Details: Taken Oct 7 2007 with my Canon S3IS Camera, JPG image file.
Composition Notes: I was trying to express the scale and grandeur of the mountains, they come right up to the edge of the coast, with only a sliver of land between them and the sea. Using the people walking, it gives a good sense of scale
Technical Notes: The S3IS is a point and shoot bridge camera ie it has only one lens. Therefore I was limited to how wide it would go, which is the reason for it chopping off the tops of the peaks. Also taken in morning sunlight, slightly overexposed, and this was before I knew anything about image processing and editing.
General Notes: This is a ‘memory’ image, IE one I associate a particular memory with, so it has a special meaning for me. Looking at it now, I see everything that is wrong with it, but I still like it because its one of my first real attempts at properly composing a photographic image.
Whats Wrong With It?
Its very overexposed, and a completely unprocessed JPG file. Too heavily cropped on the bottom with the aim of removing distraction. Camera is unable to counteract the sea haze. Camera lens is not quite wide enough to get the peaks of the mountains in shot.
What I would do differently now?
My current kit includes a 17-55MM lens, so I have the flexibility to shoot much wider, and capture the tops of the mountains. From memory I cropped the bottom heavily as it was very messy. Now I would have spent more time walking around, composing the shot better, although the people walking through it were pure luck.
I would probably put a polarising filter on, or crank the exposure down a little when shooting or processing to give it more punch. Also I whould have aimed to get up earlier in the morning (a lot earlier and gone to South Bay for the sunrise).
Could I do better now? Taking the random walkers out of the image, yes I could compose and take a better quality of image now. Does the image as it stands work? Yes I think it gives a sense of what I was trying to show, not as elegantly as I might like, but its an attempt at a properly composed image, not just a snapshot.