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Abstract beach shot - long exposure

 
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Jan 01, 2012 12:50 |  #1

Hi all,

My photography is gradually moving to a more abstract feel at the moment. Here is a long exposure taken on a wintery beach in Southern England. I was aiming to capture the bleak, rather empty nature of the beach. By chance really the approaching wave slid around the rock but the foam didn't join on the other side before it retreated. Because it didn't join it looks a little like a shadow cast by a light source but it isn't - however I did want to kind of use that as a bit of a main focus point. I have also only sharpened the stone to a heavy extent to provide a point of detail and possibly to bring people in closer to study it.
I have enhanced and slightly colourized (with white balance) the background foam as it slides over the sand.

Anyway, let me know what you think - I am primarily creating work such as this to be printed medium size (A2/A3 size).
My first post in this forum as I think its time I started to get some feedback as to what is potentially interesting or a dead-end:D

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Jan 01, 2012 17:01 |  #2

Some sky might have helped and slower SS.


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Jan 02, 2012 03:05 |  #3

rusty.jg wrote in post #13629599 (external link)
Because it didn't join it looks a little like a shadow cast by a light source but it isn't - however I did want to kind of use that as a bit of a main focus point.


It did look like a shadow until I read your explanation.

Anyway, if you want to the viewer to focus there, what do you think about cropping it vertically, removing some of the non-"shadow"-containing empty beach?

Another way to make the "shadow" stand out more is to desaturate the rest of the photo so the green and blue hues are gone.
(However, I actually like the blue in the foreground. Maybe just the green from the background?)


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Jan 02, 2012 09:14 as a reply to  @ RetroBlader's post |  #4

Like the idea of cropping to a portrait to align the frame with the direction of the shadow - I'll give that a go. As for the colours, I did actually choose the yellow/green primarily because there was blue in the foreground and I wanted a complimenting colour to go with it. I am trying to create and mix pastel colours into my work but I think in this case it probably was not necessary and an example of doing something for the sake of it. I had already desaturated the entire photo almost as it was a heavy blue throughout.

As for displaying some sky I did think about it. Only thing is, the sky was pretty much overcast and completely grey so no real value-add there. The only thing it would have done was introduce a horizon line. I decided not to do that as I don't think a horizon would add anything to my intent for the image. I wanted all focus on the stone and then a bit of a discovery of the patterns created by the foam. Having a horizon would pull the center of gravity (if you like) away from the focus point and edge it towards a classic landscape image which I didn't want.

I must admit I didn't investigate varying speeds. I will try several more attempts next time each with varying lengths. Unfortunately I had no filters with me so I was somewhat limited to the shutter I could have. The image above was at 4 seconds which is all I could manage with just the lens. Thanks for the comments guys.


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Jan 02, 2012 09:46 |  #5

whats the focal point of the pic?




  
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Jan 02, 2012 12:44 |  #6

rusty.jg wrote in post #13633436 (external link)
As for displaying some sky I did think about it. Only thing is, the sky was pretty much overcast and completely grey so no real value-add there. The only thing it would have done was introduce a horizon line. I decided not to do that as I don't think a horizon would add anything to my intent for the image. I wanted all focus on the stone and then a bit of a discovery of the patterns created by the foam. Having a horizon would pull the center of gravity (if you like) away from the focus point and edge it towards a classic landscape image which I didn't want.


Don't include a horizon, because then viewers will instantaneously be prompted that this is meant to be a landscape shot, and I'm sorry, but this will make a very boring landscape shot.

As you said in opening, this photo has more strength as an abstract display of shapes, curves and lines. Having a horizon will definitely make it less abstract (and less strong as an image).....

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