One of my first shot in Angola. I usually spent my sunday close to the sea when I was there. This place was the harbour from which we could take a boat to the Mussulo island in front of Luanda.
This view was taken from the local harbour called Futungo about 10 miles south of Luanda if I remember well. One can see the birds attracted by the fishes left by the seamen. On the background, we can also notice the crowd gathering on the pontoon to get a boat.
At this time, I found the framing interesting due to this bright red painting on the boat. Now, I'm aware the picture looks quite empty on the right part. Still I like it as a good remembrance of this experience I lived in this remote country during almost one year and a half.
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robshort (72) 2003-09-10 10:34
Despite your comments, I like the framing. Good capture.
PiotrS (443) 2003-09-10 11:10
Well there are at least three photos here, the trouble is they are all mixed up. The boat is itself an interesting subject, especially the textures of the stripping paint, and the colours there.
Secondly, the birds on the right of the boat are an interesting background for your shot, but probably a bit too far away, giving this impression of emptiness on the right that you describe.
(As an aside, I think you could also make a shot using the birds in the foreground and the people on the bridge in the background.)
So all in all, a lot on interesting things here, they just need a bit of order! Image quality and exposure is excellent however.
I am not really sure what could be done with the shot you have posted, so I will be interested in seeing some ideas from other critiquers.
richtersl (3546) 2003-09-10 11:10
Very nice photo. And, I like the framing alot.
Contrary to what you say I don't think the picture looks empty at all on the right side. My eye is first drawn to the birds and then to the crowd. The angle and height at which you took the photo gives you a true "bird's eye view" of the scene.
BobTrips (1857) 2003-09-10 13:01
It's interesting to make one's evaluation of a shot and produce a Workshop before reading what others have to say....
Here's what I see. A strong subject in the boat, but it's almost given a secondary role among the general scene. And the rest of the potentially interesting parts of the image are too far away and too cluttered (birds layered on top of people/pontoon).
I gave you a Workshop where I first leveled the image. Hate to see the ocean run back on the shore drowning all those people ;o)
Then I cropped the frame to concentrate on your main subject. After looking at my posted image I think I might have left a bit more on the right to provide better balance. You can play with that.
I don't agree about the excellent exposure. You were shooting a difficult subject, a darkish, backlit object. You exposed well for the boat, captured rich colors yet didn't let it go so dark that the details were obscured.
The sky and sand are (IMO) overexposed, so I selected them and darkened them a bit to add more richness, some of the type of richness that the boat brings to the shot.
Finally I sharpened. In the original image the details of the boat are a bit blurry. Almost all images need sharpening after reducing to TE posting size.
marioDS (0) 2003-09-10 16:53
A cor do barco é bonita. Faz uma foto muita legal !
femkevdh (2633) 2003-09-18 17:57
ah.. boats and harbours, always greatfull and colorfull subjects. I agree with both the workshoppers but still a nice photo with great DOF
zeus (1462) 2004-07-23 7:31
Very good picture, Steven. The explanation explain a lot. The composition is very rich as well. Good job, specially because the boat on the left with the colours.
natc (315) 2005-07-06 1:18
i like the people and birds gathering the same way. it's funny.
gnfreire (26) 2005-10-10 9:41
Great one again ! Thanks for sharing.
- Copyright: Steven Le Vourc'h (Curioso) (9271)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2000-10-31
- Categories: Daily Life
- Camera: Sony DSC-F55E, JPEG 100 ISO
- Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
- Travelogue: LIVING IN ANGOLA
- Theme(s): Life in Angola has different faces., Harbours around the world [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2003-09-10 10:04