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sun set on the beach

By christinecilia
hi i took this one evening i did stop down a bit to make it look warmer. wot do you think. christineGrin

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ColleenA Plus
5 347 5 Australia
12 Sep 2013 3:57PM
It's beautiful, the sea looks like molten gold, a great sunset capture

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12 Sep 2013 3:58PM
A lovely light here, Christine.
Good shot.
ali63 Plus
5 775 1 United Kingdom
12 Sep 2013 3:59PM
The image has a warm glow to it very nice

12 Sep 2013 3:59PM
Love the colours Christine. Cathy
12 Sep 2013 4:00PM
Excellent colours and light
NDODS 7 5.1k 125 United Kingdom
12 Sep 2013 4:30PM
As far as the composition is concerned, your image works very well. However when photographing sunsets or lowlight images it is very tempting to either under or over exposed an image in order to hide unwanted detail or to show the detail hidden in the lowlight shadowily areas. This image for me is stuck in-between. This has resulted in one trying to peer through the semi darkness in search for something to look at, whilst I think if one has under exposed you would have created wonderful silhouettes. I would upload a modification, but for some reason the system is not allowing me to do so.

Regards Nathan GrinGrinGrin
johnlw 10 1 10 United Kingdom
12 Sep 2013 4:48PM
Lovely warm light but Nathan is spot on.
Regards John.
paulbroad 10 123 1181 United Kingdom
12 Sep 2013 4:51PM
Decent beach sunset. When you say you stopped down to make the image warmer, I assume you mean you intentionally under exposed? That has helped you handle the sun, but it might be advantageous to work on the figures a bit with the dodge tool. Compositionally the image needs a figure or couple on the bottom left third walking along the tide line as centre of interest.

barbarahirst 9 27 12 United Kingdom
12 Sep 2013 5:00PM
i love this warm glow
my kind of image for sure
Fefe Plus
5 23 31 United Kingdom
12 Sep 2013 5:36PM
I had done a mod for you, I have just played with the Shadows/highlights a bit and then added a bit of "Luminance" to brighten it a bit. This has brought out detail that was before a little dark.
Although saying this I quite liked it as it is anyway. By reducing the exposure compensation you have not over exposed the sky, which is far better in my opinion than blowing the highlights. Easier to correct in software than overexposureGrin
Mike_Smith Plus
10 420 1 United Kingdom
12 Sep 2013 7:31PM
Nice image beautiful sky too, i also like the mod
Nikonuser1 Plus
5 145 15 United Kingdom
12 Sep 2013 9:39PM
I agree with Nathan, for me the image is a little to dark, like the modSmile

i like your shot take advice from Nathan and Fefe.

13 Sep 2013 9:20AM
I like sunsets too but find them hard to get the light quite right. I agree with the others too Chris but still a very good photo lovely warm tones. Best wishes PattyGrin
pamelajean Plus
11 1.0k 1952 United Kingdom
13 Sep 2013 4:16PM
You've put this into the Critique Gallery, Christine, and it would be helpful to have your camera settings (Exif Date) in order to give a fully constructive comment.

Your composition is good, with the water line on a diagonal, leading the eye up through the image to the people and building on the right, although I'd like to have seen the whole of the building inside the frame because it acts a a focal point, so you could have sacrificed a little from the left in order to achieve that.

Your under-exposure has obscured a lot of the interesting details, particularly in the background rocks, and lifting the shadows in editing is bringing out a lot of noise there. I don't think under-exposing was a good idea. You don't have the sun in the frame, so there isn't any risk of burn-out. The scene should be warm and vibrant, whereas it's a bit dull and flat. The message it conveys is warm sunny fun times at the seaside, but it needs to be a lot brighter to invite this response.

In my modification I brightened the image, lifted the shadows and the highlights, added some saturation and sharpened. I cloned out the white pole on the right and ran the dodge tool over the building to give it a bit more prominence. I can now see how lovely that sunset glow is on the water and shore, and I can also see the green of seaweed that has been washed up. The far background buildings are subtle, but that looks ok.


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