brianmcc 2012-07-22 2:31
this is a great view over the town and the rolling hills beyond. the sky and clouds are wonderful, very effective and full of drama. you have achieved a great degree of sharpness and contrast.
i would tend to favour the crop suggested by rosemary (SnapRJW), as i think it presents a cleaner image with less distraction in the foreground. the path and gateway would then lead the viewer through the wall and into the town.
your recent TE trip has provided a host of photographic opportunities,
have a good week,
ps. did you have a glass of wine in you, or just a bee in your bonnet, when you critiqued my last picture? you expressed some displeasure against some TEers which wasn't your usual type of comment. i wondered what had provoked it.
To brianmcc: Good detective work.........!
Yes, you are quite right - I had had a couple of glasses of wine when I wrote that critique! But what I said still stands.
I certainly didn't mean to be negative about any other TE'ers - what I meant really was that the thumbnail of that particular photograph really didn't look at all inspiring and it reminded me of the many rather dull pictures which we see when browsing TE. Quite a few of those pictures are, unfortunately, posted by "newbies" and, because they don't get much in the way of feedback, they tend to leave TE after a short while. That, of course, is a real shame. I do try myself to look at such pictures and also try to offer some simple advice if I can (if my advice is ever worth anything!) but there is no doubt that most people will probably just glance at the thumbnail, be unimpressed, and not even bother to look at the full-size image.
And what I meant was that your particular picture appeared blighted with that very problem - the thumbnail was definitely not at all impressive and really didn't "stand out" from the page. However, once you look at the full-size picture, it is a totally different matter altogether and we can see all the lovely subtelties of light and shade as well as the fine composition. I suspect that many people will just have quickly scanned the thumbnail and not looked at the full picture or, if they have, they have not studied it in any depth.
And that, of course, raises another issue about critiquing. If a job's worth doing, it's worth doing well and, in my opinion, critiques like "Great shot" or "Super capture" are really not worth the candle. Real critiques (and I include yours in those) may voice some admiration and praise but they are also positively critical in making some suggestions which the author of the picture might not have considered.
Rant over. As I say, Brian, I was not being critical of other TE'ers!
Have a Good Week!