tyro (18940) 2014-09-20 16:48
What fabulous colours!! That bright red hair really does contrast so well with the bright green shirt of the person in front of her and the yellow colour of the chair beyond.
A wonderful and very "close cropped" image in which you really have "homed in" on your subject - Henri Cartier-Bresson would be very impressed!
Fabulous light and colours, a very strong composition and excellent details and sharpness too.
tyro (18940) 2014-09-20 16:42
Ciao caro Silvio,
A lovely photograph of this ancient church, very well taken in beautiful light.
The church, of course, is mainly in shade but we can still see lots of lovely details in the old stonework. The man on his bicycle, brightly lit and passing in front of the building is perfectly placed in the frame and adds both human interest as well as a fine sense of scale.
Lovely light and lovely subdued colours, perfect exposure and composition, and exceptional details and sharpness.
tyro (18940) 2014-09-20 14:56
I'm not quite sure how I missed this one - it's brilliant!
Someone either got a job lot of old shoes or a job lot of yellow paint but these yellow shoes do make rather attractive containers for these plants which, I think, are probably Rosemary.
This is a very striking shot, very well seen and very well taken too - see what an advantage a few bottles of Vino Nobile di Montepulciano do - were you stooping because you'd consumed them or because you were still carrying them? Good light, lovely vibrant colours and a fine diagonal composition. Beauty through simplicity!
tyro (18940) 2014-09-20 14:49
An interesting note and a fabulous photograph to accompany it!
We're all aware here of the wonderful photographs which Brian (timecapturer) has shown us of this sadly wrecked pier, often taken at varying times of day and year and with differing light but I don't think I've ever seen a picture of this place which is quite so appealing as this one. As Gert says, here are three apparently unconnected subjects but they work so well together - the ruined skeleton of the pier, a huge yellow buoy or float on a chain and a young lady in bright red clothing who almost appears to be dancing down the pebbled beach! She, of course, must be the "star of the show" and breathes life and dynamism into the image beautifully.
The backlighting works very well as it shows the waves so very well and also adds rim light to the buoy and the girl.
A wonderful photograph with fabulous light and colours, terrific composition and exquisite details and sharpness.
tyro (18940) 2014-09-20 14:29
This is a truly stunning photograph and, if I'm guessing right, it is another triumph for you because I suspect you took this very early one morning when anyone less keen would still have been snoring.
The light is stunning as it breaks through the mist and almost silhouettes this magnificent creature against a backdrop of faintly seen distant trees. And yet it's not quite a silhouette as we can see the light glinting on the hooves of the stag.
Fabulous light and colours, spot-on exposure and exquisite details and sharpness.
P.S. This picture just has to go into my "favourites!
tyro (18940) 2014-09-20 14:16
Ciao caro Carlo,
You are absolutely right - the light here is simply wonderful! And well done for having got out of bed early to capture this lovely photograph!
The bright early morning sun illuminates the faces of the buildings nearest to us and there are beautiful reflections of them in the calm water of the Arno. And then the light becomes much softer into the distance. The whole city sleeps and you have caught this magical moment!
Glorious light and colours, fine composition, perfect exposure and exquisite details and sharpness.
tyro (18940) 2014-09-20 14:00
Well, despite your complaints about the heat and your camera lens fogging up, you've come away with a fabulous shot here! And I know two people here who will love this one - Luciano and Silvio - they are mad on photographing butterflies and have many, many pictures of them on TN as well as the occasional one on TE.
I've never been to a butterfly farm but it's something I'd like to do, especially with a camera. But I've got this terrible fear that I might be standing in a place like this, a butterfly lands on me and unconsciously I give it a swipe - I guess you're not allowed to swat these creatures if they land on you - I suppose they'd chuck you out if you did! Oops, splatter, oh dear, I am sorry. :o)
This is a stunning photograph, Noel, and I'm amazed that you got such good depth of field and sharpness at f/5.6 - I presume therefore that that wing was almost flat and facing you. The creature stands out beautifully against its nicely out of focus background, the light and colours are lovely and the details and sharpness are exquisite.
P.S. Did you use a macro lens for this? I don't think you used flash here but are you allowed to use flash in these places?
tyro (18940) 2014-09-20 13:47
Ciao caro Carlo,
These historical reconstructions are really good fun and can provide some very good photographs - like this one.
It looks to me as though this trumpeter has seen you and has chosen to look the other way (!) but his costume is magnificent and certainly is in strong contrast to the "ordinary" clothes that other people here are wearing.
You have captured this man perfectly. The colours in his costume are wonderfully vibrant, your composition is excellent, your exposure perfect and the details and sharpness are exquisite.
P.S. Did he play a tune for you?
tyro (18940) 2014-09-20 13:41
A lovely image, very well seen and very well taken too.
Your simple composition is very appealing and the yellow pot really stands out beautifully against the grey stonework and in sharp contrast to the blue door and window frames. Even the red pot seems dull in comparison!
