Joe Norcott  

Sailing off of Portland Head Maine by Joe Norcott

November 2021 - Sailing off of Portland Head Maine

About the Image(s)

While taking photos at the Portland Head Lighthouse I followed this sailboat and got in a good position with the rocks to take the photo. Took this while holding the camera. ISO 200, f9, 1/320 sec.

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8 comments posted

Joe Kennedy   Joe Kennedy
"Good position?" I see that you captured the sailboat as it crossed in front of the opening in the rocks. not sure if that is the "better spot or would it be better not centered?" The rocks have good detail. Just a tad soft on the boat.   Posted: 11/03/2021 15:42:24
Joe Norcott   Joe Norcott
I knew it broke the photo composition rule of thirds. However, like some of the professional speakers I have seen at club events they tell you it's ok to do it when the opportunity arises. They even admit they do it. I did consider the rocks on both sides rising above the center rocks a mild rule of thirds. Lucky to get the boat sailing so close and not blurring. Thanks for the comments.   Posted: 11/05/2021 16:17:31

Peter Elliston   Peter Elliston
Sure this is dead central but makes the viewer know what is the main point of this image. Bold and in your face but I wonder if there is a blue cast on this unless the sailboat did have slightly blue sails? Or is that just the blue reflected from the sea? Maybe trying some white balance adjustments would sort that out. The foreground rocks are perhaps a little bright.
  Posted: 11/05/2021 04:30:28
Joe Norcott   Joe Norcott
Will take a look again at the original and check on these areas. Your right the idea was to center the boat so it stands out.   Posted: 11/05/2021 16:18:44

Marisa Fang   Marisa Fang
Joe, the position of the sailboat looks good to me. The rocks are close up with good details. I also like the different blue colors of the sky and the water, very delightful! - Marisa   Posted: 11/06/2021 15:46:13

Sheldon Wecker   Sheldon Wecker
Joe, my first reaction as an ex-sailor is that they are too close to the rocks!

Framing the boat in the rocks works for me. I find the rocks to be a bit bright, and the boat a bit dark. I think adjusting their relative brightness would cement the boat as the focal point of the image.   Posted: 11/09/2021 09:04:28

John Hackett   John Hackett
Sometimes it is good to break the rules that we make for ourselves. This is one of those occasions as the whole makes a pattern as well as a picture, if that makes sense.A slight blueness to the picture, but it could be one of those days.   Posted: 11/13/2021 05:04:52

Glenn Rudd   Glenn Rudd
A nicely composed and photographed subject. The boat appearing to run into the rocks is a little distracting. As pointed out, the focus on the boat is a little soft compared to the detail in the rocks. The apparent blue cast fits with the scene but might want to be tweaked just a little.   Posted: 11/15/2021 20:29:58


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