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Breaking rules

Breaking rules
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Copyright: Karan Little (hester) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
Genre: Landscapes
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-02-18
Categories: Seascape
Camera: Canon 350D / Digital Rebel XT, Canon 17-85 USM IS
Exposure: f/22, 1/8 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Doug's favourite landscapes [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-02-19 12:46
Viewed: 4990
Points: 70
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
I'm sure this photo is breaking lots of unwritten rules: the horizon is too centred, there is no interesting FG details, there are no lead in lines and I am shooting into the sun...but I quite liked this stormy scene with the sun peeking through the clouds. I was making use of my new ND grad filters again in this shot and I got very wet when a large wave swept in and went up to my knees. My walking boots are still soggy.

Taken at Shoreham-by-Sea beach

Shot in Raw, small adjustments to contrast and saturation. Some adjustments in levels

Necipp, fiyo, simon182, uleko, Watershed, anel, SunToucher, jeanpaul, delic, mogens-j, Silvio2006, saeedabbasi, JORAPAVI, garyfudge, jmp, RAP, peter_stoeckl, Signal-Womb, sranjan has marked this note useful
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Wow Karan your pursuit of doing some sunsets has paid off I like this a lot good exposure and excellent mood very well done interesting composition tfs rgds Necip.

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  • fiyo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1053 W: 5 N: 3475] (15161)
  • [2007-02-19 12:57]

Hello Karan,
very nice shot with a superb composition; colors, light, composition, everything is excellent ! TFS

Rules are there to be broken Karan!

You've done a great job here and given us a strangely lit shot with lots of atmosphere. Experimenting with shots like this is always fun I would love to get some shots like this. I like the band of colour running across the middle and movement in the receding water.

Great stuff, keep it coming


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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2007-02-19 13:09]

Hello Karan,
You're quite right to break the rule! This is superb - All you've got in this picture is essential and it is so powerful and beautiful!
Many thanks, Ulla

Hi Karan,
Amazing shot, I really like it! Nicely composed and great colours! Well done!
TFS Stéph

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2007-02-19 13:34]

Hi Karan,
Karan, this is a really artistic shot. Could almost be a modern abtract painting , wouln't be the more naturalistic elements in the front and the sun. Great and original shot.
Best regards

Hi Karan,
You want to do as I am planning. Buy some Wellies. :)

I really like the sky in this photo. It has such an ominous feeling to it. The texture and color of the cloud and the pale sun make it look eerie. The stripe of warm color along the horizon seperate the clouds and sea perfectly. You got FG interest, there are some pebbles and the white lens created by the surf do lead me into the photo. I like it.

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  • carmia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 231 W: 4 N: 144] (2240)
  • [2007-02-19 14:36]

Hi, very good composition, very pleasant colors, good work. Greetings.

Salut Karan
Elle est superbe cette prise de vue ,les couleurs et la présentation tout est joli.Cela a du être un terrible orage.
Bravo et merci....JP

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  • delic Gold Star Critiquer [C: 440 W: 6 N: 310] (898)
  • [2007-02-19 15:39]

Hey Karan,
I wasn't aware of those rules except for the one about the interesting foreground, which you do have here. Photography is not exactly science, and by exercising artistic freedom, you have captured a beautiful scene that contains so many elements of interest. Well done.

Hello Karan

Yes, you have broken some rules here, but it seems to work in this picture. Very calm atmosphere - even with the dark cloudes. The mix of colours look great and contribute to the feeling in this picture in a very nice way.

Very well done and seen

Bonjour Karan,
Tes paysages marins sont décidemment très réussis. Après ton tryptique d'hier, j'apprécie beaucoup les contrastes de ce paysage, avec ses couleurs et lumières presque irréelles. Très beau travail,

Hi Karan amazing sea landscape wit magnificent incredible colors, very well done, ciao Silvio

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-02-19 21:16]

Hello Karan

What's that about rules are meant to be broken.A very beautiful artistic shot with loads of atmosphere.TFS


hi karan,
very nice shot,
looks like a mystique painting,
well composed shot,
nice colours,
tfs & regards

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  • loot Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5524 W: 722 N: 4163] (11276)
  • [2007-02-19 23:17]
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Hi Karan

You have shot down your own photo by highligting all the possible nits - correctly or incorrctly. So, this left me with the pleasure in saying that the rest is quite beautiful.

