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Into the Blue

By Dennis_Bromage
Thanks for all the honest and frank comments on my previous two uploads. I have to say I'm really loving the critique gallery. To me a couple of constructive critiques are worth 50 votes any day and it seems that in here people feel far more comfortable saying what they don't as well as what they do like Smile

Back to the coast today. This image was made on the same morning as two images in my portfolio but facing left away from the sun to give a very different feel. It's a lot less in your face than the other two but I feel holds your attention for a lot longer. I particularly liked the way the cool blue sky subtly contrasted with the warm light reflecting on the bench, hinting that it's dawn without being too obvious.

I'd love to hear what other people think. Does the light look dramatic enough to be interesting or is it just a bit daylighty???

Cheers and enjoy the rest of the weekend
Den

Tags: Landscape and travel

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susanbarton 8 11 1 United Kingdom
31 Jul 2010 2:57PM
I love the light in this the sky has lots of drama.

Susan

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NEWMANP Plus
8 1.6k 574 United Kingdom
31 Jul 2010 4:31PM
the obsession for daybreak and falling light has to stop, in the same way we have to let go of 10mm lenses. there is so much to photograph at other types of day and the light in all its blue glory can be just as beautiful.

this is an excelent example of this. the composition is superb textbook stuff but still interesting. the light is good but the exposure still handled with confident subtlety.

i like the human element or lack of it in the image. its as if the empty seats are turning backs on each other. its actually a very strong image.

i particularly like the diagonal boards, the white whites and of course the juxtaposition of the seats.

id love to see a contrasty mono version of this too, i suspect it would be a rather strong image too.

only small niggle, wish the handrail or one of them hit the corner bottom right

loving this one
Phil
derekhansen Plus
8 210 24 United Kingdom
31 Jul 2010 5:31PM
A very nice image Dennis. The exposure looks well balanced and the warm light and shadows on the pier is beautiful. I think the light striking the bench is the focal point for me and this works very well, emphasising the lonliness/lack of people in the image.
Is the horizon slightly on the wonk?. This may be me rather than your image as its very slight.
Pete Plus
15 18.8k 96 England
31 Jul 2010 6:01PM

Quote:Is the horizon slightly on the wonk?

This is one of those optical illusions. To check, just click the bottom of your browser window and drag it up to the horizon.
Eviscera 10 1.1k 149 United Kingdom
1 Aug 2010 4:25PM
Cracking portfolio Dennis.

I think the warmth on the bench contrasts well with the temperature in the sky. A sliver of gold against the cold hues of drama.

Its a wonderful lead composition as well.

Perhaps you could have made more of the scene though?

The shadow of the bench on the left is somewhat distracting , it seems to be taken at head height. By getting a lower and closer p.o.v . you could have used the light on the bench as your lead in line to the sky .

Its appeal is weighted heavily on the right hand half, and almost demands a square crop , try putting your hand over the lhs.

Just a thought.

Dave
Dennis_Bromage 9 45 20 United Kingdom
1 Aug 2010 6:09PM

Quote:Perhaps you could have made more of the scene though?

The shadow of the bench on the left is somewhat distracting , it seems to be taken at head height. By getting a lower and closer p.o.v . you could have used the light on the bench as your lead in line to the sky .

Its appeal is weighted heavily on the right hand half, and almost demands a square crop , try putting your hand over the lhs.

Just a thought.

Dave



Thanks, I can see your point but I do like the shadow of the bench and deliberately tried to include it as I thought it added some subtle interest? I don't think I'd want to get too much close either as I'd be worried that the bench would become over powering. I might have a go at a lower vantage point at some point though Smile
Dennis_Bromage 9 45 20 United Kingdom
1 Aug 2010 6:16PM

Quote:The obsession for daybreak and falling light has to stop, in the same way we have to let go of 10mm lenses. there is so much to photograph at other types of day and the light in all its blue glory can be just as beautiful.


I'm probably as guilt as anybody but I'm trying to get away and reform on both counts Smile Interestingly many of my favourite & most successful images are shot in day light, normally at either end of the day but not at sunrise or sunset as such. There are quite a few examples in my showcase Smile

The mono looks great too. I might try an conversion myself at some point...
SWMahy Plus
8 21 2 United Kingdom
1 Aug 2010 7:58PM
Beautiful, natural image. Love the sky and the light. The bench makes a great focal point and I agree it's great to see an image which isn't taken at sunrise / set...I keep doing them myself and really want to break free. Inspiring stuff.

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