I took a few shots of this scene and felt like it was missing something. I waited until a man walked into the center and it looked like he was coming out of the trees. I really liked the leading line in the center to lead the eye up to him.
I have rarely photographed the groyne located at Mentone but given its dilapidated state I decided to pop down a grab a shot for posterity.
TIP. Use your histogram! When you take an image and preview it on your camera’s LCD screen what you actually see is not the RAW file but a processed JPG. The same goes for the histogram, that is also of the JPG that is embedded within the RAW file.
The histogram is a graphical representation of the pixels exposed in your image, on the extreme left are the blacks or shadows and to the right the whites and highlights. Ideally you want an even spread across the histogram without too much pure black or pure white.
Even though it’s not perfect this is the most reliable tool to use to determine if you have correctly exposed your scene.