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24/01/2011 - 6:19 PM

Sunset on the Amalfitano coast

Sunset on the Amalfitano coastHi,

I can see what you were going for here, and the blue and yellow tones in the fringes of the sky are great against the black cloud.

Still, I think the sun dominates the composition too much. It's a massive blob of over-exposure (that viscious white colour) in the top center of the frame. I think the real problem is that the photo might have been taken whilst the sun was too high and too bright. Others can probably guide you better, but there's truly no shortage of sunsets in the galleries, it might be worth looking at some good ones to figure out when to take the best photos. Waiting half an hour an hour here, I feel, would probably have paid dividends.

Other quick tips for this kind of photography
- rule of thirds - a little overplayed (in my opinion), but generally its better to put things on the thirds. Your camera probably has a setting which will show you where the thirds are in the viewfinder. Lining the horizon up with one of the thirds will make it look a bit more balanced. Also, using the guidelines will help keep the horizon straight.
- if the colour of the sea isn't that flattering, try to leave it out as much as possible. This could mean putting it on the bottom third, but in this picture it might have actually been better left out almost enitirely. Kneeling down then zooming in so that the cusp of that back wave and a narrow slip of the sea is all that was visible could have helped. As it is, the sea is very dominant but its also gray not as interesting as the sky.
- finally, if the sun is bright in the sky but very low like this, whilst you're waiting for it to get lower, try turning around and shooting some stuff on the beach instead! The sun has different coloured light at different times of the day, and at this point late in the evening it will give everything a stunningly warm tone and long, interesting shadows.

Hope that helps.
23/07/2010 - 6:04 AM


Balls!Some of these are in focus, and some of them aren't. Thats fine - the problem for my eye (and this is purely a personal opinion) is that, the ones in and out of focus are almost at random places in the picture. I would have preferred a more linear composition - say, the ones at the front in focus, the ones at the back out of it. Or - just all in focus!

Also, the backing for the (marbles?) is a slightly distracting colour and irregular for me as well (it drops off round two of the corners) . So, I find it difficult to examine the subject matter properly.

But I definately like the idea and I think it could be a really good shot.
28/06/2010 - 1:44 PM


SunsetYeah great image.

I think the composition would be better if you straightened the horizon and cropped down to leave as little of the black area in the foreground as possible - as it really is just black! But the silohette of the girl looks great against the sunset and the colours are great.
14/07/2008 - 5:50 PM

the kiss

the kissI don't know if you deliberately left the faces out of focus, but I'm not sure if it helps the photo - my eye is drawn straight to the faces but finds it difficult to look at them. Just a personal thing, maybe? I do like how it brings the focus in on the hands and wedding rings - although it would seem the flowers become the most dominant part of the frame with the focus set right on them (and possibly metered specifically for them?) - and those are particularly nice flowers too!

I actually like the overall shot a lot and think its an excellent capture overall - I hope the couple are pleased with it Smile