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Life's a Beach

By saranna
How and what can I improve? (There was a mist coming in from the sea) All feedback welcome. Thanks so much guys!

Tags: Dog Pets and captive animals

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Spkr51 5 United States
7 Jun 2018 10:03PM
Excellent !!!!!
User_Removed 6 328 United Kingdom
7 Jun 2018 10:08PM
No idea why the mod went twice, sorry about that Smile

lovely image, horizon straightened.
dudler Plus
17 1.6k 1841 England
7 Jun 2018 10:18PM
In one sense, nothing at all - this shot makes its own rules...

More generally, framing a little wider to allow you to level the horizon: it's normally really important with hte sea in the image. However, the quirky angles of the tail, ears and legs mean that I'm actually really happy with the tilt.

Otherwise, you could have used a slower shutter speed without losing anything, I reckon. But the dog may have been moving faster the rest of the time!
banehawi Plus
16 2.4k 4233 Canada
7 Jun 2018 10:44PM
Very nice timing.

Wider, level and a little more exposure, and a touch of sharpening in the mod.


8 Jun 2018 8:32AM
Thanks for your mod KevandSeri
8 Jun 2018 8:36AM
Thanks Dudler - I will definitely take on board the horizon tip in future. Lucia is a working cocker spaniel and moves exremely fast, however I shot this on AV so the camera chose the shutter speed - it doesn't normally select such a fast one. I have tried shooting some action shots on manual, but at the moment AV does a better job for me! I will keep trying. Thanks so much for your crit.

8 Jun 2018 8:38AM
Thanks Willie, your mod definitely makes Lucia "pop" more! Thanks so much.

pamelajean Plus
15 1.5k 2214 United Kingdom
8 Jun 2018 5:25PM
Nice to see you back in the Critique Gallery, Sally.

Lucia at play on the beach makes a lovely cheerful summery image. Very well taken.

You've had some good advice above.

For me, straightening the horizon looks better when seen in the modifications, though I do appreciate John's point of view about the tilt corresponding with the jauntiness of the dog's play.

Also, it's best to try to leave space in front of your subject, for it to move into, and less behind it. This isn't always easy to compose when shooting a moving subject, but by leaving yourself some room for manoevering, you can crop later to your heart's content.

pablophotographer 9 1.9k 405
8 Jun 2018 7:36PM
Nice image Saranna.

I like how brown/beige/orange and blue colours make their appearance on the dog hair and the sand, and at the sky/sea and on the ball. Their intensity provides some variation to a generally calming colour canvas. The wet dog and the ball introduce the playfulness to break the serenity of the frame. But you have succeeded establishing a good balance.

Obviously I am talking about the tilting horizon. If my memory serves me right, straight horizontal lines shot from an angle will appear to tilt if you keep the camera horizontally. Too perfect looks unreal sometimes. I like the spontaneous nature of the ''mistake'' here.
Which actually explains why the ball is ahead of the dog, it is because the plane is tilting!

15 Jun 2018 10:37PM
Hi Pamela,

Thanks, yes I must work on trying to leave some space in front - and the horizon tip is something that I will definitely take on board. Sorry for my late reply, I have been on holiday.

15 Jun 2018 10:40PM
Thanks so much Pablo. I see what you mean about the tilting horizon. Sorry for my late reply but I was on holiday. I really appreciate your input.


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