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Challenge: Free Study 2009-01 (Advanced Editing VII)
Camera: Olympus E-510
Lens: Olympus 35mm f/3.5 Macro ED Zuiko Digital
Location: Spittal Point - Berwick upon Tweed
Date: Jan 8, 2009
Aperture: 3.5
ISO: 200
Shutter: 1/2500
Galleries: Nature, Seascapes
Date Uploaded: Jan 8, 2009


Place: 299 out of 454
Avg (all users): 5.3217
Avg (commenters): 7.0000
Avg (participants): 5.2424
Avg (non-participants): 5.5000
Views since voting: 619
Views during voting: 204
Votes: 143
Comments: 7
Favorites: 0

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02/08/2009 02:01:36 AM
Beautiful light here - and that's one of the main points of photography so you've got that part! What I'd suggest is you take some of the comments you've received here post challenge, and see if there's a better crop for this particular picture. Beyond that, next time you're out shooting, try shooting different crops - different angles, different points of view. In my opinion, the highlight of this is the way the light strikes the waves. A shot more focused (as in point of focus, not technical focus) on that aspect may be something to try.
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02/08/2009 01:50:52 AM
Daniel, you have received some good comments post challenge. I actually gave this a 6, I think it's a nice image, but doesn't have that much to grab you. As has already been said, the horizon is far too centered. The sky is not interesting, so I would likely crop a lot of that away.

Using an aperture of f3.5 is creating a very shallow depth of field. On a clear day like that you could have gone up to f16 and still had a fast shutter speed, meaning the image would look a lot sharper. (Bob350 has said this already, sorry).

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02/08/2009 12:38:34 AM
In response to your post:
Choice of f/3.5 caused a narrow depth of field. Some of the waves are sharp, but the lighthouse is a bit fuzzy as a result. With that fast shutter speed, you had lots of room to use a narrower apeture. Choice of 35 mm lens ends up not wide enough for a sweeping oceanscape feeling but not zoomed in enough for the lighthouse to be the main subject. You position captures layer after layer of horizontal lines all the way across the image. That makes for a static feeling despite the waves and doesn't provide a path of interest for the eye to follow. Having the lighthouse almost all the way to the center makes this less dynamic too. Taking a different position to have the waves somewhat diagonal and the lighthouse more to the left would produce an entirely new feeling.

The colors are nice, and the subtle clouds do provide some interest. Might have processed to allow the top of the sky to be lighter, as a gradient from light blue to dark blue would provide another dimension of interest.
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02/08/2009 12:34:48 AM
The take itself has potential, but the horizon dead in the center along with the lighthouse, makes the composition somewhat rigid.
It would improve a lot if you cropped it acoording to the Rule of Thirds.
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02/08/2009 12:31:13 AM
In response to your post requesting feedback...
I gave this a 6 during voting. To me, it's a "pretty" scene, but doesn't really have enough to hold my attention. The composition seems too centered for me. Centered horizon, nearly centered lighthouse, and not much going on in the sky. I do like how you've captured the spray coming off of the waves.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
02/02/2009 06:07:45 PM
Nice color, and wave, I like the lighthouse, but the overall composition doesn't hold your eye for exploring too long
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02/01/2009 12:11:50 PM
Nice....great capture of the waves and lighthouse.
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