Beautiful light, fine vibrant colours, perfect exposure and excellent details and sharpness.
tyro (18940) 2014-09-20 10:10
You have written a very interesting note here - a true history lesson from Poland and particularly about Krakow Cathedral and those famous people buried within it. Isn't it funny how they named people in those days? The same seems to have been be true in all countries - but how would you like to be called "King Mariusz the Old"? :o)
I've read Craig's comments on your picture and, like yourself, I don't see any "grey" tone to this picture - to me it looks just fine. There's no doubt that people often "boost" the saturation of yellow to make grass stand out more vividly but the greens here look perfect to me.
Your composition is excellent and I like how (as you often do) you have given up quite a large area in the foreground to lovely and colourful flowers - that really adds depth to the image and helps to make the buildings stand out beautifully against the clear blue sky.
Gorgeous light and colours, perfect exposure and exquisite details and sharpness.
tyro (18940) 2014-09-20 9:41
If what you mean by the "white line" is the line marked by white poles, then it looks as though these people (and yourself!) were beyond that line. The man crouched is certainly too close to the edge! And how strange that the two photographers nearest to you appear to have really long lenses - surely you don't need a lens as long as that if the puffins are really so close?
A delightful photograph showing not only the wonderful landscape and the impressive cliffs, but also the cute puffins and three photographers in action. The light and colours are lovely and your composition is excellent too - the lady whose face we can see clearly and who is dressed in a bright red jacket really holds the composition together perfectly. And lots of fine details and excellent sharpness throughout.
tyro (18940) 2014-09-20 9:11
What a magnificent scene - and a very interesting and informative note to accompany it too.
The distant mountains with their peaks blanketed in cloud make a fabulous background to the forest below and to the desolate area in the near foregound.
The clouded sky is magnificent, as are the mountains, the light is lovely and the colours wonderfully vibrant. This picture is not quite so sharp as your recent ones, so I'll bet you'd love to go back here with your new camera to revisit some of these inspiring places. Any chance of doing that sometime?
tyro (18940) 2014-09-20 8:53
What a fabulously striking, "punchy" and appealing photograph this is!
You have "homed in" on the helm and stern of this boat perfectly to produce a lovely and closely cropped image full of impact. The strong sunlight and the vibrant colours add to the impact but the reflections of the little waves at the bottom of the image add a lovely gentle softness to it which is quite in contrast to the strong lines and colours in its upper part.
A beautiful photograph which is also technically perfect with spot-on exposure and stunning sharpness and clarity.
tyro (18940) 2014-09-20 8:43
A beautifully simple composition showing this old abandoned house, surrounded by wild brambles, perfectly depicted against a lovely sky. The light and colours are beautiful, your exposure perfect and the details and sharpness, as always, are superb. Your workshop picture, taken a little closer, gives us a more intimate view of this ruined building.
P.S. Did you pick any of the brambles to take home to make jam or just to eat? Here brambles are quite expensive to buy in supermarkets but if you can pick your own in the countryside, they're free!
P.P.S. I wonder if this house has just become ruined or if the landowner has removed the roof? Here in Britain, if an old house like this becomes unoccupied, the landowner might remove the roof because, if he does this, he no longer is required to pay taxes on the house. I wonder if the same thing is true in France?
tyro (18940) 2014-09-20 7:41
Two very lovely photographs, each, of course, made more appealing by the inclusion of people, and each of exceptional quality considering that they are 41 years old and have been scanned from Kodachrome slides.
On the larger version of this picture it is indeed fairly evident that the tea seller is looking at you as well as bearing a slight smile too. Although the inside of this shop is quite dark, we can still see a wonderful array of little teapots, some on the counter and some hanging on the far wall. The two customers, stooping slightly in order to take their tea, are magnificently clear and sharp and the colours and textures of their clothing are superbly seen.
Your workshop picture is delightful, obviously taken when you were actually on your travels, and we can see not only the railway carriage in good detail but also the fellow travellers: the man seen through the carriage window looks particularly bored!
Two lovely photographs which must really bring back fond memories for you - and which to us, in combination with your excellent note, give a perfect snapshot of everyday life in Baluchistan four decades ago.
willperrett (6246) 2014-09-20 3:01
I don't fancy yours. But this is a superb grab-shot of a memorable moment. Did you get any photographs of the ballerinas in action? At festivals like this, it's so easy to get up close and personal to get candids like this, as the performers are so used to being photographed. You don't put on a show like this if you're camera-shy! I found the same during Carnevale in Venice: at first I was a little wary of going up to a masquer; then I realised they were all posing, even expecting the attentions of voyeurs like me.
willperrett (6246) 2014-09-20 2:32
This is a seriously good shot. You specialise in scenes where trompe-l'il effects predominate, and succeed in finding them far more often than you have any right to! Perhaps the b/w treatment adds to the illusion, I'm not sure. But to manage to fill the frame with nothing but the painting and the heads of the two women, with no other intrusive elements must have been a challenge. Great stuff.