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view of the see in Cornwall. early morning

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its a very peaceful shot with nice colours and tones, i just removed the distraction on the left and balanced out the shadows and highlights, i hope you approve Smile

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DRicherby 9 269 725 United Kingdom
28 Sep 2010 10:50PM
This has a beautiful atmosphere to it, with the wonderful shimmering sea and the slightly hazy silhouettes.

I do think there's room for improvement in the composition, though. The easiest thing to fix is the sloping horizon, which is a big no-no in seascapes. A wonky horizon makes the sea appear to be on a slope, which interferes with the tranquil feeling of a photo like this. This leaves the arrangement of the ships. The bow portruding from the left-hand edge ought to go, to make the composition self-contained. That leaves three ships but how to arrange them?

For me, the main subject is the little sailing boat. Rather than placing the subject in the centre of the frame, it usually gives a more interesting composition if it's placed on the 'intersection of thirds'. Imagine lines dividing the image horizontally and vertically into three and try to put the main subject near one of the places where those lines meet. Since the boat's heading to the left, it will look best in the right half of the frame, so it has space to move into. However, the two background ships are also on that side of the frame, so this would give a rather unbalanced image.

I think, then, that the ideal composition would have come from shooting earlier, with the sailing boat in the lower-right quarter of the frame and the other two ships towards the upper left for balance.
paulbroad 10 123 1250 United Kingdom
29 Sep 2010 7:57AM
This is very nice, but you must loose the stern of the ship on the left - easily done as mod. I would have liked to see this even closer if possible, coming in to a rather larger yacht with the two carriers in the background.

DRicherby 9 269 725 United Kingdom
29 Sep 2010 9:49AM
Not trying to get into an argument but I think the amount of sky in the shot is just right. The sky is plain orange and, to me, the dappled sea is more visually interesting. The shot is about the sea and having the horizon well above one-third emphasizes the wide space the boats are moving in.

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