I was going to be really negative about this, but I thought I would try a workshop. When I did it had more merit than I initially thought. So, personally, I think this isn't far away from being a good shot, with a little pp work.
Not a bad attempt, and I can see the idea behind the shot.
The composition, framing and exposure could be better though.
No tide line to give interesting lead in. No angle to complement or scale the depth. The wave line is slap bang level across the horizontal losing depth and distance, plus you have 3 horizons.
Horizons consist of:
1. The foreground showing the birds up to the start of the white water/waves
2. The start and end of the white water/waves.
3. The end of the white water/waves and the "actual" sea/sky horizon.
This could have been bettered by taking 30-40 steps to the left then and however many steps backwards to get the sand/sea line and getting lower by kneeling or even lying on the sand to balance the perspective giving a more natural lead in and also removing the 3rd uninteresting and unnecessary horizon. We know what the scene is, so we don't need to be told 3 times.
What's the most dominating part of the shot? For me, it's the ultra bright, over exposed sun burst through the clouds.
Had you taken that 30-40 steps to the left, along with however many steps backwards to get the sea/sand line in the shot, you would have had the camera pointing more to the right, therefore having the sunburst and sunrays more naturally positioned on the left third of the frame. The only interesting sun rays are actually on the right hand side, everything to the left are lost due to overexposed burn out, so the drama is lost, therefore you could have removed them without losing the dramatic effect you were seeking in the composition/framing stage.
The automatic settings on the camera has exposed for the bright sun, resulting in over-exposed sun, under exposed foreground.
If you'd had the camera on a manual setting (AE or TV) you could've compensated by adding an exposure compensation (EV) to give a correct exposure for the entire frame.
Personally, I'd have taken a meter reading of the sea (The darkest part of the shot) then dialled in an EV compensation to allow for the strong lighting of the sun which would've balanced the exposure across the shot, which in turn would have really dramatised the sunrays by slightly under exposing them, retaining their colour, strength and depth.
Bob's workshop has kinda corrected a few things, but due to the burn out on the original over-exposed shot, loads of detail is still lost in the sky.
For future shots like this, Exposure compensation and correct meter readings are the only way to retain details in the shots.
For what it's worth:
Always shoot in RAW format.
It's always worth under exposing shots like this. Dark/lost details can be recovered and enhanced at the processing stage. Over exposed / burnt out shots are irrecoverable due to pixel burn (White outs)
Nice view though, and i'm pleased to have had the opportunity to view and critique your upload.
Keep it up,
I do find the OE area a strong focal point and draws much attention away from the scene as a whole.
Another artistic image it looks like a hand-paint with lovely compo well done MISSY OLSEN
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This is not a great shot but congratulations on having Martin give you the benefit of his experience which is well worth listening to and learning.
We would all be better photographers if he commented on our photos