Grey day on Ile de Ré. Early Summer, two years ago. I remember the disappointment at the wintry weather when we got to Rivedoux, the first small village on the island side of the Ile de Ré Bridge. We had spent two days in La Rochelle in warm sunshine. It hardly seemed like Summer, with heavy rain falling intermittently and the sky a dismal sheet of cloud. I took this shot from almost the same place as this one. An hour later the sun was shining brilliantly, which made me think of Melbourne, where it is often jokingly said that we get four seasons in one day.
Critiques | Translate
ChrisJ (116136) 2009-05-13 5:53
The b&w conversion suits the mood here. I would gaussian blur the sky to mask the banding & grain. Good sharpness & tonal range & nice repetition of the boats. Tfs!
dareco (17134) 2009-05-13 6:07
Very moody! Nice in b&w. A serene and quiet looking place. TFS
snunney (101778) 2009-05-13 6:38
Good use of black and white to emphasise the grey mood. A fine well balanced composition; the person walking along the beach is ell placed and nicely counterbalances the beached boats. Good range of tones and great depth.
Floydian (30970) 2009-05-13 11:22
Looks like an image from the late 60s. It has a certain mood and setting that brings me back to that priod enahnced by your b&w toning. It's bright and soft, and still very appealing to look at. The low tide and the human passing by is a good touch to all this....very nice work.
sayeed_rahman (6459) 2009-05-13 14:42
Good proportion of black and white tones and arrangement. Once youve tried that the visual appeal is created automatically..controlling the exposure correctly is the key to nature shots and youve done it well here..
Like the fact that youve placed the boy at the centre..really holds the compo together.
MarcT (20964) 2009-05-13 23:31
Indeed, a melancolic picture and a good B&W treatment.
Perhaps the best option for taht type of light.
Royaldevon (40380) 2009-05-14 1:27
As always, your style and skill with composition shines through the greyness!
I love the diagonal aspect and the person in the f/g adds real interest.
Not too sure about the graininess!
The jury is still out on that!
Have a good day,
trekks (14348) 2009-05-14 5:22
This can easily fooled me as an oldies B&W photo because I have never been to France. The low tide scene is depicting lazy afternoon kind of mood.
Yet compared to the linked view, I suppose the bridge makes a big difference to the change of condition, because to trust my weary eyes, I copy the photo with the bridge and conver the same to B&W to compare.
I would say the composition and POV make a dramatic change to the scene and appeal with the presence of the larger boat, the bridge and parallel line of the shore.
This one with just a single soul walking at the inner edge [he could have walked along the water edge? and all the feet stuck in the mud] depicts a lonely mood. And your title really says it nicely.
nwoehnl (122) 2009-05-14 7:25
Very nice photo, Andrew. The contrasty black and white is aptly chosen to enhance the melancholic mood that results from your smart composition of the single person walking amidst the vast and somewhat barren-looking coastal surroundings. The scattered boats deliver a fine graphical aspect. Nice work.
phwall (6785) 2009-05-14 15:14
If it wasn't for the modern looking boats, it would be difficult to put a date to this image. It has all the qualities that make it timeless, it could be a scene from back in the early part of the 20th Century.
Beautifully composed image, I also like the B/W presentation,
mjdundee (4663) 2009-05-15 2:49
You always take the weather with you - don't you?
I like the film grain look on this one. Title fits perfectly. So does the frame.
Very nice work. TFS
jlbrthnn (76037) 2009-05-15 6:48
The sight is beautiful and realistic. it happens that the sky is covered in "Poitou-Charentes", and sometimes for long periods in autumn and winter. It is however, in the "île de Ré" and on coast of Charente, the second sunniest area of France, after la "côte d'Azur". Very beautiful artistic composition.
Have a nice day
azaf1 (15929) 2009-05-15 10:20
A very nice frame of the seaside and I like the b/w to bring the mood of the cloudy day. Nice POV and very good contrast and light manipulation.
