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Pittenweem Harbour

Pittenweem Harbour
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Copyright: Jon Fair (Jonela) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 429 W: 1 N: 457] (3470)
Genre: Places
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-05-16
Categories: Daily Life, Transportation, Architecture, Mood
Camera: Sony Alpha A300, Tokina 28-210mm f3.5-f5.6, 72 mm circular polarizer
Exposure: f/8, 1/60 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2010-06-12 3:01
Viewed: 1660
Points: 13
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Pittenweem harbour is in the Kingdom of Fife just a few miles from Anstruther were we we board a small boat to sail to the Isle of May. I really liked the calmness of the water and from this angle the way the harbour and houses arched. We didn't stay long enough to get a really good look around but what we saw was lovely.

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Hi John,
These little harbors have such a great atraction for photographers. All the different shapes and colors always make for a great photo. And of course having a reflective surface adds that bit of extra to the composition. I like your view across the harbor with only a little of the sky and plenty to see of the town.
I do feel that the focus of your photo is incorrect. It seems to me that you had your focal point in the center of the photo and thus on the houses on the otherside of the water. With the choise of the aperture this causes the boats in the front the become out of focus. It is better to focus about 1/3 into the composition and match the aperture with your focal lenght.

hi Jon i like this much you have captured excetley how i remenber it like how you caught the reflections of the boats pity you didn,t get all the boat in on the right would have been a cracking image not just a good one
tfs regards bryan

Hi Jon
a lovely harbour view.
good pov for catching the curved waterfront and boats.
nice mirror image.
fabulous colors under greyish sky.

fantastic shot , nice reflections

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  • tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 207 W: 93 N: 875] (4422)
  • [2010-06-12 9:56]
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Hello Jon,

I love the composition and the colours here. The reflections on the still water of the harbour are lovely too. But I'm just a bit concerned about the sharpness of the picture. The distant houses are very sharp but the boats, especially at the right-hand side, are lacking in sharpness.

I'm not sure the cause of this. You used a small enough aperture (f/8) to achieve good depth of field. If there had been camera shake (because the shutter speed of 1/60 sec. is quite slow), one would have expected loss of sharpness throughout the whole picture. Very strange.

All very confusing, but, nonetheless, a fine image of this beautiful little fishing village - one of my favourite places.

Kind Regards,


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  • bri Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 751 W: 13 N: 1404] (6384)
  • [2010-06-13 2:58]

Hi Jon,
Nice shot, the curve of the harbour is well placed in shot and you have a great reflection, great detail and nice natural colours but as has been mentioned the focus on the boat on the right let this shot down a little. Nicely framed and presented shot. Best wishes

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  • RSK Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1089 W: 589 N: 1943] (14753)
  • [2010-06-13 14:45]

Hi Jon,
I really like your angle for this shot,you show just the right amount of harbour,the town,& the sky to make for a first rate composition. But as Niek has mentioned ,your focus point has taken away some of the vibrance this image should have had,everything beyond the quay is tack sharp, but your foreground is not & IMHO this type of shot needs to be tack sharp foreground to background. I like your reflections,wish we had a village like this to take images of,bet they have a good pub to.

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  • AKITA Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1523 W: 73 N: 86] (20294)
  • [2010-06-13 19:04]

dear Jon,
a beautiful view shot, it is picturesque,
lined old houses and ships are making settled and artistic ambience,
quiet air and calm water are splendid to my eyes,
thank you for your excellent shot,

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