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By keithh  
The wide cropped format is one that I keep going back to. I like the format's ability to contain a composition in a box with no room for waste - it's much easier to connect elements and tie them to all corners of the frame.

Taken on Sunday morning in a fiersome westerley.

Tags: General Water Waves Yorkshire Sea Groynes Spurn head Landscape and travel

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Hoffy 16 262 16 England
31 Jan 2007 9:03AM
Really great seascape.
31 Jan 2007 9:05AM
just perfect

POOCHIE 14 21 6 United Kingdom
31 Jan 2007 9:07AM
This is a lovely shot and it is a great format, I must snap out of portrait mode for a couple of days pop down the beach and give it a try, did you use grads on this Keith?

CathyT 15 7.3k 18 United Kingdom
31 Jan 2007 9:09AM
Lots of scrummy detail in the large, like the white spray hitting the clouds...well not literally...
DaveU 14 1.4k 126 England
31 Jan 2007 9:09AM
Has an epic feel to it does this one.
sut68 17 2.0k 77 England
31 Jan 2007 9:11AM
Another cracking shot Keith with some great light and mood, but without the spray coming off those breakers, this would just be ordinarily stunning ;-D
sooty 36 16 14 United Kingdom
31 Jan 2007 9:15AM
Nicely composed shot. Great contrast with the dark clouds etc and cracking detail.
chris-p Plus
15 73 England
31 Jan 2007 9:20AM
Always amazed at the clarity and sharpness..and of course the composition
keithh 17 25.7k 33 Wallis And Futuna
31 Jan 2007 9:23AM
thanks you lot - for me it's the rope...and wave tops
JohnHorne 16 1.0k
31 Jan 2007 9:26AM
Was it practical to include the tops of the nearest posts ? If so, why did you choose to exclude them ?

elkiebrooks 17 83 5 United Kingdom
31 Jan 2007 9:28AM
Excellently composed. Great colours and lighting. Love the wave action.
keithh 17 25.7k 33 Wallis And Futuna
31 Jan 2007 9:29AM
Because to include them wouldn't be a wide screen format and as I said, I like the way I can really contain composition
31 Jan 2007 9:30AM
WHAT A CRACKER...this is such a wonderful mood
kerri84 14 South Africa
31 Jan 2007 9:32AM
wow this is just amazing, i LOOOVVVEEE it .
JohnHorne 16 1.0k
31 Jan 2007 9:38AM
OK. I don't know how far from the 2:1 aspect ratio it would have taken you and how much wasted space it would have introduced but, to my eyes, it looks, sort of, incomplete without the tops of the posts. Sorry.

jken 14 1.7k 1 United Kingdom
31 Jan 2007 9:40AM
Really like the light in this, nice saturated tones, the timber looks brilliant, like the horses to.

buchananbchb 16 374 1 England
31 Jan 2007 9:42AM
Fantastic shot Keith, however I find the crop a little too much as the groins touch the frame of the shot, the waves in the top right of the shot are excellent, well done.
keithh 17 25.7k 33 Wallis And Futuna
31 Jan 2007 9:49AM
well the groynes don't just touch the frame of the shot, they go way above it.

I want to direct the eye, to traffic it through the line of the woodwork into the wave tops.

I'm actually surprised that it's an element of the shot that causes any discussion, as I never hesitated in doing it even as I framed the shot up in camera.

thanks for the comments you lot.
Nick-T 15 45 United Kingdom
31 Jan 2007 9:52AM
Wonderful shot, everything about it is great. Wish i had an eye like yours.

Great work CLK
nothsafoto 15 170 United Kingdom
31 Jan 2007 9:56AM
I agree that it ties everything down nicely Keith. Superb use of crop and composition.

Alison_S 15 339 United Kingdom
31 Jan 2007 9:57AM
Wonderful mood and composition. Great timing to catch the spray from the all the detail and reflections in the wet sand. Beautiful image.

Coleslaw 15 13.4k 28 Wales
31 Jan 2007 10:06AM
like it!!!!
martinw 15 251 England
31 Jan 2007 10:18AM
Once again you show the rest of us how to do this...although I'm not sure about the first two uprights leaving the view at the top.
Westers 16 3.9k 1 Burkina Faso
31 Jan 2007 10:29AM
Fleeting visit for me today. Mucho busy.

I think it's just the hard edge to the top of the groins on the left that makes them look strange. Everything else is soft and organic so it kind of sticks out a bit.

However, it doesn't detract from the shot as the eye is nicely marshalled along to the waves, rope, etc.
Buffalo_Tom Plus
14 2.3k 15 Wales
31 Jan 2007 10:43AM
Super tones and exposure Keith.Gem of a shot.
carriebugg 16 65 England
31 Jan 2007 11:02AM
I like the coloured rope in the foreground. And the crop - I agree!
stevenj 17 2.0k England
31 Jan 2007 11:10AM
It just works, Keith.

