InasiaJones (31554) 2015-05-03 4:46
This photo plunges us directly in the field like if we were there, maybe because of the way the trees give the impression to surround the viewer.
The fortress on the top of the mountain is the focal point, despite its position in the background, while the foreground offers a sense of the place.
InasiaJones (31554) 2015-05-02 4:08
J'aime toujours voir ces jeux de lumière et d'ombre que s'amusent à projeter les nuages, soulignant au passage les courbes du paysage. Le moment a été saisi avec soin, alors que la partie plus obscure en arrière-plan offre l'impression que le village resplendit de tous ses feux. Bonne succession de plans qui augmente l'effet de profondeur.
InasiaJones (31554) 2015-04-30 17:03
Oh my God... You've been in India Craig, so by now, you must be hooked, as there is no destination as exotic and exciting as India, to truly loose all your references.
Colors, smells, nice people, striking discoveries, awesome food, delhi belly, everything is there to create the most memorable moments..
Barbers represent a nice theme that I enjoy myself in various situations, and this one is interesting for the expression of the client and the arms of the barber that suggests command and control, while remaining anonymous.
But Craig, this scene is begging for more light, as you haven't post-processed it in order to bring attention on the face, or at least to illuminate it. The most important part of that frame is actually in the dark, while the shirt is grabbing all the attention!??
Because the expression is intriguing and defines the emotional link with the subject- a sense of abandon, I would have been instinctively guided to get a closer capture, so the face and the arms would have become the ultimate elements of the image.
When you think about it, being shaved by another person, surrendering your face to someone else is quite an act of intimacy, so by framing the scene tighter, you would have emphasized this moment, you would have highlighted the scene in an extraordinary way.
Making photography is to know what is essential to keep in the frame, and ignoring what is not necessary. In this case, the magic, the centre of interest is all between these two hands and the face; the shirt, as well as the garbage in the background are far from being desirable in this frame and they completely distract from what this photo is all about.
You would have focused on the upper half of this photo, framed horizontally, and you were having a stunning shot in your hand, as I really don't see what the lower half can possibly bring to the image, what kind of contribution it makes.
The moment was perfect, the face framed by the hand was exceptional, the expression is delightful (almost like a ritualistic moment), but by including this shirt that overtakes the rest of the scene, the focal point is diffused and lost through unnecessary details.
But I salute your guts and initiative to try other subjects than buildings; and you are right, India is a great place to shoot people, as they are as interesting as they are interested. I will keep following your Indian trip through your photo, as I am both jealous of you, but also happy that you have discovered this fabulous country.
InasiaJones (31554) 2015-04-30 16:19
The integration of the pedestrian with the mural is very subtle and well seen. I like the fact that we have to look at your photo a couple of second, before realizing what's the visual pun. Good timing and nice idea, well executed.
InasiaJones (31554) 2015-04-30 16:10
Si cette scène s'était déroulée en Afrique du Sud, les chaussures de cuir et tout le reste auraient disparu en moins de deux minutes... Peut-être même les jeans aussi...
Belle façon de souligner le retour du soleil sur la capitale, en terme de sujet, de perspective et de composition.
Je ne connais pas les conditions sous lesquelles tu as saisi cette photo, mais si c'eût été possible, j'aurais bien aimé voir l'arc s'inscrire dans les deux coins opposés; c'était si près de l'être!!!
Bravo pour ton entêtement à nous présenter autre chose que des maisons et des immeubles, parce que Trekearth ressemble de plus en plus à un site d'agence immobilière.. :-p))
J'exagère un peu, étant le premier à en photographier à l'occasion et appréciant le genre lorsque c'est bien fait, mais ce site a déjà fait preuve de plus de diversité.
InasiaJones (31554) 2014-08-26 14:57
This photo is simple, and nothing comes in between the man and the sea.
It is straightforward. It is not sophisticated or complex.
I would never have done this image.
