ChrisJ (100130) 2015-03-22 4:45
It resembles the hillside communities of gypsies in Turkey. The favela is well depicted here and space is certainly at a premium. I can see why you prefer the wide open spaces of uncrowded beaches! The repetition of patterns and shapes is superb and the red brick facades and rooftops contrast well against the ble sky. Tfs.
ChrisJ (100130) 2015-03-22 4:38
A well composed shot with good sharpness and excellent color and saturation. A little dark on my screen but that's easily fixed by adding brightness. The solitary bg cottage makes a fine focal point. Good inclusion of the fg flowering grasses and they also add nice repetition as well as depth. Tfs.
ChrisJ (100130) 2015-03-22 4:31
Glad your travels were safe and presumably enjoyable for the most part. You will appreciate your trip more when you get home, at least in my experience. The whites here are perfectly exposed and the density levels have also given solid blacks as well as crisp clean whites. The saturation is perfect and sharpness is excellent. I like the slight distortion of the buildings from the wide angled lens, although it is not everyone's cup of tea. I use a wide angled lens a lot and sometimes receive workshops from TE members correcting the lens barrel distortion. Doesn't really bother me and even a fisheye lens can be useful if used intelligently. I spend enough time on TE just writing critiques and re-sizing, sharpening adding saturation cropping in photoshop etc without worrying about the wide angled lens barrel distortion. As long as the verticals are central, most images work fine. Tfs.
ChrisJ (100130) 2015-03-22 4:23
A superb daily life scene of the clerics carrying a statue of Christ from this charming little village in the Italian countryside. Their red tunics contrast well against the pale blue grey color of their cassocks. The photographer at right makes a fine focal point. Good sharpness and a pleasant diffused light. Tfs.
ChrisJ (100130) 2015-03-22 4:18
Hello dear Ike
The book press even resembles a book. Some heavy reading there, lol! Good warm cold color contrasts between the red magenta center and the blue grey sides of the contraption. Excellent sharpness and effective tight framing. I sometimes used to use a matchbox for scale. Tfs.
ChrisJ (100130) 2015-03-22 4:15
Fantastic use of a shallow dof to isolate and emphasise the seated old man in the fg. I like how the light is hitting his face. A good angled pov on the dual Buddha statues behind him. The blue sky contrasts well against the orange red decorations above their heads. Punchy light contrasts and tfs!
ChrisJ (100130) 2015-03-22 4:12
Another fine shot of Bryce canyon with the dusting of light snow resembling icing sugar. The big fg tree at left superbly frames the bg scene. Nice warm cold color contrasts between the red rocks and the deep blue sky. The erosion around the tree roots suggests the tree has a tenuous hold on the cliffside. Tfs.
ChrisJ (100130) 2015-03-22 4:09
A spectacular view of Bryce Canyon with even a little fg snow to enhance the tonal and lighting contrasts. Incredible repetition of the hoodoos with their warm red color contrasting well against the blue sky. I like the shadow play on the snow and the trees either side nicely frame the scene & add depth. Tfs.
ChrisJ (100130) 2015-03-22 4:06
The yellow facade of the church at right and its red brick decor contrast well against the blue water and sky. I might have blurred the pixellated sky at the top. Good sharpness and a fine high pov with the fg green tree branches framing the bg scene nicely and adding depth and layering to the compo. Tfs.
ChrisJ (100130) 2015-03-22 3:30
I only went to the main beach at Nice and from there to Nimes and Paris. Corsica is on my to do list. I like the dappled sunlight dancing on the water at left. Good sharpness and excellent color and saturation. The red rooftops and yellow and orange facades of the waterfront buildings contrast well against the blue sea and sky. Tfs.
ChrisJ (100130) 2015-03-22 3:27
Nice repetition of the geometric patterns of squares formed by the criss crossing white lines in the piazza, and the repetitive bg arches as well. Fantastic sharpness and a nice blue sky backdrop that contrasts well against the drab grey color of the piazza. The people are sensible and standing in the shade under the trees. Tfs.
ChrisJ (100130) 2015-03-22 3:13
An amazing sunset sky with wonderful color and interesting cloud formations. The orange streaks at the top and the pale lemon yellow at the bottom contrast superbly against the grey blue clouds, and the fg village with snow covered rooftops adds further charm. Good sharpness too. Tfs.
ChrisJ (100130) 2015-03-22 3:09
A wonderful deep blue sky backdrop that contrasts so very well against the red rooftops to give a great warm cold color contrast. Good sharpness and saturation and nice reflections in the river. The tower at left stands out on account of its height to give a nice focal point. Tfs.
ChrisJ (100130) 2015-03-22 2:55
This reminds me of a dilapidated old 1930's black car I saw in Chikan, South China. I don't think this abandoned vehicle will be going anywhere soon. The moss and graffiti enhance the neglected look. Good sharpness and natural looking colour. Well composed with a nice angled pov showing 2 facades and a soft diffused light. Tfs.
ChrisJ (100130) 2015-03-21 20:44
Perfect density levels that have given ideal saturation, punchy light contrasts and crisp clean whites and solid blacks. Good sharpness and the diagonal axis of the ploughed fields in the fg adds superb linear perspective and lead in lines. I like the graphism of the dark poplar trees against the lighter sky. Tfs!
ChrisJ (100130) 2015-03-21 20:42
There are several waterfalls in and around Antalya but I didn't go to this one.My tour bus took me to Manavgat Falls: http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/2/20/Manavgat_waterfall_by_tomgensler.JPG
I might have used a slower shutter speed to get a motion blurred effect and make it seem like there is more water coming over the falls than there really is. The deep green pool looks inviting for swimming. Tfs.
ChrisJ (100130) 2015-03-21 20:37
I like the repetition of the red canoes on the embankment. The impressive old building makes a fine backdrop. Good sharpness and excellent saturation. The red flag and the tiled roof set up a very good warm cold colour contrast against the blue sky. I tried kayaking on the Murchison River in Western Australia and am pleased to report I did not tip over. Even with flies crawling up my nose and in my eyes. If you lose your rhythm, you get very wet!
ChrisJ (100130) 2015-03-21 20:32
Good fg sharpness on the silhouetted branches that resemble a hand reaching into the sky. Wonderful warm cold colour contrasts between the grey blue clouds and the orange sunset skies. Good saturation and excellent graphic elements and lighting contrasts. The yellow streak at the bottom enhances the colour palette. Tfs.
ChrisJ (100130) 2015-03-21 20:29
The coconut on the beach certainly adds a tropical mood and the distant coconut palms enhance the effect. The solitary beachcomber adds scale and animates the scene. Good sharpness, saturation and density levels. The beach adds lead in lines a deep perspective. Nice skylight reflections in the wet sand at right. Tfs.
ChrisJ (100130) 2015-03-21 7:11
An attractive and interesting rock with the lighter rock in front resembling a lighter toned gap to give the illusion of an arch. The cyan and turquoise tints in the water are superb and the green grass and shrubs atop the rocky islet add to the color palette. Good sharpness and framing. The horizon is level and perfectly placed on the 1/3 horizontal line. Tfs.