tyro (18676) 2014-09-02 0:35
Thank you for this lovely photograph - which I presume is for me since I did comment on Gladys's lovely photograph of the outside of this building just a few hours ago!
This is a beautiful interior shot and very impressive indeed when viewed at its full size of 1400 pixels wide. And what is also very impressive is the fact that your picture is almost devoid of any "noise" or "grain" despite having been taken at ISO 5000.
A very fine symmetrical composition with beautiful light, contrasts and tones and exceptional details and clarity.
P.S. This building is magnificent and I'm sure that is because the monks here are probably very wealthy from the sale of their tonic wine - I'm sure they make a lot more money out of that than they do from selling peanut brittle! But the peanut brittle will have tasted far better than the wine - I once tried a little sip of "Buckie" (as it is called in these parts) and it was horrible - very, very sweet with a strong vanilla flavour but also thick and sticky - it reminded me of cough mixture my Mum used to shove down my throat when I was a kid.
Of course, it's not the fault of the wine but the fault of the people who drink it that we seem to have so much of a problem here. You can read a bit more, first on Wikipedia here, then some more here and here! Don't try this stuff - you might get hooked! No, honestly, I don't think you would. :o)
annjackman (17881) 2014-09-02 0:25
You wonderful pictures of the Edinburgh festival make me want to make the effort to go one year soon. The performers seem only too happy to have their photo taken. Another superb portrait where you have really engaged with the woman as she seems to be looking right at you. The DOF is perfect and the exposure and sharpness spot on. Love it!
Kind Regards, Ann
annjackman (17881) 2014-09-02 0:21
The colours in this photo are very appealing. The man walking adds interest to this street scene. The locked shop looks perched on stones and not very safe! I like this kind of image very much - well done.
Kind Regards, Ann
annjackman (17881) 2014-09-02 0:15
This is a very atmospheric street shot. I imagine that it is cold but the shop looks warm and inviting. The symmetry of the faacde is excellent with the man very nicely placed on the third. Excellent exposure and sharpness.
A very enjoyable image.
Kind Regards, Ann
tyro (18676) 2014-09-01 17:03
As soon as I saw your title, I just had to write a critique on this one. You see, you mention in your note about the Abbey's products: one of those is Buckfast Tonic Wine and did you know that something like 90% of this drink is consumed in Glasgow and Lanarkshire? It is the staple alcoholic drink of so many people, mainly youngsters, here and seems to cause no end of problems. The problem seems to stem from the fact that although it is only about 15% alcohol, it contains and enormous amount of caffeine and the combination of alcohol and caffeine is believed by many to be the cause of the disruptive and aggressive behaviour which seems to stem from drinking the stuff. The authorities have tried to ban the sale of Buckfast Wine in parts of Scotland but attempts at legislation have so far failed.
Anyway, Gladys, that's all by the by for this is a delightful and very appealing photograph which shows this spendid building perfectly.
I love your composition which is not only classical, obeying all the rules, but is also very pleasing. The colours are delightful, your exposure perfect and the details and sharpness are exquisite.
P.S. Have you and Les had the opportunity to have a tour of the inside of this lovely place? And are you allowed to take photographs inside?
tyro (18676) 2014-09-01 9:41
This is a stunningly beautiful photograph, taken (I think) in early evening when the sun is low and its light is warm. And that light illuminates the hull of this little yellow boat perfectly and helps it to cast some beautiful reflections on the water in the foreground.
Your composition is excellent too, the proud owner of the boat standing upright on its bow, he also beautifully lit by that lovely light, and with the distant land and the warm sky above it.
Perfect exposure and excellent details and sharpness.