Paul McLaughlin  

Solitude by Paul McLaughlin

July 2021 - Solitude

July 2021 - Paul McLaughlin


About the Image(s)

Overview July 2021 Group 71Title: Solitude

This was taken with a Nikon 780 in June of this year. I was at a beach a few miles from my house. I enjoy this beach, Hull, as it faces the ocean not the harbor and the weather and waves tend to be more dramatic. The day was somewhat cloudy and the beach virtually empty.
Nikon 780
1/2000 @ f/6.3
ISO 160 Lens 24-120mm

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4 comments posted

Mike Patterson   Mike Patterson
This is a perfect image to depict your theme of solitude. I like the subject matter and the fact that you have a focal point in the image -- the person sitting alone on the beach with an empty ocean and barren landscape tell the story. I wonder if you could crop closer to the figure by removing a bit more of the sky. The beach, person and water are what drive the image. Cropping down to the person a little more might have help bring him/her up from a mere dot on the scene.   Posted: 07/01/2021 09:10:18

Theresa Rice   Theresa Rice
I like this image. To me the bent-over, head down posture of the person in the image seems more lonely than just alone and the tonality in the scene also seem a little bleak. In other words, this image really tells a human story that you don't always get in landscapes and that gives it real impact.
If it were my image, I'd consider cloning out a few minor distractions (a dark clump on the left; a dark clump and a dark divot on the right) or just cropping in a bit more proportionally to remove those distractions and bring more attention to the subject.   Posted: 07/02/2021 01:43:30

John Zhu   John Zhu
Nice composition and perfect cut. Simple but with layers of presentation. It's a very calm setting. Wish the sky could be a bit more drmatic.   Posted: 07/07/2021 15:15:38

Nigel Dalton   Nigel Dalton
The theme of Solitude is captured well. I wonder whether some simplification would help. For instance, there's sky, sea, sand and grasses as well as the man in the picture, all competing for your attention. I tried this one with a letterbox crop that puts the man on the lower left 1/3 of the image cropped just above the grass, and I personally preferred it. It makes the image too small but I think it helps the balance and theme. If you had another image with more sea and sand to the right hand side that might work.   Posted: 07/14/2021 10:33:43