October 28, 2019 at 5:21 am #46010
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 😂 Despite all that, I managed to get this shot. Any thoughts, critique or tips would be appreciated! 🙂
Shutter Speed 1/80 sec
Focal Length 30mmNovember 2, 2019 at 4:07 pm #46137Lydia BennettKeymaster
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! 🙂
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. 🙂 I also really like the progression from bottom to top of tones: warm (sand), cool (water), warm (sunset), cool (sky beyond).
Nice job!November 4, 2019 at 1:50 pm #46163James StaddonKeymaster
Ah, I’ve left my tripod behind like that before! 🙂
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!November 4, 2019 at 7:26 pm #46191Jamie ParfittParticipant
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.November 5, 2019 at 2:59 am #46195
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. 🙂November 5, 2019 at 3:03 am #46196
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… 😂) Maybe next time!November 9, 2019 at 8:23 pm #46326
Oops… thought I’d already replied to you, @bennett-family. . . 🙂
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. 🙂November 10, 2019 at 12:19 pm #46337Lydia BennettKeymaster
It’s always really interesting hearing the different things that stick out to people.
Agreed! 🙂November 12, 2019 at 2:36 pm #46383James StaddonKeymaster
I was a bit embarrassed
Know the feeling. 🙂 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. 🙂November 21, 2019 at 8:57 pm #46685
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