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Old Oct 17, 2008, 8:33 AM   #1
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Here is an image of the sunset of last easter sunday. Taken handheld using a D80 and a Sigma 24-70 2.8. Feel free to comment. Thanks for viewing.


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Old Oct 17, 2008, 8:56 AM   #2
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The colors are nice, but I do not find anything interesting about it. I think it would have been a more interesting shot if more emphasis had been on the couple far back in the scene.


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Old Oct 17, 2008, 9:19 AM   #3
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Perhaps it's time we usedthe good old 'rule of the thirds' herewhich wouldprovide a direction and movement to 'the wanderer' as well as its compositional meritsUsing the lighting effects you might evenaddsome suspence to the setting-walking into shadow- which could please the imagination of the observer, imo!

Below is a sketchy take, which could be improved if it makes any sense..

Btw, I should add; that image quite reminded me some lyricsfrom an old song I love!

I feel lost while on my own
There´s no place I call home
But I still want to believe
I´ve not been mistreated
Not been mistreated

It´s my heart that goes on
To believe there´s someone
Who needs me to carry on
´till the end
I´m holding on
I´ve not been mistreated
Not been mistreated
Not been mistreated
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Old Oct 17, 2008, 11:08 AM   #4
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Yeah, I think maybe even a pano might have worked (not enough detail to crop down would have had to be pano to begin with):


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Old Oct 17, 2008, 12:18 PM   #5
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I would agree with both bahadir and JohnG:
-> Off-center the subject to the right and crop to a panorama
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Old Oct 17, 2008, 1:27 PM   #6
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It is what it is...I guess we could crop, chop and move elements around all day in this image and the impact will not change significantly. What you have here is a pretty sunset picture with no other interesting elements in the scene large enough to be interesting. Instead, the elements that should be interesting are small distractions that are difficult to see.

The rule of thirds doesn't seem to give it more visual impact because the eyes are quickly drawn to your intended center of interest so I feel your choice to break the rule provides a more pleasing impact.

I'm curious if you planed to shoot the people in the scene of if they just happened to be in the direction of your lens.

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Old Oct 17, 2008, 7:16 PM   #7
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Thanks for all the comments. My intention was to take a pic of teh beautiful sunset. It so happen that the little boy, who is looking for sea shells to sell for food , appeared in my viewfinder. I just waited for him to pass and snapped the shutter.

Thanks again. Cheers!
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I like it a lot! i think the timing was great
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Old Oct 18, 2008, 9:01 AM   #9
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I guess I'm a sucker for a nice sunset. Having shot many thousands of them, I don't always see them in the landscape view.
This image had competing elements, although unavoidable at the time, the needed to be addressed. One solution would have been to move down the beach and catch the subject again or as I did, clone the couple out. I also felt vertical framing better suited the sun, subject and reflection.
Just my take.
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Old Oct 18, 2008, 9:24 AM   #10
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shadokacher I like that version a lot.
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