Aleks on the beach

at Shorncliffe.

View all photos taken: Tuesday, 13th May 2008, This photo: 11:36am


  • -Bennie- said:
    Great photo Dave! and a shot of the mrs (which i haven't seen before!)
    The black and white treatment is fantastic. Do alek enjoy his school excursion?
    What really makes the photo interesting in my opinion is the clouds, really dynamic!
    congrats! The only thing that's slightly distracting is the person on the right in the background otherwise great candid shot!
    Seen on your photo stream. (?)
  • David de Groot said:
    Ah not my Mrs, Bennie. This is one of the other Mums on the school excursion. I was the only Dad along on the trip, which can best be described as controlled bedlam.
    This one's cropped down a bit, but even at 20mm and cropped, you tend to get a lot of the background (including additional people). But yeah, the clouds were pretty neat that day - most of the sky was cloud free, but where the clouds appeared, they were dramatic.
  • teejaybee said:
    Looks great at 20mm (background people included). That "whole world in one pic" effect is even starting to creep in (have I mentioned I love wide angle? :P)
    The treatment you've used is perfect - maybe transforming it from just a snapshot? Very cool. Adds some sort of effect I can't get into words anyway :)
  • David de Groot said:
    Wide angle is definitely addictive :)
    And yes, it was definitely "just a snapshot" to start with. I had a puddle with quite a few from this trip as I was spending more time looking after children then concentrating on taking quality photographs...
  • Fey Child said:
    Is it just me, or is the lady slightly distorted?
  • pertelote1 said:
    Wonderful work. I like the way each one is looking in a different direction. Gives life to your statement "controlled bedlam."
  • The Central Scrutiniser said:
    almost psychedelic in its intensity... that'd be the wide angle - very sharp.
  • David de Groot said:
    Yes. The edges of a wide angle lens tend to distort, esp. people.
    It does, doesn't it :)
  • David de Groot said:
    Well sharp in the middle anyway... the edges are soft (except on the left, as I cropped about a third off).
  • Shaun Johnston said:
    I think the distortion contributes to the drama of the image. Nicely done.
  • -Bennie- said:
    Not the mrs hey???? hnmmmm.. nevermind! i thought i was getting a sneak peak then! :-)
    You were the only dad on the trip? Wow, how cool is that. i just WISH i could get along to clare's school exercusions.. .however the unfortunate reality of life is that i'm at work, boo hoo...
    From your other commments it seems that you've actually produced a good photo out of a normal photo shot! well done mate.
    Well done... i like it!
    Seen in my recent comments. (?)
  • David de Groot said:
    Actually, there seems to be quite a few of Lea on my stream. :)
    Yep, only Dad. Also the first school excursion I've been on since leaving school myself.
    Yep, managed to salvage the shot so that it's something a bit more than the original snapshot I took. :)
  • David de Groot said:
    Thanks Shaun :)
  • Xenedis said:
    I really like the composition of this shot. Everything just fits well. I like the fact that Aleks is in the foreground, but is looking off into the distance; very candid, and a dynamic image.
  • David de Groot said:
    See now this one would have been perfect for last month's WP contest, but alas, it wasn't taken in July.