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The Wonder of the Burst

Calm leading to Drama

41 total reviews 
Comment from Solway Lady


Caught the action here. Good detail can almost hear the water smashing against the rocks. The green in the water makes it. The rock at the front helps to give it DOF a very moody image.

 Comment Written 18-Apr-2018


reply by the author on 18-Apr-2018
    Thank you so very much Solway Lady for your wonderful review and comments ~ Steve
Comment from Marthast


Very pretty, or should I say touching. How I love to watch and feel the waves as they dash upon the rocks such a peaceful feeling helps calm these minds of ours

 Comment Written 18-Apr-2018


reply by the author on 18-Apr-2018
    Thank you so much Martha. I truly appreciate your reviews and comments ~ Steve
Comment from No Eye Has Seen


The colors are very appealing and eye grabbing. The overall scene of the waves and dark sky gives a felling of a storm in the making, well presented, thanks for sharing

 Comment Written 18-Apr-2018


reply by the author on 18-Apr-2018
    Thank you so very much for your review and comments ~ Steve
Comment from allanoak


Great shot. I think the capture of the breaking waves is spot on, great clarity.

A fast shutter speed froze the motion very well.

I use a smartphone all the time to take photos all the time. I also use a mirrorless camera and do lots of post processing.

What the small sensor phone cameras do not do as well as DSLR's/mirrorless is handle the dynamic range. In this image the darks are in shadow and lack detail. That is due to the phone sensor exposing for the standard neutral gray. It is hard for the light meter in the camera to fully expose the contrast in this image from dark to light.

In post processing one could bring back the dark areas so as to show the details in the rocks and background trees.

Just from my perspective, and I do love smart phone cameras.


 Comment Written 18-Apr-2018


reply by the author on 18-Apr-2018
    Thanks Allan. You are so right about the sensor in the iPhone. Such a pain sometimes and often I just cannot get there from here. I lose more shots because of that. I often use the AE/AF lock which will help in certain circumstances. I normally take a shot like this and post process to bring out the details and highlight the needed areas. In this case the contest did not allow for any post processing so what you see is what you get. I did do some post work on this particular photo and it does indeed look Much better. But again I cannot post it for this contest. Thanks for the great information Allan ~ Steve
reply by allanoak on 18-Apr-2018
    Editing photos from camera shots is getting a little blurred. You can have the camera do editing (such as making a composite from bracketed shots) even before you download and post. So is that post processed edited or just a regular camera shot?!?!?

    Even having the camera save a shot as jpg is a form of editing by dumping pixels before it is saved to your drive.

    Complicated and getting more so! :)
reply by the author on 18-Apr-2018
    Allan

    I just posted that very question on the Forum. Please read my thoughts and questions and the reply I got from Tom.
reply by allanoak on 18-Apr-2018
reply by allanoak on 18-Apr-2018
    I did read your post and Tom's reply. I added another perspective.
Comment from KristiV


This is an awesome shot! Cell phones can take such great pictures! I was going to suggest cropping but looking closer you'd loose all that awesome dof! Perfect as is :) Love the bursting water! Good luck in the contest!

 Comment Written 18-Apr-2018


reply by the author on 18-Apr-2018
    Thank you so much Kristi. I agree that a bit of cropping would improve the scene. Unfortunately this is a "No after photo work" contest so nothing can be done to the original photo. I appreciate your thoughts and review Kristi ~ Steve
Comment from Sange


Well Farkle..you are my favorite celltographer on the site and this is why. I like the sop action and clarity you get.
Great use of light, nice colors and fine crisp details. The water splash up is my favorite part.
Nice work..Good Luck!

 Comment Written 17-Apr-2018


reply by the author on 17-Apr-2018
    Thank you so much my Buddy. I appreciate your positive review and comments. This is why I love to use the burst mode when taking breaking wave pictures. I normally get at least one or two that are dramatic like this one.

    I have a question Bud: One reviewer suggested I crop a bit off the bottom to emphasize the upper scene more. I think it would work but as this is a "Traditional" contest, is cropping allowed? I have never seen a definitive answer if cropping constitutes after photo work. What is the current consensus on "Unedited Photos" ?

