I thought about removing the bird, but at full resolution and full screen, it looks like a bird, not a spot, and adds to the photo. I didn't see the pole as a distraction but I think you're right. Thank you for pointing it out.
Nonsense! A beautiful image! Great sky, great surf. The pole is like a pointer, the spot, if it isn't a bird, is a UFO; leave it alone. Fine color and composition. Wonderful image.
Be Cool, don't freeze...
Thank you both. A slower speed might have made a better photo but probably at the cost of my new camera. I was standing against the sea wall in a 20-30 knot wind and getting soaked by spay. All I could think about was salt getting into my lens. I aimed, squeezed, and ran.
This is an exquisite photo overall. Buildings are very Hopperish and I love the way the unseen clouds cast the shadow on the water. In the slowness of my computer in loading the image, I find I like it better without the rocks in the foreground. The redness in them keeps my eye from moving around as it should. I truly love the light and color in this. Where in New England is this?
Thank you both. The redness of the rocks bothered me as well; it wasn't apparent while I was composing the shot. I tried to tone it down in Photoshop but it left the top of the rocks without definition. In the end, I convinced myself that it gave the picture 'character'.
The photo is of a private summer communty in Groton, CT called Groton Long Point.