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Time and Tide Wait....

By Robin_TB
Dinghy's at Emsworth Harbour. The prettier aspect of where I live.

Tags: Transport Landscape and travel


Phil1958 11 272 4 Wales
28 Aug 2009 11:35AM
A really good image but slanting ever so slightly so I have done a mod in PSE7 straightening the horizon. Hope you don't mind?


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Robin_TB 11 204 9 United Kingdom
28 Aug 2009 11:54AM
Not at all. Should've noticed it myself Smile
pamelajean Plus
14 1.4k 2149 United Kingdom
28 Aug 2009 12:47PM
Hello, Robin. I know Emsworth, and there's a curved walkway that is extremely photogenic, with several swans on the inner shore area. Without seeming rude, I see this as a straight shot of the water, horizon and boats. By moving more to the right, there could be a better composition where the boats lay on a diagonal line, taking the eye into the background. Always keep your eye open for an interesting grouping of boats, and try to get some perspective on them, with a nicely shaped and coloured one in your foreground. Have you been down there at sunset? Also, a calm day will provide you with some good boat reflections. Your sky is a bit washed out, and you could try a polarizing filter for an image like this. It works well to have two thirds water and one third sky on the vertical, so a crop to the bottom would achieve this. I feel your water and boats are a bit dark, and that you have avoided brightening it because the sky would have even less colour. As to your modification, the sky looks good, but the sea is a bit grey and the boat colours have been dulled. In my modification, I straightened the horizon, cropped the bottom, brightened the image, increased saturation, darkened the sky, selectively saturated the boat colours and selectively sharpened the boats and buildings on the horizon, to give it some definition.
Robin_TB 11 204 9 United Kingdom
28 Aug 2009 1:00PM
Not rude at all, appreciate the honesty! I take the dog there fairly regularly but this was the first time I remembered the camera. I am still getting to grips with the DSLR so all critique welcome. On this grouping I would have ended up in the water if I'd moved further right Smile Likewise still working on the post production side, using Picassa at the moment but thinking about spending some money instead. Thanks for the pointers, I'll work on it.
SteveCharles 17 2.3k 18 England
28 Aug 2009 1:07PM
Looks like a nice, calming place to be. I can imagine myself standing right here and looking out at that estuary, although I'm not familiar with the location.

From a photographic point of view I find it quite bland, it's a very straight view that doesn't seem to be of anything in particular and without a 'hook'. A more interesting grouping of boats with some more interest in the foreground may have helped.

The most obvious technical issue is the sloping horizon. The light is quite nice. I've done a mod in black & white with a slight rotation and crop, just as a suggestion for a slightly moodier and more artistic presentation.
Robin_TB 11 204 9 United Kingdom
28 Aug 2009 1:53PM
Thanks Steve, Emsworth is on the south coast, at the top end of Chichester harbour, between Portsmouth and Bognor Regis.

Picking up on a theme from the comments above, I will try again next time I'm out.
Les_G 13 148 4 Scotland
30 Aug 2009 9:45AM
I quite like the image, very restful and I can easily imagine the boats gently bobbing on the water.

I have uploaded a mod, mainly cropping out some of the foreground which I find slightly bland, plus a quick tweak to bring out the green boat a bit more. Other folks mentioned the horizon so I left this alone.

In summary, I feel this is a good attempt but could be improved with a few mods and maybe a better time of day to give better lighting.
Les_G 13 148 4 Scotland
30 Aug 2009 9:47AM
Hi Robin,

Just spotted your mod...sorry tooe arly on a sunday for me!

To be honest I do not feel this has improved the image, it looks a lot darker and the sky colour looks false.

I do prefer the crop!
HectorRivera 13 17 1 United States
31 Aug 2009 7:00PM
Nice shot
Goggz 13 2.3k 72 Wales
1 Sep 2009 12:58AM
Sorry I'm late with my crit - I plumb forgot!

Right... I agree with everything that has been said regarding this pic. I would like to home in on the boat composition meself. As said a line of them on a diagonal (not a sloping horizon Wink ) is good, but you could also isolate a smaller group of them as well. Three is a good number... and if you managed to get them in the right places in the frame you'd end up with a triangle that takes your eye between the boats.

Lots of opportunity to practice again Smile

Cheers, Goggz
discreetphoton Plus
15 3.5k 20 United Kingdom
1 Sep 2009 3:47PM
Without looking at previous comments (so I'm sorry if it's been said):

Horizon is a little off.

Compositionally, I think that less would be more in this example. Reducing the angle of view to the three boats on the left would have helped to hold the viewer's eye much more strongly. Perhaps shooting vertically to include more sky would have helped too. There's no real lead-in, and a large epanse of sky can often act as a strong alternative, if the conditions are right.

On the plus side, it's sharp throughout, and the high number of boats does make for a tricky job of choosing an effective composition.

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