    Thanks again Bud. Hope you are doing well ~ Farkle
reply by Sange on 17-Apr-2018
    I think it's fine as is..you are not allowed to crop.
    No edits means you are only allowed to resize for Far upload. That is it.
    Many here like to say : no edits ..but then you read, cropped, sharpened, added border. They check none. Sorry...it's an edit.
    No edits means you did nothing.
    Far contests that say no edits...means just that.
    Leave as it Bud. ;)
reply by the author on 17-Apr-2018
    Thanks for the clarification Bud. It will stay as is.
Comment from PeglegDeb


Those iPhones have pretty impressive cameras BB. This is quite stunning....and w/ nothing done to it. WOW

Perfectly timed....the breaking water against that rock has made a really wonderful pattern. Focus is crisp....lots of excellent detail throughout. Exposure is spot on. Really like the dark brooding sky as a backdrop for your white water.

Wonderful piece for this contest BB. Lovely presentation. Best of luck to you in the contest.

BB

 Comment Written 17-Apr-2018


reply by the author on 17-Apr-2018
    Aw. Thanks so much BB. As you know I like to use the burst mode which allows me to capture the splash of a wave at just the right height and dramatic impact. Otherwise I could never time a wave crash like this. I really had to change positions so as to get the light sensor in the phone to darken enough to get the colors and focus I wanted. These phones are a real challenge as you know. Thanks BB for your encouraging words and most of all for simply being You ~ BB
reply by PeglegDeb on 17-Apr-2018
    ..actually I don't know BB. Have never used a cell phone camera but YOU are an expert at it....I am really impressed w/ the images you get from a phone. VERY welcome for the review dear BB. Have you settled in to being back home?? Has Moka forgiven you yet??
reply by the author on 17-Apr-2018
    Yes she have forgiven me, but being a female she put certain conditions on things. I have to take her for walks on her command (sheesh), I have to take her for rides when I go to Lowes, And the Real Kicker, I have to come and weed your flower garden. Well that one almost caused me to lose it as I know that working 10 hours @ $.50 an hour plus all the water I can drink is Not my idea of a good time. Not counting the midnight flashlight holding (can I use my hands or do I have to hold it between my knees for the "Proper" lighting effect? So I just don't know BB. It is kind of touch and go at this point. I am going to have to Ponder the situation. As Sherlock Holmes used to say "This is a three pipe case". For me this is a 3-4 Rum and Coke case. I don't play the violin but harmonica music may help. OK. Shhhhh. I demand absolute silence in order to concentrate (could you kindly bring me another Rum & Coke please?) I will let you know when I have the solution. Right now the game is afoot!

reply by PeglegDeb on 17-Apr-2018
    ahahahaha...you are just the best dear BB. LOVE Moka's 'kicker' aw come on BB. We'd have so much fun (although .50/hour is kinda expensive.....I will have to ponder THAT for sure. ...and between the knees...lol I would love to see if it looks as crazy as I imagine it does.
Comment from Robert Davis


Great shot. Dark and forbidding sky, sea and shore. I think that some cropping of the lower rocks may give you more impact and maybe bring out a little more detail in the rocks.

 Comment Written 17-Apr-2018


reply by the author on 17-Apr-2018
    Thank you Robert for your review and suggestions. You may be right about cropping a bit from the lower rocks to emphasize the rest of the scene might work better. I will check that out. Good eye there Robert. I really appreciate your feedback ~ SteveT
Comment from suzannethompson2


Excellent capture of the beautiful sea crashing on the rocks, showing the different colours and the spray cascading over the rocks. I like the angle you used for this. Excellent lighting and focus showing a lovely crisp image. Lovely composition. Good luck in the contest. Suzanne

 Comment Written 17-Apr-2018


reply by the author on 17-Apr-2018
    Wow. Thank you so very much Suzanne for your wonderful review and commentary. Your artistic notes are so interesting to read, almost like poetry. I truly appreciate your Grand rating Suzanne ~ Steve
Comment from karen zima


Beautiful entry for the nature photo contest. I also like the title that you gave it. The splash that you captured hitting the rocks is dramatic and amazing. Love the dark brooding sky and the green tinted water. The details are all there because of your sharp focus. Good luck in the contest. Looks like a winner to me.

 Comment Written 17-Apr-2018


reply by the author on 17-Apr-2018
    Thank you so much Karen for your wonderful review and comments. This is one reason why I love using the burst mode on the iPhone when capturing the drama of the crashing waves. I truly appreciate your Grand rating Karen and feel very Honored. Thank you again and I hope all is going well ~ Steve