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Composed

I'm really sorry that I did not get around to comment or reply yesterday. I got majorly selfish and went climbing with Sushie.

I had some really sound comments on a previous post "Saltburn Pillars" regarding composition from Simon and Dean. So I thought that I would re-visit Saltburn on Tuesday evening to try and capture a better version of that post but completely forgot to check the tide times!! What an idiot!

Anyway, not to be put off, I tried to make the best of what I had and concentrated on composition. Let me know what you think. Mal

Composed

I'm really sorry that I did not get around to comment or reply yesterday. I got majorly selfish and went climbing with Sushie.

I had some really sound comments on a previous post "Saltburn Pillars" regarding composition from Simon and Dean. So I thought that I would re-visit Saltburn on Tuesday evening to try and capture a better version of that post but completely forgot to check the tide times!! What an idiot!

Anyway, not to be put off, I tried to make the best of what I had and concentrated on composition. Let me know what you think. Mal

comments (25)

  • Stevo
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 5 Oct 2006, 00:35
Just like you, you never pay attention to detail.
hey mal,

really nice shot. wicked colors and details. i love the repetative pattern of the pilars and the industrial feel of the structure. i also like the way the industrial feel contrasts with the colors and the natural elements of the sky, sand and surf. hope climbing was great!
Very nice..what did you do to get the blue skys that way?
Mal: Hey Dotun, the camera has 8 white balance settings, technically the setting should have been on daylight mode but I decided to switch early to tungsten setting because of the lights under the peir, this makes the sky go electric blue. Mal
  • Ellie
  • United Kingdom
  • 5 Oct 2006, 02:30
Nice ... it almost looks like an alien tramping across the beach.
  • Sidney
  • Philippines
  • 5 Oct 2006, 02:35
What an eerie landscape! Great perspective and colors!
  • Tadpole
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 5 Oct 2006, 09:07
its better compositionally without the intrusive outer pillars on the other shot butfeels more cluttered somehow. Still a nice shot though
Mal: Hi Paul, you were the first to spot it. I refer you to Simons response after yours. Mal
beautiful blue!!!!!!!!! I like the contrast between the left and the right side of the picture!
again like the last saltburn one this just looks like some sort of terraforming colony on another planet.
Mal: Hi Russell. I've enjoyed your Alien outpost comments, in your honour the latest post was given it's name.
  • Turfdigger
  • Southeastern Massachusetts (US)
  • 5 Oct 2006, 11:20
Great saturation here - the slightly off-center composition adds to the interest and draws the viewer 'down the tunnel' and into the shot.
  • Elsie
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 5 Oct 2006, 11:57
Great shot. Good contrast between the lovely blue of the sky and the grittiness of the pillars. As turfdigger said, great saturation.
I love the strong colours.
  • Chantal
  • Netherlands
  • 5 Oct 2006, 13:14
beautiful colors warm.
  • E Etomi
  • Nigeria
  • 5 Oct 2006, 15:51
Love the blue sky
  • Samarth
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 5 Oct 2006, 18:15
liked the bw better but this one does have charm...7.75/10
  • Roland
  • France
  • 5 Oct 2006, 19:01
Hi Mal,
Beautiful bleu and very nice perspective.. Very very pleasant.
Roland
  • BeakerSt
  • Shutterchance
  • 5 Oct 2006, 19:09
People I hope know me by now, I tend to only comment when I like things so if I comment at all it's a positive regardless of what I then go on to say. I am also naturally very critical of myself which leads me to critique pictures I see.

Now with the pre-amble out of the way I do have some comments on this shot Mal and hopefully you'll take them on balance with everyone elses. I have one question for you which may sound harsh...where am I supposed to look? There are things in here competing for my attention. The way I look at images is relatively simple but I am mindful of subjects relative position to each other...I don't profess to get it right but it's where I aim.

Rather than pick holes in your shot I will explain how I would have approached this subject and then leave you to assess the image yourself.

I could have chosen to focus on the open end of the pier in the disappearing distance. If I had done that I would have placed the disappearing point probably on either the upper or lower horizontal third and in the middle vertically. I would have then balanced the pillars against each other so looking down the shot the main inner pillars were symmetrical...you'd be looking exactly down the middle. Your eye would be led down the route to a disappearing point that would be on the third. Caveat to that is that I am not sure how the additional external pillars would have impacted on the right.

Alternatively I could have chosen to focus on the height of the pillars and this I would have framed portrait rather than landscape to increase the sense of height. I would then have picked a focal point on the underside to position on the upper third and framed the upward reaching pillars from the lower side of the shot leading up to this point. Not easy to make that sound right in words despite how it feels in my head.

Thirdly I would have tried focussing on the repetitive nature of the feet/columns. I would have gotten close to the foot of one either on the inside or outside of it and looked down the line of columns.

The reason I say all this is that you seemed to have a mixture of all three which suggests that subconsciously were aware of all three but never quite decided which to go for.

The only negative critique I have is that the blown out sky top left is distracting from the delicate pier structure.

Feel free to delete these ramblings!

Regards Simon
Mal: Hi Simon.

I really appreciate your comments. I've now had time to digest the issues that you raise and you make a number of very valid points. When reviewing the image, I now, must admit that my eye does wander slightly aimlessly from place to place, there is no natural resolution in the image and I think that your first issue/comments summed the whole problem up! The focal point resolution should have been on the classic third's line with possibly a re-positioning of of the camera etc.

At the time of capture I was unaware of these issues and framed the shot as I saw fit at that time but maybe in my mind I was trying to be all things to all men.

As regards your only negative critique - well that's what God gave me!

I will not be deleting these great comments/ramblings, it's what I came here for, I'm so pleased that you had the time and motivation to make them, I will always appreciate the comments of all who care to do so, especially when they have thought their issues through. You have given time to your comments and for that I will always be greatfull.

All the best Mal
  • chris p
  • United Kingdom
  • 5 Oct 2006, 19:54
Nice work Mal, I'm pleased you didnt check the tides out grin
What a nice blue Mal!
  • AndyinPembs
  • Pembrokeshire, Wales
  • 5 Oct 2006, 21:18
Whereas the composition on your previous pier shot was what broaght me to it, in this shot, the sky is the draw. Quite how you got the light to be so sharp towards the far end of the pier is a wonder, though the shot would benefit from a single point of focus, like Simon has stated earlier. Like the shot though - overall works for me. smile
Mal: Hi Andy, i agree with you and Simon. I thought that I was being clever with the comosition of the shot but sadly got it wrong (again)!! By sharp light, what do you mean? Is it the colour or intensity of the light, not sure? All the best Mal
  • rabby
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 5 Oct 2006, 21:25
great contrast where 'ugly' meets 'awesome'. super clarity!
Mal: Hey Rabby, glad to know that there is another Scot on the Shutter thing. Mal
Great light on this shot, almost looks like HDR. Interesting how we share similar raw materials on opposite sides of the country!
Mal: Interesting you mention similar raw materials Digi, I was in Lytham 3 weeks ago during a scorcher of a day and got some images that i'm pleased with, may post next week. Mal
  • manju
  • Singapore
  • 6 Oct 2006, 14:23
Wonderful compostion ! Great colors ! Love it !
  • Diya
  • Switzerland
  • 8 Oct 2006, 21:48
wow Mal

this is another just amazing shot, i remember seeing Saltburn Pillars on a b&w shot before and i must say this one is just as amazing as the other one!!!

Diya
Terrific shot this one, the lighting is unbelievable.
  • olivier
  • France
  • 14 Jun 2007, 16:40
Impressive perspective... and very nice colors...

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