Return to the sea pt. 3

For the third entry into this series I photographed one of the best known coastal ruins in South Australia. I didn’t have a lot of time to find the best composition, but knew I wanted both the rotting pylons and cliffs in the image, as well as the gentle waves breaking on the foreground rocks if possible. As evident from the very short shadows, the image was taken around midday and being the Christmas-News Years period the beach was quite busy. Some of the beach goers are apparent as gentle smudges in the long exposure and I had originally intended to remove all traces of them in post processing. In the end though, I thought they fit the theme of transience quite well and so decided to keep them in.
The second image is a crop of the right hand side of the original photo that I think is perhaps even stronger, but didn’t fit the theme of the series as well given the lack of the natural element. Which one do you prefer?

Für die dritte Folge in dieser Serie fotografierte ich eine der bekanntesten Ruinen an der Küste von Südaustralien. Ich hatte nicht allzu viel Zeit die beste Zusammensetzung der verschiedenen Bildelemente zu finden, aber ich wusste, dass ich sowohl die ruinierten Pylonen und Klippen im Bild haben wollten, als auch die sanften Wellen, die auf dem Strand im Vordergrund gebrochen sind. Wie von den kurzen Schatten ersichtlich ist, habe ich das Bild am Mittag gemacht und weil viele Firmen zwischen Weihnachten und Silvester geschlossen bleiben, war der Strand gut besucht. Einige die Strandbesucher sind im Bild als dunkle Flecken eingefangen. Ich hatte es vor, sie aus dem Bild zu entfernen, habe es aber anders entschieden, denn sie passen eigentlich ganz gut zum Thema ‘Vergänglichkeit’.
Das zweite Bild ist ein Ausschnitt aus der rechten Seite des ersten Bildes, dass ich noch stärker als das ursprünglich Bild finde, aber es passt nicht so gut zum laufenden Thema wegen der fehlenden Klippen. Welches Bild mögt ihr am besten?

4 thoughts on “Return to the sea pt. 3

  1. That second version is a very strong image indeed, but it really doesn’t match the title in my opinion: While in the original frame, I feel drawn to the right side of the image, “to the sea”, the viewing direction in the narrow crop is upwards, away from the sea.

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    1. Thanks chw, you make a very good point with regards to the dominant leading lines in the second image leading the viewers’ eyes away from the sea, rather than ‘returning’ to it. So yes, I agree, the first image is much more fitting for the theme.

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  2. I very much like them both but I think I prefer the first one a bit better. Maybe because I saw it first…? The contrasts are a bit softer and I like the wastness of the sea and the cliffs in the background as contrast. 🙂

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    1. Thanks Mel! I also feel like the reduced contrast of the first image fits the theme of transience better. A kind of fading away to homogeneity if you will.
      And yes, I also feel like the cliffs help to tie the theme together. 🙂

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