Royaldevon (27645) 2014-10-25 13:27
It is unusual to find the picture of a sculpture creating strong emotions but, curiously, I found this quite disturbing. That is not to say your photography is disturbing, far from it, it has obviously captured the sculpture with great clarity. The wolf seems to be crowing over his ability to gain the affection of this human. There is no tenderness, no reciprocal response, just bragging!
This is a fine example of good use of shallow dof.
Royaldevon (27645) 2014-10-25 13:12
Your photograph doesn't lie!
It was Heaven!
Those textural nets lining the quayside, the boats and reflections creating the perspective, the building high on the hill and a beautiful cloud etched sky are all a photographer could ask for!
Your wide angle captures so much!
I will have to check where this is.
We visited Sorrento several years ago but I don't remember this island. I know it will be a place to visit if we should return.
Have a great Sunday,
Royaldevon (27645) 2014-10-25 13:03
I was going to ask if you had to prove your competence as a sailor but you explained it all clearly.
This is a lovely shot of the bay with leads like a zigzag across the frame. The calmness of the water has ensured the clarity of the reflections in this gorgeous light.
Royaldevon (27645) 2014-10-25 12:58
Ha! Ha! Ike, this is very much a 'boy' thing. My husband would love to watch aeroplanes landing and taking off and detail their make and country of origin.
I love the thought that these huge, heavy machines are capable of lifting off from the ground and flying gracefully, like birds, but without a single beat of their wings.
I love the effects of perspective, where this plane, hanging in the air, appears larger than any skyscraper! You have captured its details really clearly. Did you pan the shot?
Royaldevon (27645) 2014-10-25 12:51
Certainly the old is broken, rough and cracked, whilst the new is elegant, tall and adorned with foliage. These are strong contrasts and nicely highlighted by their proximity in your well composed shot.
Royaldevon (27645) 2014-10-25 12:44
Broken, dilapidated structures, or features, do have wonderful textures and a story that we can only imagine.
These broken boards are perfect; one set leading to the streaks of sunlight, the others leading to the tilting wreck. You have ensured that we view the whole scene.
Of course, Craig would be in his element here!
Have a lovely Sunday,
Royaldevon (27645) 2014-10-25 12:35
It is heart-rending to imagine the pain and tragedies that these people endured. Fortunately, there is no evidence of it in your photograph, which shows these two colourful monks and the response evoked by them in the shopkeeper. What peace and humility.
I love the inclusion of the biker. I can't decide if he is thinking about buying something, staring at the monks or assessing the potential of the parked bike! Each makes an interesting scenario!
You did well to get such a fine shot from a moving bus!
Royaldevon (27645) 2014-10-25 12:26
I am very impressed by this pretty village and your photograph, which is beautifully composed, with colours that evoke friendship and fun.
Your choice of viewpoint couldn't have been better, including the character of the village and its contextual relationship with the sea.
Royaldevon (27645) 2014-10-25 12:22
Three is the best number for close composition and these three ships make a wonderful spectacle. There is a softness and a mutedness about the colours (which I presume are achieved by pp) giving an effect very much akin to a painting. I find the b/g colours very complementary to the rest of the shot.
Royaldevon (27645) 2014-10-25 9:32
There must have been a careful balance between recording interesting scenes and not offending the locals by your overzealous photography.
I just cannot imagine lying down on a table to drink my tea! Isn't it strange how customs, so natural, so familiar to one group, are so very novel, so unfamiliar to another!!
Was it difficult to drink tea in a cup without a handle?
Did the cup get hot or was the liquid cooler than we drink it, today?
This man is very aware of your presence.
Thank you for sharing this,
Royaldevon (27645) 2014-10-25 9:23
It's a beautiful location at any time of the year and, certainly, those autumn colours add to this photograph.
The lovely details of the natural stone building, with its 'eye' window, seem to be looking in awe at the beauty around!
I have seen dippers and kingfishers, here!
Have a lovely w/e,
Royaldevon (27645) 2014-10-25 9:14
Those Vikings got about!!
This youngster doesn't cause fear and terror like some of his forebears, in fact he's quite a sweetie! He has the most amazing blue eyes, assessing you and your camera!
A fine portrait, very well composed with those wonderful eyes right on the thirds line.
Royaldevon (27645) 2014-10-25 9:08
This is indeed an unusual temple as far as design and construction are concerned. It makes a strong feature within the collection of other buildings.
I am fascinated by the many layers, so full of people, who not only animate but, also create a great sense of scale.
I love to see such interesting scenes from other countries.
Have a great w/e,
Royaldevon (27645) 2014-10-25 9:02
The solitary tree does make a strong focal image, especially from its stance. It reminds me of a full, bushy hairdo which has been swept back in the wind!
The strong contrasts of the illuminated, golden f/g and dark, brooding b/g hills adds incredible strength to the whole shot.
There is a sense of defiance!
Have a lovely w/e,
Royaldevon (27645) 2014-10-25 8:55
I missed this!
What a good job I was able to zip along to see it!
Sorry! Couldn't resist!
It's a cracking shot, though.
If you don't interpret it as a zip, it looks like shark mouths snapping at one another!
The dark sky makes it all possible.
annjackman (18563) 2014-10-25 5:48
I love your portfolio of pictures and good that you are posting again. Hope to see lots more! This picture has that graphic simplicity that I love in photos. The man is perfectly placed in the frame and nothing in the image distracts. Excellent observation and a high quality picture.
tyro (19322) 2014-10-25 5:35
This is a stunningly attractive shot which is made so by your clever use of an ultra wide lens which has enhanced the perspective and given that glorious "explosive" look to the clouds in the sky; by the lovely light, and, of course, by the inclusion of some people!
Glorious light and colours, a fine composition and exquisite details and sharpness - which can only be appreciated when this picture is viewed at its "proper" size.
A fine note too - yes, no wonder that Lisa loves this place so much!
tyro (19322) 2014-10-25 5:12
I knew that Brian would love these! They're actually quite pretty little boxes too - and not bad for eight quid considering they're being sold in a tourist shop. Just the sort of thing to have on a mantelpiece where you can keep all those old buttons, drawing pins and that sort of junk you can never find a place for.
This is a lovely picture and very well taken using just available light indoors. Presumably it was quite a bright and airy shop but your picture is well composed, nicely including the warning sign - which, I assume, should really be read as "Drop one of these on the floor and break it - and you pay for it."!
tyro (19322) 2014-10-25 5:01
An interesting historical note about dreadful times in Cambodia, of Pol Pot and the Khmer Rouge, but a fine photograph of Phnom Penh in the happier present day.
I giggled when I read Gert's comments that it would be difficult to find a 'bus in Cambodia which had windows clear enough to be able to take a photograph - but you have certainly succeeded here to produce a wonderfully colourful and appealing picture of everday life in this capital city.
You have actually been quite fortunate because the large canopy overhanging the front of this shop has dimmed the light very nicely in the upper part of your frame and allowed the monks' clothing and yellow umbrellas to stand out beautifully as they are more brightly lit.
Your composition is excellent too. Just the two monks gazing into a shop would have been good enough, but the inclusion of the motorcyclist dressed in miliary garb and looking at them adds much more interest.
Lovely soft light, fine vibrant colours, spot-on exposure and exquisite details and sharpness.