It never occurred to me until it hit me just now, but this originally romantic picture of someone's footprints fading away on the beach of Khao Lak has now become a very grim underlining of the terrible events to transpire at this very place one year later.
From a technical point of view, yes the photo is of course not very aligned with the horizon, but rotating it would also remove a lot of the sand patterns in the bottom corner which I feel give character to the shot. Cropping away the top third of the photo of course solves this problem and emphasizes an empty beach but I also think it becomes a less interesting image.
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Tilapia (176) 2007-04-12 13:58
I think that removing the top 1/5 of the photo, from where the surf begins to turn back, makes it a far more interesting photo. The top 1/5 of the photo has a lot of washed out sky and unrecognizable objects that, I believe, the image would be far better without.
The lower 4/5 of the photo has good contrast and sharpness. Depending on how one interprets it, there is much more here than an empty beach.
mandrew (540) 2007-04-12 17:25
Excellent comments re the symbolism within your photograph, the brutal power of the sea was all too evident on this coast.
I have done a workshop to straighten the sea horizont but by using "distort" tool I hope I have retained the power of the large foot prints at the bottom left of the image.
Oceanblue (18) 2007-04-19 10:45
love this pic.. u took it when i walked in front of u, right? :P
Benedict (7076) 2007-08-02 22:50
another (almost) famous "footprints in the sand". so well composed and vividly captured..i can see the grainy sand.