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By rmd
Shot in Paphos.The boy is actually a statue holding a fish. I think it works quite well as a silhouette. The exposure compensation applied was an error.

Tags: Seascape Silhouette Black and white

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capto Plus
8 6.5k 23 United Kingdom
30 Sep 2019 11:38AM
I like the angler and statue in silhouette against the bright sea. The sky to me seems not to match the scene, so I have done a mod for this.
dark_lord Plus
16 2.7k 735 England
30 Sep 2019 2:19PM
Yes, a sihouette works well.
I'm glad to see yourecognised that exposure compensation wasn't required, Shooting into bright light will have given the silhouette in any case. It would be good to see the original as I suspect that compensation setting resulted in blown highlights which would look overcooked in colour butdon't cause the same issue in mono.

I like Ivor's lightening of the sky, as I guess that too was over bright, and the result here of a muddy grey with unrealistic tones in the clouds, given the harshness of the light makes me think some heavy processing is at play.
Certainly in the mod there's a more natural look to the clouds in terms of contrast. That's another reason we'd like top see the orioginal in the Critique Gallery (you can upload it as a mod) so we can see what you had to work with and offer siuggestions. A graduated approach would better.

The statue and figure are very central and would look better positioned towards the lleft to give them room to look out to sea, and avoid empty space.

It is nice to see their reflection in the area of wet concrete.

chase Plus
15 2.0k 516 England
30 Sep 2019 4:04PM
I like the silhouette, a shame you clipped the very tip of the rod/line.
Ivors' mod does give the sky a more realistic effect against the shimmering sea.
As suggested it would be nice to see the original just so that we can see what you saw.
The reflections are a nice inclusion.
pamelajean Plus
14 1.5k 2189 United Kingdom
30 Sep 2019 7:51PM
That's so clever, Ronald, having the boy included in the silhouette. It looks as if the boy is real. It's a pity the bike is obscuring the fish's tail (I assume this is the case) because it would have looked great seeing the boy more obviously holding an enormous fish, with the fisherman alongside him. Maybe if the fisherman hadn't used the statue to rest his bike on, it would have been better. Still, you couldn't have gone over and moved the bike, unless of course you knew the fisherman wellSad.
The reflection in the wet ground is also good.

Editing software enables us to alter reality, but I haven't attempted to remove the bike and show the fish's tail.
What I have done is crop the image to have less "dead" space on the left, placing your characters in the centre of the frame. I lowered the cloud and cropped top and bottom so that we have two lines on the horizontal, shoreline and horizon, which almost sit upon thirds lines (see Rule Of Thirds).
I also removed an unfortunately placed black line lying behind the fishermanBlush (obviously just a wave).

Nicely done, despite the exposure compensation mistake.

paulbroad 13 131 1290 United Kingdom
2 Oct 2019 6:29PM
My kind of image. I would have reduced exposure a further stop or even two to reduce flare on the water. What is already black cannot go blacker. The thing is, with digital, simply shoot several images varying exposure.

If I come across something think is good, I may shoot half a dozen or more versions. It's free. I prefer this to your wider version as this has significantly more impact.


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