But I can really appreciate your own approach, and the feeling conveyed by such a candid depiction, as it forces the viewer to pay attention to this gentleman and coming up with an interpretation of what's going on. Not having read your note, I would have thought he was absorbed in a prayer, a meditating moment or a contemplative serenity.
This image is simple, distant, not intrusive, but it catches the attention and communicate some kind of spirituality, even if he is busy fishing.
A photo with lots of merit, probably because it leaves place for interpretation, for the contrast between the humble man facing an endless sea and the impression of remoteness and detachment.
InasiaJones (31554) 2014-08-26 14:40
Hallucinant village aux allures médiévales, dont le paysage semble lui servir d'écrin.
Belle lumière, couleurs saturées mais sans débordement, un ciel dramatique à souhait, c'est du tout beau. Je trouve la composition efficace, avec un bon ratio village/paysage/ciel.
InasiaJones (31554) 2014-08-26 14:33
I guess that I will have to join our colleagues perception and reveal without surprises that I also thought that your thumbnail was presenting a volcano. Now, I can appreciate the optical illusion and realize that it is a light show.
Quite interesting conditions here, with the top of the mountain fully covered in a dense cloud/fog, while the middle shines under different conditions, like if their was two different micro-climates, layer wise.
Unusual presentation, captured at the right moment - these phenomenon don't last forever, at least not with that intensity.
InasiaJones (31554) 2014-08-26 14:25
I like your note, it made me laugh.
As much as I am passionate about photography, my camera remains in my bag most of the time under such conditions, even while being in iconic places.... I just feel depressed and uninspired, knowing that my shots will not convey any special appeal, as without light, there is no photography.
But you know what, I think that in some circumstances, the subject might suit the crappy weather, like this one you've nailed down. Look, the sky refuses to cooperate in any possible way, but this particular landscape do match the rainy and sad conditions, almost gaining a dramatic aura - like in a Ingmar Bergman movie... The Seventh Seal...
despite any favorable conditions, you have achieved good contrasts, a wide grayscale range, and an interesting transparency on the shallow water that might have not been possible, should the light would have been different.
Not a fan of black and white, but this shot has a vintage look that I can't explain, not coming from the subject itself, but from the finish, the impression.
InasiaJones (31554) 2014-08-26 14:02
Wow! for the colours, I just love these rich earthy tones and their combination with the crisp blue sky. Wow! for the nice and cool curvy perspective created by the rails, really well done. And the main subject is a classy one - I just love old trams - but it is the context in which you have captured it that make it so attractive.
Overall, an eye-catching piece of work. Well done!
InasiaJones (31554) 2014-08-26 9:28
I think that all Italians have the same hot blooded temper, very dramatic in their reactions, whether they live in Montreal, San Francisco, Australia or their mother land. The kind of reaction that happened to you happens to me all the time, as these guys are all actors, reacting like an opera performer, just for the show. Short fused, expressive and always friendly nevertheless.
I once had a zuppa di pesce at Luna in New York, asking for more bread in the middle of my meal to the server, only to be replied: "You had enough!!". Twenty seconds later, a basket full of bread was dropped on the table... I like Italians.
The kitschy tiles mixed with slabs of marble scream Napoli, and the oven have a charm of its own. I like that you have captured the proud man in action, posing for the delighted tourists (that we all are...), and the masterpiece coming out of the flames. Now everyone looking at your shot will want to have a pizza for dinner, but nothing can come close to the real thing...
InasiaJones (31554) 2014-08-26 9:11
Un château qui a l'apparence d'un jeu Lego (style néolegothique).
Une vue un peu trop centrée (on en fait tous, parfois volontairement), sans doute dans le but de présenter l'ensemble des remparts. Peut-être aussi que le format panoramique amplifie l'impression pour le château d'être placé au beau milieu de la composition, seul élément imposant de par sa hauteur dans un cadre bien horizontal.
