Emmy Denton  


a walk at the beach by Emmy Denton

November 2021 - a walk at the beach

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Image data:
Camera iPhone Xr
Lens 4.25 mm
Aperture 1.8
1/991 s
ISO 25


My favorite lens is the wide angle - so I love my iPhone camera’s perspective. I had my Nikon camera but forgot my memory card plugged into my computer and the ones I had with me were all full… so used my phone’s camera. The iPhone default camera allows you to pick an area for focus and exposure but you have no control of aperture or exposure length. You get what you get. So I focused on composition. What do you think should I crop in tighter? I really like the ocean in the distance it gives a place for you eyes to rest.


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5 comments posted




Damon Williams   Damon Williams
Hey Emmy, I kind of like this actually. Good instinct, IMHO, to get an interesting foreground, with the footprints, which serve as a leading line into the mid ground. Color, exposure, and focus/DoF seem good to me. I gotta tell ya, phone cameras are not to be underestimated, since they can do a lot, have algorithms that take a lot of the burden off the photographer, and software tricks that are truly amazing...oh, and fit in your pocket so you can keep them with you at all times. Several years ago some buddies and I spent about three months ONLY using phones which, as you mention, really make you focus on composition.

So I mention that you have what I thought were good fore and mid-grounds, but I'm not really seeing anything in the background to which to direct the viewer's eyes. I think even a blurry surf line, or the horizon might be enough to sort of contain the image. As it stands, I just don't see that background interest. But, you know, now that I look at it a little more, maybe cropping down so that the rough patch at the top goes away, and you just have the image trailing off into sand, would change the overall impression. Anyway, think about it.



  Posted: 11/03/2021 12:03:13



Emmy Denton   Emmy Denton
Hi Damon, thank you so much for your comments. After I sent the picture to Richard I sat down and asked myself what really interested you in taking this picture? Answer was the rocks and the bird prints. So I cropped it as you suggest and did a border clean and entered it in a club competition and it got 3rd place and I am also much happier with the photo. So I agree with you and so does the club judge.   Posted: 11/06/2021 01:56:44
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Jane Pittenger   Jane Pittenger
I just saw this after you added the recrop and I really like the change. The footprints, the rock and the beach sand art are such a lovely combination. I like how the path of the foot prints and the sand lines seem to go together. My wish would have been that you took the shot so that the sand art wasn't cut off on the left…maybe landscape orientation or wider iPhone sot if your phone allows. Personally I love the sand art and find it almost irresistible when I am walking on the beach so that bias may be impacting my suggestion. Well seen for sure and I like how the second crop brings the eye to what is really important. I think the rock adds a nice sense of foundation   Posted: 11/06/2021 13:24:12



John Meiers   John Meiers
Also like the cropped version.The blue tint at the top is just enough to make me believe there is water beyond which works great with the cropped version.   Posted: 11/06/2021 20:19:50



Dianne Arrigoni   Dianne Arrigoni
I as well like the cropped version. The footprints and the 3 rocks leading the eye into the background works really well. Well composed.   Posted: 11/26/2021 19:15:34