorts (of various sorts... ) have a peculiar charm once all the bustle and noise has gone. And well done for spotting the effect of low sun on those sand textures. I also like the lens flare, because it's about what light does. And that's what photography is about. Flare works when it has dynamic lines, and that's what's is happening here. (Flare happens when odd bits of light don't pass totally cleanly through all the elements that make up the lens).

A few random thoughts. The simplest first - this desperately needs an anti-clockwise rotation to level the sea horizon. The one thing that never slopes is water. You can call up a grid on your viewing screen, and most processing software will include it. It's worth making a grid check a regular part of your editing workflow, certainly where important verticals or horizontals are concerned.

The -2 stop exposure compensation is rather extreme, and I suspect that you needed to lighten this a bit. If that's the case, could we see the original? You can upload it as a modification, just click on the blue Modifications button below your upload, then on Upload a modification, and follow the instructions. I suspect that what you have done here has flattened the tones a bit, and that it might look better with more contrast, to give drama to that flare.

Normally, pointing the lens towards a bright light such as the sun will trick the camera's brain into underexposing, so a plus compensation would be my instinct, unless you deliberately want contre-jour silhouettes. But sunsets can be unpredictable...

Including the sun in the image complicates exposure. It's worth looking for views like this without actually including the sun in the frame, just warm glowing sky. You can also try waiting until just after the sun disappears below the horizon.

Quite apart from exposure issues, there's an awful lot of material in the frame. The main band runs across the centre, but then my eye is torn between the sky and the sand. They are competing, I think one needs to take priority. I'd go for the sand, I think. That could also be interesting in b&w, for pure textures.

I'll just add that if you look closely at the sky, there are quite a few dust blobs. These can be removed - but I think it may be time for a sensor clean.

I shall go and see what I can do with the image as uploaded. Starting with rotation, that's the easy bit.

6 Dec 2017 5:33PM
Thanks Moira, Agree with all you pointed out, Thanks. Not sure why I missed the horizon and dust spots I usually see to them in camera raw.
I will have a look at the image and repost a modification.
mrswoolybill Plus
13 2.1k 2231 United Kingdom
6 Dec 2017 5:52PM
I'll be interested to see your modification. I've uploaded two, with brief notes.

I found cropping an interesting challenge - I wanted to simplify this but it's a tricky one. I think my approach here would have been not to have so many items of equal value in the frame - find a single subject such as one of those loungers with a single pole beside it, for strong foreground lines, and let the rest of the view recede behind it.
banehawi Plus
16 2.2k 4138 Canada
6 Dec 2017 9:04PM
You can upload your modification here using the modification button.
dudler Plus
16 1.2k 1665 England
6 Dec 2017 10:44PM
And welcoem from me, too. I don't have anything to add, really, to what Moira has said - except thank you for the response - a conversation always beats typing into the ether!
7 Dec 2017 9:09AM
Have uploaded a modification with explanation of what I had changed.
I feel the portrait composition suits, it makes the beds the centre of attention and happily plonks the sun bang on a thirds intersection.
I will also apply the same changes to the landscape version.
Thanks for the help
paulbroad 12 131 1288 United Kingdom
7 Dec 2017 9:36AM
For me, -2 was not enough! More exposure would just burn out the sun and associated sky and add more flare. I would have gone down even more and made the shot of sun and highlights. Better if the sun had been behind light cloud or a little subdued.


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