Critique Style Requested: Initial Reaction

Please share your immediate response to the image before reading the photographer’s intent (obscured text below) or other comments. The photographer seeks a genuinely unbiased first impression.

Questions to guide your feedback

Is this a peaceful scene or not?

Other Information

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Image Description

When I took this image he asked me “Don’t those people mess your image?”. I told him that I would remove them in post processing. But when I looked at the image I decided it looked better with them included. I think it tells a story. Does it for you?

Technical Details

GFX50R, 45-100mm, f/11

Specific Feedback

I am interested mostly in conceptional feedback.

BTW, I am aware that the image is tilted. I will correct that later. That is, I think it’s tilted.

Hi Igor,
I love coastal scenes and this looks like a fun and interesting place to photograph! I do find the background peaceful. The gentle subdued tones of the sky and sand are really pleasing to my eye. I find myself looking at the foreground more though as it is a bit mysterious and really gets my imagination going; it makes me think I’m looking at dinosaur bones! So, due to the foreground, I shifted from a feeling state, to a thinking state of wonder.

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Igor, there is tension in this scene for me. The object in the foreground and then the long expanse of sand without any real point of interest suggest it is still a way to get to the water. The object almost looks like some dead sea monster.

My first impression is of a desert island with few missing persons therfore the image is not peaseful for me.