I took this photo some time ago from my visit to Nazaré where I got two empty coke bottles (from Spain) put some colored straws on them took them to the beautifull sunset of the Nazaré beach et.... voilá!~
Photographer: Me Edition: ~mauro-goncalo Place: Nazaré - Portugal
The whole atmosphere is really striking here. It somehow feels very tired and peaceful but joyful at the same time. The color of the light 'sets it up' and the two bottles in the foreground give it context. One could right a short story around this photo. The churned up sand in the background, gives the idea of a party, but the fact that instead of a single bottle there are two abandoned on the beach adds a whole extra theme... I also love how the distant points of land where included, it makes me think of a distant, unreachable world towards which the owners of the two bottles might have looked... On a more technical note, the shallow focus works very well with the rest of the composition, emphasizing the foreground and adding a dreamlike quality to the rest of the photo. It could almost be used as an example for correct use of the rule of thirds, absolutely nothing is perfectly centered. I can't really find much to criticize except for the fact that there appears to be sand on and inside the bottles. It might have helped to wash them out before taking the picture. Overall, this is a beautiful image, both at first glance and after a period of study. It feels very relaxing, and one could spend hours formulating stories around it...
lighting: warm rays of the late afternoon, nothing crazy, but done correctly
focus: proper use of depth of field for subject/background discrimination. Just the right amount of soft focus to make the background important, appreciated, but out of the way, and eyes focused on the subject
Subject matter: nothing too stunning, which makes the picture better. I always say the "uber mench" of photography can make any subject matter interesting. You managed to make what is normally boring subject matter interesting, which leads to:
Composition: You've made what would otherwise be beach trash extremely interesting. You MADE the subject matter interesting by adding an adjective to the noun. The placement of the bottles to the right allows the perspective viewer to absorb the background and predisposition of the scene, the serenity of a beach a half hour before sunset. The arrangement of the bottles brings a strong connotation of love, making two inanimate objects apear human as if they were cuddling.