CliveA 14 5 United Kingdom
31 Jan 2007 12:13PM
It has everything for me. Making the effort to visit Spurn always pays off.
John_Duckett 16 386 2 Norfolk Island
31 Jan 2007 12:23PM
Love the capture of that wave

Dotrob 15 Wales
31 Jan 2007 12:33PM
Great seascape and sky.
franken Plus
18 5.2k 4 United Kingdom
31 Jan 2007 12:49PM
Truly superb! I'm sure that everything else has been said.

keithh 17 25.7k 33 Wallis And Futuna
31 Jan 2007 1:00PM
just back online after a major back-up session.....interesting reactions - I'll be have to include this shot in a future presentation for sure.

cheers guys
pfheyes 16 254 1 United Kingdom
31 Jan 2007 1:07PM
I wish someone would come up with an affordable digital panoramic (I'm too lazy to faff about with stitching software) - this is one of the reasons why. I love the effect of the cropped format on the composition, and the way the groynes lead the eye to the breaking wave. The cropping of the groynes doesn't bother me at all.

pmorgan 14 217 13 England
31 Jan 2007 1:25PM
The composition creates a perfect lead in lets the eye travel through to the soft finish of the wave, superb!

martinl 17 269 2 United Kingdom
31 Jan 2007 1:31PM
Yes, this will do nicely! Funny how cropping the top off the posts for you has worked well. If it was me I'd get slaughtered by the masses!! LOL
sut68 17 2.0k 77 England
31 Jan 2007 1:35PM
Cropped or not it's a pretty classy composition - with the foreground support pretty much on the bottom left third, the disappearing last groynes on the top right third, and the rest drawing the eye in to the shot. Must confess the crop never bothered me initially and still doesn't.

keithh 17 25.7k 33 Wallis And Futuna
31 Jan 2007 2:05PM
flippin 'eck,.,,can't keep up.

If you look, the construction as it is just fits and ties in that whole corner.
The whole shot pivots off that post with the rope.

cheers f'ot comments
JouŠo 16 56 Finland
31 Jan 2007 2:48PM
good shot!

Camairish 15 1.4k Scotland
31 Jan 2007 3:04PM
Love this, love the format,

wamp 14 276 8 England
31 Jan 2007 3:06PM
Nicely captured & like the composition

keithh 17 25.7k 33 Wallis And Futuna
31 Jan 2007 3:35PM
thanks you lot
rossi 17 142 11 England
31 Jan 2007 3:36PM
I wish I had the time and the kit, but most of all the talent to take pictures like this.

Its sublime.

Maddie 15 2.7k 2 United Kingdom
31 Jan 2007 3:54PM
very good Keith, she says lol
Chriscj 15 96 1 England
31 Jan 2007 4:25PM
It was the rope for me, is this one of your props Keith?

keithh 17 25.7k 33 Wallis And Futuna
31 Jan 2007 4:28PM
LOL....nope - although I do have some shots with a prop that might make an appearance.

cheers you lot
31 Jan 2007 4:56PM
Superb and dramatic, love it.
ann_g 16 19 United Kingdom
31 Jan 2007 5:03PM
The wide crop suits this well, excellent image. Ann Smile
GillyB Plus
15 317 8 United Kingdom
31 Jan 2007 5:05PM
Realistic and surreal all at the same it!

GregorP 16 4 Slovenia
31 Jan 2007 5:06PM
Wow...stunning shot! I would like to put this photo on my wall... Smile

rontear Plus
17 23 9 England
31 Jan 2007 5:21PM
A feeling of inclusion to this image. The power of the sky and the sea inviting a response. All the right ingredients Keith. Ron.
kinfatric 16 550 9 Scotland
31 Jan 2007 5:32PM
its a fantastic scene with good vigour.
Kris_Dutson 18 8.2k 1 England
31 Jan 2007 5:33PM
Looks perfectly tied in to me.

Especially the rope.

keithh 17 25.7k 33 Wallis And Futuna
31 Jan 2007 5:35PM
Rope and Vigour....can't beat 'em

cheers guys
deviant 17 3.1k 1 United Kingdom
31 Jan 2007 5:44PM
Note to self: Stop being impressed by everyone's Groynes this month...
ian walker 16 717 United Kingdom
31 Jan 2007 7:27PM
not sure about the crop. perhaps the emphasis on the rope is too subtle.... cause i keep wondering where the top went from the posts.

personal taste i guess.
bumbleb3 15 358 United Kingdom
31 Jan 2007 7:33PM
very good composition.evrything looks just perfect in this shot

keithh 17 25.7k 33 Wallis And Futuna
31 Jan 2007 7:34PM
well the top is where it always was....a bit higher up. I'm not sure we need to see something purely because it is there.
exposure Plus
16 6.0k United Kingdom
31 Jan 2007 9:09PM
Beautiful light and tones detail and a lovely composition.
martin.w Plus
18 603 27 United Kingdom
31 Jan 2007 9:42PM
My favourite format too, but I don't always make it work quite as well as you do. One to make your eyes work, but for me the capture of the spray from the waves really does it for me. Wonderful work!
PatrickSmith 16 1.2k 2 United States
31 Jan 2007 10:28PM
Yes, a non-panoramic format would not work as well. The waves and rope would become too small in the frame. It would lose a lot and gain little if anything.

jeanie Plus
17 6.0k 6 United Kingdom
31 Jan 2007 10:38PM
Where's the shovel then?

: )
ericfaragh 17 149 5 United Kingdom
31 Jan 2007 11:33PM
Beautiful composition, excellent image.
bigufe 16 173
1 Feb 2007 1:44AM
Yep, quite like that
flossie 17 1.6k
9 Feb 2007 11:57PM
Just sneaking through with a few clicks ...couldn't pass this one without comment, just lovely

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