tyro (18286) 2014-07-28 5:23
I must confess that I have never visited the Shetland Isles but that is something which I must do.
This is a beautiful photograph of this isolated place, the little cottage looking so cosy as it nestles into the landscape and with a beautiful view out to sea. The red ship balances the cottage to make for a very well presented and pleasing composition.
Lovely light and colours, perfect exposure and excellent details and sharpness.
Tigerlily (2847) 2014-07-28 5:18
"Decisive Moment" or not? Certainly was, for both of you. Juggling knives on the ground is scaring enough for me, let alone on the 12 foot ladder... the danger was shown, the reflection of his underwear, on the knife but look at his face,his 'outfit',.. really made me laugh...
tyro (18286) 2014-07-28 5:08
Ah, I recognise this place! The last time we were here (about 12 years ago), it was stormy and raining very heavily but the Louvre was closed because the staff were on strike for a day, so we had to continue our walk in the rain and got very wet. How nice it would have been to explore the wonderful paintings indoors that day!
Well, black and white certainly works very well here, probably on account of the extremely strong contrasts because of the brilliant sunshine and also because you have taken this contre jour (as we say in English!).
Your composition is excellent, the "graphic" pyramid making a fine background while the two girls with their white umbrella are perfectly placed in the frame. The strong shadows of the people on the ground are very effective too.
Fabulous strong light, contrasts and tones, perfect exposure and stunning details and sharpness.
tyro (18286) 2014-07-28 3:43
How wonderful that you found this gem of a picture in your archives! I can't believe that you've been sitting on this marvellous photograph for over four years!
The light here is simply divine and I love how it brings out all the vibrant colours of the peoples' clothing and their gorgeous reflections on the wet sand.
A very fine composition which I suspect is greatly helped by the exclusion of the sky, fabulous light and colours and exquisite details and sharpness.
tyro (18286) 2014-07-28 2:20
Thanks for your kind critique on my last picture! So I decided to have a look at your gallery.
This is a fabulous photograph and demonstrates that you are not only good at your sports (and particularly baseball) pictures but also at landscape images too.
Your composition not only obeys the classical "rules" but is also very pleasing with all the elements very nicely arranged within the frame. The light and colours are wonderful, your exposure perfect and the details and sharpness exquisite, especially when viewed at full size.
Although you do not mention it in your notes, could this possibly be an HDR image? If so, the HDR work has been done very subtly and expertly as I often find that HDR images have been "overcooked" giving them a surreal appearance which this picture certainly doesn't have.
annjackman (17507) 2014-07-27 22:44
I haven't seen this pier - what a find! You have shown lovely detail on this rusting pier which has lost most of its paint. Hard to imagine how it must have been in its heyday when holidaymakers enjoyed themselves visiting it.
Kind Regards, Ann
annjackman (17507) 2014-07-27 22:33
Wow - well done for photographing a lady in red positioned in such a suitable place. The tight framing and symmetry makes for an artistic and graphic shot. I like this very much indeed.
Kind Regards, Ann
annjackman (17507) 2014-07-27 22:30
The street art and bicycles have added colour to this old building. Excellent framing has given a quirky urban image. Excellent exposure an, colour and sharpness. I like this a lot.
Kind Regards, Ann
tyro (18286) 2014-07-27 17:29
I can understand your desire to get closer to this building. But is that a desire to get so close that you might get inside for some interesting shots, to get some more "personal" shots from outside, or is it simply that boyish craving to do something which is clearly forbidden?
Whatever the reason, you have still managed to produce a fabulous image from some distance, making the best use of a long lens. The regular "graphic" disposition of the windows (and the white door, of course) is very attractive and I love the contrasts between the different coloured bricks and the blue reflections of the sky from the intact parts of the windows.
Lovely light and fine vibrant colours, good simple composition and exceptional details and sharpness.
tyro (18286) 2014-07-27 17:14
Bonjour Jean Jacques,
Three fabulous photographs from this "stage" of a motor rally, presumably through a forest. I hope there were no casualities - in the Scottish Borders a few weeks ago we had a tragedy when two rally cars crashed into the specators, killing three of them.
Three spectacular shots with brilliant action helped by the flying mud and dust behind the cars. Good use of a fast shutter speed with perfect exposure, lovely light and colours and exceptional clarity.
tyro (18286) 2014-07-27 17:06
Three wonderful pictures of the "Tour Eiffel"!
