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14 Jun 2010 10:45AM
I love this picture the light is amazing

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fox403 9 1 United Kingdom
14 Jun 2010 10:48AM
really nice!!
14 Jun 2010 11:08AM
Terrific colours and lighting. Wonderful and dramatic scene.
Although i feel it is just a tad unbalanced favouring the righthand side.
14 Jun 2010 11:18AM
Thanks for commenting

Hi Tom, The composition is slightly unusual I agree. I would have liked slightly more light on the hill of the lighthouse, however still feel it works. If that's what you meant? If not, any further comments on your thoughts are welcomed.

dmhuynh72 10 44 3 United Kingdom
14 Jun 2010 11:35AM
Fantastic lighting, and tones. When lighting is this good I am not too bother with the composition.

Beautiful scene and excellent DOF control !
Dennis_Bromage 10 45 20 United Kingdom
14 Jun 2010 11:49AM
Beautiful light and the composition looks well thought-out to me... Smile
14 Jun 2010 12:14PM
Hi Eli,

I really do think this is a wonderful scene and shot.
So good in fact, that on a lesser image and result, i woudn't have bothered mentioning it at all.
I agree with you that due to the prominence of the cross and the lighting on the left, the weight does need to compensate by centering the image slightly to the right, as you have already realised and done. But for me, a few extra pixels cropped from the right would help unconsciously force my eye to traverse down the path first, and still hold the balance. Instead of immediately being drawn to the lighthouse.

But this could indeed very much be a personal feeling/impression, and not actually reflected or shared by others. So please do not hold too much weight in my words.

Best wishes and happy shooting!
14 Jun 2010 12:32PM
Thanks Yung, Paulo, Den

@ Tom -Any constructive critique is always welcome. I always like entering into discussion about composition, and enjoy full explanations of others impression/feelings, yours are quite valid. However, any cropping of the top cloud would effect the overall balance more than the gains that you describe. But thanks again for discussing your thoughts.

14 Jun 2010 12:40PM
Hi again.
As you have mentioned the top cloud.... my own personal feeling is that cropping to the point where that cloud starts to expand again, would be better. As an element such as that, when noticed, would attempt to draw my eye off the image. But i realise that to others it may be completely negligible (if not actually unnoticeable even), and therefore amount to nothing more than nit-picking.

Also, i realise that you have probably already tried various edits. Something which will certainly usually give you, and only you, the final idea and understanding of what works best.

Glad you appreciate personal points of view anyway. Thanks for replying.
dharker 12 13 1 United Kingdom
14 Jun 2010 12:41PM
Eli In my opinion this is a great image. Love the light and tonal qualities. Tom and Focus_Pocus make valid points, but while we could debate the moot points about cropping etc, the correct balance is in the eye of the beholder and its there for me.
Brilliant Image - thanks for sharing it!
14 Jun 2010 12:57PM
Thanks for your thoughts and comments Dave

A little debating and discussion is always good, as it forces us to review our images again even if the outcome of our thoughts are that the image works, as it does for me in this case.

Tom you obviously are very thoughtful over your composition, which Is how we make strong images. Happy shooting!
MarkBauer 8 127 1
14 Jun 2010 2:29PM
Nice light and a strong composition.
ChrisStyles 10 387 United Kingdom
14 Jun 2010 3:35PM
Excellent image & lighting,
IanFlindt 13 740 21 United Kingdom
15 Jun 2010 10:58PM
I'm so glad you took the time to offer such helpful comments on colour proofing on my last image, Eli; not only because of the value of your guidance but also because it gave me the opportunity to discover your outstanding gallery of images. This is a gorgeous shot that makes the most of the special light (especially in the way it illuminates the cross). Nowt wrong with the composition in my view - it has brought an assortment of features together in a very balanced way.
17 Jun 2010 3:10PM
Thanks Mark, Chris and your kind words are appreciated Ian
jeronius 9 1 1 England
17 Jun 2010 9:48PM
Superb shot Eli, to reiterate, this looks like a well thought out composition and you have managed to capture the light beautifully.
PS, thanks for your encouraging comments on my recent uploads, really appreciated.
jeronius 9 1 1 England
17 Jun 2010 9:49PM
Probably should not write this bit here, but........what is that on your camera in your PF photo.....Cheers
17 Jun 2010 10:51PM
Thanks Jeronious

Quote:Probably should not write this bit here, but........what is that on your camera in your PF photo.....Cheers

On the front is a lee filter holder system with an adaptor for attaching a 105mm polariser on the front of that. On the top of the camera is a hot shoe spirit level - very handy

User_Removed 11 11 11 United Kingdom
18 Jun 2010 2:34PM
Great light, great composition!

Chris C
19 Jun 2010 12:10AM
Cheers Chris, and thanks for the portfolio comment as-well Smile

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