willperrett (6609) 2014-11-23 8:46
I'm honoured, given your comment of a few weeks ago about how pushed you were for time and thus would be writing few critiques for a while, actually to have received one! But you've still got time to post, I'm glad to see. This recent Autumnal shot is nicely composed, with the tree partially framing the view of the impressive castle on its bluff. The sheep make the château somewhat more domestic, perhaps. And hey: the colours appear natural, subtle, even subdued!
P.S. Hope you ate plenty of cheese!
macjake (54830) 2014-11-23 8:42
this is a cultural explosion of 3 photos :)
great luck for you, to attend the temple and a festival was taking place - but then again Japan is the festival capital of the world!
love the colors, love the cuteness and innocent charm.
I would assume many Japanese could relate to these children.
willperrett (6609) 2014-11-23 8:37
This is a nice, simple, uncluttered composition, with strong lead-lines, lovely light, and the main tree placed significantly. Not, as you say, Wordsworth country, but I'm sure he'd have been happy to knock out an ode!
macjake (54830) 2014-11-23 8:15
as much as i love seeing photos of Moscow - and i do - its also great to see other parts of the country as well.
interesting note too, i never knew that about bells :)
awesome collection of architectural pieces.
and the white/grey combination is quite striking indeed - we don't see that too often.
the blue sky has helped to contrast it nicely as well.
lots to like here.
I've been enjoying your photos on FB of you when you were a new mother with your young boys! wonderful photos!
macjake (54830) 2014-11-23 8:11
this is certainly one of those photos where it has to be seen here in the larger format to be fully appreciated.
such attractive lighting conditions!
really like the natural light striking the back stone wall - thats beautiful.
excellent textures and sharpness.
macjake (54830) 2014-11-23 8:05
so did you take a paintbrush to the clouds? looks like you did :)
sometimes it works well to have the horizon line so close to the bottom - especially if you want to focus more on the clouds and skyline, works just fine here.
gotta love the clouds! excellent depth with the wide open feel too.
macjake (54830) 2014-11-23 7:57
I know how you feel, so many times i've gotten into trouble going to Hockey games with my camera :(
so you like Rugby? in my opinion its MUCH better than football - so boring!
really enjoy this angled scene, and its smart to leave out the skyline too, just the stadium.
the lime green shouts for attention and it gets it.
macjake (54830) 2014-11-23 7:52
I like the fg/bg separation from left to right and top to bottom.
clever way to use up the frame, leaving no negative space.
the colors of green, blue and yellows are attractive too. nicely executed shot
macjake (54830) 2014-11-23 7:50
its hard to resist this type of scene isn't it.
anytime you can see the light rays spreading out like this you have to capture it.
especially with the sun going down and the water reflections.
calming mood, tranquil setting.