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Down to the Sea Again

By PRG
Off to the coast. Bright blue sky, deep blue sea and mountains. A challenge? Lots to play with but....

Tags: Sky Mountains Sea Landscape and travel

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banehawi Plus
15 2.2k 4070 Canada
11 Mar 2019 6:40PM
Can you add the EXIF/shot data from the camera?

Thanks


W

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PRG 1 United Kingdom
11 Mar 2019 6:51PM
Sorry 'W' I clicked the EXIF button but no details attached. Ill go back and see where I went wrong. PRG
dudler Plus
16 996 1554 England
11 Mar 2019 9:47PM
Did you 'Save for web' rather than 'Save as'?

This looks rather underexposed, so I'm quite expecting that the EXIF may show up unwanted exposure compensation, spot metering, or Manual exposure...

Sharpness is adequate rather than wonderful - I'd focus on the rocks, and let the middle distance and horizon go softer.

Willie's mod is a bit lighter than I'd have gone for, but shows the way to go: like Willie, I want to wait for the full EXIF, and possibly a version of the picture that's unedited.

I will say that I rather like the opposing triangles of rocks and cliff

John

Smile
11 Mar 2019 11:26PM
Compositionally, the mountain and the rocks are acting like a frame that encloses the central part of the image, leading me to expect a subject there... but apart from what seems to be a tiny buoy, there's nothing but featureless sky and empty horizon. There's actually nothing to look at. Certainly the mountainside looks interesting, but it only occupies a small proportion of the frame, the eye isn't drawn to it, and it seems almost incidental.

I'm sure that you were moved by the scene... the peace, the clear air, an onshore wind carrying the salty tang of the sea, perhaps the sound of gulls wheeling somewhere overhead, and the waves lapping the rocks, the warmth of the sun on your back, a moment in time stretching out... all your senses being stimulated by what was in front of you and all around you. But translating all of that, a four dimensional reality involving all your senses, into a two dimensional picture involving only one of the five senses... that's the trick, and it's not always an easy one to pull off.
I wish I could be more positive about your image, but I'm afraid that for me it just isn't working. I think you should have given far more space to the mountainside.

Alan
mrswoolybill Plus
13 1.7k 2119 United Kingdom
12 Mar 2019 8:32AM

Quote:Compositionally, the mountain and the rocks are acting like a frame that encloses the central part of the image, leading me to expect a subject there... but apart from what seems to be a tiny buoy, there's nothing but featureless sky and empty horizon. There's actually nothing to look at.

Agree 100%. This is a classic instance of the difference between being there - feeling the breeze on your face, seeing light dance on the water - and conveying that in a still, 2-D image on a small screen. For an image, as opposed to the experience, to work there needs to be a structure. Emptiness at the heart of a frame is very difficult to make work.

I shall be interested to see the Exif. I suspect that wide angle has pushed that little buoy back into the far distance, a longer focal length would have brought it forward.
Moira
paulbroad 12 131 1288 United Kingdom
12 Mar 2019 8:45AM
There's nothing really there to hold any third party viewers attention. You need a subject in such shots to add some interest as the sea, foreground and background are all rather featureless. A figure on the rocks looking out to sea might help.

Paul
PRG 1 United Kingdom
12 Mar 2019 10:17AM
Thanks all. The learning continues, hopefully. PRG
dark_lord Plus
15 2.4k 609 England
12 Mar 2019 3:59PM
This is underexposed - sorted in post processing but should be corrected at the time by adjusting settings and reshooting. Unfirtunately we can't advise on how to change settings or what to do differently without the exif as there ae numerous variables we need to know about.

As Paul says, no point of interest and his suggestion was what first came to mind whem i viewed this image.

One to bring back memories for you.

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