ecology by kordinator (20945)
tyro (25946) 2016-10-26 5:18
Hello Saa, What an interesting note and a remarkably well seen and well taken photograph to illustrate it. Yes, there's much controversy about the evils of smoking but pollution like the smoke and fumes from this old motorcycle are harmful to everybody as well as our beloved planet. This photograph just works so very well in black and white and is perfectly taken with good light, tones and contrasts and excellent details and sharpness. Fabulous! Kind Regards, John.
Signpost to Autumn by Royaldevon (40374)
tyro (25946) 2016-10-26 3:10
Hello Bev, Curiously, autumn here in Scotland seems to have come upon us quite quickly, the leaves having changed colour and started to fall in a matter of just a week or two so I suspect, unless I'm very quick, I shall have missed it all from the photographic point of view! But this is a finely yet simply composed shot in which the signpost directs the viewer across a lovely sunlit field with grazing sheep to a splendid group of trees in their warm autumn foliage depicted against a glorious blue sky. Lovely light and colours and exceptional depth of field and sharpness. Lovely! Kind Regards, John.
The Path of The Highlanders by delpeoples (58842)
tyro (25946) 2016-10-24 8:10
Ciao carissima Lisa, What a fascinating and informative note - and thank you so much for your kind remarks about Tyro the Onanist too, even if he was born English. But, to be fair, many of the landowners in these parts were, in fact, Scottish and just as brutal as any English. Sir James Riddell was Scottish and he was probably less brutal than many during the Clearances though I have seen (and told you about) his later exploitation of his workers in the lead mines at Strontian. But this is a fabulous photograph which perfectly portrays the sombre and somewhat threatening mood of Ardnamurchan in early morning, the dark mountains seen through thin mist while a layer of thicker mist hangs over the calm water's surface and dark bare trees stand silhouetted in the foreground against the cold reflected light. One could be forgiven for thinking this image were monochrome but for the faint soft and pinkish light of dawn which can just be seen bathing the distant heights in stark contrast to the darker and bleaker foreground. A fabulous photograph, very well composed and with gorgeous light, very subtle colour, excellent tones and contrasts and exquisite details and sharpness. Wonderful! Kindest Regards, John. P.S. It was wonderful meeting you here (and in sunny Lanarkshire later), Lisa. Like yourself, I only wish we could have spent a longer time here and explored the area more as well as taking more pictures too. But maybe again some other time! Take care. xx
Starting point for discoveries by ktanska (28168)
tyro (25946) 2016-10-24 6:27
Hello Kari, I saw this and was suddenly reminded that I had previously posted a picture of this place which I took as a schoolboy in 1965 - here! You did, in fact, kindly write a critique on that one but your photograph here, taken from the other side, is far, far clearer and sharper and has been taken in lovely soft light and with beautiful colours - especially in that gorgeous blue sky. A fascinating and informative note too. Lovely! Kind Regards, John.
Man at Work by alvaraalto (16326)
tyro (25946) 2016-10-24 6:16
Hello Rob, An interesting and informative note and a very fine photograph showing what looks like total confusion amidst tall cranes, railings, machines and building materials - it is quite remarkable how, in two years' time, this will become a spanking new and smart Central Subway. Perhaps this worker isn't actually toiling very hard - probably just relaxing and keeping an eye on the curious photographer - but he's well placed in the frame amidst all the colourful and detailed confusion and you have captured the scene perfectly. Excellent! Kind Regards, John.
Cucuron by willperrett (11294)
tyro (25946) 2016-10-24 0:55
Hello Will, A fine photograph and a very interesting and informative note to accompany it. I very much like your composition and the way you have used the overhanging foliage of the trees to provide a very effective frame in which that very attractive open bell tower, sitting rather strangely atop a massive square tower, is perfectly placed while in the distance we see an equally attractive round defensive tower. The soft light on the roofs and old walls of the town is delightful, your colours true, the exposure perfect and the details and sharpness exquisite. Beautiful! Kind Regards, John.
A boat in the air by willperrett (11294)
tyro (25946) 2016-10-24 0:32
Hello Will, Gosh, I fear that even more people have deserted TE, or at least fallen asleep, because this photograph deserves a lot more attention than it has so far received - not only is it a very appealing photograph but your note is fascinating and informative and also a fine tribute to the brilliant and courageous engineers of the early 19th century. But I must admit that I felt (on account of my acrophobia) my toes curl just a little when I read about (and I can also verify the fact in this picture) that there were no railings on the side of the canal opposite the tow-path - has anyone ever fallen off the deck of a boat into the valley below by accident and not intent? Anyway, this is a very fine and well composed shot with a lovely personal touch too. How nice to see your long-suffering Rosemary, comforted by your dog, in the bow of the narrowboat while in the distance your son and daughter expertly navigate from the stern. The strong diagonal composition is excellent and the view of the countryside around about is delightful and also gives a very good impression of the height above terra firma. Beautiful soft light, lovely true colours, perfect exposure and exquisite depth of field and sharpness throughout. Excellent! Kind Regards, John. P.S. A lovely workshop photo too - the light is just fabulous in that one, beautifully soft and with an almost dream-like quality!
Diagonal by carlo62 (50914)
tyro (25946) 2016-10-23 16:05
Ciao caro Carlo, I like very much this rather novel composition - not the way we normally see vineyards or vines! But I think this photograph works very well with the strong diagonal composition. The colours are amazing, the greens and yellows of the vines contrasting beautifully with a lovely blue sky. Excellent details and sharpness too. Excellent! Kind Regards, John.
busy after the race by ourania (47858)
tyro (25946) 2016-10-23 11:27
Hello Ourania, This must have been an exciting time to watch all these magnificent sailboats in your harbour and see all the frantic activity around them. This is a beautifully colourful photograph with lots of interesting things to look at - from the magnificent boats and the numerous colourfully dressed people on them to the little rubber dinghy speeding through the water. The light and colours are divine and that large orange sphere on the nearest boat really holds the whole composition together very effectively. Perfect exposure and stunning details and sharpness. Fabulous! Kind Regards, John.
Mmm... smell the fresh bread! by Royaldevon (40374)
tyro (25946) 2016-10-23 7:38
Hello Bev, This, of course, is the "real" way to bake bread and how delightful that you could actually witness it here in the open air. I do hope that you bought some and enjoyed eating it - and you, most appropriately of course, would have eaten the "upper crust" and allowed the riff raff to eat the ash covered lower crust of the loaves! :) I'll bet the aroma of freshly baked bread was glorious here and you have captured that atmosphere so well in these two lovely photographs, each well composed and with lovely light and colours and excellent details and sharpness. Gosh, I'm feeling hungry. I can just image a thick chunk of that bread smothered with creamy butter. Maybe some honey too. :) Excellent! Kind Regards, John.[+]
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