by: © Gregg Beukelman (4y expr.)
Hi Gregg, What a moody image! Once again, I enjoy your unique perspective and how close you were to the ice and ocean to make this image. Through your strong composition and utilizing the low lighting conditions, you've definitely achieved your goal of showing the juxtaposition between beauty and power. Great work!
As with your first image, you have done an excellent job filling the frame with only the most important elements. Nothing distracts from the primary subject here! In addition, you've taken what could easily be a busy scene and distilled it down to the essence - sand, ice, water, and sky.
I particularly enjoy your low perspective. This serves to emphasize the icebergs in the foreground well while keeping context in the background. It also creates the illusion of depth in the frame. I wouldn't mind some additional separation between the icebergs in the front and in the background, as currently they are merging visually. Raising your camera/tripod up just a few inches would help create more space between these two elements. In doing so, the ocean in the background will come into play more strongly (to increase your desired message of "power").
Use of camera,
You've chosen an appropriate shutter speed/ISO setting to freeze the moving icebergs, yet capture some movement in the waves in the background. The whites and mid-tones look great, but the darks (specifically in the foreground sand) look a bit underexposed since there is very little detail visible.
The diffused lighting conditions really bring out the blues in the ice and sky, which makes the image feel appropriately cold. The dark sky increases the moodiness of this scene.
The very front tip of the iceberg to the ocean looks in sharp focus. Well done maintaining an extensive depth of field for this landscape scene.
The juxtaposition of the power of the ocean and the beauty and uniqueness of the ice. This was one of many I took at this site before dawn. It was just so much fun play see all >
The juxtaposition of the power of the ocean and the beauty and uniqueness of the ice. This was one of many I took at this site before dawn. It was just so much fun playing with the composition of the various ice chunks as they were moved by the waves.
Lens: Super-Wide: < 20mm
Date and time: 30 Nov -0001 00:00
Original size: 1920px X 1280px
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How to improve your photo
Add light in the underexposed sand to bring out more detail/texture in the dark areas.
In the field, pay attention to merging elements in your frame. Raise or lower your tripod as needed to retain space between elements.
Keep up the awesome work finding unique perspectives!
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