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The last sunset of summer

By LouiseTopp  
Taken In Newquay, Cornwall. I printed a copy in a gold frame for my parents to hang on the wall. A lady saw it and said she wouldn't mind a copy. Do you think it's good enough to hang, or does it need improvement? thanks for looking.


PS what's it mean when it says all votes have been disabled?

Tags: Cornwall Beach Newquay Landscape and travel

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LouiseTopp 7 627 United Kingdom
8 Sep 2013 4:20PM
Okay thanks very much, do you think Loxley colour would print this without changing anything? (Eg auto colour tones)
ddolfelin Plus
6 103 3 Wales
8 Sep 2013 4:24PM
Louise, I can only think that you have clicked (or not clicked) on something in your preferences which stops people voting on your pictures.

This one is fine - wouldn't have minded being there at the time.
LouiseTopp 7 627 United Kingdom
8 Sep 2013 4:33PM

Quote:Louise, I can only think that you have clicked (or not clicked) on something in your preferences which stops people voting on your pictures.

This one is fine - wouldn't have minded being there at the time.

How do I sort that please?
banehawi Plus
13 1.8k 3877 Canada
8 Sep 2013 4:38PM
It means you have selected the image for a Critique, which disables all voting. This is normal for any image submitted for Critique.

So, - did you intend this for Critique, or is it an error?

LouiseTopp 7 627 United Kingdom
8 Sep 2013 4:39PM
No I just wondered what it meant.
paulbroad 10 123 1240 United Kingdom
8 Sep 2013 8:03PM
You cant vote in the critique section. You shouldn't need to. Voting is entirely subject dependant as I see it.

This is a reasonable sunset, but a little early with a burnt out sun. As with so many sunsets, it will have looked so much better to the eye than the camera. It needs a subject, a silhouetted boat or person with the sunset as background.

Putting images on the wall is subjective. Some will like one subject, some another. All depends on personel preference.

pamelajean Plus
12 1.1k 2015 United Kingdom
8 Sep 2013 8:50PM
I have to respectfully disagree with Howard, Aura (do you prefer Louise?), it is not perfect. It's very gratifying and encouraging when people want to have one of your pictures on their wall. However, as you develop as a photographer, you are going to have to look at this hanging on a wall, and the flaws will shout out at you.
However, since photography is subjective, and if the lady wants a copy, then let her have one. But she may find herself forever tilting the picture because the horizon is not straightGrin.

You haven't given any Exif Data and it's therefore not going to be easy to advise you about your camera settings, so I will simply comment on what I feel can be improved. I like your choice of vertical format, but don't think the bit at the bottom adds anything to the image, it simply pulls the eye downwards. There are some good cloud formations which are always a bonus in sunset shots.

Most images like this can benefit from including a focal point that isn't just the sun, something silhouetted against the warm colours. This helps to create a composition that's much more three-dimensional.

In my modification I straightened the horizon, then cropped to give two thirds sky and one third sea on the vertical, and also to place the sun two thirds across on the horizontal, and to remove the bit at the bottom.
The position of a horizon within a photo's composition can make a huge difference between seeing a good or bad result. The Rule Of Thirds is simply a guideline and doesn't always have to be adhered to, but it does have some basic good sense. You don't have to get too caught up on precise alignment, but there are some basic effects that differ when you place the horizon high or low. If you think the sky is your subject, give it more space. If you think the sea is your subject, give that the extra space. So, if the sky's more interesting, move your horizon down.

I then filled the area where the sun is burnt out with some of its surrounding gold. An alternative way of remedying this is to put some of the nearby cloud across it to control the glare. It's often best to photograph sunsets when the sun has fallen behind the horizon and the sky is full of rich glorious colours. If you are impatient, try to capture the sun when it's got a bit of cloud cover over it, to avoid burn-out.
I also did a levels adjustment and sharpened.


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