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Sail Away to Another Place

By malc_c
This is an image I prepared for a digital comp a few weeks ago but decided to discard. But when I tagged it on the end images for a DPAGB assessment day it received a massive thumbs up. Just shows what I know.

I do enjoy the restricted colour palette and the way the figure and container ship are linked by their rusty colours, yet contrasted by movement vs stillness.

BTW, the redness in the breaking waves is due to the sunrise behind me, not pollution. I think.

Tags: Mersey Crosby Another place Landscape and travel

Voters: raygregson, saeidNL, youmightlikethis and 7 more

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saeidNL 6 3 Netherlands
15 Mar 2010 6:01PM
beautiful image,well taken.
xwang 7 55 8
16 Mar 2010 9:38AM
Nice image,especially like the waves, brought the image into life.I do see it as "Movement vs stillness",apart from the ships, I feel taht the waves play a role on movement as well.You have already said what I like, so well done!
16 Mar 2010 11:31AM
All the elements are there to produce a very thought provoking image, Malcolm, what would primitive man make of our modern world? Would suggest that it may have been enhanced here with an EPZ black background. Hope you were successful with your assessment.
BarryC123 8 43 25 Ireland
16 Mar 2010 1:08PM
It's probably me, but I think this would have been a so much stronger image without the windmills - The simplicity of the man and ship alone makes this work.
malc_c 10 2 167 England
17 Mar 2010 10:38AM
Thank you all for your clicks and comments.

Xiao-li- I agree that the movement in the waves (and wind turbine blades) is important in adding a dynamic to the picture. I deliberately chose an ISO-200 and F22 to keep the exposure long at 1/8 sec (I can't remember if I used an ND as well, but probably not). Because of the long exposure the boat also moved within the frame, so to keep it sufficiently sharp I used a re-focusing tool (Focus Magic) to recover the details (which doesn't show in a tiny EPZ image).

Sandra- the assessment went well, the two judges (including our own Paul Keene) chose 16 of my images that they would have both scored as 4 (on the day six judges score each of 15 images between 2 and 5 and you have to get 300 points, or an average of 20 points per image) so that sounds very positive. As there's now a years waiting list for adjudications though, I should have some more images by then too. The problem is that the standard is really quite high now and they're rejecting far more applicants than they're accepting. As a guide, for DPAGB they expect you to be having significant success in having images accepted into international salons such as Southampton that we had at the club on Monday, and in which I had two out of four images accepted.

Barry- As you probably know I frequently advocate keeping narrative images simple to ensure the message is clear, but here, for me, the turbines are part of the message. I have tried removing them, in fact I'll post it for you, but I find it a little barren by comparison. Of course that's a personal choice but in the assessment both judges say they would have given it 5 points, which given I had rejected it for a club comp myself obviously comes as a shock.

28 Dec 2010 5:23AM
Futuristic image - a twist on Columbus landing in America
28 Dec 2010 4:22PM
artistic original great works

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