tyro (20690) 2015-02-22 10:31
Bonjour Jean Jacques,
Well, you must have a very steady hand to be able to shoot at 1/10 second - and your camera has behaved very well at ISO 2000 as well.
This is a well composed photograph, the iconic Eiffel Tower holding the composition firmly at the left and nicely balanced by the illuminated fountain. Despite the high ISO and slow shutter speed, the light, colours and sharpness are excellent and the inclusion of some people adds interest too.
annjackman (19897) 2015-02-22 9:57
Hello Jean Jacques,
A lovely view of these colourful buildings with interesting street lamps and cobbled pavement. It was not busy at the time you took this but it was good to have a few people in the frame. The small orange bag being carried by the man also adds a nice touch of colour. A very well taken picture with excellent clarity.
Kind Regards, Ann
tyro (20690) 2015-02-22 7:55
Well, there's certainly nothing wrong with using mud as a building material. In fact, I saw a programme on television recently which was extolling the virtues of "rammed earth" buildings which have been gaining popularity in many places, particularly Australia and some drier parts of America.
Apart from the solitary figure and a tiny amount of greenery, this photograph is almost entirely monochrome ochre/yellow. But that does not detract from its appeal because you have composed this shot extremely well so that the lines of the various passageways lead us through the image to the distant spires. The man too is perfectly placed in the frame and the light and contrasts are excellent.
tyro (20690) 2015-02-22 7:30
This is another amazing photograph from your excursion to Iceland and, as you so rightly say, you do get a much closer and better view of these icebergs from a zodiac boat rather than from the shore.
But I believe that icebergs like this can be extremely dangerous to passing boats. I was on a university trip to East Greenland in 1970 (I was very young then!) and many of the icebergs in the fjords were "grounded" on the bottom - i.e. they were not floating but were sitting on the rock beneath the water and were therefore top-heavy and unstable: every now and again an iceberg would roll over or even collapse and disintegrate - very dangerous if you were nearby in a boat. In fact, on one occasion we camped here. We had sailed safely between these smaller icebergs, dragged our boat a few metres up the shore and pitched our tent. About an hour after we had landed, there was a loud crashing sound and one of these icebergs had collapsed. A huge wave came at us - it seemed to be at least a metre high by the time it hit the shore - and it lifted our little boat and even flooded our tent. Luckily we managed to hold the boat safely and we didn't lose any equipment but if we'd been sailing near the iceberg I am sure we would have been capsized or even killed.
Anyway, enough of that story! At least you survived your trip safely. This image is truly magical. Of course, in Greenland we had hardly any rain at all in summer and so I've never seen an iceberg sculpted like this by rainfall. The colours and shapes are fabulous and you have also managed to capture the wonderful textures perfectly. A stunningly sharp and clear photograph, perfectly taken.
willperrett (7346) 2015-02-22 5:32
Thanks for the title! As ever, I think your choice between the two images was the right one: the darker shot with the island more distant has a stronger impact. I'm surprised the snowflakes are as defined as they are with a 3 sec exposure. After a second look I've also decided that placing the island in the centre of the frame, and having the horizon line slap across the middle also works: kind of Zen Feng Shui idea that fits with your standing by the lake on your own contemplating the world through your lens.
tyro (20690) 2015-02-22 5:08
As always, you have given us a very interesting and informative note as well as a very fine photograph to illustrate it.
The warm autumn morning light is delicious, warming up not only the landscape but also the clouds above. Your composition is very pleasing, the solitary boat perfectly placed in the frame as also are the distant houses, also brightly lit by the rising sun.
Beautiful rich colours, perfect exposure and, as ever, stunning details and sharpness.
tyro (20690) 2015-02-22 4:58
Ciao caro Luciano,
A very interesting note about the celebrations of Santa Barbara and a very fine photograph of this plaza.
The orange tables and chairs certainly do add impact to this photograph as well as giving lots of foreground interest. I presume that you took this picture fairly early in the day before a lot of people arrived here to fill the chairs.
