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Waiting for Calm

By WeeGeordieLass    
I was taking shots of the waves crashing against the rocks when a young lady came along and plonked her kayak right in front of me. At first I was a bit "miffed", until I realised she'd just presented me with a great photo opportunity.

I hope I've made a decent job of the RAW settings this time. I'd be grateful for your opinions.

Also I wondered if I should crop out a bit of the foreground. I've left it in as it's got some interest.

Tags: General Landscape and travel

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DRicherby 9 269 725 United Kingdom
31 Mar 2012 3:19PM
Yeah, I'd be miffed if somebody did that to me. Photographers often seem to think they own the world and a pet peeve is the people who expect everyone on a busy footpath to stop and wait for them to painstakingly line up and take their shot. In this case, there's no reason she couldn't have waited a few moments for you to do your stuff in what is clearly not a busy place; on the other hand, you were using a long-ish lens so maybe she didn't realise that's what you were shooting.

Having said that, I agree that, in this case, the intrusion was actually a great opportunity and I think you've made the most of it. Good light, good composition, lots of drama.


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31 Mar 2012 3:35PM
Glad you like it Dave. I think you're right, and putting the kayak there was purely an accident - it's a free country and people can put kayaks anywhere they feel like!!

I had no right to feel a bit put out............really glad now that she came along though!!


Jasper87 Plus
8 2.0k 150 England
31 Mar 2012 4:13PM
A good composition and no problems with your foreground. The boat is a real bonus and a great bit of timing for the breaking wave.

paulbroad 10 123 1250 United Kingdom
31 Mar 2012 4:26PM
I think the boat has presented you with a subject and you then composed well. this is a good image - far better than without the boat, when I would have been asking for a subject.

pamelajean Plus
12 1.1k 2023 United Kingdom
31 Mar 2012 8:12PM
Red is always an eye-catcher in a photograph, Elaine, so I'd treat that lady as a godsend.
You have other interesting elements - the breaking wave, the rock face, the rocks in the sand, and the light is good, so all in all, a fine image.
1 Apr 2012 8:19PM
Hi Dave,

Thanks for your time and confirming that the foreground is ok.


1 Apr 2012 8:19PM
Hi Paul,

Thanks, I'm glad you think it's a good image.


1 Apr 2012 8:21PM
Namaste Pamela,

Yes I think any other colour of kayak wouldn't have had the same impact.

Thanks for your time and your comments Pamela.



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