Water: long or short exposure?

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OP Quarkcharmed Contributing Member • Posts: 654
Re: Water: long or short exposure?

Thank you for the feedback!

I should've mentioned it's fine to reprocess these images and repost here.

Just a note these are not cropped at all, a rare case where I didn't even level the horizon as it looks ok as is. So there's nothing to uncrop, but otherwise they're heavily processed. The main issue I had was that the layers of rocks blend together and look like one big formation. This place is usually photographed from the other side and for a good reason. Converting to b&w makes them less separated again, at least I couldn't make it work.

jkjond wrote:

As displayed, the first is grabbing me more. I'm wanting to like the LE more than I do, but it isn't drawing me in. The biggest problem with the LE is timing - the sky shapes and surf of the foreground rocks being much more interesting in the first.

I think they both need a lot more processing.

Much as I like the sky shapes in the first it feels too tightly cropped at the top. There's a frustrating incompleteness to the gap in the clouds as it runs off into the frame. Processing isn't going to change that directly, though making more of the foreground will reduce the role of the sky so make it less apparent. There's so much scrummy rich detail that you've hidden in the rocks, and the patterns in the foam flowing over the outcrop is underplayed.

The LE, the sky isn't that interesting when compared to the first, which is a huge loss. But there is a lot of detail to be had in the foreground. As with the first shot, developing the foreground will play down the role of the sky and maximise the good part. It's the same with all shots, make the most of the good bits, play down the frustrations.

I don't know what your take is on reprocessing other people's work on here? I'm convinced both versions have a lot to gain, more so the long exposure, which goes some way to bridging the gap between the two. Oooh, and there's a good black and white lurking in there

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