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Two rocks standing tall in a sunset sky
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Hey!

You wanted me to have a look at this and give you a critique.
As I tell everyone; don't mind the ratings, they don't give you any valuable information.

Photographically:

This first things that hits me when I see this one is the composition. This is a very beautiful image, but you could give in a extra pop with another framing.

If you as yourself the following question:
What do I like better, the sky or the ocean? Personally I think I prefer the ocean here for the composition I have in mind for this one. If you lower your camera so that the horizon and up is 1 third of the image you'll have less opensky, but you'll still have the beautiful colors that the sunset gives the horizon. The way vignette in the bottom of the image leads the viewer step by step as the light increases to the stones in the ocean.

By moving the view just slightly to the right, you would also ensure that the closest stone becomes at a position which is can be called a powercorner in the rule fo thirds. There isn't much happening on the leftside of the image, so this could be a viable option if there isn't obstacles on the righthandside which I don't see now.

Not a big deal, but if you have a close look at the horizonline it tilts just a little down on the rightside, we're talking about maybe 0,5 degrees or something small like that, this is easily fixed in either CameraRaw or Photoshop.

Post-processing:
I would also consider increasing the vibrance in this image. This would give you a slight pop to the horizon as the colors right now look natural enough, but it's a little flat. To quote Scott Kelby when it comes to the function of vibrance "It makes "boring" colors get more interesting". Note that there is a big difference in vibrance vs saturation. Vibrance is often the more natural option to go for.

Here is a link to a video on compositon and how it can be done by Scott Kelby.
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I'd recommend you to have a look as it's a good video and might give you some inspiration as well :)

This is a beautiful capture all in all and you definately got something good going. Keep it up and you'll get very far :)

Hope this was helpful :)
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ultimaterave Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2012  Hobbyist
WHere on earth did you take that?
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Meranda92 Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Haha I took this on the Oregon coast :D
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ultimaterave Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2012  Hobbyist
oh nice....
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Meranda92 Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks :D
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ultimaterave Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2012  Hobbyist
No, thank you for the opportunity to achieve ecstasy tonight
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TeaPhotography Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2012  Professional General Artist
Wow, really beauitful! Reminds me of the coast of Oregon. :aww:
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Meranda92 Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Haha actually this was taken on the Oregon coast :la: Cannon beach to be more specific. =p Good guessing btw :icongreatjobplz:
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nayus66 Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2012
I love it!
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Matryoshka-Heart Featured By Owner May 4, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Lovely shot! I really don't have any criticism for this. It's got great composition, the time of day was perfect, and it's overall just very nicely done! I love how the rocks are silhouetted against the sunset. Gorgeous! :)
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Meranda92 Featured By Owner May 5, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
:glomp: Thank you sooooo much!! you dont know how much that made my day! :iconloveloveplz:
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Matryoshka-Heart Featured By Owner May 6, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You're welcome! :hug:
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NaomiFan Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2012  Hobbyist
This is really beautiful
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Meranda92 Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks! That means a lot to me ^_^
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AzheenFuad Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Amazing shot!
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Meranda92 Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you! :D
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Romylyn Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2012
Amazing ..Where was this?
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Meranda92 Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
It was taken on the Oregon coast :D
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BayausS Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2012  Professional General Artist
Wooow! It's awesome! Where is this place?
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Meranda92 Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you soo much! :D Glad you like it :la: I took this on the oregon coast. A cool little beach that has really huge rocks just standing tall in the sea like that.
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BayausS Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2012  Professional General Artist
Thank chu! I am looking for landscapes for a movie. It has a lot of scenes in a creepy/cool beach, so I am searching for one .. and this is really cool x3
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Johhy55 Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2012
Beautiful!
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Meranda92 Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you :glomp:
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FaithfullyNeutral Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
That's beautiful! Great choice of timing. ;D Where did you go again?
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Meranda92 Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
:iconattackglompplz: Haha thank you so much! I love your awesome comments! They make my day! :happybounce: I went to Oregon. Its always so beautiful there and such a cool place to be.
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FaithfullyNeutral Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
xD My pleasure! And glad to hear I made somebodys day. ;P Oooooh! I should go there.
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Meranda92 Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
You should!! And take me with you! I wanna go back! lol
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FaithfullyNeutral Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
:D Yeah! That would be fun~
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KRHPhotography Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
It's so peaceful!
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Younashi Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2012
Wow this is beautiful ! I could look at this picture for hours !
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Meranda92 Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
:iconblushplz: Thank you so much!! Your wonderful comment made my day! :la:
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