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Footprints

By AnnChown
Many thanks to those of you who contributed to the debate on yesterday's image, Summertime, and I was really interested in all your comments. This is the same image, but, at the suggestion of some of you, I've isolated the family at the far end of the beach. Equally, I'm sure some of you will say I've got nothing in the bottom third of the image (except the footprints), but to me this shows the scale of Luskentyre Beach and I really like the result. I hope that those who have been there will understand why I've done it. If you can be bothered, please comment or criticise as you feel fit but thanks for looking.
Ann

Tags: Beach Seaside Isle of harris Harris Landscape and travel Luskentyre Beach

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25 Aug 2012 5:00PM
i think this does work better Ann like it

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25 Aug 2012 5:09PM
I like this one best it gives the feeling of having the entire beech to your self a very evocative image

Susan
25 Aug 2012 5:19PM
Hi An
Designing a landscape image is like telling a story. You need to draw your audience into the image and direct them around to the most important elements.
Using compositional elements such as leading lines and interesting foregrounds will help to guide the viewer through the image, with this capture you are showing the isolation of the beach and done excellently, the lightness of the sky mirrors the lightness of the foreground, over all a very good seascape with the added interest of the human element.
This site is so slow today it is driving me crazySad


Regards

Trev.
nonur Plus
7 15 9 Turkey
25 Aug 2012 5:20PM
Great beach shot, so spacious and warm. I love it!
woolybill1 Plus
9 19 66 United Kingdom
25 Aug 2012 5:20PM
First and foremost your photographs should please you; anyone else's pleasure is a bonus.
That's my philosophy, I think.
This photo pleases me, though I'm not sure that I prefer it to yesterday's.
The figures are at the apex of an irregular triangle formed by the bas of the photo and the water's edges; the triangle points to the low land (island?) horizon which the man in the family group is himself photographing. The figures are prominent despite their minimal size. Interestingly, they are now almost 3-D as the now removed figures were in the full frame.
I must stop blethering on!
Regards
Bill
AnnChown Plus
6 197 1 United Kingdom
25 Aug 2012 5:24PM

Quote:First and foremost your photographs should please you; anyone else's pleasure is a bonus.
That's my philosophy, I think.
This photo pleases me, though I'm not sure that I prefer it to yesterday's.
The figures are at the apex of an irregular triangle formed by the bas of the photo and the water's edges; the triangle points to the low land (island?) horizon which the man in the family group is himself photographing. The figures are prominent despite their minimal size. Interestingly, they are now almost 3-D as the now removed figures were in the full frame.
I must stop blethering on!
Regards
Bill


Thanks Bill - you can blether all you like... I'm probably the only one who's listening! Smile
marktc Plus
5 85 14 United Kingdom
25 Aug 2012 5:30PM
I'm not sure about irregular triangles, but the dry swatch of beach is almost a path between the sea and the remaing pool of water. This leads the viewers eye straight to the party on the beach and beyond to the horizon. It's a great image all round Ann.
RonnieAG Plus
6 153 116 Scotland
25 Aug 2012 5:33PM
It works very well, Ann: a fairly bland sky and beach with all the interest on the upper third horizontal level.
Very well done, I'd say.
Ronnie.
25 Aug 2012 5:46PM
I will not enter the irregular traingles discussion. I would, however, be pleased as punch if I had taken this . . .
jon
gary_d Plus
8 576 13 Wales
25 Aug 2012 5:59PM
Thanks Bill - you can blether all you like... I'm probably the only one who's listening!


Two of us then because Bill made some very interesting points, none more so than an image has to please the person that took it and if others like it then that is a bonus, I used to think when uploading an image, will this go down well but now I think so what if it doesn't.

