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#1 MarkM

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Posted 31 December 2017 - 12:30 AM

Last landscapes of the year...three ocean sunsets.  Fairly minimalistic, which is something I'm not used to doing, but they are kind of appealing in a simple kind of way.  What do you think of the compositions?

 

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1 (s-curve surf line) - 34mm, f/9, 1/125 sec, ISO 320

2 (rock left) - same and ISO 100

3 (rock right) - 35mm, f/11, /1/5 sec, ISO 100

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Posted 31 December 2017 - 02:00 AM

Compositionally, the third image works the best to me. But man, the sunset in those first two shots is a stunner.



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Posted 31 December 2017 - 07:47 AM

Well done Mark. I like the first. The way the wave on the sand lines up with the sun and draws the eye in, works for me. Thinking I would like to see a version with the sun moved left or right of center. We don't get ocean sunsets on this side. 



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Posted 31 December 2017 - 07:48 AM

Really nice, Mark.

I like the s-curve picture with the sun centred.



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Posted 31 December 2017 - 10:32 AM

Nice shots, Mark.  Personally, I like the second two because of the rocks.  But I would like to have seen more made of them in framing the shot.  In the second one, for example, you have something amazing happening with the light on the rock but the way it's composed, it's more like an after thought.  I find that I am easily seduced in sunset or sunrise shots to focus on the sun and the clouds.  But often the real star of the show is where the light is landing.


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Posted 31 December 2017 - 12:20 PM

Thanks for your feedback gents.

I find that I am easily seduced in sunset or sunrise shots to focus on the sun and the clouds. But often the real star of the show is where the light is landing.

Kerry, That is definitely what happened, no planning and all luck with that beautiful reflected light on the rock. That’s a great mantra for the field: “Seduced by the Sun”

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Posted 31 December 2017 - 07:13 PM

I really like them all Mark.  Thanks!


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Posted 01 January 2018 - 09:38 AM

Great set of shots mark. I really like the 1st and I like the inclusion of the rock in the 2nd.

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Posted 01 January 2018 - 12:30 PM

That's nice work!  If I had time to plan the shot and could carry some gear, I would have had this set up on a tripod with a 9 stop ND filter.  There's some nice stuff working in the foreground that makes your shots better.  Giving it that silky look would be an added dimension. 

 

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Posted 01 January 2018 - 05:21 PM

Thanks Jonny, David and David. I was walking on the beach with family with candid portraits in mind...so no planning or tripod or filters. Lots of possibilities and I’m just glad these turned out ok.
Happy New Year fellas!
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Posted 02 January 2018 - 04:47 AM

All three are really nice work indeed Mark. The one aspect that I find most interesting other than the compositions is the balance of light between the sky and the sea given you used no filters(?) to achieve this... who was it said that timing is everything..(-: 



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Posted 05 January 2018 - 09:29 AM

All are very nice Mark...I'm drawn to the first shot most.



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Posted 12 January 2018 - 02:56 PM

I personally love the composition of the third shot. That rock looks great as a foreground. Unfortunately, the light in that shot is not as dramatic as the second shot. Of course it's hard to know what the situation was, and how the framing came about, but a shot that combined the composition of the third shot, with the amazing light from the second would be amazing.



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Posted 13 January 2018 - 08:51 AM

Thanks Geedee and Doug
Geedee, I’m not at my computer right now so can’t confirm, but it’s possible I used the grad filter in Lightroom!

P....I think the 3rd was taken a bit earlier in the evening, so if I had waited maybe the light would have matched the beautiful light of the second one. Thanks!
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