Stuart Ord  

Kimmeridge Bay by Stuart Ord

October 2021 - Kimmeridge Bay

About the Image(s)

We were on holiday in Dorset for most of September, blessed by super weather. Dorset and Devon have an interesting coastline famous for having many fossils in the cliffs which are being eroded away by the sea and rock falls. In this particular bay, lines of rock go out into the sea, so at low tide people can walk along them looking at the rock structure for ammonites etc. Hammering to look for fossils is banned, but it’s good fun looking. Being the middle of the day on the south coast, the sun was reflecting off the water and turning the figures into a silhouette.

Olympus M1ii, Olympus 14-150mm lens at 75 mm, 1/250 sec at f18, ISO200. Processed from RAW in Affinity.

10 comments posted

Don York   Don York
I would try a crop off the bottom and left side to let the leading line along the water edge on the right direct you to the people.   Posted: 10/05/2021 14:57:46

Jerry Funk   Jerry Funk
I agree with Don. That cropping would be more interesting to me.   Posted: 10/05/2021 17:50:50
Stuart Ord   Stuart Ord
Thanks for your comments. I have some other images taken at the same time without the left side, but I chose this because it makes (for me) a triangle pointing to the figures, and the interesting texture of the foreground rocks. The left edge is a bit indistinct, but that's the nature of the rocks. On reflection, it's a fair comment. Here's another one which you might prefer.   Posted: 10/06/2021 03:32:09
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Jerry Funk   Jerry Funk
Yes, I prefer this one.   Posted: 10/06/2021 06:26:59

Jerry Snyder   Jerry Snyder
The gathering of people confirm the draw of these rocks. The attraction is sufficient for people to risk walking of the wet, and possible slippery, rock approaching the promontory. I think that the exposure with the people in silhouette works well.   Posted: 10/09/2021 13:08:59
Stuart Ord   Stuart Ord
You're right, Jerry, the rocks were absolutely lethal when wet! I saw several people fall. At one stage I found myself at the far end and with a couple of metres of all wet rock between me and dry rock as the tide was coming in. I was contemplating crawling as I didn't want to fall especially carrying camera, but managed to test each foothold and made it without that. The things we do for photography!   Posted: 10/09/2021 14:32:20

Robert Knight   Robert Knight
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I like the original image because it creates a great sense of space which is lost in the second image. The patterns in the foreground rocks are highlighted by the light coming from the left which is also casting attractive speckles in the sea. I think an improvement to the original, if possible, might be to draw out a bit more detail in the sky. The second image appears to be another shot because the position of the man originally on the left has changed.   Posted: 10/09/2021 16:39:08
Stuart Ord   Stuart Ord
Thanks, Bob. Yes, it is a dfferent one. I expected people to comment on that man in the first one because it looks to me like his legs are cut off! He might be in the water, or it's just a trick of the light. Cropping just makes that look worse, so I chose a different image. I did darken the sky a bit, probably could have done more, but I didn't want to distract too much from the silhouettes.   Posted: 10/10/2021 13:47:56

John Roach   John Roach
Stuart, I like your original posting and definitely not the alternative you posted. My reasons are that you intuition was right on in the first post for the silhouette of the people and their placement in the scene, leads my eye through the image is a very pleasing way. The light is dramatic and it needs space to play on the rocks and the water with the sky just about right to not detract from the subject of the jetty with all people. I love the image. Well done.   Posted: 10/18/2021 11:35:31
Stuart Ord   Stuart Ord
Thanks, John. And indeed thanks to all for your comments. Photography gives lots of split opinions, and in most ways that's good. It would be boring if there were a formula that always worked for everyone.   Posted: 10/18/2021 12:47:08


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