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02-07-2013, 04:04 PM - 1 Like   #1
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Seascape really
Lens: 01 Prime Camera: Pentax Q Photo Location: Malibu ISO: 200 Shutter Speed: 1/2000s Aperture: F5.6 

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It's a strong image, in my opinion. I'm viewing it on a fairly low-res tablet, so don't look for a pixel peeping critique from me. The black border makes me feel like I am in the cave (or whatever it is), and focuses my attention on the seascape. At first I thought I wanted the beach and sea to be featureless too, to create a more abstract feel, but as I examined the rocks I found my eyes being drawn back and forth and realized they were an essential component to the scene.

Anyway, that's my four-sentence stream of consciousness critique. I would be happy to have that image in my personal portfolio.
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Thank you for the very in depth response. I appreciate it truly.
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i actually really enjoy this image. you've made your way to an interesting spot to get a fresh perspective on a beach shot. i really like your B&W conversion; it has a really early 60s "Life" magazine feel to it the only thing that has left me feeling like a very sad panda is that you say you did some very heavy PP, yet youve allowed your horizon stay waaaaay off horizontal. that's the only thing i would suggest to improve this otherwise likable photo

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Yeah, I like the overall photo, but the horizon is crooked, which kind of takes the viewer out of the 'experience.' Maybe rotate a little and crop off from the top. But I like the idea of the cave as a frame and the sea is nice too, with those rocks sticking out.
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seeing as it is balanced to be black, you could easily add more 'cave' when you straighten the horizon. winner!
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The program I've been using really takes the clarity of the photo away when I use the straighten tool. What tools do you recommend to do this?
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hope you don't mind; i just did a quick and nasty edit (<10 mins). i use photoshop and lightroom for my post & corrections, but there are of course lots of other choices, such as the offerings from corel. if your software is visibly distorting an image when you attempt to correct for horizon, i'd definitely recommend using other software



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Oh wow thank you! That looks much better. I used Picasa and it just totally craps out when I use straighten. I have used photoshop before but never lightroom. Does that have a straightening option?
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yup. LR has quite a lot of correction tools. granted, not as in-depth as PS, but then the two programs have different purposes. horses for courses
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I've only used Faststone for making contact sheets, but it has some adjustment tools so you might want to have a look at that -- you might like it better than Picasa. It's free.
Looks like a very cool place to photograph!
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Oops it's gone, I can't see the image.
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