I would be keen for some constructive words on the image below. I am not entirely satisfied by the image but would like to read your thoughts on it.
What is the photo of
The ruins of a wharf or boat taken from the otherside of a river
When was the photo taken
2nd August 2005 at 1300
Where was the photo taken
Dark Harbour, Grand Manan, New Brunswick, Canada
Why was the photo taken
When I saw this ruin it immediately reminded me of the backbone of a dinosaur. I took several photographs, including one that isolates the ruin from the surroundings, but I like this shot because it adds other elements: the seaweed along the bank, the raging river, the different colouration in the pebbles and the finally the ruin itself. I am a little concerned that there is too much in this photo.
Why was this composition chosen
I wanted to add a certain depth to the photo, rather than isolate the ruin itself. There were so many neat elements in front of me but I chose three to lead the viewer toward the ruin: the seaweed bank, river, ruin.
How was the photo taken
I shot the photograph in B/W at 1/1000 sec at f2.8 with a Nikon Coolpix 4300.
How was the photo processed
Levels were adjusted, a slight curve added to boost contrast. Another layer (using levels) was created and the blend mode set to Multiply at opacity 25. A gradient mask was added to this layer so that it only darkened the sky. The whole image was sharpened. A crop was applied which removed a slice of the left vertical part of the image. This created a horizontal flow to the image, moving from left to right; this works well with the river and the ruin. A crop was also applied to the bottom of the image to remove some of the seaweed/bank.