A coconut on the beach in Hua Hin one early morning
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Nina (4916) 2002-10-29 13:01
Nice shot. Shame about the central positioning of the coconut shell.
adam (860) 2002-10-29 20:00
The way the horizon is slanting down and the border between sand and sea is sloping up is making me seasick. I think the coconut is positioned well since it's not exactly centered.
sam (897) 2002-10-30 13:05
I have to agree that I'd like to see the coconut off-center. My eye wants to be led somewhere, but all the lines are basically hoizontal, and the coconut just balances in the middle. The whole composition is so symmetrical that my eye doesn't go anywhere. Perhaps show a view down the beach, so that beach, sea and sky are thrown into perspective.
hiro (34) 2002-11-07 0:09
I like this picture as is. The light is great, and it has a certain surreal quality about it. The sloping horizon combined with the horizontal water line makes it look as if a huge swell is about to crash in. Since both the coconut and the background are more or less symmetrical, I think moving the coconut off center would only unbalance the picture.
BobTrips (1857) 2002-11-19 22:01
Another way that this could have been shot would be to make the coconut husk more of a central character. Get even lower and closer. Use a bit of fill flash/whatever to bring out the detail of the husk. Then let the eye be drawn to the sea and sky.
Sky and water are nicely exposed.
(And, yes, the horizon needs to be straightened. It bothers this old sailor.)
popabear (37) 2003-01-07 7:58
The exposure is great!
But the horizon has got to be leveled off.
I tried rotating the image myself. (e-mail me if you want to see it) the coconut shell is no longer right in the center, but off tto the side. the angle of the beach then gives the picture more dimension without making you feel seasick.
Maybe taking the picture from a different angle would ahve made a difference.
I get the impression that the shell is an upside down crab or turtle.