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Ice beach

By Peter_West
Taken in Iceland at Ice Beach, should I crop to lose the sky

Tags: Landscape and travel Ice Beach

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capto Plus
9 6.6k 25 United Kingdom
19 Mar 2019 10:57PM
A great subject..........I have tried a couple of variations, sky or no sky? A few tweaks in PS.
ivor
mrswoolybill Plus
14 2.8k 2404 United Kingdom
20 Mar 2019 8:08AM
Hello again, welcome back to the Critique Gallery.

It's an interesting question. The sky adds a fair amount in terms of context - it gives a sense of scale, to start with.

The background is fascinating once one looks carefully, there's the contrast of the power and movement of water with the solid ice. Irresistible force meets immovable object.

Technically it is sound, though I would prefer not to go as far as F20. The detail is beautiful. But there is something unsatisfactory, and I am trying to pin it down.

The problems for me are in the taking I think. First of all, central placement effectively blocks the viewer's access to the rest of the frame, it says 'Keep out'. It doesn't invite us to explore.

Then there's the relatively high viewpoint (I would like to try getting down lower), the use of wide angle pushing the background backwards, and landscape format. The format draws the eye from side to side, whereas the real interest is in looking through the image, towards the horizon. I am going to try a totally different crop, but I'm not sure that it will work. I wonder if you tried any other compositions?

Ivor (capto) has added a couple of interesting variations and I think his second modification (M3) works best for me. He hasn't given details, but I think that what he has done replicates something that I would want to try in taking this - move back, use a considerably longer focal length, to bring the background forwards and make it more significant.
Moira
20 Mar 2019 8:14AM
I'd leave the sky in... it's mostly about the ice of course, but I think the inclusion of the sky does add to the image, rather than being a distraction. It's not just the colour... it works much the same in b&w because of the bands of different tones.
I'd maybe just crop a bit off the left side... having the ice lump central does, in this instance, look better to my eye.

Alan

EDIT: I do like Moira's crop.
mrswoolybill Plus
14 2.8k 2404 United Kingdom
20 Mar 2019 8:16AM
Alan has been typing while I was modifying and editing my comment. I think this is an upload that will invite a lot of comment.
capto Plus
9 6.6k 25 United Kingdom
20 Mar 2019 9:01AM
Ivor (capto) has added a couple of interesting variations and I think his second modification (M3) works best for me. He hasn't given details, but I think that what he has done replicates something that I would want to try in taking this - move back, use a considerably longer focal length, to bring the background forwards and make it more significant.
Moira

I had selected the sky and waves and stretched it into an enlarged canvas size to get the result.
ivor
Peter_West 9 259 United Kingdom
20 Mar 2019 9:52AM
Hi everyone, many thanks for all your comments, I like all the mods actually they all have there different perspectives, it was just one of the 100s images I have from Iceland from February it just seem to appeal to me, but its always good to get other peoples take on a image. Thanks Peter
banehawi Plus
16 2.4k 4233 Canada
20 Mar 2019 11:59AM
For me, no sky. Also, it missing two elements I expect to see in a shot like this, right or wrong - deep blue, and a very brittle ice.
Part of how it appears for me is that youve adjusted white balance to suit the sky rather than the ice, which alters the mood.


The mod tries to address all of this


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paulbroad 13 131 1293 United Kingdom
21 Mar 2019 9:17AM
I am totally with Willie. The long exposure does it no favours and it would be very different if the ice were pin sharp and even a touch of back lighting. As is, I fear it is, subjectively, not going to hold my attention for long.

Paul
dudler Plus
17 1.6k 1841 England
21 Mar 2019 11:14AM
To answer the question - it depends what shot you want!

Both with and without the sky work, but they're very different images. Your picture, your choice. The sky-free version is about shapes, and might well work in monochrome. The broader view probably needs colour.

As for the sharpness - it the softness of hte ice the result of a tripod sinking into the beach, or subject movement? We don't know, but you may well have the answer. Either way, a faster shutter speed and no 'white water' effect might make a better image.

A very central composition can work, if you want to make the subject seem majestic - as Moira says, it doesn't quite do it here. Maybe a square crop would make that work... But in this frame, as presented, you don't have neough height for that - you'd need to be able to crop somewhat outside the ice itself, including a fair amount of the turbulence in the water around it.

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