Robin Voorhees  

Jetties by Robin Voorhees

January 2020 - Jetties

About the Image(s)

Shot at F/11, 1/320, ISO 400 Focal Length 105 mm

I was trying to tell the story of the freight ships out in the ocean waiting to get into port in NYC. Just looking at them from the beach, doesn’t quite give you the same feeling as what I hope this photo does. It was a very windy day, probably cold and rough all the way out where the boats were. December was a busy month, did not get any good shots, hence another beach picture from Thanksgiving weekend. I did take time that weekend to take pictures at the beach which I find challenging.

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5 comments posted

Andrew Klein   Andrew Klein
Robin - a very interesting picture. Quite mood evoking. May I offer some suggestions. The ship is important enough (based on your narrative) that I would crop half the rocks off at the bottom. The birds?? on the left might fare better as well. If not, you might crop in from the left. What I am suggesting is a bit more ship, water, rocks balance (1/3rd each). If you can, lighten the wave crashing into the rocks so this wonderful action can be easily adds dynamism to the picture. Finally (am am sorry to go on so long), the picture seems a bit muddy. Is there a rich solid black to anchor the tones? Or a white? This might punch it up a bit. Of course, all this palaver is irrelevant if the artist, you, love it just this way. Which is as it should be,   Posted: 01/09/2020 15:27:56
Andrew- Thank you for your comments. I will try your suggestions and post again. Not sure what you mean about how to anchor the tones?
  Posted: 01/10/2020 08:25:51

Andrew Klein   Andrew Klein
Please remember, my comments are about what I might do, not what you should do. In B&W shots I look to anchor the tones by selecting a solid black (no detail) or a light tone that is just at the edge of losing detail, but does not do so. This sets the other tones relative to this "anchor". Depending on the mood and the available tones this can set up the picture for tonal contrast, which often is when B&W seems most crisp. BUT, sometimes a series of mid-tones can work, too. It's all about what you are trying to "say" with your image.   Posted: 01/10/2020 13:26:28

Prasad Indulkar   Prasad Indulkar
Hi Robin

I love shooting sea and water bodies , and its very challenging to get the perfect shot but when you do its really something extraordinary to look at .

I agree with Andrew's observation about Cropping and using the wave splash in the frame .

Prasad   Posted: 01/11/2020 21:02:08

Laurie McShane
This certainly does seem to be a cold and windy day - you can feel it. There is nice texture to the rocks, but I wonder how it would look to lighten the overall exposure a bit? I commend you for getting out there in that type of weather!   Posted: 01/12/2020 18:35:46