Matt Quinn wrote:minniev wrote:For me, the subject is the lone walker. The guy in the dunes in inconsequential, and too shadowed to be of interest.
Lone walkers almost always work, and this is no exception. I do like how you got low/close with the rocks in the foreground, and have them tucked neatly into the lower left corner to establish a leading line. Some might quibble that Lone Walker is cut off from view by the rocks, and that we are shut away from him on the wrong side, but that doesn't bother me much. I am curious as to how the same photo might work from the left side of the rock pile. I do agree with Erich that there may be more that can be gathered from the sky with some editing of just that part. Overall a pleasing image.
Minnie, Here is the first shot before I got greedy. MattMorning on the beach 2 (1 of 1).jpg
I wasn't going to weigh in on this, Matt, because I honestly didn't care for your first picture. For me, THIS is the picture! The original submission was, to my mind anyway, cluttered. There seemed not to be a single center of interest. I thought the real picture was its left half, cropping away the entire right side, in other words your second picture! Now you are in closer to those big beautiful rocks! We can see grain and seagull poo. The elements have been reduced to no more than four: rocks, reeds, sea, and sky. They all combine to lead (strong leading lines) the eye to the lone walker, who does not have to compete for attention with distractions. It's a terrific shot! I think I might have let the guy get a little closer but that's nitpicky, and since I'm a Lightroom fanatic I would pull down a graduated filter on that gorgeous sky and punch it up a bit, but that's also nitpicky. From my perspective THIS was your shot, and very well done!