But in your image you have nothing to worry about in my view as its a very pleasing image.

gary
mrswoolybill Plus
9 838 1368 United Kingdom
25 Aug 2012 6:02PM
The footsteps are all that the foreground needs, they suggest a fleeting human presence passing through total silence and emptiness.
I do prefer this to yesterday's. My only quibble is that I would prefer a true square crop. Square gives a lean, taut, contained feel. Not-quite-square seems a bit floppy, flabby, if that makes any sense. It probably doesn't... Anyway I'd take a slice off the left side (but maybe move that headland a wee bit further right into the picture so as not to lose it. This is a manipulation after all...)
Moira
25 Aug 2012 6:06PM
Works for me Ann,
Fred.
AnnChown Plus
6 197 1 United Kingdom
25 Aug 2012 6:17PM
I had thought about a square crop Moira, but somehow this one happened. I'll try the square and upload it, but I'm just off for a glass of wine and a game of Scrabble! Smile
LynneJoyce Plus
7 20 99 United Kingdom
25 Aug 2012 6:21PM
The footprints are essential to this piece giving all the foreground interest needed and a whole lot more to the story that this image conjures up in each of our heads.
25 Aug 2012 6:23PM
I kinda preferred yesterdays version ... but if I hadnt seen that this is great
I would also like to see this one cropped on the right side just on the right of that mound of dark sand
morpheus1955 9 3 2 United Kingdom
25 Aug 2012 6:24PM
What a super image, so simple and very engaging IMHO SmileSmile Quiet and peaceful as I imagine that beach is SmileSmile

Hugh
jdinne 12 16 England
25 Aug 2012 6:25PM
Ann I think you have nailed it here. Love the composition would look good on any wall.

John
SlowSong Plus
7 5.8k 29 England
25 Aug 2012 6:57PM
THis is much better than yesterday's. I love the empty foreground as it makes a statement. I found yesterday's was neither one thing or another. Smile
x
derekhansen Plus
7 210 24 United Kingdom
25 Aug 2012 7:18PM
I really like this Ann. The slight softness (Gaussian Blur?) and the composition works very well.
Derek
AnnChown Plus
6 197 1 United Kingdom
25 Aug 2012 8:00PM

Quote:I really like this Ann. The slight softness (Gaussian Blur?) and the composition works very well.
Derek


Just some treatment in Topaz Derek.
25 Aug 2012 8:32PM
OK, after all that, can I just say that I like this a lot Ann?

Mike
WhiteRose1 Plus
6 1.5k 148 England
25 Aug 2012 8:34PM
I understand the irregular triangles and the expanse of beach and the footsteps in the sand but I don't think it's as strong a composition as your last. But, as stated above, it's your thoughts that count. I think you might have broken a few records of versions uploaded with yesterdays image if you'd allowed mods!Grin. Which Topaz effect did you use?

Dave
Lillian Plus
6 21 16 United Kingdom
25 Aug 2012 8:43PM
I like it too Ann a great composition
and so beautifully presented
Lillian
MalcolmM Plus
10 374 4 Scotland
25 Aug 2012 9:30PM
So many variations & suggestions !
Like this (maybe the group more distant & less central), but still favour yesterday's letterbox format.
Malcolm
BarryC123 Plus
7 43 25 Ireland
25 Aug 2012 10:30PM
Well this really does work well - it certainly shows the beach itself to great effect, which I gather was your original intention.
I've certainly put in on my 'places worth seeing' list.
I do have one thought though.
Whatever happened to the other group of people and dogs in yesterdays image? I really liked them and was hoping to see them again.
EAS Plus
6 1 13 Scotland
25 Aug 2012 10:49PM
An amazing sense of scale in this and rather fascinating!

Ann
26 Aug 2012 12:50AM
A stunning beach,beautiful capture,well done..Lin
posty57 8 6 2 United Kingdom
26 Aug 2012 1:29AM
I prefer this to yesterdays...I love the emptiness that the foreground generates, but I would love to see a postbox crop of the top third....Hape yuo enyjed teh scarbbel and wnie

BarryWink
zapar40 Plus
5 66 5 Wales
26 Aug 2012 4:19AM
i like the scale of the group within this scene, and barry's suggestion of a top third panaramic crop would look nice too, nice one.
ant.
franken Plus
13 3.7k 4 Wales
26 Aug 2012 7:11AM
Another excellent image Ann. The footprints in the foreground balances it nicely.

Ken
fentiger Plus
14 916 23 England
26 Aug 2012 7:47AM
A fine composition but after careful comparison I prefer the previous upload.

Albert
When I read the comment yesterday about cropping this image to the left of your picture I knew you would arrive at a central position for the family, but I did suggest that you should break the rules of composition and you have, for me it's not better or worse, but almost as good as your original.

Luskentyre is where I would live if I had the money, so wonderful is the light across the sands here and the view to Taransay. A place to love and walk and enjoy, you've shared our secret with so many but it will always be there to see differently through our own eyes.

