A simple street scene in Mahon (Mao), the capital of Menorca, taken as I was wandering aimlessly in the direction of the port. The tower you can see in the distance belongs to the large church, Iglesia de Santa Maria.
Built in the 18th century on the site of a 13th century gothic church, the impressive Iglesia de Santa Maria creates one of Mahon’s chief landmarks. The interior is of neogothic style but apparently of great note is the monumental organ that has great instrumental and artistic quality. It was commissioned in 1806 by the rector Gabriel Alenyar from the masters Franciso Otter and Joan Kiburz of Barcelona. The organ took three years to build and when it was ready there were problems with its transportation not only due to the fact that the Napoleonic war was on but also due to its immense size, having four keyboards and 3006 organ pipes. Regular organ recitals are held within this church.
And I thought that the young couple passing in front of me added a little foreground interest too.
You can see a larger version of this photograph on "beta" TE here.
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Nicou (123272) 2014-07-07 0:37
Avec ce couple d'amoureux quelle vue sur cette ruelle qui descend superbe perspective et l’animation splendide.
Bravo et amitié
SnapRJW (31469) 2014-07-07 1:45
Hello John - This is an attractive street scene, busy and full of life. The buildings are beautifully crisp and well defined and I like the positioning of the approaching young couple. I have to say through that there is a lack of detail and look of unreality about the couple almost as if you have applied a soft focus to them but I notice it elsewhere in the shot as well. Perhaps the light was tricky and you have brightened up the figures, I'm not sure.
A pleasant scene but to my mind a little spoilt by the processing.
Royaldevon (30237) 2014-07-07 2:09
It's great to have such photographs because they do convince you that you were there and you did have a great time. Holidays recede very quickly when you get back into everyday routines at home!
The couple, very well placed, do give the photograph its scenario and buzz. (OH, so very technical!) The rest of the shot acts like a great setting upon which their story is told.
The vertical format was the correct choice for this shot, giving height to the buildings and ensuring that the lead is nicely contained.
The only bit that bothers me is the man's face. It looks haunted and not quite as sharp as the rest and he is the focal character. Maybe it's just me being hypocritical!
Have a lovely day,
holmertz (41753) 2014-07-07 2:21
This looks like a fairly ordinary street, but since it's so narrow it feels up easily and becomes very lively and interesting. The church tower creates an interest in the background. The nearest couple are well placed, almost walking into the camera, but like Rosemary and Bev I find there is something slightly odd about them. Their faces and legs look so smooth, as if you have "despeckled" them too much to get rid of noise. ;-)
timecapturer (49286) 2014-07-07 5:13
a wonderful everyday shot this and full of human interest too! It captures the mood and atmosphere of this wonderful old island town so perfectly.
Have a good week - B.
Thanks for your recent comments and the links to the Photo-Vacation site. It is something I have thought about doing, but I would like to go on my own if I did it. I am no fun on holiday when in company as I get so wrapped up in my own little photography world and nobody wants to wait around for me, and then I get frustrated being rushed. B.
Tigerlily (3107) 2014-07-07 12:20
A nicely captured image...Beautiful background, nice yellow color and sharp.. What I like most on this image is the blue color that you produced. The couple's clothes are 'glowing', especially hers...Love the blue.:-D
williewhistler (14611) 2014-07-07 14:26
crikey,this lovely holiday shot seems to have come in for some rather harsh criticism,I`m reminded of the the Monty Python sketch "I never expected the Spanish Inquisition".
Actually I rather like the couple in the FG being better lit as I think that it makes them stand out from the crowd helping to give the picture a really nice depth.
Best regards Les.
ACL1978 (7491) 2014-07-07 17:56
Hi John - a beautiful street scene here, well taken despite what you describe in your reply to Rosemary as very little time to work with. I agree generally with those who have mentioned the slightly 'off' focus or processing of the two main figured (I feel as well that I can see some softening in the crowd of women behind them as well?) I always struggle with the question of how far to go with Photoshop (or in my case lightroom). As evidence of that, by the way, I'll point out - though no one's mentioned it yet - that you can see evidence of some dodging and burning on my Boston sunrise shot I posted the other day. I generally go with the maxim that when the processing is noticeable, there is too much of it - but of course it's always hard to tell when that is! In any event, I certainly appreciate the thought process behind both the shot and the processing of it. And it's always good to discuss these things as well - sometimes I agree with those who say we don't do enough friendly criticism on TE, I know I could benefit from more of it!
emka (79926) 2014-07-07 23:04
Hello John, The colour of the guy's shirt is really eye catching, although not red. Nice street scenes and interesting view of the Menorca architecture. Wondering aimlessly is such a nice thing! Much better than following umbrella of the tour guide:)
Warm regrads from hot sunny Warsaw
jhm (140070) 2014-07-08 4:36
You street view is nice through this young couple in foreground, both young and slim, for me a long time ago!
