Photographically, I'm afraid this isn't one of my favorites from you, Jason. Your photos usually sparkle with a particular freshness, but this one has brown tones that bring to mind heavy air and smog. Also, there's strong vignetting that speaks of a long telephoto lens taken to its max limits.
Informationally, however, there's a lot here. You've put the lighthouse in the center of attention and surrounded it with a veritable armada of interesting boats. Compression seems to stack everything on top of one another, offering up a sense of drama and tension of possible collision.
I went to your blog and viewed your slide show. To bad you did not chose a better example. There are many there whose coloration is far more vibrant. My rating is for your slideshow. A beauty. Love the variety with many perspective captures, varied captures of b & w, color, and tinted. Had a little trouble viewing it because of the small size of the photos. Blew it up to 400% and still wished I could have had it larger to enjoy the fine photographs they were.
In this particular photo I very much like the drama of the scene with the composition's compactness and the lighthouse behind. The vignetting affect that Chris speaks of may have been intentional for all I know. However, if it were intentional it seems out of place here since the panorama of the scene is more important than a centerd forcal point.
Alas, you are the artist. And, I but a failed novice. So whom am I to question.
Thank you. You are a fine photographer and an inspiration.
Really pleased that you guys took the time to offer some serious critique, it means a lot and makes it a worthwhile experience being part of the blog. Thank you.
I take the point about the muted tones and vignette (it was at the end of my 300mm) but was also pleased that you took the time to see some of the other examples in the slideshow. I saw this shoot (maybe all shoots) as an experiment and had fun playing with techniques and ideas in trying to find an original way to present such well covered ground.
This is just one way i chose, and I was after a timeless, almost vintage mood here, others i tried to get a bit of drama and dynamism. I'll post a few more here in the coming weeks and see how they are received.
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