<<< o >>>the lure of the sea #2 24 comments + add yours

This isn't one of my most striking shots, but I do like it; for two reasons.

First: it's a shot of the couple that I put up two days ago. When I titled the first shot I did so on the basis that the woman looked very purposeful; despite what must have been a 30mph wind (or more) she was striding directly towards the sea. In this shot, taken a couple of minutes later, she's increased the distance between herself and her partner, and has reached her destination. I guess the reason I'm pleased is that my title, in this instance, was right (at least to an extent).

My second reason for posting it is that I'm intrigued by the apparent degredation of the image, particularly noticeable in the waves. Initially, I almost didn't process it because it looked noisy, but it isn't. I think it's a combination of the 1/20th shutter speed, a relatively shallow depth-of-field, and the general murkiness of the day; but in the end I decided that I really liked the way the detail broke down in the image.

Oh, and I probably wont be posting anything tomorrow as I'm not sure that I've got anything else worth putting up and I'm stuck at work until around 9pm. If I don't manage to sort something out I'll definitely get something up on Friday.

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4.10pm on 18/11/06
Canon 20D
EF 70-200 f/2.8L IS USM
200mm (320mm equiv.)
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C1 Pro
16x9 + fylde coast [scenic] + people
comment by Dazzz at 09:32 PM (GMT) on 22 November, 2006

I did wonder, when i first saw it I couldnt work out why you were posting something with so much noise in it :-)

comment by Toxic Lens at 09:36 PM (GMT) on 22 November, 2006

This couple made me wonder in the previous post, and now they make me wonder more... What do they expect to happen when they reach the sea? They seem so persistent! Strange too how noisy the image looks... It works well with the tones though.

comment by rea at 09:37 PM (GMT) on 22 November, 2006

an arty, fine moment at the beach !

comment by miklos at 10:00 PM (GMT) on 22 November, 2006

HTML error in your description Dave:

<a href="http://www.chromasia.com/iblog/archives/0611202140.php">couple that I put up two days ago<a/>

notice the a/, should be /a ;) it's causing a bit of havoc in Firefox.. Your entire description is treated as a big giant link.

comment by djn1 at 10:17 PM (GMT) on 22 November, 2006

Thanks miklos, I've fixed it.

comment by Ben at 11:04 PM (GMT) on 22 November, 2006

It looks like they're walking towards the himalayas more than they are the sea. A noisy but nice shot - a nisy shot.

comment by Photorama at 11:19 PM (GMT) on 22 November, 2006

Yeah, very nisy! ;-)

comment by Arthur at 11:48 PM (GMT) on 22 November, 2006

Interesting. How are you finding the lens, generally? Compared to the f4L?

comment by Mal at 12:06 AM (GMT) on 23 November, 2006

I did consider pinching the lens but thought it better left with someone who knows how to use it! Great shot Dave, the 1/20th at this range adds a surreal quality to the crashing waves. Mal

comment by Robert at 03:02 AM (GMT) on 23 November, 2006

In addition to the factors you noted, choppy water reflects light in all different directions, and with subtle differences in color. That might contribute to the "noise." It's an interesting image.

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comment by Bob at 05:55 AM (GMT) on 23 November, 2006

This one misses for me, David. I actually find it difficult to look at, since there's such a large expanse of wonkiness going on it's making my eyes fuzz out. Too bad, because there's plenty of imagined drama going on with the couple and I like their relative scale, their near silhouette, and the overall colors you've used in toning.

comment by P.J. at 07:07 AM (GMT) on 23 November, 2006

I like it. I think the waves actually sell it for me.

comment by peter at 07:43 AM (GMT) on 23 November, 2006

I like the gritty degraded feel to this photo. A nice departure from your otherwise very clean style.

comment by mooch at 08:48 AM (GMT) on 23 November, 2006

Yes, well, it is the texture (or lack) to the sea that most attacts me. This has a washed out look that really suits the sea I feel. The only sort of harder edges are that of the people and I think this is complimentary to the shot. I also like the tones, gentle on the eye. I read your blurb because I was going to comment on the post-processing, which you didn't really do much of. A really interesting effect.

comment by Ries at 09:12 AM (GMT) on 23 November, 2006

Interesting capture of a nice moment at sea. I like the way it's composed.

comment by SteveO at 09:16 AM (GMT) on 23 November, 2006

Nice effect in the sea, but the image as a whole doesn't do it for me. I have found it myself with some of my beach shots that the horizontal lines present in these sorts of images tend to rob a photograph of its depth, just looking like a vertical stack of lines and rather than drawing you into the image, you get drawn up it, if that makes sense.

comment by Dave at 03:02 PM (GMT) on 23 November, 2006

Its a great image. It makes me feel as though I am looking out a window and these two are walking/playing on the beach despite the cold and wind. Nice image.

comment by djn1 at 05:09 PM (GMT) on 23 November, 2006

Thanks everyone.

comment by Steve at 06:01 PM (GMT) on 23 November, 2006

I have to agree with Bob on this one...I'm not a fan. The subject is interesting but I think a better photo could have resulted. It looks to me too much like a photo taken from too far away with a cheap consumer camera...which I assume it isn't. Fair enough though, you see something in it that I miss.

comment by Fellow Eskimo at 06:20 PM (GMT) on 23 November, 2006

It is an interesting effect.

comment by Craig @ id7.co.uk at 09:32 PM (GMT) on 23 November, 2006

Dave, interesting shot, figured for once maybe you were after replicating one of my shots, rather than the other way round, it looks like my Solitude shot.... anyway that said I like what you were trying to get, not an easy shot tho, I know I've tried and failed, a few times....

comment by tracy at 09:43 PM (GMT) on 23 November, 2006

great picture great title very beautiful south

comment by Jennifer at 09:54 AM (GMT) on 24 November, 2006

It's a grower!