Otto von Münchow very generously offered a critique on my photography. It is so very rare to have a professional photographer give you ideas and suggestions based on his wealth of experience. I so appreciate it, and his comments are so very helpful and give me plenty of scope for ideas.
His blog Picture Critique is definitely worth a visit.
Firstly, the photographs I submitted to him:
Secondly what Otto wrote:
You captured the forces of a wave as it comes smashing in on the coastline at Mooloolaba, Australie. Of the two photos you show in the post, I find this one be the stronger. It has more depth, and plays with more elements. In the one I have chosen to comment on one can see the outline of a city in the background and I like the contrast between the two worlds. There is some tension between the forces of Mother Nature and the manmade world. You have captured the waves when it shows itself at its most powerful and the city in the background becomes very small in comparison. It would have dramatized the power and force of Mother Nature quite significantly if you had been able to come back and do the shooting when there are more thrilling clouds on the sky. As it is now, the sky is unfortunately empty and a little dull. Another element to think about when shooting a photo where the horizon is very dominant as in this case, is to make sure you have objects that cross the horizon and maybe more importantly that not all the «action» in the photograph takes place around the horizon. As you can see in this photo, the significant elements are mostly placed around the horizon; the city in the background, the breaking wave and the ocean with its white caps. By making sure you place elements spread across the frame, you create a more appealing and captivating composition. As I mentioned, it could be clouds in the sky – or birds flying by. In the foreground – on the rocks – it could be a special formed rock or plants or some animals – just as examples.
Definitely much to Ponder About