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Copyright: Craig Popovich (CSP) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 65 W: 0 N: 69] (145)
Genre: Places
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-03-28
Categories: Nature
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/500 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2011-06-17 22:23
Viewed: 2773
Points: 19
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
I took this panoramic while on our cruise ship docking to one of our ports of call, Calica, Mexico. A popular travel destination, Cancún, is just 50 miles away.

In PS I cropped the edge of the ship of which I took the picture from, fixed a stitching issue, increased the green in the trees, increased the blue in the sky/water, and increased the yellow of the sand.
I also took out several small items, such as a post on the shore, and increased brightness by 20% and contrast by 30%.

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Hello Craig

I like all the pp work done, But maybe a rule of thirds might be in order. Rich colors and I would even try a B/W version to really enhance the clouds. TFS


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  • fransx Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2938 W: 134 N: 7397] (41704)
  • [2011-06-17 23:12]

Hi Graig,
Good PP work on this simple, yet effective landscape shot.
Beautiful blues and greens and quite a spectacular sky to compliment.
I like the panoramic format you adapted.
Well done,

Francis Xavier

Good job on the pano. I would suggest keeping the horizon at the 1/3 rule. You have it right across the middle.

Hi Craig,
Nice panoramic landscape and beautiful colors,
lovely place and beautiful sky,
A tilt to the horizon correction would be better..

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  • brech Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 539 W: 135 N: 1111] (3045)
  • [2011-06-18 9:56]

A very colorful scenic with very good color saturation and the wide panoramic composition works well for this image.
As already suggested by Jimmy, a B&W version of this could also work well but I do like the vibrant colors here.
Nicely Done

Ahhh one of my favorite place in Mexico! I hope you took the excursion to Xel-Ha.... it is worth the trip! The water here is so beautiful it hurts your eyes! Nice work, good levels, not sure if the horizon is level, it's hard to tell, looks as if the land dips some! I love cruises!

Hello Craig,

Ces couleurs turquoises sont enchanteresses.
Superbe composition,
belle harmonie entre ciel et mer.
Bravo pour ce panoramique.
Je vous souhaite une belle semaine.


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  • Saba Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1474 W: 0 N: 4177] (21534)
  • [2011-06-19 12:51]

Hello Craig :)

This green coast surrounded the the blue of sea and sky looks beautifully.
The very showy composition in natural, gentle colours and light.
The splendid realization!

Friendly greetings.

Hi Craig
Beautiful cool color of this lovely beach site captured with good DOF..
Best Wishes

Hello Craig,

An interesting compositional choice you've made here.

I wrote "interesting", because I'm not sure that it was the best one. Of course, as already said by others, the rule of thirds would strengthen your composition, but not sufficiently in my opinion. Comparing this photo with the assembled photo you started from (in WS), I've come to the conclusion that you have cropped just these elements that provide some (photographic) interest to this scenery:
- the boat,
- the industrial plant,
- the verticality of both.
These elements, though not "nice", do not alter your image. On the contrary, they give more impact to the vastness of the unspoiled wood. Moreover, they generate a captivating opposition between the presence of human activity and the beauty of nature (= a stronger documentary value).

In fact, you have opted for the "picturesque", but by leaving out the so-called disturbing elements, you have taken away much of the tension your original photo contained. The original photo surprises and makes the viewer think about reality. The final version is "just" a (holiday) scenery. To make that scenery pop out amongst the numerous other (holiday) sceneries, I think another, less distant POV showing more detail would have been required, but I guess that was impossible for you, as you were "stuck" on a boat.

To put it briefly: my preference clearly goes to the workshop version!

Just my personal impressions, of course. Do feel free to (dis)agree ;o)

TFS & kind regards,

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  • inaam Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1816 W: 39 N: 465] (4859)
  • [2011-09-19 7:32]

Hello Craig,
Emptiness yet the elements of life is looking beautiful in this composition. Light blue sky with clouds, shore and vegitation is interesting. Nice photograph, well done. Thanks for sharing.
Best Regards,

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