The "I went for a sunrise shoot and the sunrise was rotten" shot

Discussion in 'Scenic, Architecture, and Travel' started by PeterB666, Aug 22, 2010.

  1. PeterB666

    PeterB666 Mu-43 Top Veteran Charter Member

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    The title says it all.

    This is Shelly Park Beach Bathes in Cronulla, a Southern suburb of Sydney.

    Shot with my Olypmus E-P1 and Olympus 9-18mm lens at the 9mm end of the zoom. I have shot this location before but only with a 20mm lens so this is a somewhat wider shot.

    Shame about the sunrise but that's as good as it got this weekend. It was hight tide and the swell was flatter than a pancake. Worst of all possible scenarios.

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/23034038@N05/4916249546/" title="Shelly Beach Pool by peterb666, on Flickr">[​IMG]"800" height="450" alt="Shelly Beach Pool" /></a>
     
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  2. chalkdust

    chalkdust Mu-43 Regular Charter Member

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    So we are left with three colors and several shapes. I like each of the colors. I like each of the shapes. This is a photo that rewards contemplation.
     
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  3. grebeman

    grebeman Mu-43 All-Pro

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    Whilst of course I can't see outside the frame I personally might have been tempted to place the vertical sign towards the right hand side of the picture, perhaps 1/3 of the way into frame, just my feelings and hopefully taken in a constructive way. Perhaps you might comment on your reason for placing it in the centre.

    Barrie
     
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  4. PeterB666

    PeterB666 Mu-43 Top Veteran Charter Member

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    In retrospect, the sign placement is wrong. The problem I was pre-occuplied was dealing with the stong shadows caused by the very strong sodium vabour lighting from behind me that was casting a very distinct shadow of me and my tripod into the shot. There is also a secondary light source that has cast quite a faint shadow anyway (which I have only just noticed).

    I did another shot to the left which resulted in the sign being better sited but I noticed that secondary shadow and didn't use it. I might play around with that one in Photoshop and see what I can do with it.
     
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  5. grebeman

    grebeman Mu-43 All-Pro

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    You seem to have a lot of coast illuminated by sodium lights, if I'm not mistaken this factor has arisen in other of your coastal photographs :smile:
    Thanks for sharing your thoughts over the issue of composition problems.

    Barrie
     
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  6. PeterB666

    PeterB666 Mu-43 Top Veteran Charter Member

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    I have two theories about the lighting, either:

    1. people swim at night, or

    2. the sharks like to see what they are eating.

    Almost all the rock pools for adults are lit at night. I only know of 3 that aren't and one of them is abandoned.
     
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  7. grebeman

    grebeman Mu-43 All-Pro

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    Blimey, perhaps if you begin to feel the economic downturn over there in Oz maybe they'll turn them off for you.

    Barrie
     
  8. BBW

    BBW Super Moderator Emeritus Charter Member

    Peter, I wonder what this might be like in black and white? I agree with chalkdust about the interesting lines and shapes. I can understand why you're not pleased with this photo because compared to you others it is quite different due to the unreal qualities, especially. And I know you hate those lights - very funny by the way about the reasons for them.

    Just maybe turning it into black and white or monochrome might be a pleasant surprise for you. I see quite a bit about this image that I do like.
     
  9. dulaney22

    dulaney22 Mu-43 Regular

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    I love that pic . . . colors are outstanding.

    Would you mind posting the shot from the 20mm? I'm a super noob and would like to see the difference in perspective.

    Lee
     
  10. PeterB666

    PeterB666 Mu-43 Top Veteran Charter Member

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    The conditions were completely different and I didn't do a shot from the same spot so it is difficult to give a comparison.

    I will hunt through the 2 collections and see if I can find 2 from a similar spot with a similar outlook but for the time being there is this one ...

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    Shelly Park - Cronulla-6 by peterb666, on Flickr

    You can just make out the Kurnell Peninsular on the horizon on the left side and that nearly matched up with the wider shot.
     
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  11. BBW

    BBW Super Moderator Emeritus Charter Member

    Just looked through your shots from this location via Flickr and am amazed.
     
  12. PeterB666

    PeterB666 Mu-43 Top Veteran Charter Member

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