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Challenge: Square Crop IV (Standard Editing)
Lens: Sony DT 1855mm f/3.55.6 SAM AF
Location: Ringwiel (Lake between Oudega and Gaastmeer, NL)
Date: May 6, 2016
Aperture: 16.0
ISO: 100
Shutter: 2.5
Date Uploaded: May 9, 2016

Camera: Sony Alpha 58 (SLT-58)
Mentioning that here since it does not seem to be an option in the Camera selection.

Anyway, I took this photo after sailing for a while with my boat scouting for a nice dock. Im quite happy with the fact this part of the Netherlands has a couple of docks on every lake for people to sleep overnight, so it wasn't too hard to find a nice one. It still was a bit of a search, since most of the docks are pointing away from the sunset. This one was at an angle as well, but there was still enough colour in the sky to take a nice photograph.

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06/14/2016 09:37:18 AM
Originally posted by snaffles:

Greetings from the Critique Club!

It's always chancy, shooting a landscape or seascape and using a square crop, but I think it works nicely here. Lots of long straight lines here so I really like the old pilings curving away at the left top of the pier, it adds a softer effect that goes well with the colours. Gorgeous lush colours, a tiny little bit of saturation wouldn't hurt. Wonder if anyone else sees the person atop the piling at more or less where horizon and sky meet, at the left?

I do agree with the comment on the crop being a little 50/50 in terms of the horizon and sky. Decide which dominates, and crop in its favour. In this case, yes, you should have cropped out the top 1/4 of this pic and let the water and its elements have its day.

Love the settings, obvious that you used a tripod and took care to scout out a suitable pier for your purposes. That's what separates photographers from those who just shoot snapshots.

Please continue to shoot and enter, we need more work like this here!

Feel free to PM me with any questions

Susan


Thanks for the reply! This is actually a place I could visit more often, so I will take your and Jim's suggestions about the composition in mind. I might be able to go back here this weekend if the weather will be nice. It's about 1.5KM of sailing away from the campsite I'm on nearly all year, so visiting again shouldn't be a problem.
I actually have a photo in my portfolio of the same spot, and one other spot. All 3 are within 1.5KM of the campsite, which is really cool. This part of the Netherlands is full of lakes and channels, and if you search enough it offers some REALLY cool locations, I'm excited to post on more challenges in this site.

EDIT: I actually entered a one of those locations in this months Free Study challenge, so I guess you'll see it pop up there ;)

Message edited by author 2016-06-14 09:44:05.
06/13/2016 09:54:12 PM
Greetings from the Critique Club!

It's always chancy, shooting a landscape or seascape and using a square crop, but I think it works nicely here. Lots of long straight lines here so I really like the old pilings curving away at the left top of the pier, it adds a softer effect that goes well with the colours. Gorgeous lush colours, a tiny little bit of saturation wouldn't hurt. Wonder if anyone else sees the person atop the piling at more or less where horizon and sky meet, at the left?

I do agree with the comment on the crop being a little 50/50 in terms of the horizon and sky. Decide which dominates, and crop in its favour. In this case, yes, you should have cropped out the top 1/4 of this pic and let the water and its elements have its day.

Love the settings, obvious that you used a tripod and took care to scout out a suitable pier for your purposes. That's what separates photographers from those who just shoot snapshots.

Please continue to shoot and enter, we need more work like this here!

Feel free to PM me with any questions

Susan
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
05/16/2016 09:11:24 PM
nice image and exposure, the pink and purple hues work well on this, I don't think the square crop helped this image as a more standard crop with the light colored sky removed and the horizon on the top third would have made this a stronger image for me
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