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Malhao Beach II by NicolasAlexanderOtto Malhao Beach II by NicolasAlexanderOtto
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_______Tech Info
   Pentax K5
   Sigma EX 10-20mm f/4,0-5,6 DC HSM
   Slik 780 DX Pro | SH-807E
   Aperture: f/9,5
   Shutter Speed: 1/40s | 1/20s | 1/10s | 1/4s
   ISO-Value: 80
   Focal Length: 11mm
   Filters: Hoya Pro1 ND8
   Time: 7:33pm

_____Random Info
   Another shot from Praia de Malhao although on a different evening, after shooting the beach for an evening and checking out almost all the other spots we had on our map :devemats and I decided to revisit this spot before heading home so this shot if from our last sundown in Portugal. This is a manual blend of four exposures to optimize the dynamic width although my K5 has a pretty impressive dynamic depth to begin with so most of the image is actually only two layers and the additional two were mainly used for the reflexion in the water.

   When we were at the same spot a week prior the tide was way higher thus not revealing the nicely green, algae covered stones in the foreground nor the trickles the receding tide caused so I was really excited to play with these very photogenic elements. I probably shot around a hundred pictures during this sunset. And the light conditions 20 minutes after the sun had vanished were absolutely crazy the sky literally exploded and SvenMueller was yelling across the beach because he was so amazed by the great display of colors the sky offered. I'll also be editing and uploading some of those shots when I get around to do so. In the meantime I hope you enjoy this shot as much as I do.

   Here's the sundown shot from a week earlier:    Malhao Beach I by NicolasAlexanderOtto

   And a shot 20 mins later: One Day Son, This Will All Be Yours ... by NicolasAlexanderOtto

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I have been looking for a good picture to start my critique career so I thought I'd make this my first ever critique... bare with me!

The feeling of this landscape picture is very strong in the good way. I love the soft colours and the intense sun. It's a great picture and I was very surprised when I didn't see it having as much likes as it deserves. You captured it perfectly and I love the technique you did to create the dynamic lights that are sometimes hard to get in low lit shots. I might have to try it myself!

I think a portrait picture instead of horizontal picture of sunset or sunrise like this is better, having the sand and such a big foreground makes depth and it's almost like you can walk right on that sand. It also lets you stray away from the typical horizontal landscape picture you see everywhere. This is my favourite part of the picture and you captured it very well.

The one thing that is just a personal pet peeve and I don't know if I'm alone on this is the white border. It's to big and takes a lot away from the feeling of a true natural picture. If it was black, or just not even there the picture would be a lot better in my eyes. That's just me though everything else about this picture is perfect.

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geoffwoods Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2012
To much sky
Technically it's not 2/3 so it should've more actually. What's your take on this; or rather why? ;)
geoffwoods Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2012
lift your horizon and you get more depth and a stronger compostion.. the 2/3's rule doesn't exist with me..the only thins of interest in your image
are from the foreground to the horizon, after that your image ends..
Well, the problem is that with the reflection ending the trickling water gets boring so a lower angle would've probably showed nothing new and rather take than add to the composition since the detail in the sky is more interesting than the lines in the sand at least if they are even longer as they are at the moment. So I'd have to disagree here. Thanks for the constructive criticism though, it's always welcome. :)
Blubdi-Photography Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Hey :-)
You're featured in my newest Journal: Stunning Nature
Thank you for submitting such beautiful work.

And now, Give it your :+fav: so more people can see it. ^^

NicolasAlexanderOtto Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2012
Thanks for the exposure. :D
PRibeiro Featured By Owner May 16, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
I loved the photos, their colors are spectacular, you used some special edilšao.


view my gallery and comment if you can
Haha, what is edilcao? :D
MBKKR Featured By Owner May 8, 2012
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