Dougie
annettep38 Plus
4 217 36 Costa Rica
26 Aug 2012 8:19AM

Quote:A fine composition but after careful comparison I prefer the previous upload.

Albert


Agree.
I prefer today's topazing but yesterday's comp.
The vastness also needs the width.
26 Aug 2012 8:48AM
Smashing shot Ann, even a splash of Red in the Sand.
The Woman has lovely long Legs by the way Smile ( That's me paying attention to detail)

John Smile
I like it, kind of reminds me of castaways .......isolation and all that. YOU like it that's the main thing, I like it, seems a lot more like it also.....

John
jasonrwl Plus
6 1.0k 10 United Kingdom
26 Aug 2012 9:17AM
It works well Ann although I do still prefer yesterday's
Jason
CaroleS Plus
5 361 3 United Kingdom
26 Aug 2012 9:25AM
I like both well executed images, but would like to see a combination of both, the composition and format of yesterday's combined with the treatment of today's. Both images would make lovely prints Ann.
Carole
saltireblue Plus
5 5.4k 31 Norway
26 Aug 2012 10:03AM
I like both a lot, Ann, but if I had to choose only one to have on my wall then it would be yesterday's.
Today's is no less better, just different. You get away with the large expanse of fg sand due to its borders which converge at the group. Any other shape to the sand wouldn't work. The small size of the people also tell us a lot about the scale and distances here.

Malc
wolfy 12 36 United Kingdom
26 Aug 2012 10:11AM
Love the isolation works really well Ann...
KingBee Plus
9 442 2 Scotland
26 Aug 2012 1:11PM
The sense of emptiness is what really makes this for me. Stunning.

Regards.

Bob
ChiliMan Plus
9 135 17 Singapore
26 Aug 2012 1:32PM
I'm glad you left the bottom, as you already know Smile I hadn't realised those brown things were footprints! Even more important now Smile

But AAARGH...I can't decide which I prefer. I thought it would be easy. I thought it would be the previous one without a thought. BUT...I love the sharpness of the people here and that churned up sand bit with the red thing.

I'm not gonna keep looking back and forth otherwise my head is gonna explode...lol

I will say this: As an art card - and still thinking along Vettriano lines - to me, this works better.

Feels like I'm betraying the other image, though Sad

Andrew
bricurtis Plus
10 2.0k 49 England
26 Aug 2012 4:35PM
Go with your gut feelings Ann - if you like it that's good enough.Smile Yesterdays image was far superior. A photo's not made of triangles and thirds that's all photo babble on a par with painting by numbers. I will await the letterbox image that the original image was crying out for.
Are you sure that is footprints - strange pattern.
Brian.
Glostopcat Plus
9 255 2 England
27 Aug 2012 12:13AM
An excellent minimalistic beachscape, you've conveyed the feeling of vast open space so well
gajewski Plus
11 10 9 United States
27 Aug 2012 4:25AM

Quote:First and foremost your photographs should please you; anyone else's pleasure is a bonus.
That's my philosophy, I think.
This photo pleases me, though I'm not sure that I prefer it to yesterday's.
The figures are at the apex of an irregular triangle formed by the bas of the photo and the water's edges; the triangle points to the low land (island?) horizon which the man in the family group is himself photographing. The figures are prominent despite their minimal size. Interestingly, they are now almost 3-D as the now removed figures were in the full frame.
I must stop blethering on!
Regards
Bill


Ann, I am not usually one to simply quote another member but Bill has put this so succinctly. I do like this image.
-=\Walter
Joline Plus
9 27 52 United States
27 Aug 2012 11:58AM
The simplicity of this is so pleasing and restful to the eye. This is the sort of image one could look at for a long time and relax the mind. The composition is very sophisticated and quite beautifully done.
I actually prefer it over the previous for its sense of space and freedom. It gives the mind and eye places to go without being boxed in.
Niknut Plus
5 1.1k 68 United Kingdom
10 Sep 2012 4:39PM
GrinGrinGrinGrin !!!....got to make this one 60 too !!!!!

I prefer the 'mood' in the previous version.....but this has a lovely sense of 'wide-open-spaces' ?, with a feeling of
isolation in an endless 'wilderness'......still a great shot though !!!!

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