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Jun 11, 2009 14:34 |  #1

cant decide how i feel about this shoot... what do you think?


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Jun 11, 2009 14:37 |  #2

Too symetrical IMO...

Either a lot more sky and skinny sand or a lot more sand and skinny sky would be more dramatic.

Also, a more aggressive B&W conversion would give it more pop. As it is, there are many very similar tones.

The location looks wonderfully desolate however! ;)


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Jun 11, 2009 14:39 |  #3

Its too plain to me but overall a good shot


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Jun 11, 2009 16:32 |  #4

I bet those colours would be stunning with a bit of Photoshop. Try this PP - http://p0rg.deviantart​.com …y-Color-Tutorial-82618237 (external link)

And a subject, like a beautiful girl, would increase the interest in the photo. ;)


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Jun 11, 2009 16:47 |  #5

to bland imo.
i think it would look better in color.. especially if you have a really vibrant sky. ..?




  
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Jun 11, 2009 17:38 |  #6

Well, shoot, let me take a contrary view here -

even before reading the other comments, I thought, "WOW! I like this."

I like the symmetry, that the top and bottom are somewhat mirror images of each other - moving from the outside in, a darker region, a lighter region, a band, and then meeting in a black line. This symmetry and balance allows the black line to successfully be in the center of the frame - (I can just hear people screaming "Rule of Thirds! Rule of Thirds!").

As far as the complaint that their is not enough going on, I most strongly disagree. This shot - being very nearly an abstract - is about regions, spaces and textures. And the textures is "what's going on". On the ground, the stones, near and far, as well as the way the sand plays with the vegetation is plenty of interest, and in the sky the wispy clouds perfectly compliment what's happening on the ground.

Technically, you nailed it. Exposure is perfect, low key processing is perfect for the scene. (Not all photographs need "punch" - it takes either talent or education or both to know what a scene needs, and I don't know about your education, but the talent is evident.) Control of your depth of field is perfect giving the viewer a crystal clear look at the foreground, midground and background.

All in all, this is very well done. Printed well, I could see this winning, or at the very least ribboning, in competition. I wish it was mine.

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Jun 11, 2009 17:49 |  #7

nice B&W but I am not feeling it.....


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Jun 11, 2009 18:44 |  #8

In this one there is no real reason to break the rule of thirds. There's also no real subject or somewhere to rest your eyes. Another problem is a lack of tonal quality. I would have found something that added a dark tonal quality and texture to the shot and then worked with some highlights and and colors to get the tonality right.


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Jun 11, 2009 19:42 |  #9

It's ehhhhh. Iono. Maybe more contrast would help, but it think when you show such a desolate beach, it would be a great to have at least one object to focus on (like a human shadow or an interesting plant)


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Jun 12, 2009 01:06 |  #10

i think either go more abstract or get more detail and contrast, this shot feels uninterpreted, without opinion....raw, but if thats what your going after...


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Jun 12, 2009 01:29 |  #11

the bisecting horizon turns me off, but I think it's a photo--and certainly an area--worth exploring.



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Jun 12, 2009 01:38 |  #12

I agree with Radtech, I really like it. This is frame-able without being obnoxious or "challenging." you can enjoy it for its simplicity. Reminds me of fine art photography that is being featured in my area. good work!


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