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Lone Beach

By TOTON2017
This is a Dhani Nalla Beach in Andaman.

Tags: Beach huts Landscape and travel

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mrswoolybill Plus
13 2.1k 2227 United Kingdom
29 Jul 2017 3:26PM
Hi Toton, welcome to the Critique Gallery! I see that you have joined us today and this is your first ever upload. I hope you will enjoy the site, it's a good place to share and to learn.

You ticked the Critique wanted box, which means that you forego the chance of votes and awards in the hope of getting more in-depth commenting. I hope that was intentional. (If you do want to enable votes and awards, don't tick that box next time.)

It helps if you tell us how you see the image. Are you satisfied with it? What would you like to change? Feel free to ask questions, someone will have the answer.

The beach scene is inviting, I like the receding lone of tables, waiting for visitors. I would like to photograph this at sunrise o sunset, according to geographical placement, with the sun low in the sky.

We look at two main aspects here, the taking and the processing. I see that you used shutter speed priority, which means that you can be sure of avoiding camera-shake. So a faster shutter speed would have been wise, to be really safe! And you didn't need F20, which is into the territory where quality will start to drop off slightly. At 20mm focal length you will get lots of depth of field, so F8 to F11 would be fine and allow that safer shutter speed.

Even just looking at the thumbnail, the first thing that jumped out for me is that this needs a significant anti-clockwise rotation. Look at the sea horizon - water is the one thing that never slopes. Whenever you photograph the sea, or a lake, it's a good idea to check that the water sits level!

Secondly, the scene was in shadow, which loses detail, but you were looking through to bright sky which tricks the camera's brain into under-exposing. A small plus exposure compensation setting would make a big difference here! I would want to walk round here, to try to find tables catching the light. Light is everything in photography, we need to work with it not against it.

I have prepared a quick modification. I rotated, then I cropped tighter using your aspect ratio, because I think the interest really is on the right side of the frame; then I worked to lift the shadows and enhance textures in the foreground. What you can do will depend on your software but any editing program should allow you to straighten, crop and brighten.

I slightly warmed colour temperature, I suspect that Wille (banehawi) will want to push that further.

I'll upload my version as a modification, to view it click on the blue modifications button below your upload, then on the number.

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dudler Plus
16 1.2k 1664 England
29 Jul 2017 4:29PM
And welcome from me, too, Toton.

I don't have a lot to add to what Moira has said. There are jsut two things, though, that I want to ask.

First, did you want the picture to be, mainly, about the sky? Although I don't see why it should have so much effect, the epxosure seems to be affected by the brightness.

And second, what processing did yo udo on the image? It looks ot me as if you have used soem sort of digital filter, and it has affected the colours and sharpness.

Enjoy Ephotozine!
paulbroad 12 131 1288 United Kingdom
29 Jul 2017 4:39PM
A popular beach? Potentially a good composition but the lighting is not good for the subject and there is little you will do about that. Ideally a bright sunrise or sunset or some weather determined angular light to add more interest and tone to the scene.

mrswoolybill Plus
13 2.1k 2227 United Kingdom
29 Jul 2017 5:04PM
I started wondering what processing had been applied. There's an odd vertical light patch in the headland on either side of the upright post of the nearest table, for example.
dudler Plus
16 1.2k 1664 England
30 Jul 2017 1:05PM
So there are some questions... We can't provide more useful feedback without knowing the answers.

Please tell us about the processing you did, and about how satisfied you are with the result.

The Critique Gallery works best when there is a conversation between you and the people commenting.
banehawi Plus
16 2.2k 4137 Canada
30 Jul 2017 3:24PM
Its all been said above. Ive added a mod also.

Since you chose shutter speed it should have been at least 1/40 for the focal length, but Aperture is the best way to go.

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