willperrett (7630) 2015-05-22 5:43
I like this unusual point of view for a portrait of a man at work. You refer in your notes to the heavy sky; I also generally prefer my images to be on the dark side of low key if anything. I can't help feeling that you've overdone it slightly here though. There's nothing close to being a highlight, so underexposure has led to a lack of dramatic contrast: which this image has potentially in bucketloads!
willperrett (7630) 2015-05-22 5:37
I echo Stephen's point below wholeheartedly: let's down a glass to this splendid vineyard scenery! The grapes are probably Chardonnay (could be Pinot Noir or Pinot Meunier I guess), but who cares? The perspective and long, long view is delightful. Maybe a tad unsharp? I often forget to resharpen the little jpegs before uploading too!
willperrett (7630) 2015-05-22 3:29
I love the simplicity and symmetry of this composition. The colours too are restricted to a small sector of the colour wheel, which creates calm. Of course the figure, although small in the frame is vital: I wonder if you know her, or whether this was a bit of serendipity?
willperrett (7630) 2015-05-22 3:15
Graphic and really simple: as ever, less is more. You've made me remember a shot I made in Sevilla, with similar plain white tones. I think I'll post it soon. It'll be dedicated to you who inspired my memory!
willperrett (7630) 2015-05-22 3:10
A startling and great piece of wall-art: graffiti is not the appropriate word. But of course your photograph would only be a record of the work if it weren't for the figure walking past, apparently oblivious to the patterns beyond her. That makes your image work, and is perhaps an ironic comment on our cultural mores.
willperrett (7630) 2015-05-22 2:03
Hello again Michelle
You're my posting neighbour today! And what's this? Two postings in as many days? You're back on form I see. I really like this street market shot, and taken at a critical time of day when there is still some light in the sky to create visual interest. The illuminated stalls with their red awnings are a strong counterpoint to the dark surroundings. In fact maybe the foreground is really too dark, as the figures have largely disappeared into the gloom. I wondered if there was any information in those shadows, so I had a look in P'shop, and came up with this W/S. I wonder what you think...
willperrett (7630) 2015-05-22 1:51
Nice to see a new post from you, and I'm touched and honoured that you should think to dedicate it to me. Thank you! I love the elegant and spidery shape of this traditional outrigger, and set in such a beautiful location. I was indeed out sailing yesterday, but the Solent, even in sunshine, doesn't hold a candle to this place. Regarding the photograph, rather than the place, you've wisely placed the boat in the strong thirds position. Lovely work.
Royaldevon (31763) 2015-05-22 1:20
This is a most amazing reflection!
It is almost as if the photograph has had some specialist treatment in PS. The building and the figures could be from a painting whilst the sky is amazing; it reminds me of a technique, using foil, string and paint, that I used to use in art lessons!
I wonderful piece of observation and photography.
Have a lovely day,
Royaldevon (31763) 2015-05-22 1:14
Ha! Ha! Malgo,
I just love your nonchalance ... ' I got off the bus, on my way to the airport to take a photograph'. Now, those are the words of a totally dedicated photographer!
There is such a lot of activity on this wall! The more you look, the more you see! You have captured it really sharply, despite the hasty photography! The inclusion of the figure is important, giving scale and for a comparison between the reality and the cartoon.
Have a lovely day,
Your notes really cheered me up!
Royaldevon (31763) 2015-05-22 1:08
Ciao Cara Lisa,
What good observations!
Yes, the sand and the sky appear to be mimicking each other!
There is a beautiful, sunny glow over the whole scene, which intensifies the striped beach pattern and is picked up strongly in the reflections.
There is a vastness, without stress, just a calm, beautiful ending to the day.
My warm regards,
Royaldevon (31763) 2015-05-22 1:02
Ciao Caro Carlo,
Who could resist this doorway!
It has strong, rich textures, set in an equally richly textured wall. It's slightly concave appearance invites us inwards, whilst the lock has the completely opposite message! It is, therefore, totally mysterious.
You have captured all these details with excellent sharpness.
My warm regard,
Royaldevon (31763) 2015-05-22 0:56
What a fine portrait study without the knowledge of the audience! We can see their eclectic, facial responses, though all seem engrossed.
The diagonal composition creates a natural movement across the frame, where the bright colours add to the flavour of the event and culture.
The slight evidence of noise is not a problem, it gives a very journalistic impression.
My warm regards,
Royaldevon (31763) 2015-05-22 0:48
The multi-coloured top of the roundabout makes an excellent f/g attraction and makes a very natural lead, between the buildings, towards the harbour. You have used a fine dof, keeping the interest throughout the shot.
My warm regards,
tyro (21104) 2015-05-21 15:07
Ciao caro Silvio,
An interesting note about the founding of the village of Acquapalombo and a very fine photograph of a little alleyway in it.
A very well composed photograph in which the two cats add interest - as well as eye contact with the photographer! - and with lovely soft light and colours and exceptional details and sharpness.
tyro (21104) 2015-05-21 14:54
Ciao caro Carlo,
Yes, old doors do have an attraction for photographers - and the older and more decayed they are, the better!
The light here is lovely and soft and it has brought out all the details and textures of the decaying woodwork and flaking paint of the door as well as the fine colours and textures of the surrounding old stonework. Interesting too that there is still a chain and padlock on the door to keep people out!
A very well seen and captured photograph.
tyro (21104) 2015-05-21 14:46
As a lover of old cars, this photograph is right up my street! Did you have the pleasure of riding in this lovely car or were you just fortunate enough to have your camera at the ready as it passed you by?
However you managed this, you have captured the moment perfectly - the car is perfectly placed in the frame as it passes the little gazebo on the left and enters the narrow roadway which nicely leads us into the distance.
As always, your black and white rendition is lovely with fine tones and contrasts and exquisite details throughout.
tyro (21104) 2015-05-21 14:31
An interesting note and a fine and pleasingly composed photograph to accompany it!
The intriguing conical rock (is that a "Tor"?) on the right is perfectly placed in the frame to balance the buildings on the left and they are nicely joined by the curving shoreline. Beautiful light and colours, perfect exposure and exquisite details and sharpness.
Royaldevon (31763) 2015-05-21 12:43
We were always told how much Dresden suffered during the war, so it was interesting to read your notes as well as see your photograph.
There has been an amazing restoration, so that the characteristic German style buildings are a pleasing b/g set, for contrast, against the destruction of what it used to be like. Your photograph shows beautifully sharp images and is very well composed.
My warm regards,
Royaldevon (31763) 2015-05-21 12:38
What an exciting, historical site!
I like how you have used the two, outlined horses, to enclose the site and to suggest the use of these ruined buildings.
You have composed it very well, the horses on one diagonal, whilst the path is on a totally opposing one.
My warm regards,
Royaldevon (31763) 2015-05-21 12:34
I think you would have felt you had not completed your gallery had you not taken some classic shots. And, there is 'making amends' once you have left the place. if you change your mind!
This is a more recognisable view but still, each photographer composes and includes, according to his/her own particular style. It still has great individuality.
I just love how beautiful and how dominant this building is! It cannot help but 'take-over'! It is almost virginal in its feminine beauty.
The people are essential; they not only give scale but the add the colours, the 'faults' in this pure artistry.
Thanks for sharing this,