Gary Potts, APSA, GMPSA, SPSA  


November 2021 - KINSALE THREE

November 2021 - Gary Potts, APSA, GMPSA, SPSA


About the Image(s)

This was taken on a hill overlooking Kinsale harbor in Ireland. I just processed the image today (Oct 28th) after taking it 2 1/2 years ago! Such is life with the pandemic. For several reasons, my personal feelings about this image do not support it being submitted in the many international exhibitions I participate in around the world. I'm not completely sure why, and that's precisely the reason to choose it for November and get your valued and important feedback. I'll welcome that as always. Hope everyone is well and getting back to some sense of normal.

7 comments posted

Arik Gorban   Arik Gorban
Hi Gary. The composition and the tones are beautiful. Overall, the picture is interesting and is handled well. On my screen, the sky appears a bit noisy. It could be due to the small file size and large screen. There's a tiny white branch or grass on the bottom border, about a quarter of the way from the left.
In terms of competitions, this picture would work best as a print where the judges have time to explore the different areas in the image. There are a few interesting sections in the frame that tell the story. They all belong here and support the overall presentation, but may not work in a competition, where the judges have a few seconds to look and no time to explore the image.
  Posted: 11/02/2021 19:35:56
Gary Potts   Gary Potts
Hi Arik,

Great feedback! Thank you. I understand your points completely.   Posted: 11/03/2021 18:47:08

Jack Florence Jr   Jack Florence Jr
Couple of things appear to me, Gary; the position of the three sailboats, primarily. It doesn't need to be a perfect triangle, but they way you've captured them, I just want to nudge one or the another, don't like the two at right being so aligned.

Secondly, and I noticed this on Charles' image also, the high contrast landscape while compelling, diminishes the sky. Likely this is just a stylistic difference to our approaches, but I prefer the sky to take on a more prominent role.

Aside from this, I can see what attracted you to the scene, and I very much appreciate you sharing something that your a bit on the fence about as it makes for a great discussion.   Posted: 11/04/2021 21:39:56

Palli Gajree   Palli Gajree
Hi Gary
You've given us a nice scene to enjoy. I also like the overall tones giving the image a 3-D effect.
Having said that, my thoughts coincide with Jack in terms of the alignment of the two sailing boats.
  Posted: 11/05/2021 22:30:44

Charles Walker   Charles Walker
Gary, everyone is sifting through their image library to find neglected images during this relentless pandemic. I am glad you found this one. I like what you did to emphasize the sailboats (e.g., eliminating the house in the middle of the image). The large boats seem so much bigger than the smaller ones (probably Sunfishes or Lasers?). I'd be tempted to delete the small boats and crop more of the right side of the image to emphasize the larger sailboats and to reinforce their right-to-left motion. Does that help or have I become scissor happy?
  Posted: 11/08/2021 18:03:12

Melanie Hurwitz   Melanie Hurwitz
Gary, A pleasant scene, well captured. I agree that it needs to be studied to be appreciated so may not do well in competitions. It certainly would do well on a wall. I do like the processing.   Posted: 11/09/2021 15:55:58

Emil Davidzuk   Emil Davidzuk

We are all looking at images that were in limbo on in our photo catalogs. It is good thing looking for gems that were below shallow ground

I am on the same page as Jack regarding sailboat positioning and the sky all fixable. The foreground and mid-ground are very strong and to me overwhelm the background.


Emil   Posted: 11/11/2021 12:11:16


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