Another from the archives - this one taken two summers ago at Moni Preveli, the ancient monastery at Preveli in south west Crete.
This monastery, its Abbot and its Monks, played a very important part in the harbouring, protection and rescue of very many Allied troops, mainly from Australia and New Zealand, following the aerial invasion of Crete by the Germans in May, 1941. The monastery suffered a great deal of damage during the German invasion and, in previous centuries, it had also suffered greatly at the hands of the Turks.
This picture was taken in exactly the same place as this one but I was inspired by the young lady clearly concentrating on getting a photograph of some details of the place - perhaps of a pot of geraniums.
Shot in RAW using a polarising filter (and, judging by the sky, perhaps the effect is overdone!) and converted and edited in PSE6.
All comments/critiques/advice welcome!
P.S. I wondered a lot about the composition of this one. I tried different cropping and have uploaded a workshop with a tighter crop. I should be interested to hear what others think and which picture (if either!) is the better.
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jhm (158892) 2011-03-16 5:15
You play excellent with light and shadows.
We get a little image of the monastery, perhaps find I your WS better than these picture.
Lovely colors, nice presentation too.
Very well done, TFS.
williewhistler (16412) 2011-03-16 14:21
Hello John,I think you were on the right lines in the WS,to be honest I think I would have cropped out even more of the sky and even the top of the building,along with some of the FG.
I find the texture in the walls to be much more interesting and would try and show that off,along with the alcoves and steps.
Of course you`d end up with a landscape instead of a portrait,which may not be what you wanted at all...
All the best Les.
MJR (3360) 2011-03-16 15:27
New posts raining down on us !
I like this, and I prefer it to the WS view, precisely for the great blocks of colour that are so evocative of bright sunlit days in the Med. It is a shame that what might be construed as the focal point is in shadow, tu whit, the girl in red and white, but in a way thats evocative too; who stands in the sun more than you have to ?
As we are used, it is elegantly constructed, and sharp too, and a fine note, of course. A fine photo. ( I concede, the sky might be overdone, but it not at all offensive )
saxo042 (37966) 2011-03-17 6:21
Your intensions are quite obvious here; you wanted to anchor a diagonal line at exactly the corners. But I think the girl isnīt really placed in a perfect position. Maybe you should have asked her to move around one metre to her left or maybe more. In such a case we would have seen her at the third, if you had also cropped away the quite uninteresting part of the wall along the right side. But thatīs life...
Maybe I prefer the WS after all! But the colours are very good, especially of the beautiful building.
The dark colour of the sky suits the picture quite well.
- Copyright: John Cannon (tyro) (26142)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2009-07-12
- Categories: Architecture, Decisive Moment
- Camera: Canon EOS 20D, Tamron 17-50mm f/2.8 XR Di-II LD SP AF, Hoya 67mm Circular Polarizer
- Exposure: f/8, 1/200 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Map: view
- Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
- Travelogue: Crete, July, 2009.
- Date Submitted: 2011-03-15 17:13