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Whitstable Sunset

By lianna  
Good morning all,

A quick upload before work!!! Sad

This was taken at Whitstable last monday night... A cold day but such a beautiful sunset..

I took this one to the photo course last thurs as we were analysing photos. The main thing that came out was that the tyre in the foreground didnt fit. yet when cropped it lost impact. I have tried to lighten it but it made the sun look burnt out.... therefore i am putting this up for mod and critique!!

Please let me know what you think..

Regards to all...

PS tooth is a little better Smile

Tags: Sunset Beach Kent Tyre Whitstable Landscape and travel

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saeidNL 8 3 Netherlands
9 Feb 2011 5:51AM
Good Morning Lianna
Great shot with wonderful light and colour,very well done,

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sandyb 13 34 United Kingdom
9 Feb 2011 5:53AM
A great sunset, i lived in whitstable for 20 years will have to revisit/ I love the reflection on the beach
Trout_Man 9 1 30 Wales
9 Feb 2011 7:59AM
A nice capture as you say not the same without the foreground tyre, something you can try next time, expose for the foreground and drop a 2 or 3 stop grad over the top of the image to stop it being burnt out.
I think you need the tyre as an anchor or stopper to keep you in the image Smile Geoff.
paulbroad 10 123 1198 United Kingdom
9 Feb 2011 8:03AM
The foreground tyre is the main problem - you need something with a more interesting shape as a silhouette. The sun is also a touch bright - a difficult time when the exposure needs too be less for the sun, but more for the foreground. I would expose for the sun, then lighten later in software where needed.

Ray42 9 3 England
9 Feb 2011 9:11AM
A great and beautiful shot Lianna - but IMHO I agree with the Paul about the object in the fg - crop it off
Alvar 10 23 2 France
9 Feb 2011 9:12AM
Superb Lianna.Light and composition excellent. Glad your tooth is ok !!!
lianna 8 13 United Kingdom
9 Feb 2011 9:17AM
Thank you all... There wasn't much on the beach to use as fg interest, for a wide-angle it worked ok... But I liked the idea of a portrait shot! No harm in trying I suppose.. Smile x
RonnieAG Plus
8 154 118 Scotland
9 Feb 2011 9:50AM
I agree with a lot of the above comments, Lianna, it's just that the f/g object is too commanding and rather than guiding the eye into the shot, it blocks it. Good try though, esp. if there was little else to choose instead. Perhaps this is where getting down in the wet on your hands and knees with a really wide focal length would pay off, using the smaller stones and irregularities there for your f/g detail.SmileSmile
lianna 8 13 United Kingdom
9 Feb 2011 11:13AM
Thanks Ronnie!!!

Hands and knees job would have to be in a wet suit me thinks lol... The beach is majority silt/muddy stuff Sad and that's when the girly girly comes out!!! Don't do yucky mud hehe.

I did get a few more wide angled shots... They will follow x x
wolfy 13 36 United Kingdom
9 Feb 2011 12:54PM
Lovely shot Lianna, nice colors, but I agree with Ronnie, there are plenty of smaller rocks that with a wide angle lens could look huge in the frame and if you get a cam with a twisty screen you wouldnt need to get wet too lol Tongue
9 Feb 2011 1:32PM
Great sunset shot Lianna, i would have thought the tyre was a rock had you not said so, so i think it works well as it is.
Nice one Smile
lianna 8 13 United Kingdom
9 Feb 2011 2:43PM
Thanks Frank!! Hadn't considered that Smile an excuse to go back x x
Lillian Plus
8 22 17 United Kingdom
9 Feb 2011 4:51PM
tried to do this earlier, but had to get out with the new Manfrotto an wonderful head that has bankrupted me!! but so well worth it.. to go with the new lens!!
Lianna, do hope that you like the variations? I have cropped, contrasted, 'messed around' with the colours for you, as think it is a bit on the bright side, also the tyre there really has taken away from the sunset that you captured so well then just did a smart sharpen for you..hope this is OK?
Lovely light and colours with excellent reflection off the wet sand.
VivienO 7 1 United Kingdom
9 Feb 2011 10:47PM
Beautiful sunset shot. Love the light and colours.
10 Feb 2011 8:11AM
I have uploaded a mod.
I like the composition with the stone in the forground, but personally I found the sky a little light, so I copy and pasted the sky (with a feather to soften the edge) then turned the blend mode to multiply to darken it a bit, and ajusted to opacity to suit.
Lovely shot.
30 Mar 2011 8:51PM
Try getting closer to the forground subject and using a flashgun to bring the detal out as a focal point Grin may work for you may not no harm in trying though xx
lianna 8 13 United Kingdom
31 Mar 2011 11:06AM
Cheers dave Smile x x

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