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This is a discussion on Boat Building Sixteenth Century within the Critiques forums, part of the Photography & Fine art photography category; Using sixteenth century design and tools, this gentleman is putting the finishing touches on a French fishing trawler. As you ...

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    Using sixteenth century design and tools, this gentleman is putting the finishing touches on a French fishing trawler. As you can see, this was just before a storm which is common in this area of the island.

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    The colours - exposure and the light is beautiful.

    I'm not sure about the composition though - I can't put my finger on it but it feels slightly 'awkward'...and because I don't know what else is just off to the right or left it's hard to comment. I think what bothers me most is the building in the background it's - form is obscurred - and lots of sky on the right side.

    i'll think harder though...

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    Well, I am not sure what building you were talking about but, presto...no buildings. As for composition I made use of strong diagonals to lead into the photo and a strong vertical and the sky to give depth. The sides of the boat lead to the artisan. One apparently unfixable problem is that the structure of the boat, partially obscured the boat builder. I would have preferred to see more of what he was doing, but I did not see any solution given the cross beams on the boat. My intention was to link the boatbuilder, the boat, and the location and approaching storm in one shot. Zooming in or out and moving the camera angle would have created other problems.

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    Too funny - and nice PS work. The buliding I was referring to was the tan structure with the arch in the middle left. It feels a bit weird to see the width of that building. If this were my shot with no obstacles I might have gone in superwide and tried to get more boat with more of the length of that building...

    but not all shots are possible given the environment - that's for sure!

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    Quote Originally Posted by marko
    Too funny - and nice PS work. The buliding I was referring to was the tan structure with the arch in the middle left. It feels a bit weird to see the width of that building. If this were my shot with no obstacles I might have gone in superwide and tried to get more boat with more of the length of that building...

    but not all shots are possible given the environment - that's for sure!
    Thanks, Marko, I was kind of wondering whether you might be referring to that tan gate/arch in the wall of a huge fort. That is not a building. That is where the fort is entered from the water in the bay. That shot was at 28mm and unfortunately superwide would have made the artisan smaller and the image flatter near the gate, which was not what I wanted.

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    I like this shot but I wonder if the right side is way too empty. I think the shot would be much stronger if you cropped the right side almost until the center and take 5-10% off the sky. Just my opinion though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gibbon
    I like this shot but I wonder if the right side is way too empty. I think the shot would be much stronger if you cropped the right side almost until the center and take 5-10% off the sky. Just my opinion though.
    Well, here seems to be what you suggested. I wonder however whether the arch is not too centrally located in the frame. What do you think?

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    Hey I like that better actually, nice suggestion from gibbon! IMO you are right tegan the arch is too central and I would suggest cropping even (perhaps 20-25%) more into the photo from the right side. Yes you crop into the boat, but for me the photo works better as well.

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    Well, what do you think?

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    At the end of the day I like this shot better than the original. What do YOU think?

    Thanks!

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