June 21, 2013 - 20 went

Golden hour : Sunset Beach

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Added by sharon
on Jun 23, 2013.
 

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  • Holly-Anne

    Lovely!

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  • Werner M.

    Nice effect! Lomo?

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  • michal

    amazing

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  • Dionysios

    I think we can feel the textures, the grain, the groves, the smooth; and it is pleasingly layered. What do you think about the tanker in the distance?

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  • Werner M.

    The tanker is a key element in making this work as a b/w. Without it, the pic would lose a lot of impact, it would be a plain old lomograph like a billion others.

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  • Rob

    Very nice...

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  • Dionysios

    The couple sitting on the log are having a calm moment, not intimate but one can sense they are sharing a view, maybe a conversation. Granted the water and hill in the background have much less detail, there's is nothing going on there, but their minimalism is a nice contrast to the textures of the foreground. They are looking out and we wonder what. The tanker puts the moment off. You can argue that that's the point though. Still, for fear the subject might move or leave, we have to make some compositional decision and take the shot.

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  • Werner M.

    Unfortunately, tankers are a fact of life around here. We'll just have to accept them as part of the local seascape, I guess.

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  • michal

    I think the tanker goes great together with the dead trees' stems on the beach and with the lomo effect in the picture and with b&w shades as well.

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  • Dionysios

    Why does it go well? How does it go well? Elaborate; help us out here Michal. D.

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  • michal

    I don't know why, sorry.. I just like it ... but can not find any reason why, even if I think about it deeply...

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  • Dionysios

    Okay. There's the "a-ha" moment which is immediate, when we decide when an image is pleasing or not. Which is important; it keeps us attentive to it. The next things we should ask are: what's in it; what's it made of; what's happening; what's it saying; how is ti put together; what can it possibly mean to the one who made it; what can it mean to the viewer. Here we are interpreting. Sharon might see it similarly or differently. The major element - the logs, the rocks, the water, the tanker, the hills. What is it about them that feels well composed? Can it be the similarity in direction, shape, size? Can it also be the contrast in texture? Does the whole feel balanced? Even though we are directed to the couple because of they are centered and vertical, do the other elements put the frame out of balance? Let's go back to what Werner said about the high ship traffic being typical. Even after all the typical compositional elements are considered, does the subject matter convey a deeper story? Is there something to be said beyond what the picture is presenting? Two people trying to have a calm moment or enjoy the setting sun, even amongst creeping industry. Maybe. What do you all think?

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  • Werner M.

    Nothing wrong with not knowing why you like something. Good art does that to people.

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  • Werner M.

    This pic makes me think of a German word, fernweh, for which there is no single English translation. Literally it means longing for faraway places, it's the exact opposite of homesickness. It's probably the ship that does that, despite the fact that it's a tanker. Anyway, tankers bring stuff, if not people, to faraway places where it will stay; cruise ships don't do that - for them it's there and back again. If that had been a cruise ship and not a tanker, it's possible that the same effect might not have been achieved. <p> <p> Perhaps even the ship's out-of-focus-ness helps convey faraway places - being in focus might have made it seem nearer, ditto for the forested horizon. The Lomo effect seems to convey a feeling of long, long ago and far, far away, as does the monochrome. The couple looking the same direction as the tanker strengthens the feeling of "fernweh" (okay, I know the tanker is facing the other way, but its shape seems to indicate, for the first split second, that it's pointing seaward, almost like an arrow pointing out to sea). Even the whiteness of the sea between the ship and the shore seems to point into the wild blue yonder, half of it stopping at the ship and the other half continuing beyond to parts unknown. <p> And the Canadian wilderness in the background strengthens that even further (OK, so it's the Sunshine Coast, but it does the job). <p> Of course Sharon can't have been thinking about all these things unless she spent a very long time composing this and thinking about how it should look before shooting. More likely she just obeyed the inner voice that said, shoot that you fool or you'll kick yourself. And perhaps it was artistic training that said "go Lomo" during post processing, or perhaps her camera has a lomo setting. The decision to shoot b/w may or may not have been made right then, probably was. Or maybe I'm way off beam. Sharon?

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  • Werner M.

    And of course, many standard components of good composition are there, without them it wouldn't work the way it does.

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  • Werner M.

    Wait, that's not the sunshine coast, is it? It can't be. It's either Bowen Island or Point Atkinson.

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