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Winter Dorset Beach

By taylorri40
Taken on a beautiful morning in early March on the beach at Lyme Regis

Tags: Beach General Dorset Lyme regis Jurassic coast Landscape and travel Wildlife and nature


dark_lord Plus
15 2.4k 598 England
11 Mar 2014 12:37AM
I can understand you using such a small aperture to get the low shutter speed in bright light. It's not the aperture that allows best lens performance.
If you intend to do lots of slow shutter speeds in daylight, you should consider getting a neutral density filter. This would cut the light down allowing you to use an aperture for best lens performance and still use a slow shutter speed. in any case, f/11 on a 16 mm lens will still give enormous depth of field.

I'm not sure what the mark is in the bottom right, is it supposed to be a logo? It's distracting from the image, isn't needed for the Critique gallery and is easily removed in a few seconds in Photoshop so doesn't offer protection.

i do like the sweepin composition and the amount of movement in the water is fine. If you had got a neutral density filter as I mentioned above, you would be well in the slow shutter speed zone and be able to experiment with different slow speeds to see which works the best.


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paulbroad Plus
12 131 1285 United Kingdom
11 Mar 2014 7:34AM
Interesting viewpoint, but just a bit too much rather bright water and foam for me with odd rocks here and there. It is going to be a subjective one. Areas of the sky look patchy and I assume you have been burning in. Needs to be a bit more delicate.

The strange mark, bottom right is not needed. If ou must have a logo, tiny text in a corner.

mrswoolybill Plus
13 1.7k 2096 United Kingdom
11 Mar 2014 11:40AM
Hi, welcome to the site and to the Critique Gallery, I see that you have joined recently. I hope you'll enjoy it here, it's a good place to learn and to share.

I like what you have sought to capture here. This has a real feel of water ebbing and flowing, the surge of the wave over sand and then the sucking back. It's about atmosphere, being there.

I like the use of low sun, which creates some intriguing shadows. But for me there are just too many small bitty items on the beach (including your logo, which really is a distraction... ) Much as I like the curve of the wave at the bottom of the frame I might be tempted to try a tighter crop, to simplify the scene.

I shall try a Modification and upload it if I can get what I want. It will appear under the Modifications button below your upload, click on the thumbnail to view.
NEWMANP 11 1.6k 574 United Kingdom
11 Mar 2014 8:33PM
lovely day and the way you have captured the water is really attractive, so much so that the interest is in the water and clouds and not the town which is not really adding anything.

when i do these i usually end up in the water so i can get more around me and effectively get water to the left side of the shot, it feels really warm for about a second and then the cold hits you Grin wellies are a good idea but soon fill up.

i like the cobble in the surf but in general the others are not adding to the composition and id be tempted to clone some out and the stringy bits.

the settings are a big compromise here and i see you have offset the longish exposure with a low iso and smallest aperture. the small aperture usually shows a significant fall off in lens performance / quality beyond f16 and the alternative of nd filter can also reduce quality unless you are using the best available filters. i will only use Lee for nd or grads and the colour shift is minimal too.

not bad at all and the waters lovely

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