The slow shutter speed created interesting effects in the water and compositionally it is well divided into 1/5 horizontal zones. The xcellent details are well defined, the colours are great, and the exposure was spot on.

Well done and TFS.

Hello Karan,
Ohhhhh, that light is so well captured!
An amazing moment of nature!
Pablo -

Hi Karan ,
great shot.
nice moment with excellent light,composition and sharpness.
thanks and regards

Hi Karan,
The rules (and oh yes, those are written, too) can be broken on the altar of art. It will be difficult to add more drama in a photo without bloodshed. The Sun, black cloud, orange horizon, climbing wave, the foam and the vertical framing make a spectacular photo.

Hola Karan
Bonita foto la que nos presentas con un colorido espectacular, mis felicitaciones.
Un saludo

Hola Karan,
Un paisaje artístico y surrealista de gran belleza, la composición y colores son magníficos. Un cordial saludo

An interesting shot, it's got an HDR feel about it.

The grads have quite an effect. Lee hard grads?

I love the slow shutter effect.


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  • PaulH Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882)
  • [2007-02-20 16:22]

Hi Karen,

i know the feeling, getting a soaking from rogue waves seems to be a hobby of mine too!
Intriguing shot, for some reason i can't quite find any focal point to settle on. I like the sheer moodiness of it all, and the strip of colour across the middle is nice too. Would make the basis for a nice abstract painting!



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  • jmp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1659 W: 95 N: 2273] (8415)
  • [2007-02-20 17:23]

Hi Karan,
Please, continue breaking rules! Result are very aesthetic. It seems a view from another world!
TFS, José M.

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2007-02-20 17:24]

Originales efectos Karan,
bonita composición interesante escena.

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  • jossim Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1538 W: 5 N: 2240] (12636)
  • [2007-02-20 20:58]

Superbe ambilance et très jolie prise de vue.

Hi Karan,
rules are sometimes met to be broken.You have done well with this photo as it has many areas of subtle interest and the point of view works well for your intention.Well done. Bob

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  • RAP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2524 W: 345 N: 2373] (7405)
  • [2007-02-21 6:09]

Inteligente manera de lograr un efecto maravilloso Karan... lenta exposición que produce una atmósfera muy llamativa con excelente elección del delgado vertical encuadre con exacta ubicación del horizonte y una paleta de colores maravillosa.

Intelligent way of achieving a wonderful effect Karan... slow exposure that produces a very attractive atmosphere with excellent election of vertical and thin framing with exact location of the horizon and a wonderful color palette.

Magnificent shot, bravo

Hello Karan,
perfect title for a piece of seascape photography that is so unique that is keeps me attracted for a long time - not only as an unsolved puzzle why this image works so well.
The image shows depth, mystery, and vibrant vitality. The vertical framing has already turned the landscape into an abstract composition. The heavy sky is very well counterbalanced by sea and shore. The motion blur on waves repeats the blur of clouds covering the sun. The unique combination of dark grey and sulphuric yellow is repeated in the pebbles. The sharpness of pebbles and distant horizon keep the image stabilized like a stage for all the rest in heavy motion.
Great artistic work always puts rules into question.
With thanks, and best regards,

bonjour karan
l'aspect tenebreux du ciel et l'effet d'eau rende cette composition tres belle.

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2007-02-25 13:15]

Hi Karan

Indeed a very stormy scene...quite unconvensional...but it looks great!
I really like the small orage line on the horizon - it brightens up the shot nicely - and the mood is also excellent.
I might contradinct you on the FG - i think that the little stones from the beach give good attention to this segment :)
The shutter creates a very good effect on the water, too...so, as a conclusion: i LIKE it! :)

Cheers and TFS

Sod the rules is what I say!!

Wonderful work Karan, the fantastic band of colour has made this a stunning shot, as has the dark moody (with a little filter help!) sky. Great image, keep on spotting these great photos!

TFS, Doug

Hello Karan, Very good lighting and beautiful weather situation! Very well done..

Great shot. Yes,... it breaks a lot of rules,... I wud have liked it even more if there were some leading lines or some interesting thing in the fg to focus the eyes on,... but even then, this dynamic scene with different colours and stormy sea, with the sun behind the clouds, look awsum. Beautiful shot.

Dear Karan,
Beautiful sunset composition with amazing colors & foreground. TFS.

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