Stills V3

June 19, 2009

Lifeguards

Filed under: Rex — Rex @ 17:46

Boscombe Beach

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  1. This is definitely a masterclass in composition. You are helped by the sky but, nonetheless, the positioning of portakabin, horizon and flag (including its attitude) are exactly right and give this ordinary subject quite a lift. There might even be a ship on the horizon.

    Comment by John Ellis — June 20, 2009 @ 06:43

  2. I’m not so effusive as John.
    The Stills white border isn’t doing this any favours.

    In general I like the balance but I’m constantly drawn between looking at the sky and my natural instinct to look out to sea. That, for me, is unwelcome tension here.

    Comment by doonster — June 21, 2009 @ 10:46

  3. Top half: great. Bottom half: not great. Overall: doesn’t work.

    Personal opinion, obviously.

    The very clear writing draws my attention too much for this to be a stand alone picture. If it were a part of an essay about how the RNLI seem to have become beach lifeguards then that wouldn’t be a particularly important view.

    Comment by Colin — June 21, 2009 @ 16:30

  4. It’s interesting to see how this photo changes when parts of it are scrolled off screen. Bottom half works on its own, as does the middle and top, but they don’t seem to play nicely all together.

    Comment by matt — June 23, 2009 @ 02:00

  5. This holds together very well for me. Enough of a gap to tempt me to go for a swim yet a big Lifeguard sign warning of dangers. The sea doesn’t look that inviting which is at odds with the blue sky. The clouds almost mirror the waves. Space bottom right, clearing in clouds top left.

    Comment by akikana — June 25, 2009 @ 01:39

  6. What a fascinating divide of views on this. I put it down to how one appreciates (or doesn’t) the use of wide angle, which I presume this is. I don’t understand Colin’s point about the writing. As to the tension about looking at the sea or looking at the sky, is that not what one does by the sea? And how nicely the two are combined here: the 50mm view would not work as well.

    I do agree about the white frame though. There have been a couple of occasions when it has definitely not been right for the photos concerned.

    Comment by John Ellis — June 25, 2009 @ 06:37

  7. The flag in the sky instantly attracts — almost dramatic. I like the composition– the “heavy” building at bottom left sort of anchors the rest, and the type on it doesn’t really affect me one way or the other. I think the color is a big plus with the complementary yellow and blue. The sea does look inviting to me.

    Comment by Christina — June 27, 2009 @ 00:01


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