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The Seagull has landed....

By marktc  
Look carefully and you can see the ghostly image of a seagull landing on the marker at the end of the pier. Shot towards the end of last year this one has yet to have an airing and as the weather is so dull and grey I thought I'd post it.

I'm beginning to think I've come as far as I can in photography, I've done a fare amount over the winter and not too much has been terribly successful. So what to do next is the question!



Tags: Sunrise Low light Swanage Landscape and travel Banjo pier

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annettep38 Plus
7 218 40 Costa Rica
10 Mar 2013 9:10PM
I like the strict composition and that shadow Smile

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CarolG 11 199 20 Greece
13 Mar 2013 5:58AM
A superb composition, Mark, and great timing with that seagull Smile Carol
Hermanus 5 4 South Africa
13 Mar 2013 5:58AM
This is excellent Mark !! The Seagul is perfect up there Smile I trust your Muse will visit you with excellent creative ideas Smile
almiles 8 38 102 United Kingdom
13 Mar 2013 6:08AM
Lovely symmetry (echoed by the gull) and good colours in this, The sky is beautiful. As for your comments... I don't know that you need to give up photography!! :o We all go through patches where we are not happy with the images we are producing and sometimes it's just bad luck with the weather. However I find curling up with some inspiring photography books then trying shooting somewhere or something new usually reinvigourates me so why not try something similar? From what I read, even the best of the pros keep improving with time, experience and lots more shots!
zapar40 8 66 5 Wales
13 Mar 2013 6:09AM
nicely done, Mark, with great tones.
marktc Plus
7 101 15 United Kingdom
13 Mar 2013 6:46AM
Sorry Al I didn't mean to I've the impression I was giving up, I just don't know what to do next to improve!
gajewski Plus
13 10 9 United States
13 Mar 2013 7:04AM
I see the gull, Mark. This is a wonderful shot.
You sound a bit discouraged. When I get to that place, I remind myself of the Henri Cartier-Bresson quote that Jenn Taggart has at her portfolio -- "Your first 10,000 photographs are your worst."
Keep shooting, Mark. You've got some good work. We want to see more.
andylea 9 37 1 United Kingdom
13 Mar 2013 7:05AM
brilliant colours and tones mark wonderful detail and comp a cracker nice one Wink
Andysnapper 10 109 25 England
13 Mar 2013 7:08AM
This is another excellent shot, composition and exposure spot on, like it.

Mmm, as to your comments about what to do next, I think we all go through these stages (I know I have....possibly am) but I find that trying something completely different usually works. If you look at my pf you will see that I have tried out nearly every type of photography (except motorsport) and I enjoy them all.

Why not have a go at still life using different lighting techniques, candles, torches, natural. Just gets you thinking about how light works and how you can manipulate it to make an image.

I also find that setting myself a project helps. At the moment i am thinking of trying to get a licentiateship to the Royal Society of Photographers so I need to produce 10 images for that, it will probably take all year but it something I can come back to when I get stumped as to what to do next.


barbarahirst 9 27 12 United Kingdom
13 Mar 2013 7:33AM
I think alot of us thinking much the same as you...
I really have lost the plot when it comes to my camera.....

Your timing with that seagull is perfect......
AnnChown Plus
8 207 1 United Kingdom
13 Mar 2013 8:08AM
Perfect timing Mark and another fine landscape from you. I know what you mean about what to do next and you have had lots of encouragement and advice above. Just keep pushing the envelope... Smile
13 Mar 2013 8:16AM
A superb capture and the seagull adds to the image.
platzy 5 United Kingdom
13 Mar 2013 8:53AM
Great symmetric image and focal point with a perfectly lit sky, quality shot.
Lillian Plus
9 22 17 United Kingdom
13 Mar 2013 9:35AM
This really is perfect Mark, right down to the landing
What to try next...what about giving wildlife another try as you were interested and good at that too
Jasper87 Plus
8 2.0k 150 England
13 Mar 2013 9:56AM
Lovely light on the rails, Mark, and a very ethereal gull.

Just keeping on doing what you do well whilst dabbling in other areas. Your self-doubt is taking your enjoyment away. Remember, that once in a lifetime shot may be just around the corner, where everything falls into place at the same time. I think a lot of people run out of steam because they're trying to produce a blindingly good image to upload everyday... it's not possible. Rationing your uploads does not prohibit your participation on the site.

Irishkate Plus
7 41 114 United Kingdom
13 Mar 2013 10:49AM
Lovely pier image today Mark with plenty colour and great clouds.
Plenty good advice but I think you should try other types of photography -
landscapes would be an easy sideways move.
Portrait ? - you've got the baby to practise on!
Street photography?
Give yourself a challenge - seven different styles of photography over the next week?
Awaiting resultsTongue
Meheecho 5 275 United Kingdom
13 Mar 2013 11:21AM
A cracking image and very well composed
crookymonsta Plus
10 838 10 England
13 Mar 2013 2:02PM
I think you are being very hard on yourself Mark, but we all go there sometimes. The challenge of getting a panel together for the LRPS could be the answer - having to demonstrate the ability to use a range of techniques pushes you into exploring other genres. Joining the camera club pushed me away from concentrating on flowers, they generally don't do too well in club competitions and I am getting great enjoyment from trying different things - and finding that I can even do some of them reasonably well!

You produce some stunning seascapes so keep going with those, but it's good to have a break sometimes.

Fefe Plus
6 23 31 United Kingdom
13 Mar 2013 5:18PM
What are you on aboutTongue........ your images are great, if you try something different I am sure we will like those too, if you keep on with your usual style, fine by me. I love seeing your imagesSmile
The seagull makes this one for me, lovely imageGrin
fazzer 9 54 7 United Kingdom
13 Mar 2013 7:56PM
Beautiful shot Mark,really well composed and those colours are lush,the ghostly seagull with its outstretched wings is like the icing on the cake SmileSmile.
I think Dave hit the nail on the head,its really easy to get carried away with uploading daily.....limit yourself to one every week or two .Stick with the side of photography that brings you the most pleasure.
Next time i'm down your way taking pics(where is it againSmile) i'll give you a shout
jasonrwl Plus
8 1.1k 10 United Kingdom
13 Mar 2013 9:20PM
Cracking shot Mark - great colours.

As for your work, I for one very much enjoy seeing it and i am certain you have not "gone as far as you can". Just keep them coming is my advice.
User_Removed 5 920 United Kingdom
13 Mar 2013 9:20PM
Don't give up, I for one love your work. For whatever reason we all seek recognition by way of an award on here and I'm sure it would give a 'feel good factor' feeling and encourage us to carry on, by it's obvious many great images are overlooked and images by the same members are given award after award. Do what you do because you love it, not for anyone else or to seek approval.

Your images are special and I for one would be proud to say any one of them was mine. The world we live in changes every day. The sky is different every day. If you enjoy setting up and taking the shots then don't stop, if you stop you may miss an exciting shot that you can't wait to share with us. If you give up we shall have to hunt you down and drag you out with your camera in tow...and insist you take more shots TongueSmileSmileSmileSmileSmileSmile
AnneWorner 10 620 43 United States
14 Mar 2013 12:05AM
I see your seagull - and I very much like the symmetry in this image, broken by benches not quite symmetrically placed.

So, you've reached one of those plateaus - this is when you take the camera down to a street corner and decide to take images of only one theme - you only get one lens. It's a great way to start thinking again - try things you've never shot before. You do landscapes well, and you've become too comfortable with them.

You can always pick another hobby, but if you enjoy this one, then you should find a way to make it fresh and new.


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