This view is of a small tidal inlet found at the southern end of Kirra beach, at Coolangatta. It is taken approximately 800m north of the Queensland/New South Wales borer. This is a panoramic stitch of 3 separate images, merged using Panorama Maker 4.
I was reasonably happy with the results of the stitching, however I was a little disappointed the curve on the left was cut a little close to the frame. Not particularly dramatic in terms of lighting, a shower of rain was about to pass overhead, but I liked the late afternoon atmosphere and the calmness of the water.
An artificial rock wall just over the NSW border, and continued sand pumping has deposited thousands of tones of sand in this area, resulting in a super-wide beach. In places it is about 300-400metres across and stretches almost unbroken from the border to the Broadwater about 30km to the north (where it becomes more narrow).
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aadilj (18102) 2008-01-22 23:59
Your work continues to seriously get better by the day Matthew and very inspiring to someone like me because I always learn from the talent of others. I love the way you have tackled and crafted this one. incidentally, I have deleted the goose from my gallery...but thanks for your views on it.
besnard (56126) 2008-01-23 0:01
Assemblage bien réussi pour nous proposer ce beau panoramique avec une belle profondeur d'image et le regard qui suit l'eau jusqu'au bord de la plage. Bonne idée d'avoir privilégié une grande place à la plage par rapport au ciel.
Merci pour le partage et bonne journée.
ktanska (27328) 2008-01-23 0:20
I like the angle right next to this inlet. Makes it differ from most of the beach shot here, and so does the darkish exposure. I agree with you that left edge gets too close. Large version appears oversharpened, but that is not visible in normal size.
ChrisJ (112315) 2008-01-23 0:34
I like the reverse 's' shape of the lagoon, & the reflected, blue skylight. Good sharpness & perspective. The wide angled panoramic format suits perfectly. Good sharpness, too. Tfs!
MLINES (12516) 2008-01-23 1:32
Hi Matt. Good to see this originall view of the famous surf beach. I like the expanse of water in the foreground and the balanced view. The people show the scale of this pretty part of the coast. TFS. Murray.
vikous (2217) 2008-01-23 5:41
very good panoramic view, though it appears little bit underexposed on my screen. I like the blue tonality of the photo, good work.
Floydian (30970) 2008-01-23 6:43
Now this is really something..!!!
A perfect stitch in an excellent presentation. The low pov, the people on the beach, the deep colour toning, it all works very good. This is a very good rebound from the previous post.
A great job my friend...really good.
melmcree (18) 2008-01-23 7:42
I like the S-curve you got here. I'm always looking for a good s-curve for my photos but have a hard time with it. You did a good job though. I agree with your note about the close crop on the left but its not distracting. I like the color tones and I also like the people in the scene. They are always a nice touch. Did you get any with the rain?
jhm (151446) 2008-01-23 8:46
Your LV is excellent of quality very lovely for look at.
The S curve of the river lead us very nice to the open sea, you did very well addition the people on the beach, this gives a good view on the scale.
Composition and colours are very nice.
Thanks for sharing.
gracious (20025) 2008-01-23 9:10
Very good panorama view of Kirra beach with a wide angle!
good low pov with great depth, beautiful colour and details
trekks (14348) 2008-01-23 10:44
Great stitch job for this view. Nice pov and composition to have the wide water way at FG. The river bends are giving this a good feature and to break up the sandy area.
Any reason to use f/2.7?
Nice work. TFS
crckt (7218) 2008-01-23 18:44
Like your POV here, the stiching is acutally very good. Nice colors.
denisn72 (8300) 2008-01-24 17:40
That's a high quality picture. The colours are vivid but the picture is soft (no noise). The blue of the river and the sky is in harmony. The stiching is well done. Congratulations!
ViktorVaughn (1521) 2008-01-24 19:25
I think you under-estimate this photo Matthew,
The curve in the inlet provides very appealing lines to the viewer. And the reflection is very good. I like the two people in left middle of the frame.
Dyerco (10185) 2008-01-24 20:36
You have captured a very pleasing "S" curve that draws the eye into this image. Colours and exposure are spot on.
robertosalguero (284) 2008-01-25 0:14
The large version is very clear and sharp. For some reason I have never been able to post large versions of my pictures. Your image is excellent. The curve of the river add a nice focal point here and the blue colours is an excellent contrast to the brownish sand. You are lucky to live so close to the ocean. For me going to the beach means a 10 hours drive to Vancouver. Thanks Matt :-)
Uhu (8567) 2008-01-25 7:09
Very good shot, maybe I'll left more sky, but it's my personal preferences, I like when sky is equal the ground part of the shot (I know that it's against photography rules, yes).
Colors are great!
stego (24132) 2008-01-25 15:08
A stunning POV and light! Hats off also for the stitching, it's spotless and although I agree with you about the cut curve on the left, it is just a minor detail. I find some dramatic mood in it.
Maybe the only thing less great is the darkness on the area of the buildings.
Have a nice WE.
jemaflor (96037) 2008-01-26 2:35
Nice view with a great dof, interesting effect with a large foreground, beautiful blue, just a detail, your photo is too much cropped onn the left side, pity that we don't see all the nice curve ... a detail, of course !
Signal-Womb (13048) 2008-01-26 5:08
Hi Matthew, I love the idea behind this. Like you say I would have not have clipped the S-curve to the left which hurts the composition IMO. The palette of colours is particularly pleasing here. Love the large post on this. Well done.
SteveH (6269) 2008-01-26 18:18
Hi Matthew, I see what you mean about the LH curve. I would have been better if more of the sand to the left was included IMO. Great shot nevertheless. It would be intersting to try the shot with a variety of skies, but this one works well. What time was this taken? Might have been good with a bit of sunset red in the sky? cheers, Steve
capthaddock (28790) 2008-02-04 15:20
The note nails it, the stitch is excellent, but the curve at left is too close to the frame, and a break in the clouds could have given more dramatic contrasts, but for an overcast, it's good enough.
- Copyright: Matthew Watt (Matthew-Watt) (5934)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2008-01-20
- Categories: Nature
- Camera: Canon Powershot S3 IS, 36 - 432mm Zoom
- Exposure: f/2.7, 1/60 seconds
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Theme(s): Seascapes I [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2008-01-22 23:56