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Wood, Beach and Sunset

By rkarthick
This shot was taken at Pinery Park during Sunset. May major aim is to capture the flow of the water with the sunset in the backdrop with wood in the foreground.

ISO 100
Canon 17-40L @ 17mm
Lee ND 0.9 Hard
B+W Polarizer

Looking forward to your valuable comments on how to improve this photograph.

Tags: Sunset Beach General Woods Landscape and travel Wildlife and nature


G_Hughes 14 19
16 Aug 2010 10:44PM
You've certainly captured the movement of the water and the sun looks good too - fantastic shot.
16 Aug 2010 10:48PM
Stunning well done.

DRicherby 13 269 726 United Kingdom
17 Aug 2010 3:05AM
The flowing water aspect of the shot works really well and the driftwood is an excellent inclusion. I wonder if the water is maybe a fraction over-exposed but how dark the water should be in a shot like this is really a matter of personal taste and I guess you like it a bit brighter than I do.

There are two areas where I think the shot could be improved: the composition and the sunset itself. I'd prefer to see the driftwood and the sun better positioned. At least one of them ought to be on the intersection of thirds and it would be better if they were on opposite sides of the frame so that the major interest wasn't entirely right-of-centre. It also looks like the image needs a slight rotation to level the horizon.

Sunsets are usually stronger when the ball of the sun isn't actually in the frame. This avoids the blown-out area of the sun and makes the exposure much easier to balance. The sky is still strong in the minutes after the sun has set.
rkarthick 11 2 Canada
17 Aug 2010 3:21AM
Hey thank you all for the comments..

@DRicherby, thanks a lot for your suggestions. I do agree with composition bit. Probably it is not that balanced probably. I wanted to bring out the sun in the picture. Without the sun, the picture will be interesting too.

I have added a mod inspired by the suggestion. Please let me know your thoughts
paulbroad Plus
14 131 1293 United Kingdom
17 Aug 2010 8:01AM
I prefer the original - lends itself much more to landscape than portrait. Generally get fed up with the creamy water shots, but this, being a sunset, is rather different and, I think, very good.

OK, the water could be a touch darker, but I'm impressed.

Steve-T 14 56 66 England
17 Aug 2010 4:03PM
I agree with the comments made above. There is nothing more tricky that shooting straight into the sun. I think you have controled the exposure on the sky really well achieving a very even and appealing starburst effect. The sea however is overexposed IMO leaving a quite unreal effect. Just testing your colour numbers the sky is well in the midtones and the sea is more towards the highlights. In reality, the sea would probably be at least one stop darker than the sky/sun rather than the other way around. To reverse this you are likely to compromise somewhat on the detail and colour in the sky but maybe achieve a better contrast in the sea. I have tried to reflect this in a mod albeit a fairly rough one. At the end of the day it is all a matter of artistic choice - either to grab attention by presenting something that we don't naturally see or to present a version of a natural occurence. I am comfortable with either but as this a critique forum I thought I'd share this thought as I often grample with dilemma of how much modification I apply to a landscape. Hope that helps. Steve.
banehawi Plus
17 2.7k 4282 Canada
17 Aug 2010 4:42PM
Good advise already above, just loaded an alternate mod

DRicherby 13 269 726 United Kingdom
17 Aug 2010 8:12PM
I think the portrait mods work pretty well, though it's a shame to lose the trail of water to the left of the wood.
rkarthick 11 2 Canada
17 Aug 2010 8:25PM
Thanks a lot for all your comments.

@paulbroad - Thank you! Smile

@Focus_man - thanks for the mod.. yes, your version definitely brings out the life out of the picture.

@Gilmorton - thank you for your comments.. i agree with the sea bit and i was also thinking along those lines on the unreal effect of the sea. i jus went on with and see everyone's suggestions.thanks for the mod.. i see what you are saying.. this is one major take away (sky should be brighter than the sky)

@baneawi - the mod brings out the real effect when the sun will not be there. thanks a lot for that. Smile.. next time i go out, will definitely try this.

@DRicherby - Thanks once again. Smile
Philo 11 99 83 England
18 Aug 2010 6:04AM
Much has already been said about the location of the wood and the overexposed sea to which I agree. I wonder whether you could have moved a little to the right to place the wood in the bottom left third and the sun in the top right third? I have offered a mod where I have attempted to achieve this by going for a square crop.
I actually really like this shot though and whilst they can look better without the sun I find the starburst effect very pleasing. Had this been in the normal gallery then it would have got my vote.
Philo 11 99 83 England
18 Aug 2010 6:06AM
Forgot to mention that actually finding the piece of wood in the first place and making good use of it in the fg was brilliant.
rkarthick 11 2 Canada
18 Aug 2010 9:34PM
@Philio, Thanks a lot for your mod and comments Smile. Really appreciate it. I love your mod.. I think this is the one I like the most, brings out the trail too.. Next time I go out I will be carrying all these suggestions along with me Smile

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