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The lonely man

By driesied  
Die Strand near Cape Town.

Nikon D7100, 1/100 sec, f2.8, ISO 100, manual mode, auto focus, Tokina 11-16mm ultra wide lens. Time about 19:00, wind still, rather chilly.

This man was walking up and down, head down, all alone and the first impression I got was that he was lonesome and depressed. Maybe longing for someone.

Tags: Landscape and travel Sunset and Seascape

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dudler Plus
16 1.2k 1664 England
23 Apr 2016 11:41AM
I tried a cropped and flopped mod, with hte man walking left, towards the past. And then I noticed the problem: he's stepping out in this shot, and that has a degree of optimism to it.

With the foot down, it might give a more sombre mood.

And, indeed, moving to put the clouds in front of him (though you'd need to wait until he turned - a back view feels right for this).

I like the way you are looking for mood as wel las beauty here.

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Steve-T Plus
13 56 66 England
23 Apr 2016 1:00PM
A square crop provides a destination for the walker and emphasises the light, the hills behind, and brings the birds in the air and the surfer into the composition. Whether a crop changes the mood or not is interesting - may be he does not look so lonely in a square - perhaps it is now purposeful or thoughtful?
banehawi Plus
16 2.2k 4137 Canada
23 Apr 2016 1:09PM
Nice mage. I like the footprints hes left behind.

The left of the shot appears a bit soft, - perhaps using a smaller aperture, f/5.6 and a higher ISO would address this.

Mod uploaded, mainly exposure, white balance.


24 Apr 2016 8:39PM
I hope you like my mod....... last dog walk of the evening!

TanyaH Plus
17 1.3k 409 United Kingdom
25 Apr 2016 3:17PM
He seems to have more purpose to me, because there's only one visible set of footprints in the wet sand. So perhaps just a chap out for a stroll on the beach Smile But it's one of those images that can tell a hundred stories ... and there's a hundred different ways of processing it, depending on what story you want to tell!

I like his current position in the frame, as for me it allows me as the viewer to ponder the view once he's walked out of it. To sit and think about who he was, what was on his mind, whether he's now at home with his feet up and a steaming cup of tea sitting comfortably in his hands ...

I could do several mods with this one, because it's got emotion. But there's no point doing them just for the sake of it - however, you could go moody, grainy mono; you could play with some toy-camera presets or old wet plate presets in Nik's Analogue Efex software ... lots of things.

Ideally, here, the only thing I'd to to this as it stands is to tone down the vibrant blue of his jacket and the red of his face. I feel that he needs to be more subtle in the landscape, and therefore more of a mystery.

25 Apr 2016 3:33PM
Very well analised Tanya. This is spot on regarding "what to do and what to think of" this image. I also agree with your suggestion regarding his jacket and face.

My personal view or feeling, if you like, was that he was saying to himself: "I just want to get the hell out of here". Whereto and to do what??? That's why I positioned him near his "exit". This guy was not just strolling along on the beach for a nice walk. He was on a MISSION. There was a chill in the air. Nobody would choose that early evening for a nice outing on the beach. You would only find someone with a mission (and a mad guy with a camera!)

Steve-T Plus
13 56 66 England
25 Apr 2016 10:02PM
Thanks André - made my evening - still laughing. Of course he want to get out of there - he can't go for a simple walk without be stalked by a mad guy with a camera - who is also thinking he is so lonely and depressed and near his "exit". To add to his misery - look out - it is a floating dog (sorry Steve only for comic value you did a better job than that!)
26 Apr 2016 11:54AM
Hi Steve, glad I made your evening!

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