Countryside Wrestling by rahuldulta (23)
Vato_Law (12720) 2012-11-25 6:42
nice action scene from the two kids you caught here, their smilling faces and energy is key to the success of the photo.
I just think you should have more brightness specially on them as they are kind of mixing with the environment.
the end of europe by brianmcc (6005)
Vato_Law (12720) 2012-10-16 18:42
Wonderful seascape Brian, under some beautiful light and with great details and textures on the rocks composing the cliffs.
As Denis says this is not the end of europe, continental or including islands, Cabo da Roca is the continental most western inland, if you include islands than Açores Islands are further more to the west, but to be honnest this is peanuts being more to the west or to the east, what counts here is the beauty of the place you are showing.
Le bac en poche by Kofman (2261)
Vato_Law (12720) 2012-10-03 9:13
that's a really good photo and there's a lot of story behind it. The joy of having finished succesfully his school life and now it's time for university something very different, a whole new life was expecting him.
You clicked at the exact moment and we can fill the joy of this boy and the pride. Just look at that smile, how he lifts the bottle as a sign of accomplishment.
There's something of theatrical in this photo and I like to see the sign for the theatre behind him, the part of the bike bellow, his fellow mates crossing the street and that light so typical from Paris, that makes it such a special place.
I just can't understand, and maybe this is why I don't post often on TE, how 604 persons saw this photo and couldn't find something useful to say about it... unbelievable...
Les derniers des mohicans by Kofman (2261)
Vato_Law (12720) 2012-10-01 9:18
I look at this double portrait of yours and I really like those two beautiful faces and the way they seem to contrast.
The man seems more joyful and open hearted while the lady seems more insightful and giving a slight and shy smile to what he might be saying, but she seems not there, she seems to be thinking of something that already happened long time ago.
Now the bad side, I don't mean to be harsh with you at all, but I think you missed a chance here on the post processing.
First there seems to be way too much shadow/highlight which is noticeable specially on their clothes, faces and arms.
If on the face it allows you to get the the wrinkles which is nice on his jersey it washes out the color.
Also there's the background, way too intrusive and not adding to the feeling you want to get.
You say in your title, they are the "last mohicans" they are the subject, they should be in focus, the rest is accessory.
If you are interested in understanding what I mean, load this very same photo on photoshop and burn the background for quite a bit and you'll see how they'll stand out much more without having the busy background. It will still be there but it will not be as intrusive.
IMO when you shoot portraits and they are the subject, specially as you are so close to their faces, they must be THE subject the rest is just background.
I hope I was not too harsh as I wasn't intending this even more because I really love those 2 beautiful faces you show here.
Proastio Bridge by Kevrekidis (304)
Vato_Law (12720) 2012-10-01 8:44
nice view with this person standing there for you with a nice insideful look. He seems to be thinking in something while you are busy taking photos of him.
Looking at this and while you've included him in the photo IMO I think he should be the subject of the photo and leaving the landscape as a background. But if you look at the photo I think he's kind of lost in the shadow while the landscape, specially due to the hard light, is way too in evidence.
I tried a WS shifting the light towards the man and leaving the landscape as the background and I think it results quite nicelly as it gives more proeminence to the man and keeps the landscape behind him nicelly but not so proeminent on the photo.
I cannot upload it today as i'm out of WS but if you're interested I can upload it tomorrow so that you see what I mean.
Angels are between us by giorgimer (34804)
Vato_Law (12720) 2012-10-01 8:24
the photo is nice with the girl looking at the angels and them looking down as if they were taking care of her.
The diagonal made by them and the rocky protection of the bridge is nice too as it leads the eyes to the action.
What I don't like here is how flat the light is, if you look at the histogram the area of light and higlight is absolutely empty and that flattens the tones to this greyish look.
I don't know if you simply desaturated the photo and applied shadow/highlights to it but it looks like something like that.
I tried a WS to bring up the light, although it's not easy starting from this.
Again I say that I like the photo itself and the way you found out this composition and angle but this flatness of light and tones kind of ruins it.
ONYX by ThierryA (6682)
Vato_Law (12720) 2012-10-01 8:03
Peugeot is really on the mood of Wooow Cars and it's good to see that they transporting this into real life cars.
This one would be a bit over the top for the streets but the concept is there and surelly they will find a way to use some of this onto their incoming models.
I love the way you were able to get all those lines and shapes and some good reflections that gives a lot of life to the photo, I just wish you could have brought the colors a lit bit more alive.
I've tried a WS.
The Spirit of Tibet by AvailableLight (148)
Vato_Law (12720) 2012-07-27 2:20
after reading your note I'm tempted to say that: this is THE room with a view!
The 7 min exposure allowed you to add drama, if more was needed, to this peaks. I love how the clouds seem to flow thru the range of peaks unveiling the details behind.
A word for the great tonal range this photo presents so difficult to have with digital, it almost looks like something caugth with analog film and as Rosemary says this has some Ansel Adams look.
Yellow Theater by emka (73329)
Vato_Law (12720) 2012-07-20 11:34
beautiful presentation of this theater in yellow, really poping out in the middle of the greyish tones in the sky.
This is quite an amazing building and it has so many details that we can spend some good minutes zooming in and out looking at them.