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Long exposure at Cerrano beach (Abruzzo, Italy).
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Massimo D'Ambrosio
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Recently I made this long exposure shot in the marine protected area of Cerrano tower (Abruzzo, Italy). Long exposure was obtained with a big stopper filter. Reflections of light on the rocks were removed using a polarizing filter and a neutral density hard graduated filter was used to lower the brightness of the sky. Can I have a critique about this shot (technique, composition, post production...) and some advices on how I could have done a better shot in this situation? Thanks, MD.

2016-10-22 Cerrano

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Lovely shapes well placed in the picture.

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Hi @Massimo D'Ambrosio 

This is a fine picture that has had quite a bit of thinking for its making. If I could offer a suggestion, this would be to crop the picture to a 4:3 or 5:4 format, as the top of the sky does not offer much.

Once this is done, you will then need to consider pulling back the brightness of the horizon.

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Hello Massimo!
First of all, let me say that I really like this shot. Also because my father was from Abruzzo, so I am really in love with that area.. 🙂

Speaking about the shot, as I said I really like it. Colors are vivid but not excessively, so I think there is a very good balance.
If I may suggest, I think that the left piece of land/rock offers a very nice leadig line... It could be interesting to try to compose, leaving just a bit more of empty space on the left. In other words, the left side of the rock could start from the lover left corner. This way the eye is a bit more "guided".

The horizon is to be straightened a bit, but it is my obsession.... ehehe
Have a great day!

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@Tommaso Di Donato @Dimitri Vasiliou thanks for your suggestion. I will try.

Thanks and good light!

MD

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Couple of points:

- the horizon looks a bit wonky on the left hand side (or it may be barrel/pincushion distortion)

- I'm not so keen on the bottom quarter of the image, it is a bit darker and isn't quite so interesting (concrete?), so following on from Dimitri's comment, you could go the whole hog and make it square 🙂

Something else you may want to consider (although not necessarily for this image) is not having such a long exposure time, so depending on whether there were much in the way of waves, an exposure time of say 3 to 5 seconds would potentially show some movement in the water.

For a 160s exposure it is nice and sharp and you have got some good colour too

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Hi guys @Dimitri Vasiliou @Tommaso Di Donato, after you suggestions i re-postproducted the shot. I tried to crop 4:3, 5:4 and 1:1, at the end i chosen the 5:4 format.

 2016-10-22 Cerrano

 @Chris Beesley I already tried a different shutter speed (0,5 sec) with a similar composition. I can find the shot in my Flickr photo stream if you want. I prefer that to the long exposure I posted in this topic for the reason that you mentioned above.

Thanks for your suggestions and good light to all.

MD

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Massimo D'Ambrosio said
Hi guys @Dimitri Vasiliou @Tommaso Di Donato, after you suggestions i re-postproducted the shot. I tried to crop 4:3, 5:4 and 1:1, at the end i chosen the 5:4 format.

 2016-10-22 Cerrano

 @Chris Beesley I already tried a different shutter speed (0,5 sec) with a similar composition. I can find the shot in my Flickr photo stream if you want. I prefer that to the long exposure I posted in this topic for the reason that you mentioned above.

Thanks for your suggestions and good light to all.

MD  

I much prefer this format as now there is more emphasis on the main subject.

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Very clean shot with nice array of beautiful colors blending together! Would love to shoot that area someday...

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I think the technique works and the shapes and composition work, but I'm not finding the large circular pool to the left terribly inviting. It's a bit of a dead zone without it being negative space. And being brown... well... it's just not inviting.

i don't believe every photo must be inviting to be successful, but this pool looks out of place with the rest of the photo.

I also agree with an earlier poster that the shutter speed for this image is too long. It homogenized the scene.

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@Terry McDonald thank you very much for your feedback. It's very useful for me.

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