Have a lovely weekend and TFS
delkoo (68) 2009-05-17 2:12
Your photo has a pretty well chosen pov and an excellent mood , great moment a bit sad and Melancholy.
windosil (1158) 2009-05-17 3:16
Like something in an old holiday brochure, Andrew! Full of atmosphere, well cropped. The white shingle on the left lines up with the brightest part of the water on the right, and the man gives a scale to the whole.
jhm (155370) 2009-05-17 4:33
Very far of your country is France almost the other side of the world
A fine well balanced composition, but I would the colour version add a WS.
Composition and real colours give a very nice view on the port.
Very well done, tFS.
Have a nice sunday,
alftrek (3270) 2009-05-17 7:17
For a moment, I almost thought that this was taken just recently assuming that you might be in France for another vacation.
Now this is really a great piece of composition with the diagonal coastline and the man walking towards you. To me it is really interesting to see something different at low tide with the boats stranded on dry ground. Most of us would capture it when it is at high tide. The mood evokes a feeling of desolation.
Technically, I think the quality is simply excellent, in terms of exposure and sharpness. You must be able to see plenty of details on the full-sized original version.
ElAprendiz (30) 2009-05-17 7:20
You're right. Textured B & W gives a touch of melancholy to remember.
The photos on gray days I do not like, but given the fact this transformation is known.
The composition is remarkable and the perfect fit. Nice job, congratulations.
Kielia (24077) 2009-05-17 10:04
the atmosphere of the tide that is including the melancholy is excellently captured due to using B&W. Very good POV on this lonesome place. The walking person adds a nice human touch. TFS!
gildasjan (43654) 2009-05-17 10:12
Une composition B&W au contraste doux qui donne un bon cachet à cette réalisation et ici un personnage très bien cadré en bas à gauche.
Giorgio (11279) 2009-05-18 6:36
- Good idea for the b&w Andrew, very nice and poetic ambience, the figure, adds an indisputable bonus in this already nice realization, well done!
*It's a pity the top of the tower is so close to the frame and the lamp is cut off at the bottom, but I know how hard it is to fit everything in sometimes! Or I would have needed a ultra-wide angle lens or to throw myself into the Seine river, behind me, I preferred framing gripped ;o)
Waylim (25502) 2009-05-18 13:04
I like this expansive landscape, the inclusion of hte boy walking is great to give a sense of scale and liveliness. Black and white is always a good basic photography classic way of presentation. I like the idea. The low tide really give the landscape some extra texture of the exposed rocks and soil. I don't if this perhaps is a little bit over sharpness, it lacks a little bit of intensity or pehaps a little bit too light. I can't quiet put my finger on it.
aadilj (18102) 2009-05-19 4:11
This is fantastic andrew. very nciely seen and very well compsoed with lovely textures and tones.
Disabled_A (0) 2009-05-22 7:50
from the point of view of composition, this is a really excellent shot.
From the point of view of exposure and "B&W shots", I probably find the right part overexposed...
But the mood is great! I like it. And the mood which this shot creates is the most important (at least, for me).
jaywalker (16105) 2009-05-29 13:45
Hi Andrew, The choice of B/W was perfect & a great view, I love the sprinkle of small boats dotted along the shore line & the person walking through is a great finishing touch, TFS, kind regards Wilson.
skippy007 (12510) 2009-06-04 0:30
Hello Andrew, I think BW really suits this scene it creates/enhances the grey mood you spoke about. Nice tones & very well balanced by the well placed person walking along the shore. Well done. I hear that you will be thereabouts soon. Buon voyage.
Melbourne weather, I thought we were quite serious when we said that. ;-)
Wanda1 (15142) 2009-10-12 21:51
The black and white in this case adds to the melanholic and lonesome feeling as well as the single person and all the boats stranded in the mud. Nice textures and pleasing composition.
- Copyright: Andrew McRae (macondo) (19670)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Black & White
- Date Taken: 2007-06-17
- Categories: Nature
- Camera: Pentax K100D, Sigma 18-50m F/3.5-5.6 DC
- Exposure: f/11, 1/250 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Theme(s): France [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2009-05-13 5:41