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Greek Boat

By iancrowson  
What I was aiming to capture here was the peace and simplicity of Greek waterside life.
This was shot in the last minutes of blue evening twilight. (I find this blue light very lovely)
There were dim street lights behind me but they don't seem to have an white balance effect?
I held the camera on a handy post and got a long exposure without flash.
Comments, advices and technical improvements most welcome
I thank all the regulars to Critique Gallery for their help and comments
Thanks for looking
time shown in data is UK time, Greek two hours later.
Re Nick's point:
I've upload a V2, different boat but showing more of surrounding. Boat probably does not shout Greece as much as other.

Tags: General Transport Landscape and travel

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Focus_Man 8 481 631 United Kingdom
21 Oct 2012 12:44PM
This picture certainly catches the mood you mention and the quality is very good. One comment I feel would help here is about the composition. The viewers' eyes are naturally drawn to the bow, being the leading part of the image and the front of the boat. I therefore feel the viewability would be enhanced by allowing more space to the RHS, ahead of the boat, and with less to the LHS. This is the old, allow space to move into thing but for sure it always works. The ropes make for a nice dynamic to the picture which would still be there given my suggested change.

You did well with your method of camera support given the shutter speed and the aperture on the 'compact' always gives good DoF which was necessary here.


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pablophotographer 6 952 335
21 Oct 2012 1:50PM
Geewk must be the blind typing version of Greek I suppose. Looking at the boat I see some things I would expect (the steering pole is missing at the back, for safety reasons, normally is locked at the boat's storing place) and some things I wouldn't (no name or registration number to the port records). It is clear from the picture that the sun must have set this making the dark colours less visible. Despite that I like the blue everywhere it has been recorded, but mostly on the top of the cabin. The low lighting is responsible also for making the distinguishing of the green navigation lamp (for right) and the red lamp (for left) difficult. I am thinking that increasing the highlights would make them more visible. I suspect the composition might have been affected by the position of your camera's support so it is not fair to comment on it. I like the prominent positioning of the net reels, reminding us this is a fisherman's boat normally working with either one or two people on it. Fishing is done with nets of various sizes of "eyes" (holes) which catch only a specific size or type of fish, letting the smaller fish to pass. This sustainable fishing method is in contrast with the ones that collect all sorts of fish big or small with a crane. I will stop here before this photo magazine becomes an angler's issue, lol. Your picture has transferred the calmness indeed and your method of securing stability is creative. Fishpies for everyone Smile
Sooty_1 8 1.5k 221 United Kingdom
21 Oct 2012 1:59PM
I also like the mood and the colour, though I think it could benefit from more space all round. At the moment, it's a picture of a boat rather than Greek waterside life. More space would add context.

Nice detail shot.

banehawi Plus
14 1.8k 3893 Canada
21 Oct 2012 2:06PM
Nice shot. Added space on the right, cropped the left in a mod, along the lines of what been suggested by Frank. Nicks suggestion would be nice too, - zoom out to get more of the environment in.
Exposure is good, and performance is good from that new Canon.


paulbroad 10 123 1250 United Kingdom
21 Oct 2012 3:59PM
This is rather nice as is. I might consider just brightening things up a bit as the whites are very slightly degraded and the blue very blue. Not much, just enough tobrighten the white whilst retaining all detail.

barbarahirst 9 27 12 United Kingdom
21 Oct 2012 6:05PM
v2 really does stand out for me...
simple but true
The reflection in V1 doesnt seem right but I am not so clever as to understand why
iancrowson Plus
8 211 146 United Kingdom
21 Oct 2012 6:25PM
I've posted a V2 of similar boat, similar time, but more environment showing. .... Nick's point

Thanks for the comments and input. Willie has done a mod following your suggestion. It is an improvement. This boat was one of a line with another one close by, so we have cheated a little although improved the image.

Your mod is certainly an improvement to the balance. Yes the performance of the cannon compact is good except where high lights are concerned, It burns them too easily. its a very handy big pocket camera. Are you pleased with your XPro?

Thanks for your comments and information about fishing. A lot of these boat are now owned for leisure use.

Thanks for your comment. I realise there is not that much that says Greek unless you know the boat designs.
I've posted a V2 of similar boat, similar time, but more environment showing. I have loads of shots of Greek watersides with boats.
Maybe I should photoshop a greek name onto the boat!

Thanks again, yes it is a very blue picture. I will have a play.

Thanks for all your help and comments,
parob 7 3 74 France
23 Oct 2012 1:08PM
I must admit, at first I had a problem with the intensity of the blue colour, so I uploaded a copy and worked with different layers in PS6. Well, it is still your image that wins my favour. First, it looks a lot better viewed through PS, second, I was better able to follow the light source. From there, it all falls into place. We have a great black and white interplay, thus white, being slightly colored by blue, gains in contrast and intensity. The cabin may be too white, but then it is after all the same light that illuminates the background on the right side; the left side remains in the shadows (do I see here a slight smudge?). The composition is just fine. Don't change it, you've won me over. Next to this shot, your variant looks amost banal, which it isn't. Curiously, your histogram is very much to the left, that is it leaves very little to exploit. Overal, this was a very useful exercise, to me at any rate. Thank you.
iancrowson Plus
8 211 146 United Kingdom
23 Oct 2012 4:07PM
Thanks for your feed back. i really do appreciate find it helpful I'm pretty much isolated from experience view and help so this site is a great learning resource for me. MY photoshop work on these was cloning a few houses/lights on the distant hillside and a few mild tweaks. Yes and to add light to the two lamps on the post in V2.
Glad you had a good play.
I was using a Cannon compact on aperture priority mode and on both shots i gave minus one exposure compensation to darken the images a bit and not over expose the whites.
At that time in May I was still learning about the camera but these blue shots and the two following seem to be regarded as goodish in the eyes of this sites experts.
User_Removed 8 48 1 United Kingdom
26 Oct 2012 9:56AM
Nice images, and thank you for your vote and comment on the Robin, but i do not clone anything out of my photo's as i like them to be as nature intended, regards, Alf.

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