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Comment by Dave Strutt on April 14, 2011 at 11:26am
Very nice composition, eye catching!
Comment by Dee During on March 24, 2011 at 8:32am
Was just thinking to myself.  Was all this wonderful software around when Ansel Adams was around?  I'm not purist - but he may have thought differently about the 'in the lens' thing!!  Just a thought.
Comment by Dee During on March 24, 2011 at 8:31am
Thanks for all your well informed comments Sandra.  Had a rethink and a re-look and have decided that I really like this image exactly the way it is.  Its pretty sharp, its clear and its curious.  I mean - why are people swimming at night?  It wasn't a winner by any stretch when I took but a little bit of fiddling with some crazy software and I thought I'd share it.  My worst, by far, is soft images - so I'm OK with this one.  Thanks again for your interest.
Comment by sandra stewart on March 24, 2011 at 7:42am
if you read Ansel Adams,  he says that the photo is made in  the lens.  one usually can't change anything to fix bad composition.    can you go back and take more photos?  when you move the buildings,  the pole will cut  the ;photo in half and tha'ts  always bad composition.
Comment by sandra stewart on March 24, 2011 at 7:40am
the only way to fix it is to crop out the black buildings or start over with new photos.  see what it looks like cropped out?   THEN  you have that stupid pole to deal with.  it's in the way.
Comment by sandra stewart on March 24, 2011 at 6:45am
I would try taking the photograph at different times of day to vary the lighting an perhaps lighten the building.  I'd also try taking it putting the building on the right side and the  water on the left.   perhaps a good composition can be made by moving the camera to the left?  you can lighten the building but it is still a huge blob ON THE LEFT  o lightening  it won't fix it.  comnposition is just composition and the rules don't change.  you can break the rules by  weighting the right heavily with something else but you haven't done that. the two darks dominate the photo on the left.  the two darks are very heavy.  it's just composition and not a personal opinion.
Comment by Steve Barr on March 24, 2011 at 5:10am
Dee, there's no way that i'd dare to contradict Sandra !!...i do think her comment is relevant though from a rules of art perspective. Personally, i like the image just as it is - if the foreground rocks were dodged in / lightened a little (those that lie between the pile of rocks and the water) then it might lift the image a little bit. But this i just my own personal opinion you understand, i like the framing, lighting, colour tones and texture !.. 
Comment by Dee During on March 24, 2011 at 3:39am
Thanks Steve. What do you think of Sandra's observation? I actually did try liightening the little beach cottage but then it dominated the image and I didn't want that. Any other suggestions?
Comment by Dee During on March 24, 2011 at 3:34am
thanks Sandra. Your comment is absolutely spot on.  I have been trying to work out what has been bothering me about this image and you've hit the nail on the head.  Thanks!
Comment by sandra stewart on March 24, 2011 at 2:28am
the composition is not balanced.  with the black thing on the left standing out, it is unbalanced.  the large section of water is not enough to balance the big black thing building or some sort.  out house i guess.  put the out house on the right and not so dark to give it less   weight to balance it.  just the rules of art.

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