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Alone with the Ocean

By liparig
Alone with the Ocean, taken in Neuvo Vallarta in Mexico. My daughter enjoying the ocean during sunset without her knowing I was taking the photo.

I used a fast shutter speed to make it darker, as it was still early and not that dark or colorful. This was a handheld shot.

Tags: Sunset Beach Sand Ocean Mexico Landscape and travel

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GeorgeP 14 62 26 United States
5 Jul 2017 12:13AM
This is an intriguing shot. First the easy mod Ė rotate slightly to level the horizon. After that, things become more difficult. I like the composition but Iím not sure that the pose is simple enough to hold a silhouette. The alternative is to bring more detail back into the figure and darken the sky and surroundings. Iíve tried this in the modification.
liparig 16 233 United States
5 Jul 2017 12:19AM
Thank you, thank you for the suggestions. If I level horizon the girl seems tilted or off somehow? I like the extra detail but I prefer the silhouette gives it more mystery for me. Should I try to make the silhouette darker? Thank you for checking out my photo.
dudler Plus
17 1.6k 1858 England
5 Jul 2017 5:56AM
The horizon always grabs attention if it isn't right...I agree that the girl looks slightly tilted, but I think that's because of the skirt she's wearing (it sticks out to the right, making her look unbalanced, combined with the fact that all her weight is on her right leg (that is, the leg to the right of the picture - I'm not sure which it is in reality, but that doesn't matter..)

It may also be converging verticals, because you tilted the camera down, as you are taller than she is. I'll try a correction with the Skew tool.
Robert51 12 7 122 United Kingdom
5 Jul 2017 8:06AM
I really like the shot but just feel the better shot would have been better as a landscape with your image being a 1/3 of the picture on the right hand side. These images are all about the the beach and the sunset as the detail of the girl is not seen.
Nice workGrinGrin
pablophotographer 9 1.9k 407
5 Jul 2017 10:15AM
Awww dear.
Hello, anybody home?
Let's put things in perspective.
This is not a staged shot. It's a grab shot. Things can go wrong.
Accept this, forego the technicalities for a second and look, this is a pic you can show your wife and say "see how pretty our daughter is?" It's a fleeting moment of everlasting amazement. God knows what she has in her mind, and I bet is not the tilted horizon. I like the warm colours and the silhouetted figure. Now if you want an alternative frame crop out the sun from the frame you keep its reflection on the sea. And reflect on your creation, not the picture I mean.
banehawi Plus
17 2.5k 4246 Canada
5 Jul 2017 3:52PM
The horizon is the irrefutable reference.

The girl is not standing vertically, shes leaning and also tilted towards the camera, she isnt a reliable reference.

Better if a full silhouette, and to do that you underexpose. Better still if shes on the right side of the frame.

Mod loaded has this done. I dont think she looks at all odd with the level horizon, - how does it look to you?

dark_lord Plus
17 2.8k 774 England
5 Jul 2017 8:12PM
Horizons need to be level. Or tilted quite a lot but that wouldn't suit this calm image.

It also looks better if the person has some 'room to move into'. Sometimes a composition can work with a person about to exit the frame, but again with a calm shot like this it doesn't work and increases the tension which is at odds with the situation.

Shooting at a fast shutter speed per se won't make things darker as the camera will compensate with a wider aperture, unless you were at the limits of the lens aperture which you weren't. Using negative exposure compensation though, would. Or you could darken in post processing.

I like the pastel tones, some evenings at the beach are more like that. However, George's mod is attractive too, it depends on the mood you want to convey and how you interpret the scene in front of you.
liparig 16 233 United States
5 Jul 2017 8:30PM
Thank you for all the suggestions and help, I am going to check this image again and see if I can crop it differently
pablophotographer 9 1.9k 407
7 Jul 2017 9:23AM
I have nothing against the sun, honestly. Everything we see and enjoy and photograph lives due its spell.
But here, I think the sun isn't the reason you took this pic. So I focused on the reason.
Tweaked exposure and lowered contrast but gave more warmth to stress the sunset.
The horizon remained unbalanced, does she care? No. Do you care? Maybe.
But what's important? You are a proud dad,
dudler Plus
17 1.6k 1858 England
11 Jul 2017 11:35AM
Pablo makes a really important point above - a perfect picture is great, but a wonderful family shot need not be so. It is just about hte people, the place, and the moment.

So - don't forget to print it. Soon. Several copies, for many adoring relatives!

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