Your background image with the tower gives a good image of these city and the church.
Excellent note, thank you very much.
Sharpness and clarity are pleasant.
Excellent composition and nice presentation too.
Very well done, TFS.
macjake (57074) 2014-07-08 6:37
is it just me or does this one have a touch of HDR processing to it?
It certainly has that look and feel, especially on the two people in the fg.
its funny how the couple in the fg seem to be coming out at us viewers in 3D-Mode - very cool.
looks like you were quite close to them as well, but they didn't mind.
hard to get the lighting correct in such tight quarters, narrow streets and such, but it looks great.
and I know some people would want you to clone out all those wires - not me, keep them in, they add to the realism and nature of the area.
see you around
mjw364 (7512) 2014-07-08 8:50
Well, given that I am usually the one who gets accused of over-cooking things on TE I will add my view to the controversy.
First of all, yes I see Gert's point and Rosemary's too. However, I understand why you tried to lighten them resulting in an unintended smoothing of contrast/glamour-glow overcooking of the skin. Such issues aside - I think you did the right thing by trying to lighten them. As you admit - maybe your PP skills were a bit ham fisted - as sometimes mine are - but people on this site would do well to remember that we are all amateurs learning as we go and we will make errors. Further, TE is one site amongst many and the goldfish bowl of TE prefers a particular epistemological/ontological representation of photographic reality not shared entirely by all. Those who police such representations reveal, perhaps, their limitations in creativity. However, in this case you did just cock it up a bit, John!
I have been making more mistakes than most lately in my post processing that's why there is a delay in my posts lately. I am experimenting with PP and on another site it works for them but I am learning to filter those shots out and say "that's not a TE shot".
However, I think this is a TE shot and I applaud your happenstance 3D result which, for me at least, adds a dimension that would not otherwise be there and in a positive and mildly creative way. It is one of those errors that perhaps can be redone to great effect with another image as you forge a new creative aspect to your style. In fact such shots with aspects of the imaging "popping out" are fairly common place in some sub-genres of photography so I really don't see the problem. As we say up north "all's fish as comes to the net".
COSTANTINO (56255) 2014-07-08 10:06
Hello my dear friend
pretty photo pretty couple pretty colots
this is an attractive street scenery with
people everybody interested in something
else the vertical format was the correct
choice for this shot
nicely captured image
photoray (12507) 2014-07-08 16:47
The strolling people compliment Mahon's narrow path, classical architecture, and a glimpse of the Iglesia de Santa Maria.
I would enjoy visiting inside for the art, and especially hearing the organ music.
Thanks for sharing,
PS: What 'old car' do you own?
I have owned many cars I wish I still did, but financing their storage would be prohibitive -
63 Buick Riviera
67 VW Beetle
72 Dodge Challenger
Silvio1953 (123603) 2014-07-09 11:27
Ciao John, great perspecive on beautiful street, lovely composition with nice couple in FG, excellent clarity, wonderful colors and splendid light, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio
mkamionka (30694) 2014-07-14 8:05
so this is where you went for vacation this spring. Very interesting place less popular than the bigger (major) sister. So it is very interesting to see something from over there. The street seems very inviting for a walk and the tower definitely adds a nice point to focus on. Couple in the foreground adds some action and interest. They seem a bit shy, I wonder why, they seem good looking so they should rather be self confident.
The couple seems a bit strangely rendered -they seem not to fit the rest of the photo may be having different contrast brightness setting.
I guess it is one more way to put them in the spot.
Lovely reportage I have to check your other photos from Menorca as well.
- Copyright: John Cannon (tyro) (20696)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2014-05-13
- Categories: Daily Life, Architecture, Decisive Moment
- Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark II, Canon 24-70mm f/2.8L USM, Hoya 77mm Pro1D UV(0)
- Exposure: f/11, 1/250 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Map: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2014-07-06 12:08