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    Caitlin Compton
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    I took this picture recently at the Glenelg Jetty in Adelaide. It really wasn’t the ideal photography scenario – partly due to the fact that the beach was crowded with tourists and peple swimming right in front of the sunset. But, also because we got there when the sun had already begun setting and I left my tripod in the car. . . lol πŸ˜‚ Despite all that, I managed to get this shot. Any thoughts, critique or tips would be appreciated! πŸ™‚

    Canon EOS
    Aperture f/7.1
    Shutter Speed 1/80 sec
    ISO 100
    Focal Length 30mm

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    #46137
    Lydia Bennett
    Participant

    @creative-click-photography

    That looks like a nice, peaceful sunset there, Caitlin! You certainly did a great job at hiding the fact that the beach was crowded with tourists! πŸ™‚

    My main thought compositionally is that the walkway on the pier essentially merges with the horizon, so it may have been nice to position yourself so that was a little higher. This also could’ve potentially helped put a subject in the upper half of the photo, rather than basically having an empty top half and full bottom half, although I’m not sure that I mind how simple/empty the photo is.

    I do think the simplicity is one of the facets that makes me think this photo portrays a mood (of peaceful calm) more so than a scene (of a sunset at a beach), which is good since the sunset isn’t naturally all that spectacular anyways. πŸ™‚ I also really like the progression from bottom to top of tones: warm (sand), cool (water), warm (sunset), cool (sky beyond).

    Nice job!

    #46163
    James Staddon
    Keymaster

    Ah, I’ve left my tripod behind like that before! πŸ™‚

    I really like the one shot that you cleaned up a bit. Those little details make a difference. I may have tried walking up closer to the water? Sometimes the waves coming in create interesting shapes and textures that could fill the foreground, even at hand-holdable shutter speeds. This could potentially help fill the frame with something more interesting than the sky. Also, maybe saturating the blue hues in the upper part of the sky in your current composition could help make it feel more interesting for if text was ever added to that blank area. Taking pictures at the beach is a rare opportunity usually, so glad you were able to make something of it!

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    #46191
    Jamie Parfitt
    Participant

    I like the first one better because it is brighter. Also, after looking closer, I saw trash on the beach in the dimmer picture! I thought it was birds at first.

    #46195
    Caitlin Compton
    Participant

    Thanks, @momparfitt! I forgot to say that the second photo is the original and the first one is the processed version. So the trash was in the original, but it’s edited out in the first one. πŸ™‚

    #46196
    Caitlin Compton
    Participant

    Thanks for your thoughts, @jamesstaddon! Love your photo!

    I may have tried walking up closer to the water? Sometimes the waves coming in create interesting shapes and textures that could fill the foreground, even at hand-holdable shutter speeds.

    Yes! That would’ve been better. Due to the beach being so occupied with tourists sitting watching the sunset, I was a bit embarrassed to go too close to the water. (as I was already the crazy photographer at the front with the big camera getting down for a low angle… πŸ˜‚) Maybe next time!

    #46326
    Caitlin Compton
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    Oops… thought I’d already replied to you, @bennett-family. . . πŸ™‚

    Thanks for talking through what you do/don’t like about the image, Lydia!

    My main thought compositionally is that the walkway on the pier essentially merges with the horizon

    I see what you mean – shame I didn’t take a picture with my composition adjusted slightly.

    I also really like the progression from bottom to top of tones: warm (sand), cool (water), warm (sunset), cool (sky beyond).

    Hadn’t thought of that! It’s always really interesting hearing the different things that stick out to people. πŸ™‚

    #46337
    Lydia Bennett
    Participant

    It’s always really interesting hearing the different things that stick out to people.

    Agreed! πŸ™‚

    #46383
    James Staddon
    Keymaster

    I was a bit embarrassed

    Know the feeling. πŸ™‚ You’d think that when average vacationers see conservative camera-toting anomalies like ourselves, they would find it interesting instead of gawkable. I guess it doesn’t hurt that they know that we exist, though! Reminds me of this excursion from way back. πŸ™‚

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