An early February morning in northeast Florida. I was entranced by the endless cadence of rolling waves and sea foam drifting into shore. So easy to get lost in dreaming.
Type of Critique Requested
Conceptual: Feedback on the message and story conveyed by the image.
Emotional: Feedback on the emotional impact and artistic value of the image.
Specific Feedback and Self-Critique
I’ve tried with this image to create a mood that resonates with others. Trying to avoid the cliché, yet drawn to the early morning surf, I hope it’s something more than just another pretty picture of an ocean sunrise.
Hmm I think I agree with @David_Bostock on this. At first, I liked the foam at the bottom and my biggest issue was the huge amount of “dead” space at lower right but I think this crop addressed it nicely.
I gotta say Steve, that I love your image as presented! Even when I first saw this before the comments I wanted to say how different this is from any other ocean/wave/sunset image I’ve seen. Perhaps one of the most creative. Ocean sunsets are a dime a dozen, right? like shots of the Milky Way, sun-stars, etc. etc. Sunsets are beautiful, often spectacular and there is much that can be captured at the ocean shore that is often very beautiful too.
Can’t really explain it, but the action of the foreground little waves of foam have created something I can’t say I’ve seen before and that gives this image a huge leg up, if I can use the term. Those rolled little waves of foam - kinda remind me of those floating tubes that they use to contain oil spills? (sorry, the name escapes me) but the shutter speed has really allowed those little waves to take on something again, quite unique that I can’t say I’ve seen before.
I read that and immediately thought of your image AND that out of focus foreground wave. Now it makes sense to me as to why this is so unique. That little wave up front is just a connection to what is outside the frame - the periphery.
I dunno. Maybe I’m reaching… but I just find this very, very cool and unique.
ps. IMHO, the cropped image works beautifully. At the same time though, it returns the image to a much more ordinary seascape.
I’m with @Lon_Overacker on this one - I love that slightly OOF foreground wave. Along with the next set of waves it acts to frame that foreground area of brightness and subtle color. It also adds a dreamy aspect to the scene. And that teeny bit of sun peeping up - perfect. I wouldn’t change anything.
Thank you, @David_Bostock, @Matt_Payne , @Diane_Miller, @Lon_Overacker, @Bonnie_Lampley, @Don_Jacobson, and @John_Williams for weighing in on my image and providing the helpful comments! I like the comments and suggestions about cropping the foam from the bottom, which frankly didn’t occur to me, or not for long, during post-processing. I liked the foam along the bottom to help frame and draw attention to the crisscrossing foam in the foreground and create a more unusual, dreamy feel, which Lon and Bonnie alluded to. I wasn’t as concerned about it being OOF because everything was moving, you can tell it’s foam, and I liked the overall feel. Also, I wanted the bottom half of the image to be the main focus, not the horizon and sky, which to me made it less of a cliche sunrise scene. But I also like the cropped version too…hmmm! Thanks!