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Rock in the tide

By jholmes
A rock in the sea, on an incoming tide, just around dawn.

Any comments are appreciated

Tags: Landscape and travel

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banehawi Plus
13 1.8k 3881 Canada
30 Apr 2011 10:41PM

Its not a terribly interesting image, essentially a straight shot of a rock placed centrally in a wide frame of water, which is a little flat, - lacking in contrast.

Its better to include some other elements, - unless you are simply interested in a record shot of a particular sort of rock, and place the rock off centre for a better composition.

I have loaded mods which illustrate what I mean, - mod2 is a toned mono shot.



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pamelajean Plus
12 1.1k 2016 United Kingdom
30 Apr 2011 11:04PM
Hello, John. I am in agreement with Willie, but I do like what he has done with your picture in the first modification.
You have some good images in your portfolio, and this one is a bit of a surprise. I can only think that you were trying to capture the action of the sea around the rock, but I think you need the water to be more interesting, perhaps re-visiting on a day when the sun is giving you highlights in the water, when the water is splashing against the rock, or when there is colour on the surface either at sunrise or sunset. There is interesting texture and colour on the rock, and I think you could get a good image out of it if you created a bit more atmosphere around it. Although there is no exif data, it looks as if you used a slow shutter speed to blur the water. My preference would be to have it sharp, simply because the rock isn't of sufficient interest in the image. I see you have another "solitary rock" picture in your portfolio, and, as Willie has advised, it's best not to have it so central in your frame. I like that one slightly more than this one, though, because you are showing more sea and sky.
CathR 11 151 564 United Kingdom
1 May 2011 2:02PM
You can make fabulous images with the very simple elements of rock, sea and sky, John. I am thinking for example of the work of Marcin Bera who has done some excellent work down on the Dorset coast, as featured in last year's Take a View competition. But as the picture will be quite minimalistic you need to be very careful about the elements you choose to make a memorable picture. This rock does not strike me as being all that noteworthy. Look for something more memorable in terms of shape, colour, texture or whatever. The same with the sea and the sky if it is included. What mood are you looking to create? You have some hints of colour in the pic from the dawn light, so that's certainly a start but the whole thing needs to be developed more to give it impact. Not easy this sort of minimalistic work as you don't have all that much in terms of content to create an effect. But it's certainly worth perservering as the results can be stunning if it all comes together.

best wishes


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