Janet DiMattia  

Untitled by Janet DiMattia

April 2021 - Untitled

About the Image(s)

I had gone on a beach walk last summer in hopes of getting some bird shots. Not many birds were around so I began to notice the waves and how they were sweeping over the flats. Noticed this piece of seaweed being tumbled around and somewhat anchored by a shell. Took several shots of it in different arrangements but like the flow of the seaweed as shown here. Purposely did not attempt to remove the sand particles from the strands in post processing as my intent was to capture what is in the wrack line as the waves flow in and out.
Coolpix P7100, SS 1/4sec, F 2.8, ISO 100, handheld, natural lighting.

4 comments posted

Charissa Lansing   Charissa Lansing
Hi, Janet!
The image makes me think of an exotic sea creature and I can imagine myself exploring the beach to discover what has washed ashore. How lucky one would be to discover this seaweed treasure while admiring the patterns of sweeping waves over the sand.

I find this diagonal composition dynamic, as it conveys a sense of flowing movement enhanced by the curves of the seaweed. The green really pops and my eye is drawn to the shell in this arrangement. I also enjoy seeing the grains of sands and think it adds to the realistic quality of the image. Thank you for sharing this!   Posted: 04/12/2021 09:44:01

Georges Dormoy   Georges Dormoy
This photo was taken at a right time of the day, with no direct sun (probably a grey cloudy day). It is much better than having direct and hard sun rays. This soft light is making the atmosphere very pleasant.
Everything is in focus, even with a f2.8 aperture and 1/4 speed. I presume you used a tripod in order to have this sharpness ?

I find the composition very well balanced, with the shell well positioned. Nothing distracted my eyes.
Well done.
  Posted: 04/12/2021 10:08:04

Sandra Irwin   Sandra Irwin
I am captivated by this photo! I feel it invites the viewer in for a close look, and an even closer study. I love the sand dotting it all, the shell, quite well covered, and the interesting green "fingers! Great composition. Also, as others have noted, the lighting was right for a great shot!   Posted: 04/12/2021 23:08:07

Dick States   Dick States
This is a great image with great composition. I enjoyed studying the image. Like the sand grains. I like how when I first looked at the image I did not notice the shell. As I began to look a little closer I discovered the shell, a nice surprise, a bonus. Would not change anything. Love the image.   Posted: 04/16/2021 19:23:30


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