What a great place to be for New Year's Day! It looks a tad warmer than it was here
I like the mono as it helps to emphasise the silhouette which is just dark enough for me on my monitor. I look forward to seeing more of your shots as the year progresses
Reminds me of a picture from the film days. I like it. Composition wise I would consider cropping the fence posts out either side, a bit of a straighten if it's not the natural curvature. If the image can take it try lifting the shadows a bit.
I'm not giving you a tick for the Silhouette technique before it's announce Liz, 1 technique per photo is enough
Two things to consider.
1. Horizon needs to be level.
2. it's already been mentioned, but border patrol would have spotted the feet. Either get all of them in, or crop up the legs to make it look deliberate (which is what I do a lot when I cut toes off )
That all said, I like it as a shot and works nicely in mono.
Very nice image.
I like the toning, I think if you'd have gone full silhouette, you might have lost detail in the sand texture.
The bright sun reflection on the water really draws the eye too...a tranquil image indeed!
Hi Liz, I can't add much to the comments above really. I agree that the horizon needs straightening and it's a shame about Mick's toes but I like the central composition and his relaxed pose. The exposure has brought out the lovely sparkles in the sea and left just a hint of detail in your subject, and I think if you had exposed differently the sea would have blown so it works for me
Hi Liz, I know that feeling, no good me getting too technical as I can’t remember it! I like silhouette shots into the sun, the main thing I noticed was that it’s very tight on the feet at the bottom edge, but it’s a good original choice for the theme.
Good luck with your 52 this year.
Thank you one and all. In fact the lady in the photo is called Suzete and is a cleaner at the Pestana Alvor Praia Beach Club on the Algarve where we've been staying for the past 3 weeks (thanks to my daughter, 'Missycat', or George to me, for posting them for me whilst I am travelling). In fact it was relatively dark in the bedroom when I took it and had to be touched up a bit to make it any good at all; some light was coming in through a window, hence the different shading on the beds. Although she has little English, Suzete was thrilled to be asked to do this for me and insisted I had to have a photo of me and her together so I felt honour bound to use it. Just shows how such a little thing can make someone's day.
Is that taken from a plane? It has the feel of being taken through glass.
My thoughts on this would be to perhaps increase the contrast / play with de-haze to give it a more edgy look.
I may have cropped out some of the sky, there is an interesting line of clouds in the sky, but above that it doesn't (IMO) add a lot.
Of course, it's only my thoughts and I'm sure others will have different opinions.