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Nov 23, 2011 17:36 |  #1

Spotting this scene from my car window at lunchtime today, I screeched to a halt, leapt out and eventually fired off a few shots after running around like a maniac for several minutes, trying to get a decent composition (and position). The harbour itself had a load of small boats, all merging together, (cluttered) the breakwater wall covered in lobster pots, fishing nets and hangers for the catches and other sea things, shadows everywhere, so I decided it was too 'busy'. I wanted to capture the changing weather on the sea... bright sunlight coming from the south through clear, blue skies lighting up the lighthouse, a storm heading in from the north, and the resultant rainbow in the middle, which was quite stunning with patchy light coming through the clouds. The wind was 'getting up' and the sea was 'kicking off'.

So, that's the scene and the objective, but I honestly don't know if I achieved the desired results? All cc much appreciated... as always. :)

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Nov 23, 2011 17:54 |  #2

Looks pretty cool. Always nice to get a rainbow in a landscape scene.

Here's a crop edit I did for fun. Removed the concrete block.
Not to take away from your image, but encase you wanted to know what it would have looked like without that concrete thing :)
I could have done a little better on the edit, but it was just a quicky


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Nov 23, 2011 17:57 |  #3

Interesting crop Jack... I tried exactly the same and couldn't make up my mind if it was better with or without the other side of the harbour opening. Still not sure, but I like the edit. :) Cheers mate!


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Nov 23, 2011 18:44 as a reply to  @ JimMcrae's post |  #4

Very nice Jim. Really like #2.


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Nov 23, 2011 19:06 as a reply to  @ CalmAsToast's post |  #5

I like SJ's crop better than the original. I think simpler is better.




  
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Nov 23, 2011 19:39 |  #6

yep, no 2 for me as well, and Jack crop is also nice - less clattered. I have to push myself more to stop and capture if I see something worth it. Most of time I just find excuse that there is nowhere to park or I am running out of time :/




  
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Nov 23, 2011 19:57 |  #7

Nice, Jim! Looks like you're gonna need some dive gear for THAT pot o gold ;)


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Nov 24, 2011 04:13 |  #8

CalmAsToast wrote in post #13442897 (external link)
Very nice Jim. Really like #2.

Thank you :)

Hoosier Writer wrote in post #13442989 (external link)
I like SJ's crop better than the original. I think simpler is better.

As I said, I did a similar crop and although I liked it, it looked more like a pier/breakwater wall as opposed to a harbour. I wanted to show it was a harbour because of the sea state inside the (sheltered) harbour. Normally when the sea is rough outside this harbour, the water inside is still dead flat, calm, because it's so sheltered... but this indicates (to any seafarer) that the open sea is particularly rough... if that makes sense? :) So in short, yup, you (and Jack) may be right and my personal prejudices (being a diver) have probably influenced my decision. Why do I analyse photos so much? :) Thanks for the comment.

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yep, no 2 for me as well, and Jack crop is also nice - less clattered. I have to push myself more to stop and capture if I see something worth it. Most of time I just find excuse that there is nowhere to park or I am running out of time :/

Hmmm... the general consensus seems to be going for #2 but I preferred #1. I am NOT going to analyse this! :) Ironically, I was parked illegally and late back to work with stopping for this shot! :) Appreciate the comments, thanks.

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Nice, Jim! Looks like you're gonna need some dive gear for THAT pot o gold ;)

Ha! Lesson to be learned: keep my dive gear in the car at all times - along with my camera gear, binoculars, waterproofs, snow shovel... and all the other crap I carry around... I'm gonna' need a bigger car! :) Good to hear from you mate, thanks.


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Nov 24, 2011 10:57 |  #9

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Ha! Lesson to be learned: keep my dive gear in the car at all times - along with my camera gear, binoculars, waterproofs, snow shovel... and all the other crap I carry around... I'm gonna' need a bigger car! :) Good to hear from you mate, thanks.

Isn't that what a Caravan is for? :D


A note on the crops; I think the one that shows both sides of the harbor wall Is the stronger of the two...it anchors both sides of the frame better, IMO.


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Nov 24, 2011 12:35 |  #10

Snydremark wrote in post #13445569 (external link)
Isn't that what a Caravan is for? :D


A note on the crops; I think the one that shows both sides of the harbor wall Is the stronger of the two...it anchors both sides of the frame better, IMO.

Now thaere's an idea... maybe even a truck? :)

Glad to hear you like that one... I can't make my mind up but I'm biased. :)

Cheers mate.


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