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Postby Grover1 » Thu Oct 19, 2006 7:07 pm


It's obvious what was trying to be done here ... was it a success?

<img src="http://img91.imageshack.us/img91/5290/boatxw5.jpg" width=500>
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Postby Gary Martin » Sat Oct 21, 2006 2:51 pm


Either everybody is bashful about commenting or they're all watching college football or something.

Overall, decent idea... but only fair execution. at best IMO...
I don' know what's laying in the grass in the foreground in front of the canoe but it is a definite MAJOR detractor from the overall image quality. A little more space between the canoe and the lighthouse would probably help, and a little more open space to the left of the tip of the canoe so your eye comes in from the left, goes along the canoe, and ends up at the lighthouse would help.
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Postby wheland » Sat Oct 21, 2006 3:56 pm


Grover1 wrote:It's obvious what was trying to be done here ... was it a success?

<img src="http://img91.imageshack.us/img91/5290/boatxw5.jpg" width=500>


It could be, like it is for me, that what was trying to be done wasn't so obvious.

I may be dense but I need it spelled out- of course I'll probably hit my head and say Duh afterwards.

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Postby Gary Martin » Sat Oct 21, 2006 4:04 pm


What whoever shot this was trying to do, Dennis, was to use the length of the canoe with the bold color to draw your attention and lead your eye to the lighthouse. The canoe is too high to do that effecdtively or conversely, the photographer was too low... The image also need a higher vantage point... so you're literally looking down or along the length of the keel... I suspect that the photographer just had to stand up rather than crouching down to take the shot. Take your pick.

The square crop doesn't work at all either IMO. You've got the long keel of the canoe and it just doesn't work in a square cropped image. This needs to be a normal landscape or even full frame image.
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Postby wheland » Sat Oct 21, 2006 4:13 pm


Well, I'm not sure about all that Gary but the canoe being a pointer to the lighthouse is something I can see. I thought that when I saw the photo but figured that was too easy an answer.

I'm not knowledgeable enough about the other aspects but I will agree that the items in the foreground of the canoe take away from the photo.

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Postby AL » Sat Oct 21, 2006 7:15 pm


Here is a different angle. I wasn't trying to say anything nor lead anyone anywhere. I just like what I saw.

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Postby Grover1 » Sun Oct 22, 2006 8:11 pm


Ok ... so here is the original ... shrunk down a bit ...

<img src="http://img195.imageshack.us/img195/9092/oct18071nv1.jpg" width=600>

It was taken from Mere's viewpoint while I was out negotiating the breakwater and I saw the "pointer" possibilty of the rowboat ... I played as best I could and what was at the top was the result ...

Gary, I appreciate the points you made ... more space ... less busy underneath ... different angle ... and not square. Could this have been accomplished with the photo taken? I'm guessing eveything but the angle could have been (ahem) compensated for ...

Thanks again for the input ... very much appreciated
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