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The Wreck!!

By Nigwel
Taken at Burghead Scotland on a week long trip to Scotland.
No thought on how this would look but just took it on a whim.

Feel free to advise.

Tags: Transport Boats

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LynneJoyce Plus
10 20 99 United Kingdom
20 Mar 2014 5:53PM
The crop is a bit close but the colours, shapes, textures and details are fabulous.

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Nigwel 4 7
20 Mar 2014 5:56PM
Can someone please explain why voting is disabled?

Coast 10 1.6k 292 United Kingdom
20 Mar 2014 6:11PM
Hi Nigel

In the critique gallery it disables voting as it is purely for critique feedback. If you want to enable the ability to have mods uploaded but retain the voting feature then upload to the mod gallery. The standard gallery will also allow votes but no mods.

banehawi Plus
14 1.8k 3892 Canada
20 Mar 2014 6:55PM
Thanks for uploading the EXIF data.

Looking at it, I see youve underexposed by -2/3. This results in an exposure that ideal for the sky, but underexposed for the boat. One thing to keep in mind is that the camera has already reduced exposure before you did, so you can compound underexposure. When there a lot of light from the sky directly in the frame, you use positive exposure compensation. Underexposure can result in over-saturated colours, which these tend to be.

Next, already mentioned is that framing is very tight. I would think you did this to isolate the boat and keep distractions to a minimum. Ideally, more space in front of the boat would be better.

The shot is not vertical. Its not just the boat, its the railings, the house, - the entire frame needs a clock-wise rotation.

I have uploaded a mod with exposure and rotation corrected. The image also needs to be sharpened a little more; when re sizing for EPZ, open the newly sized image and check sharpness before you upload, and correct as needed, as file compression can cause loss of sharpness.
Scroll up this page, and click the modifications tab to see the mod. View large.

The shot overall has nice detail, and the warm evening light, with the strong shadows are attractive.


mrswoolybill Plus
11 1.2k 1929 United Kingdom
20 Mar 2014 7:26PM
This captures mellow late afternoon sun very attractively.

Willie has covered the important points. I'll just add that it can seem so obviously appropriate to use vertical - portrait - format for a tall narrow subject, but it can be remarkably difficult to make it work. The result, as here, tends to look cramped at the sides and in danger of overbalancing.

Landscape or square would be much more suitable here I think, allowing the subject space to settle into, and with horizontal lines around it to balance all those verticals. At the very least I'd like to see those diagonal timber props in full, cutting them off looks awkward.
paulbroad 10 123 1249 United Kingdom
21 Mar 2014 8:26AM
Comments as before. In my opinion, voting is a bit of a waste of time. I must admit to never voting. My comment is enough. Voting is very personal and can be a gathering exercise with mates. Go for critique.

Nigwel 4 7
21 Mar 2014 9:49AM
Hi. I think that more people tend to look and vote than they add a critique to a photo.
I like to see who likes it too as we'll a small bit of criticism!!


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