Ciel parsemé d'un linceul vaporeux qui évite une masse trop imposante de bleu.
InasiaJones (31554) 2014-08-26 8:49
Je vois celle-ci et je m'aperçois que j'en ai manqué quelques-unes entre temps... J'y reviendrai.
Assez impressionnant comme effet, parce que peu exploité et très dramatique. Quand on voit l'application de ce filtre, c'est surtout pour les landscapes, mais ça en jète tout autant (sinon plus) dans ce contexte urbain/désolation.
Pertinent et bien utilisé.
J'aime la réflexion sur la surface de l'eau, qui étant aussi floue que le ciel, donne une impression d'hyper netteté sur le tremplin et les autres éléments statiques.
Mais bro, yo, what's going on with your horizon... You can't mess around with water level man, you will create a worldwide tsunami!!!
À bientôt l'ami!
InasiaJones (31554) 2014-08-26 6:21
We all find captivating roadside barbers in India, the small hole in the wall for men's grooming in Turkey, or the vintage barbershops in Italy, but we don't pay attention to the hair salons in our western world (and everything else to which the word exoticism isn't applicable).
But your photo surely made my eyebrows going upwards, realising that their is beauty and interest in most commonplaces.
About two months ago, Jason Cowling (jcpix) was showcasing a photo taken in a supermarket, at the level of the shopping cart, offering a fresh perspective on probably the most mundane location. I have a similar impression looking at your image, feeling like an observer, rather than an actor when visiting one of these places. It's a storytelling shot, like a microcosm enclosing a sample of society in general, most of them busy with their phones, looking happy in their own bubble.
The place in itself is quite interesting, looking industrial; small but efficient, with free Wi-Fi...
InasiaJones (31554) 2014-08-24 0:46
Cette photo semble intemporelle, tant dans la les éléments qui la composent que dans le traitement post-process.
J'ai déjà reçu une critique qui m'instruisait de ne jamais photographier quelqu'un de dos, mais rien n'est plus faux; une telle prise de vue porte en elle un message tout à fait différent, alors que le sujet a tout autant à offrir, non seulement de par sa silhouette unique, mais aussi dans son rapport avec le lieu, son rôle dans la composition, comme ici, nous faisant pénétrer dans cette perspective empreinte de mystère.
J'aime beaucoup comment la lumière vient raser les murs, et un superbe détail, le contour du crâne illuminé qui aide à définir le sujet dans une zone sombre.
InasiaJones (31554) 2014-08-24 0:35
You must have your Canadian citizenship by now...
I am so jealous of this one, as the light and colours are sublime. Everything is at the right place and in right proportions. I photographed this mountain myself, but without the foreground that you have introduced so cleverly, it doesn't have a fraction of the majestic beauty of yours.
Very admirable work. Now I am missing my country more than ever...
InasiaJones (31554) 2014-08-21 12:38
So clever... Your highly interesting note made me discover this inspired artist, spontaneously jumping on Google to explore some of his installations, before coming back to your photo. Thank you for sharing!
I guess that by taking part of the installation, you become a work of art yourself... No great special effect without the people in and out. A realistic result, well rendered and efficiently photographed. Amusing and convincing.
InasiaJones (31554) 2014-08-21 12:21
Such weather conditions doesn't occur often, where the light is illuminating a specific area of interest in the composition, while darkening the surrounding. Even better, the dark row of cloud in the foreground brings so much character to the scene, while "closing" the upper part of your frame.
This shot confirm that photography is all about capturing light... Very dramatic result.
InasiaJones (31554) 2014-08-21 12:15
Un endroit que j'ai également visité et tout comme toi, je trouve qu'il s'agit d'un très beau phare, surtout pour sa partie supérieure.
Si je me souviens bien, j'avais photographié ce phare du même point de vue (un stationnement), mais je n'étais pas là au bon moment pour capturer ces jolies fleurs mauves qui agrémentent la scène tout en créant une belle diagonale.