Opinions Requested - Dinghy Images

posted August 1st, 2017
I took two images of a dilapidated Dinghy during a recent trip to Cape Cod, and can't decide which I prefer. I'd welcome opinions, as well as any constructive criticism.

Which is better (or less bad, at least): this one (Dinghy Image 2) or the other (Dinghy Image 1)?

THANKS

#1


#2
posted August 1st, 2017
I prefer #1 because it has more context and the line of the rocks leading up to it works well. I might have included more of the rocks and gone for a slightly lower angle, but that's just my personal preference
posted August 1st, 2017
@lsquared I'm with @blueace I think number one works best 2 is a little to close in for liking. 1 might be even better if you moved a little more to the right to show a bit more of the rocks again it's only my thoughts.
posted August 1st, 2017
I'm with the others - I think no 1 is the more interesting shot. In No 2 my eye is disturbed by all the footprints and other random disturbance in the sand.
posted August 1st, 2017
Going with theprevious responders - no.1 because of the leading line of the rocks, and the better proportions.
posted August 2nd, 2017
I'll be the devil's advocate. Although #1 does have the great line with the rocks (and the context), I rather like the footprints, the ropes, the messy water, etc. If going with #2 and the emphasis of grunge, I would give just a little more space at the top, and then change to a blue-er B&W and more detail contrast.
posted August 2nd, 2017
#1 if it was in portrait layout with the rocks and
posted August 2nd, 2017
Agree with those who picked the first and would have changed the angle and distance to show more of the rocks and create some nice negative space on the left.
posted August 2nd, 2017
I'm with the majority (and that is unusual since I am usually the contrarian).
I definitely prefer #1. It has a whole lot more interest than the close cropped second one.
posted August 2nd, 2017
I like both. I like the way the rocks lead you to the dingy, but I prefer the up close, more detailed second pic.
posted August 2nd, 2017
I think I prefer 1 as well but 2 isn't a bad shot...I don't care for the distortion of the dinghy in 2 but I like the water in it being more evident!
posted August 2nd, 2017
Yes number one is my preference for all the reasons already mentioned. number two, I would place the dingy a bit further down and tiny bit more into the picture.
posted August 2nd, 2017
I prefer the second image. It shows more detail and is more interesting. I'd just crop the footprint out of the bottom of the picture.
posted August 2nd, 2017
I like #1 better, and would like it even more, if there were more rocks on the right side.
#2 is interesting as it focuses on the boat, but I am distracted by the threaded footprint in the front (you could probably nix it), and find the boat a bit too squished into the corner.
As for the tonal variations, I prefer #1.
posted August 2nd, 2017
@blueace @rjb71 @peadar @laroque @houser934 @phillyphotos @cristinaledesma33 @farmreporter @homeschoolmom @jackies365 @bruni @johnsutton @transatlantic99

Thanks everybody! Looks like a slight preference for #1, which matches what folks on my Facebook feed have said.

But LOTS of great suggestions here. Unfortunately I can't re-shoot the scene (it is 1200+ miles away), but I can look at some recrops. I was actually wondering about making the top image (#1) a wider perspective, cropping out the rocks along the bottom.

I really appreciate the input (and welcome more!) I'll try and add any new versions in this thread.
posted August 2nd, 2017
I prefer #1. You mentioned re-cropping. If you have more of the image on the right, try including some in order to put the dingy on the thirds position in the picture with the rocks acting as a leading line towards it. This should make the photo more balanced.
posted August 2nd, 2017
Well, I am in the minority. I prefer #2. I do agree with @houser934 that I would leave a little more space at the top and perhaps crop a little more at the bottom. I rather like the more close up of the dingy. However, they are both good.
posted August 2nd, 2017
While I do like #2 (and would definitely give it a little more space at the time), my final choice would go to #1. The leading line/curve is a really nice lead for the eye. I like the texture in the sand and the tilt of the sand-bound dinghy. If I was to do something to it, I'd play with the contrast and exposure to bring out more detail in the textures. I want to feel as if I just walked past it in the sand.
posted August 3rd, 2017
I agree with @alex_g
posted August 3rd, 2017
@lsquared I think #1 - because it almost tells a story, In framing the shot, what else could you have included in order to provide a little more context?
posted August 3rd, 2017
I like 1... but I would have cropped it across the middle leaving just the one rock!
posted August 4th, 2017
For me, #2. The rocks in #1, for a foreground line, form a good idea, but they have been somewhat cut off and truncated and now seem to me more like noise than strong content. Richard's @vignouse idea weighs in here, the one rock that would be remaining would be "complete."
posted August 7th, 2017
I like image #2 and rather agree some rocks incorporated into the field would add great context to this composure.
posted August 7th, 2017
@alex_g @henrir @olivetreeann @not_left_handed @gazzatron @stillmoments33 @vignouse @frankhymus

Thanks again for all of the great thoughts and comments. I've been really busy of late, but plan to revisit both of the images and see if I can adjust them. I REALLY appreciate all of the feedback, and will post the new versions here.... if I can improve them.
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