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  #172 Arches
Entry 14 of 28
Arch Rock on West Cliff       ©2016 Edward
NIKON D810       14th place, 65 points
1/500s, f4.5, ISO 64, 200mm, Manual, Pattern, no flash
Post-Processing: Adjust contrast and brightness; add vibrancy.       Extra Info: None
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Jun 2, 2016
    Thanks, Jade. I really appreciate you taking the time to explain. I agree with everything you said - and most of it I already knew, but I was a bit lax in paying attention to all my settings that day (this was the last stop on a very long and arduous day of photography for me and a friend), and I paid for it in the quality of my image.

Jade O.
Jun 1, 2016
    Sorry a little late in replying. Been tied up. I really should try to be more explanatory but it can be a bit of a rush to try to comment on all entries which I try to do whenever I can.
By focus issues, what I meant to say was the foreground rocks seem "soft" or out of focus, the spray is not crystallized (motion blur - slight) in part due to the lack of foreground focus, the rocks and greens in the upper middle seem just out of focus, but in between, the white coloured rocks seem in sharpest focus. So I always consider a landscape vista photograph (which this is) is at its best (usually) when everything in sight is tack sharp and in razor focus. To get that here I think you might need:
1) tripod because you shot at 200mm so there may be some motion blur
2) faster shutter 1/2000 maybe to freeze the spray
3) in needed because of the faster shutter an ISO 100 or even ISO 200 --- and a f-stop close to where it is but I like around f5-f6 as the sweet spot.

Just my rank amateur humble photographer opinion. I'm really not a student of photography. But that is what I meant. : )

Jun 1, 2016

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May 31, 2016
    The splashing surf overpowers the arch here. Did you try zooming in more on the arch? If so, I'd like to compare those shots to your entry.

May 31, 2016
    Love the surf but I think the arch should be more dominant.

May 31, 2016
    Fantastic natural arch , and beautifully timed to catch that wave. I might have cropped a bit to make the arch more prominent.

May 30, 2016
    BarbroS: Because of DOF, at 200mm and f4.5, the foreground is not as sharp as where I wanted focus to be - i.e., the arch.
Edited on May 30, 2016

May 30, 2016
    Nice dramatic shore line, I like the colours and composition, but find it a bit lacking in sharpness.

Old Finn
May 30, 2016
    Interesting view. In my favorites.

May 29, 2016
    RobertLavker: you are correct - I should have cropped this scene much tighter to accentuate the arch, which is really the most important part of the image. Forgot some compositional guidelines, but I think I got too enamored with the image as a seascape.

May 28, 2016
    Beautiful scene. I like your timing with the wave.

May 28, 2016
    Jade O: Given that I'm not the person who photographed the same object (from a different perspective) in the Main challenge - I'm wondering what you mean by "focus issues"?
Edited on May 28, 2016

Jade O.
May 28, 2016
    Same subject? Still well captured though you have some focus issues.

May 28, 2016
    Great view of the arch. I like the rocks and spray of of the waves in the foreground. I think that lightening it up a little would make it really pop. I also like it cropped down from the top to just below the clouds which brings the top of the arch to right about 1/3 from the top of the frame.

May 28, 2016
    Best arches are often natural and this is a great image. I might have tried to enlarge the arch at the expense of the upper third of the scene.

May 28, 2016
    Nice shot with interesting sky and a deep blue sea, but IMO the arch is slightly lost in the picture.

May 28, 2016
    Forkcandles: I could see how you might come to that conclusion, but my image entry in the Main challenge was the "Holy Arches.

Out of all the people in the world who are Panachallenge members, what are the chances that two of them live within 3 miles of each other, did not know of each other, but took a photograph of the same image for this challenge!

May 27, 2016
    very similar to your main entry
some cropping to remove the bright outcrop and people on it
this is better than your main

May 27, 2016
    Dave: I live in Aptos. We should communicate after the voting.

May 27, 2016
    Ysal: you might be right about the arch being lost. I debated about the crop size, but went with the full seascape anyway.

May 27, 2016
    Pretty landscape (seascape?) but I think the arch gets lost here. I do like the way you caught the splash.

May 27, 2016
    Nicely captured natural arch..in my TT. Just a bit on the dark/dull side maybe less shadow/contrast... I had the same issue on my entry of this same arch (see main) I ended up over driving it with saturation trying to get more color. I like your version. Are you in Santa Cruz? I'm Live Oak.
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