Hi there! There are so many things I like about this photo.
Composition wise, this photo is breathtaking. I love the rich shades of orange. It looks very tranquil. The angle of the photo is such that the viewer can feel as though it is sitting on a rock looking at this beautiful sunset. The beauty of the sky goes well along with gentle splashes of the waves against the rocks. The brown colour of the rock adds a nice contrast against the sky.
Technique wise, one thing that strikes me is the fact that the photo can be a lot more sharper. The fact that this photo is not sharp is taking a lot away from the beauty of the sunset.
Thank you! Because of this comment I noticed that I hadn't requested critiques for the deviation even though I put it on a critique journal. Thank you for bringing this to my attention! And I do appreciate the feedback. I will try to do better with the sharpness next time. And thank you for the compliments! That made me very happy
Some of it is the lighting itself, which can't always be helped if you're taking pictures of sunsets. The shadows are less deep at this time, which gives it some flatness. Some of it also looks like it could be a misting from the sea-spray, which also can't really be helped. :S
I don't know if you enlarged the image here, but that can make it look a bit blurry. If you're not doing it already, try to take pictures as HD as you can (take lots of memory sticks) so you're not tempted (like me) to just take 100s of lower quality shots on the same stick.
As for this image already taken, if you have a photo/paint program you could try fiddling with the contrast a bit. The rocks on the ridge could be sharpened/defined a bit better. The sky is already rich in color, but could be brought out a touch more for sake of more contrast and depth.
Also, please note I'm a hobby photographer. Just going on my own personal experience/tricks here.^^
hmmm. I am also just a hobbyist right now. Working on becoming a student. And I appreciate any feedback or tips I can get. So thank you! I will see what I can do to fix it. I take extremely HD pictures. RAW Nikon D800 files are about 70mbs. I love it! I scale them down tho in Photoshop so that they are easier to upload. My internet isn't very fast here. But I will mess around with it too see what I can do about the touch ups.
I saw your profile saying "Student", but I see now why you put that. It's nice to look ahead.
70mbs or 70MB? I think you mean the latter, if so that's very huge! I usually only keep mine around 3MB ea on my Canon Rebel, but then it's winter here right now (Canada) and I don't take many pics at this time, esp not outside as I'm nervous of condensation and taking my time in snowy terrain.
Best of luck on the touch-ups. And thank you for considering my thoughts. It feels nice to try and help out, even as a hobbyist.
This is such a beautiful scene! It's so beautiful, and you captured this at the perfect moment.. I'm so jealous! I love the gradient of colors in the sky, and how they contrast with the darker tones of the rocks. The oranges and yellows give the scene a dreamy, peaceful feeling which makes the viewer enjoy the photo even more! The composition's not bad, either. Great work!
I agree with *Trichardsen about using the slower shutter speed and aperture to get the motion blur. The water seems too sharp compared to the soft tones of the sky. Perhaps you could've even gotten lower with the angle and turned to the right a little, to capture more of the light source there.
I'm also not sure about the lighting.. it seems a bit dark to me, overall. Of course, if you decide to use the slower shutter speed and whatnot next time, the lighting would be different. But in this photo particularly, I'm not a huge fan of the way the light reflects off the water. It seems kind of flat, without much detail. And I feel like the left side appears too dark. It could be my monitor, though!
God damn it, it's beautiful! You have captured the skies purist qualities, it's coloration is immaculate. Your composition is impeccable, the cliff position and quantity is perfect. The location is awesome, mother nature did the work, but you found the art. This is absolutely one of your bests.
Oh another high dynamic range image, and the bold colors of the sunset I find tantalizing, real life or not, I call that a cloud painting, the biggest abstract open canvas their is. I like the way the water is too, though I do not fully understand all the mathematics behind Newtonian fluid dynamics, I do think the way the water smashes against the rocks, to the reflection of colors the light reflects on the misty waters looks well.
Not a bad shot buddy, the scenery is just fantastic. I see that you took this shot at 4.5 and iso 3200. I think this is one of those perfect scenes to get that silky ocean touch, I would have shot this at 30 seconds and around f11-16 to really get that beautiful motion blur in the sea and clouds. But nice work and find, you should shoot more from this place.
A smart thing that can be of massive help, make a little list, small enough to fit into your pocket. You can have all kinds of reminders for yourself on it, like: Check ISO, check the borders of the frame ( branches sticking into the pictures etc ), try different settins ( short, long exposures, hdr etc ), break the scene into parts, take one picture of the the whole scene, then perhaps go close for a couple of shots. There is just so many things, and once you remember one of the things on the list every time, you can add something else, getting more and more advance, and before you know it you can do it all.
That is brilliant. I am quite forgetful. I'd probably forget I had the list. But that is a great tip. And I was taking that day to practice HDR. So I had some interesting settings on throughout the day. It was interesting.
It will certainly help you remember all those things you pick up as you go. Hdr is a very interesting tool, I know the more purist photographers use it when the dymaic range exceeds that of the camera, in order to capture the scene as they saw it.