Evening in Alberta by dareco (17134)
tsti003 (285) 2007-10-23 18:12
I got the message, oil, grain, cattle. But the cattle are too far away to really be part of your picture. But the oil and the grain makes a good theme.
There's too much empty space here, my eye wants to go straight to that oil well, surrounded by that harvested wheat field, it's not interested in anything else
My suggestion would be to get closer and focus on that part of your picture, that's where your message is.
Check my workshop.
Shanghai Pudong Skyline by noogy (1074)
tsti003 (285) 2007-10-23 10:02
I don't usually critique Hong Kong or Shanghai sky lines, because after a while they all begin to look the same.
But this one is different, and it's because of the light. You have captured it in that half light that special time between day and night. Its light enough capture the details in the building and yet dark enough to need the city lights turned on.
I really like what you have done here.
Tourist in Bath by tcht (7565)
tsti003 (285) 2007-10-23 9:11
Hi Cheuk Hin Tsang
I think that you are under valuing yourself when to say that this is just a little snap-shot/portrait", it's much more than that.
You have a really good photograph here. Well balanced with that negative empty space on the left contrasting with the remaining positive space. And that there are those curved lines and soft pastel hues which add beauty and charm to the scene.
And of course your subject, nicely placed to between that positive and negative space. It's a scene that grabs my attention and tries to tell me something.
Quiet by dareco (17134)
tsti003 (285) 2007-10-22 9:30
Your title and your note makes you intention here quite clear, a deserted church in a deserted town. This photograph tells a story and communicates a strong feeling of emptiness.
A simple composition, all tightly held together with the grass, the trees and the sky. Simple but effective.
I guess what I am learning from your photography is that not many people live your part of Canada. I passed through there once, many years ago, I was on my way to Vancouver and I seem to remember spending three days just driving across the prairies. Your pictures remind me of that desolation.
fly away... I by aga77 (135)
tsti003 (285) 2007-10-22 8:41
I was in Yangshuo only a couple of weeks ago and I wanted to take a flight in a balloon, but my partner wasn't too keen on the idea. After seeing this wonderful shot I'm really sorry that I didn't do it.
It's a magnificent picture, the mountains, the river, the sky and of course the balloon, not big but very dominant. And it is dominant because it's its nonconformity. Its different from its surroundings, its unexpected, and it stands out from everything else around it.
Then the whole scene is topped-off with that amazing misty sunrise. It's unbelievable.
Rice ó my endless lesson /66/ by ngythanh (8576)
tsti003 (285) 2007-10-22 7:03
What a wonderful scene, I envy you for having the opportunity to seize this precious moment.
A farmer labouring in his paddy just as his father and his father's father would have done before him. It's a touching scene. With little reward and even less recognition he works alongside his beastly companion to provide the sustenance of life.
Itís a nicely composed shot with your subject moving from the bottom right-hand corner on into the picture. Your eye has no other option other than to follow him.
Then in front of him lies that magnificent vista, a chaotic array of rice paddies, and yet among all that chaos there is an underlying organisation, a coherence or a belonging together.
But this shot is not about good (or bad) composition itís about life itself.
My Friend The Moon by Valerka (8171)
tsti003 (285) 2007-10-21 8:59
This is a wonderful scene, the positive and negative space create a wonderful balance. But what I like most about this photograph is the colour, its just like gold. And the colour is what gives the scene such a warm and romantic mood.
With a shot like this, the possibilities for editing are endless. Personally I would have preferred to have the sky a little lighter. There is a little too much black space in this picture for my taste. And I think it would also help if one was able to see a more of the outline of the building, instead of it all blending in with the black sky.
And finally, because the moon is such an important element in your picture it would be nice if it were just a little bigger. Not too large though, because it shouldn't compete with your main point of interest.
I have done a workshop just to show how I would want the scene to look. Not that there is anything wrong with your version, its just that we both see things in different ways.
C'mon Baby, Smile for Mommy by Wandering_Dan (3449)
tsti003 (285) 2007-10-20 10:33
I love taking candids and this one is a gem. The gray masonry makes a good background. Its interesting but not so dominant as to compete with your subjects.
You have placed the mother prominently in the your frame making her your centre of interest, but I see things in a different way.
Personally, I would want to place the child more prominently in the picture. It's a difficult choice to make because they both have interesting expression and poses, but I know what my choice would be.
I have done a workshop and I'll leave it up to you to decide which version you prefer.
My favorite old house by dareco (17134)
tsti003 (285) 2007-10-20 8:09
Another nice shot of your rural architecture. The rustic abandoned farmhouse, with its moss covered roof, missing and boarded-up windows blends perfectly with the feral landscape. There is is no need for people in this shot, people deserted this place years ago.
The scene is held tightly together with the trees and the overgrown grasses in the foreground pulling your eye into the centre and your point of interest.
And finally there is the color, those pastel hues create a quiet and peaceful mood. Everything here is in harmony.