No Wake Zone
by gfkeenanComment by Falc:
Opposite what ? - Ahh ok opposite directions (boat/geese).
So lets look at the image and work out why I couldn't figure that out.....
The composition of the image doesn't lead me to see these two elements as being the main points. Sure the boat is big and bright, but the geese are small and almost incidental. A very different angle and/or crop might have given a better lead into the frame.
I think you needed to be very much closer to the birds to give them equal space in the frame.
A couple of other points while I'm looking at the image more closely....
the horizon is tilted - fix this in PS. In fact you could crop it just above the boat. Theres a whole 1/3 of the frame wasted with no foreground, again a goose or some otheer foreground object would be ideal to fill this emptyness.
The yellow jetski is only half in the frame, you shouldn't have things 'hanging'. The tree at the top breaks the horizon line, which is another of the golden rules, like the rule of thirds.
There's a lot which can be learned from a picture like this if you look closely enough.
Next challenge, try to work up the composition to lead the eye to you main subject(s), make sure they are prominent, and are situated on the golden 1/3rd lines. Check the edges of the frame for hanging artefacts, make sure the camera is level and focussed.
Then take the shot.
Hope that helps to explain why I rated it so low.