Coastal Composition Critique
Hi Everyone, I'm new here.. I've been photographing mostly South Florida landscapes and wildlife for the past couple of years now with a Nikon D810. I haven't had many critiques of my work from industry professionals, mostly just friends/family. Figured this would be a great place to get an honest critique of some of my work.
This is one of my more recent photos from a location to north of me, Coral Cove Park. We don't have many areas here in Florida with seascapes like this, mostly sand beaches, so I thought this would be a great place to work on my seascape composition skills. My goal for this photo was to create a strong foreground, mid-ground and background with well defined leading lines while maintaining the exposure and focus throughout. I used a polarizing filter to help remove the reflections from the first pool of water while maintaining reflections on in the mid-ground/background. A 1/3s exposure was used to capture the action of a wave as it crashed into the rocks which helped draw the viewers attention towards the sunrise/storms in the distance. I then used a .9 soft edge graduated density filter to help balance out the back lit clouds with the foreground. In order to pull out all of the detail in the foreground I placed the camera fairly close to the ground, around 2ft or so away with my 16-35mm lens at 16mm. Because of the close proximity to the foreground I ended up focus stacking this image with 3 shots at f8, one for the foreground, mid-ground and background. I then bracketed the sky with 3 exposures and blended them all together in photoshop/lightroom. I don't like over processed images, so I tried to keep the scene as close to how I experienced it as possible.
Please let me know your thoughts, and if you would have approached this scene in a different way. Also let me know your opinion of the overall image quality and processing techniques.