Airlift over Lebanon by MarcT (20964)
grantcorp (123) 2008-02-21 13:24
This looks like something out of Chris Foss' old books of spaceship art. A highly detailed spaceship frozen in time, framed with a contemporary sci-fi skyline and always the dwarved astronaut contemplating the events in a corner of the picture. Contemporary romanticism at its finest!
In this case though the lively airbrush colours have to stand back for a dose of grey reality, yet still the wonderful greys, whites and violets create something as epic. The red mast seems a bit out of place in the battered field but we work with what we have and as such it rightfully claims its place.
And why doesn't my job involve helicopters? :(
Cloud-hidden, whereabouts unknown by vincz (19113)
grantcorp (123) 2007-10-20 3:46
Although this is a great picture I do not think it is a good photo. The saturation and brightness have shot through the roof here and give a very unrealistic look. The shiny roofs (especially the cyan-coloured ones) and almost neon-orange topsoil kind of give it away. I have seen many examples of this on TE in the Bhutan category. I think it is a bit unfortunate because Bhutan is such a beautiful country in itself that we really need not enhance it that much.
If you have a version of this photo under "less spectaclar conditions" it would be very interesting to see it for comparison, and I bet it would look really great.
Drifting ship in Ornos by crisnique (857)
grantcorp (123) 2007-10-15 14:35
I actually prefer this version of the photo compared to the flipped workshop. The contrasts in the WS are quite harsh and although more detail is brought out in the hull and shallows it feels almost as if the poor vessel has been superimposed on the background.
On a personal level I think a view like this benefits from a slight blur, after all, we're in a salty air environment here. Eitherway it is a beautiful hull, and I am curious to learn more about this mystery machine... :)
Wat Arun by korbee (6617)
grantcorp (123) 2007-10-12 14:02
For some reason I have never went to Wat Arun during daytime, so it was quite an unusual view to see the complex bathing in sunlight. The buildings stand closely together, walled in by the river and nearby neighbourhoods, and their vertical characteristics add to the challenge. You chose a really good angle to include several of its features in one shot, and all the parts come through in vibrant colour. The robed monk is of course a carefully placed bonus.
Ships in the desert by Clipper (93)
grantcorp (123) 2007-09-07 16:04
Interesting note about the "fake" history of the Karakalpakia, this is something I did not hear about before. The rest of the hulls are really starting to look banged up and stripped to the bone by now.
Talking about scanning photos; did you scan a negative or a positive? I recently bought a cheap HP Scanjet 3800 for other tasks, but I got one which had a built in negative/positive scanner too. It delivers really good results for scanning regular positives, but when I tried it out on some negatives that I had previously had scanned at a local lab the result was as you say, drab and unattractive. I haven't looked into it more, so unfortunately I have no advice to give.
Concorde by fleopold (1375)
grantcorp (123) 2007-07-28 7:40
I think this is a groovy shot of an even cooler plane. The composition is great, not showing too much plane and not too little, but just right for a personal portrait of a truly historical bird.
If I understood correctly, you physically lined up a telescope and a camera and snapped the photo? That requires a fair bit of skill and patience and would also explain the dark shadows in the bottom and right corners. Those very shadows do an admirable job of hiding the swarm of onlookers so that the image looks more of an aircraft in operation and less like a publicity stunt.
Sunset over Krakow by krakowiak (4762)
grantcorp (123) 2007-07-25 16:47
The colours in this picture are simply surreal, especially the tones of the sky. The clever framing and odd facade creates a suitably bewildering and mesmerizing effect. Put this in a brochure and you can sell ugly buildings with no problem... :)
Touching the sky by terminus (563)
grantcorp (123) 2007-07-25 16:28
PL put to good use! Splendid colours on display here, and the crisp detail of the distant clouds add to the fantastic depth of this picture. The sky also nicely contrasts with the palette of the soil. An eye-catching work of art for sure.
A strange but funky hong kong building by just- (54)
grantcorp (123) 2007-07-25 16:16
This is actually one of my favourite motives when it comes to architecture. I recently stood underneath bending my neck in the same pose as you, difference being it was in the night. :)
The Lippo Centre carries itself well in pretty much any picture. Light and shadow help to bring out its funky style here although the colours of this photo are a little washed out.
Hong Kong by happypoppeye (4817)
grantcorp (123) 2007-07-23 7:56
I think most has been said about this photo already but I'll parrot away anyway since I am a sucker for HK skyline photos. Apart from the sci-fi style palette I also like how the city takes on a circular shape. The slight crescent-shape of the placement of the buildings closest to the camera together with Kowloon, Kai Tak and North Point sealing off Victoria Harbour creates a sort of ring world, effectively closed off by use of the clouds. The result is an emotional and somewhat otherworldly experience. This photo would serve really well as a wallpaper.
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