Shot with a D5500 on an 18-55 lens at 55mm, f/14 and ISO 100.
We went on a short ride of the tall ship Harvey Gamage yesterday, and this is a shot my wife would like some critique on.
Thanks for looking!
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It really doesn't work for me as it is. Did you (or she) remove color from everything but the buoy? Perhaps not but it kind of seems that way. But that isn't the part that bothers me - it is the distance to the buoy and the object that is front left. It might be better if you cropped the image in portrait and got closer into the buoy which would get rid of the item in front and allow you to better see the birds. Of course, that might be too much of a crop so that you don't have enough detail. It looks like the buoy is sharply focused but it is hard to tell on the birds even when I enlarge the image. But, that's just my opinion and it doesn't matter what I think as long as the person who "paid" for the image is happy. Bu that I mean if you or she took this for yourselves and you like the image, whether I like it or not doesn't really matter!
The structure in the foreground is a bit much for me too. I wonder how it would look if you cropped it at the second mast from the left. I think that leaving a bit of the unsharp foreground in the upper left corner might serve to frame the photo without dominating it.
Is it a selective colour monochrome or was everything but the buoy that monochromatic naturally?
Thanks for the replies, guys. To answer both of you, the scene was shot in color, and the buoy was kept in its actual color while the rest of the scene was converted to monochrome.
While editing, I had suggested removing the railing in the foreground. She actually wanted more of it, so we compromised with keeping some, helping to balance out the hotel on the right side of the image. Perhaps cropping more from the left would be fine as the buoy would end up balancing against the hotel, I suppose.
And yes, my wife was the one who shot this, and we edited it together. Thanks for the critique, and apologies for taking so long to reply.
I've made an edit to crop, and attached it to this post. It removes the post in the foreground, and does seem a bit more pleasing. I understand the desire to remove the building on the right, but part of the composition was supposed to be the hotel. I realize that with the buoy being the only thing in color in the image, it dominates, and becomes the main subject, but it felt wrong to remove the hotel.
An image is a thousand words, they say… I think all these words
would tell a story. Is there a story here?
A picture may either be a documentation of reality or an evocation
— may it be even a poetic one… I fail to read the interest of the
first or the emotion of the second. Am I missing something here?