I love your main picture - I'm wondering how long you had to wait before that "lady in red" appeared in just the right place for you to be able to frame her between the "legs" of the model tower. Or was she sitting there when you arrived? However it happened, it happened perfectly and you have caught this pretty young lady in exactly the right position for her to be framed exactly right!
Your first workshop picture shows us the details of this interesting "model" tower and your second workshop image is wonderful - the "model" and the "real" towers shown together from the perfect viewpoint.
tyro (18286) 2014-07-27 16:57
What a gorgeous landscape view!
The lighting is simply beautiful and, coming in low from the right, has illuminated the undulating hills and the trees beautifully, casting lovely shadows and bringing out all the wonderful derails of the landscape.
The colours are vibrant and true, your exposure and composition perfect and the details and sharpness are exquisite.
tyro (18286) 2014-07-27 16:50
Ciao cara Lisa,
A perfect dedication in these troubled times when war and conflict appear to be on the increase and the main sufferers are the innocent victims, particularly children.
And what a stunningly beautiful photograph to remind us that whoever or whatever we believe our God to be, He (or She) has provided us with with a beautiful place in which to live and all we seem to be able to do by way of appreciation is to destroy it - and ourselves into the bargain.
How wonderful that you were with Malgo when you took this one! I seem to recall a picture which Malgo posted some time ago and which echoed those same gorgeous colours - the colours of liquid gold.
The sky is fabulously dramatic, the sun, hidden behind a large cloud, lighting up that cloud's edges and sending beams of light toward the horizon almost as in an artist's interpretation of some Biblical scene. Yet that same light softens as it hits the sea and the waves in the foreground have a much softer and calmer appearance.
A truly stunning image with fabulous light and colours, perfectly captured with spot-on exposure and exquisite details and clarity.
tyro (18286) 2014-07-27 16:08
A lovely photograph from today - and a historic one at that, showing the eventual winner of this marathon as he passes Pollok Park.
I can imagine that the route of the marathon must have been quite crowded with spectators, so I suspect you probably did your homework well in advance and planned your position and got there pretty well ahead of the event too.
Your composition is good and what is really appealing is that Shelley has excellent eye contact with you - or your camera - and I like the way we can see water spilled from the water bottles too as that adds to the action. Just such a slight pity that we can't quite see the feet of all of the runners - I wonder if they are in your original image or not?
An excellent and historic photograph.
tyro (18286) 2014-07-27 15:57
As always, you have given us a very interesting note and a lovely photograph to accompany it.
I can understand how much you love going to this event - I am sure there's lots to learn, some wonderful people to meet and chat with, and many good photographic opportunities too.
This is a delightful picture showing this older man doing the sort of manual work which must have been so prevalent in the days before mechanisation was introduced into farming. And where else could this be than Ireland (or, perhaps, Scotland) with that fit looking elderly gentleman sporting such a pale complexion with rosy cheeks?
Your viewpoint is good, having included the castle as a fine background, your relatively slow shutter speed has shown movement in the hay as he tosses it, the light and colours are lovely and the details and sharpness are excellent.
tyro (18286) 2014-07-27 15:47
Na, I don't like it - I LOVE it!!
This is a fabulously beautiful photograph, perfectly composed and with the most delicious combination of light and shade. The harbour, with its boats and reflections on its calm water, makes a fine foreground and is surrounded by beautiful sunlit buildings, giving it a delightfully "cozy" feel, and all topped off by just a glimpse of the distant sea.
Your viewpoint is just perfect, you have chosen exactly the right time of day to achieve this lovely light, the colours are divine and the details and sharpness are exquisite.
tyro (18286) 2014-07-27 15:39
An interesting note and fascinating to learn that you lost a sizeable chunk of your country to Norway in the 18th Century.
And a beautiful photograph which shows how such an appealing and spectacular picture can be produced with such a limited colour palette of shades almost entirely of blue - with th exception, of course, of your "signature" splash of red!
A wonderfully simple yet attractive composition with the boat and its occupants perfectly placed in the frame and balanced nicely by the little bit of foliage at bottom left. Lovely light and reflections, perfect exposure and exquisite details and sharpness.