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Shock Absorber

By WeeGeordieLass    
I'd be grateful for any comments on how I may improve on this shot.

I went for a walk along the canal with my camera but the barges weren't very photogenic so I thought it would be a good idea to zoom in on a small area of the boat.

I wanted to show the detail of the ropework, rust and fading paintwork, but I'm wondering if I should have left a bit more space around the front and top of the boat.

Any ideas, suggestions would be gratefully received guys.



Tags: General Transport

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Jasper87 Plus
8 2.0k 150 England
20 Mar 2012 7:30PM
Bright, saturated colour, lovely lines and shapes. As you've focussed in on a part of the boat, leaving room in front is not essential. I'll leave the critique to the experts but I think this is very good as it stands (or floats Grin).


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rambler Plus
9 969 17 England
20 Mar 2012 7:32PM
Canal boats are bright, colourful and b...hard to get a good shot of. Sad

I think you have done a good job with this one, but my thinking is that they are an object of the past and may be better shown in mono.

20 Mar 2012 8:00PM
Hi Dave,

Thanks for your time and your comments and the tip about space around the boat.........I wasn't sure about that aspect when I saw the image uploded on here.

Much appreciated.

20 Mar 2012 8:02PM
Hi Ken,

Yes, I never thought of this as a mono shot, but I'm going to give it a try. Thanks for the idea.


pamelajean Plus
12 1.1k 2023 United Kingdom
21 Mar 2012 12:02AM
I love boats, especially barges (or narrowboats), Elaine, and like the detailed closeup, the bright colours, shadows and ripply water. The signs of disrepair have come across beautifully, but I'm surprised, most owners are very proud of their watercraft. Everything is nicely in focus, and I think the image looks fine as it is. In fact, I would go as far as to say this is my favourite in your portfolio.
21 Mar 2012 7:41PM
Namaste Pamela,

Thanks for your kind comments. I hoped this shot would be liked by others. I like it, but I'm not very confident that I can identify my better shots from the "cringe-worthy" ones at the moment.

P.S. I've started my yoga home practice today after 6 weeks of recovering from my op. Did a few "cat" and "down dog with bent knees", ujayii breathing and a little stretching - only did 15 minutes but felt better for it.....................and so my yoga journey starts again!!

Om Shanti

21 Mar 2012 7:52PM
Hi Frank,

I'm glad the space around the bow is ok - I wasn't too sure about this.

I feel a little more confident now when I'm composing my shots and I'm thinking more clearly about the settings I should use.

When I'm choosing aperture settings now I always think of the advice you've given me here regarding the full aperture being the worst performing part of the lens and always try to avoid this now.

So Thank You Frank for the great advice - it has sunk in!!

Thanks for your time, comments and help.


pamelajean Plus
12 1.1k 2023 United Kingdom
23 Mar 2012 6:07PM
Namaste, Elaine.
So glad to hear you are getting back into yoga after your op.
The cat and dog are proving a bit problematic for me because there is arthritis in my wrists, but I persevere.
The poor wrists have to contend with the weight of my body, but that is going down slowly.

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