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banehawi Plus
13 1.8k 3881 Canada
31 Jan 2011 10:44PM
A nice scene Sharad, and it is peaceful.

If I read you shot settings correctly, you used an aperture of f/4, which for a landscape shot is much too wide. Although the shot still appears quite nice, as you look a if large, as I did whn I was doing a mod, the nearest objects are decently sharp whereas the distant objects are not. Typically you would use a minimum of f/11 for this shot. If you didnt use a tripod, you may have had to increase ISO to perhaps 400 to still be able to use 1/50th.

Landscapes look better with the horizon on a third and its a little off. Theres good foreground detail, and a nice sky with good colour, so your timing was good.

I would suggest not to use a heavy black frame as it can be a little too restrictive, and in the mod I have suggested a simple alternative.

the mod has the horizon on a third; a curves adjustment that had brightened and added a little contrast; and some sharpening.

I hope you find this both constructive and helpful,

To see the mod with the new site layout, scroll to the top of this screen, clip the modifications tab, the click on any mods that are there.

Best Regards


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Tooth 13 5.8k 227 Ireland
1 Feb 2011 1:33AM
I think this is ab beautiful subtle seascape. I take some of Frank's points but not ne cessarily others. I agree re the use of F4, landscapes and seascapes tend conventionally to be shot at F11 and upwards to retain depth of field through the scene (though there are no "rules" about it.

Talking of which, I'm not too bothered about the "Rule" of thirds here, the sky and sea are in good proportion vertically IMO. The rocks make a good lead-in to the subtle last rays of the sun which while almost gone still serve as a very pleasing final place for the eye to rest. It works well in this case with the sun in the centre of the horizontal plane.

Finally I really like that you used the speed you did to capture movement in the waves...there seems to be an obsession these days with long exposures to turn water "silky milky". Your ISO was 100, so you had plenty of latitude to keep this relatively fast shutter speed, and narrow the aperture by increasing the ISO to 400 or above.

Bar rthe depth of field thing, all in all a lovely shot IMO


Sharad 9 United Kingdom
1 Feb 2011 10:31PM
Hi Willie, Stephen and Focus man,

Thank you very much for your comments. I REALLY appreciated them. I don't seem to remember taking a landscape at Apr 4 before this. I have always used Apr 8 and upwards. I rushed on the beach and saw the colours in the sky and quickly set up the tripod .adjusted the ISO to 100, changed the lens to manual mode, checked the metering mode focussed on 1/3rd to get depth of field and forgot to check the aperture.This was my first photo of the day. I suppose we all do this once in a while. I took few more shots after that and I am submitting one today for appraisal from which you will notice that the apr is over 8. I am sorry to have wasted your time on that issue. Until Willie pointed it out I was not aware that I had taken that pic at apr4. Next time I know what to check !!. I quite agree with Focus Man about the composition and tried to move along the coast and could not find a spot where the stone could be at an angle as the tide was coming in.. I also agree with Stephen and not always like making water look milky although I have done it on few occasions .Thank you again for your informative comments.

By the way Willie, if you are Will Chung then you probably remember me when I came with you to Black Country museum. My name is Sharadkumar and I normally use Kumar as my name. Are we going to have any more field trips. Enjoyed that v much. Best wishes, Kumar

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