The light is glorious and really picks out those orange features brilliantly. But the view across the square to the colourful buildings surrounding it is delightful too. Lovely light and colours, a fine composition, perfect exposure and stunning details and sharpness.
tyro (20690) 2015-02-22 4:29
Another fine picture of the famous Whitby steps, this time taken from a little farther up them from your last shot. Hee, hee, isn't having a camera and taking photographs the perfect excuse to stop to catch your breath while climbing a hill or steps like these?
And another fine composition too with the line of the steps leading us gently down to the harbour and the buildings across the water, the solitary person in blue with a green rucksack perfectly placed at the farthest visible part of the steps.
Lovely soft light, true colours, perfect exposure and exquisite details and sharpness.
P.S. And what a clever way to have raised the money for restoration of these steps. Does every step have a little plaque on it or would that be too much temptation for vandals?
tyro (20690) 2015-02-22 4:04
An interesting note and a very fine photograph to accompany it!
As you say in your note, it is the wonderful light which makes this photograph so special and you have coped with it extremely well. In fact, it's remarkable that the room is so well illuminated and we can pick out details of this man's face and clothing and yet the view of the outside through the window is not at all overexposed.
I love the play of the light and shade on the walls and the reflections on the patterned floor. You have composed this picture very pleasingly, the light and colours are superb, your exposure perfect and the details and sharpness are exquisite.
Kind Regards and have a lovely Sunday,
willperrett (7346) 2015-02-22 2:32
I love the dramatic sky, which seems to drain the colour from the ground beneath; apart from the rough grass track which retains its green hue. Stormy weather often creates more interesting photographs than pleasant sunshine.
willperrett (7346) 2015-02-22 2:28
This is an interesting view, and one that for some reason, we seldom see of Whitby. I'm sure you know the work of Frank Meadow Sutcliffe: what a shame the harbour isn't still filled with sailing craft! Count Dracula wouldn't be seen dead in a modern motorboat!!
willperrett (7346) 2015-02-22 2:08
The farthest I've ever sailed up the Tamar is to Weir Quay on the Devon side. Seeing how much the tide goes down here a couple of miles further up, explains why we have never ventured any higher! Nevertheless this is a finely composed image, with the old derrick given due prominence. The sky is well managed, and the pp work is restrained and entirely appropriate to the calm atmosphere of your photograph. Nice one!
Royaldevon (30145) 2015-02-22 1:41
If you want to show textures, you can't do better than this! We have a whole multitude, wherever we look!
It's a vey well composed shot, the direction perfectly dictated by the photographer to ensure the same effect is realised by the viewers.
Lovely light contrasts and a excellent sharpness.
This is one photograph which doesn't immediately shout Greece!
Have a lovely Sunday,
Royaldevon (30145) 2015-02-22 1:33
It's a sombre scene in many ways but, somehow, the billowing smoke seems to be trumpeting a message of defiance. The tall memorials, then appear like tall chimneys in their own right, just about to continue the message!
A very well composed shot which loses nothing by the coolness of the sky and the covering of snow.
Have a good Sunday,
Royaldevon (30145) 2015-02-22 1:27
This photograph undeniably belongs to you! It has all the classic elements of beautiful Belgium, the still waters of the canal, with its mirror-like reflections, closely connected houses with their warm terracotta roofs and lines of poplars as effective windbreaks.
The scene is perfectly composed for good lead lines and a sense of perspective.
I think I'd like to stop and have a coffee here.
Did you travel there on your bike?
Have a lovely Sunday,
Royaldevon (30145) 2015-02-22 1:20
You certainly made the most of the moment!
This has your hall mark of simplicity but with an extremely strong composition.
I love how the lifting sand appears to blur the land into the sky, just the sort of experiment a painter might apply.
Have a great Sunday,
Royaldevon (30145) 2015-02-22 1:16
I love it too!
It has the most relaxing effect on the viewer!
The limited colour patter, the soft movement, the fine composition, all gel to give this feeling of calm and relaxation.
A great experiment!
Have a lovely Sunday,