I have photographed this same jetty about 18 months ago and really liked the perspective. I was hoping for a nice colourful sunset last night and headed out to take some shots. Unfortunately this little gem has now been "tagged" by graffiti artists.
As it turns out the sunset just didn't really happen, too much cloud maybe?
In any case I thought that the black and white treatment worked to emphasise the graffiti rather than ignore it, making it part of the scene.
My husband suggests next time I go to take a pot of white paint and undo the graffiti!
The Entrance is a district centre and town of the Central Coast region of New South Wales, Australia. It is part of the Wyong Shire local government area.
The town occupies an area of land that is bounded by water on three sides. The township with a population of approx 2500 gains it name from the channel that runs along much of its northern border that is the entrance to The Tuggerah Lakes. The Entrance has been a very popular holiday destination for many people since the first guest house was established in 1885.
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tyro (21726) 2014-04-08 1:45
Again you have come up with a fabulous seascape and this one works brilliantly well in black and white.
The real "star of the show" here, of course, is that glorious sky and its incredible cloud detail and your composition accentuates that sky very well too, the two pointed stanchions either side of the gangway leading the eye upwards to it. And the composition is also excellent because of its fine symmetry.
Lovely light, tones and contrasts, particularly well seen in the patterned metal ramp in the immediate foregrund, perfect exposure and exquisite details and sharpness.
A fascinating note too - and don't bother with a tin of white paint next time - that graffiti doesn't worry me at all as I can't read it!
Royaldevon (32971) 2014-04-08 2:30
It is an inviting composition which beckons, via the metal ramp and wooden jetty, to the sea view. I agree with you, the b&w treatment is very effective for this scene, especially since the sunset was a non event, but the clouds still make a remarkably interesting show.
I'm with your husband on this one; it offends me when vast numbers of beautiful places are sullied by selfish 'artists' who want to leave their mark!
Have a great day,
snunney (88924) 2014-04-08 2:57
The dramatic sky certainly warrants the black and white treatment and you have made the conversion very successfully with a fine range of tones. I like the symmetrical framing, which makes for a strong composition, and the feeling of depth.
Romano46 (18472) 2014-04-08 3:56
un'altro eccellente bianco e nero con una scala di grigi impressionante e perfetto anche nella composizione.
UIn genere di fotografia nella quale sie molto brava.
Ciao e buona giornata
daddo (25519) 2014-04-08 4:51
Hi Kathryn.Normally I abhor tags but here the clear black scribbles seem to go well with the more muted shades and add interest to the composition. Maybe in colour it would have been a different story.Regards. Klaudio.
COSTANTINO (59219) 2014-04-09 23:30
Hello dear friend from Australia
excellent capture in sepia almost artistic
its a shot for exhibition with delicate
details lines and designs
photoray (13408) 2014-04-10 7:31
Emotional and attractive monochrome waterfront, repetitive diamonds foreground, gateway leading into the shimmering water, and the dramatic crowded cloud skyscape. Simple, yet effective.
PS: Regarding the holes in the Ancient Ones' petroglyphs they are bullet damage done by gun nut vandals. We also have way too many idiots who enjoy defacing ancient history or Nature with their own paintings and carvings. This is NOT ART but hatred and felony crimes.
And hopefully you will have days instead of hours next visit in the Southwest.
I had reservations to return in early May but Family illness has postponed it. I hope to venture around via camping next time which permits direct exposure.
mjw364 (7516) 2014-04-11 13:11
Nice sharp and clean black and white image with good tonal range. Love the sky and the symmetry of the image. I wonder if you could take 36 different images of this subject! I tend to take a lot of shots of each subject I view. It's just my way of looking of the angles and studying it until i go - right that's the one and sometimes I come away with several that work.
Nicou (128776) 2014-04-12 6:30
quelle compo et vue sueprbe iamge et captage quel nuage et cette forme ave ce ponton sueprbe image et captage.
Bravo et amitiť
ourania (35794) 2014-04-12 8:57
I think that the reasons that made you decide to convert this picture into monochrome were a lucky accident. The tight, symmetrical composition has greater impact and fascination in this way, it's a study on perspective and shape. Your husband's suggestion is both funny and wise but I think that in this case the symmetry of the graffiti is eye-catching and interesting. I like very much the richness of the grey tones that define the space and textures too. The clouds and the light seem to be shifting and in the tight frame this creates intriguing tension. Great work, congratulations and thank you!
All the best, have a lovely Sunday,
SnapRJW (31625) 2014-04-13 0:14
Hello Kathryn - Nice to see you back again. I love the B&W. It's got a good range of tones and the textures on the metal foot plate are wonderful. Simple and graphic in composition and a creative way of getting around the the graffiti; maybe a nuisance but it doesn't look out of place in this shot.
- Copyright: Kathryn Weir (kathryn_weir) (2056)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Black & White
- Date Taken: 2014-04-07
- Categories: Architecture
- Camera: Canon 5 D Mark II
- Exposure: f/16, 1/40 seconds
- Details: Tripod: Yes
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2014-04-07 19:58