tyro (19072) 2014-09-29 8:41
What an interesting note! But I couldn't help laughing when I read the word "iconostasis" - it sounds like some medical condition like catatonia brought about by looking at too many icons!
A lovely interior photograph which is of remarkable quality considering what must have been fairly poor light. The decoration and the sumptuous and lavish application of gold makes for a stunning scene and the lady standing very primly examining a larger icon makes a fine foreground feature as well as adding human interest.
Lovely light, fine colours and exquisite details and sharpness throughout.
tyro (19072) 2014-09-29 8:25
Well, firstly I have to say that this picture looks absolutely fine on my monitor - not dark at all.
In fact, this is a lovely street shot and the colourful clothes of the bystanders, the red cart and the variously coloured bottled drinks make this an even more interesting shot. It looks as though the patient lady leaning on her cart isn't getting much in the way of sales, unless those people on the right have already sampled her wares. However, she seems quite content to have a camera pointed at her and, interestingly, she is barefaced too and appears to have made no effort whatsoever to cover her face - is that not unusual in this place? Or perhaps I'm misguided in thinking that this is, in fact, a woman.
What sorts of drinks were these? I'm certain that they were not alcoholic and the darker ones look a bit like cola.
Again, a photograph of amazing quality considering its age - but also a photograph of wonderfully happier times in Kabul.
annjackman (18303) 2014-09-29 5:40
I love this nearly monochrome picture. It is so full of atmosphere with the mist over the hard and more delicate shapes. The image is very well proportioned with plenty of space given to the delicately cloudy sky
Kind Regards, Ann
tyro (19072) 2014-09-29 5:18
By Jove, this looks damn cold! And well done you for venturing out on deck in these conditions to get this picture! I seem to recall that you dislike the cold more than most people, so that's an even greater sacrifice for you!
Just looking at this photograph makes me shiver, so that's a sign that this is a good photograph! But, apart from that, it it technically excellent with a fine diagonal composition, strong foreground interest, lovely light and colours and exceptional details and sharpness.
P.S. I just had to look on a map to see where Havoysund is - it's just about the very, very "top" of Norway and it's at 71°N - pretty much the same latitude as where I was in East Greenland in 1970 - but that was during summer, not winter or spring.
annjackman (18303) 2014-09-29 4:52
This is a perfect picture of this tall ship. The colours of the flags really stand out well against the lovely sky. Shame about the power lines crossing the rigging but unless you clone them out there is nothing you can do about that. A stunning image with incredible detail - super!
Kind Regards, Ann
tyro (19072) 2014-09-29 4:37
Goodness me. I cannot believe that I am the first person to write a critique on this gorgeous picture which has been viewed by 80 people already. Perhaps, though, not everyone is impressed by pictures of such things even though I can't see images of sailing ships, steam locomotives and vintage cars without my pulse starting to race just a little. Others, it seems are not so affected!
A beautiful photograph of a stately ship under sail and perfectly depicted against a lovely background and a magnificent blue sky. Beautiful light and colours, a fine composition and exquisite details and sharpness throughout.
tyro (19072) 2014-09-29 4:25
Bonjour Jean Jacques,
You have shown us photographs previously of this fine cathedral but this night time shot is stunning.
The floodlit walls of this beautiful building stand out wonderfully against a deep blue sky and the reflections in the glass-like waters of the Yonne are even more impressive. The little area of parkland with its lamps and people makes a fine feature to separate the cathedral from its reflections.
Lovely light and colours, perfect exposure and stunning details and sharpness.
tyro (19072) 2014-09-29 4:17
Another beautiful photograph of these lovely gardens. Your composition is excellent and the fountain is very well placed in the frame too because it not only is a fine feature in its own right but also its fine spray in the air adds a lovely "mistiness" to the distant view off to the far hills, so contributing a fine sense of depth to the image. And the brighter sunlight on the well tended flowerbeds "lifts" the foreground beautifully.
Lovely soft light, fine colours and exceptional details and sharpness throughout.
tyro (19072) 2014-09-29 4:05
You have given us a very interesting and informative note, particularly about the atrocities waged here during the early days of World War I. And how amazing that this beautiful building survived despite all the havoc and bloodshed around about it.
This is a superbly ornate building and you have captured it here in the most lovely light which brings out all the details and textures superbly well. And the inclusion of people in the square really adds human interest as well as a fine sense of scale.
Beautiful light and colours, fine composition and exceptional details and sharpness.
P.S. Looking at your photograph, I see something very interesting to me. While this building is incredibly ornate, the tower to the left (probably the south-east tower) is much less ornate in its lower parts than the rest of the building - the stonework there is quite plain. Could that be a part of the building which was damaged and has since been more simply reconstructed?
tyro (19072) 2014-09-29 3:02
What a weird sculpture. It looks almost like some steel mesh enclosure you might build around some piece of electronic equipment to shield it from stray radio waves or something like that. You say that it affords good views of the surrounding countryside but it looks to me as though you can't actually climb out onto the top of it so any view is going to be hampered by the steel mesh. Certainly no good for a keen photographer!
Anyway, you have captured this strange erection perfectly here, placing it in just the right position in your frame and with the expanse of lovely countryside visible off to the left. The inclusion of a figure climbing inside the structure gives us a good sense of scale too.
Lovely light and colours and exquisite details and sharpness.
tyro (19072) 2014-09-29 1:51
Thank you for directing me to this fine photograph. I've been looking a bit on the internet and I see that this "Lapland Owl" is also called a "Great Grey Owl" and a few other names too. I read some things about it here.
This is an excellent close shot in which you really have "homed in" on this creature's face and shown us some wonderful details of its feathers and, particularly, its eyes. The details and sharpness here are amazing.
Royaldevon (27035) 2014-09-29 0:47
Your simple street scene incorporates fine, differing textural elements on a very well composed line, creating a good sense of depth and perspective.
The bike makes an interesting focal point.
Have a lovely day,
Royaldevon (27035) 2014-09-29 0:43
The gardens are, indeed, very beautiful and I love how you have welcomed us in, via this ornate, gold painted archway. It adds significantly to the whole experience.
Have a lovely week,
Royaldevon (27035) 2014-09-29 0:39
The morning mists are certainly a feature of the autumn and, whilst they may not be as welcome as the sun, they do provide very atmospheric conditions for photographers! You have captured this with great finesse! The cool of the morning is graphically revealed and makes a strong contrast with the details of the golden light just beginning to edge across the frame.
Have a lovely week,
Royaldevon (27035) 2014-09-29 0:31
You have given us very in-depth notes about the history of this building. Considering the circumstances, it is amazing that it has survived so completely!
It is one of the most ornate buildings that I have ever see! It resembles a magnificent sailing ship under full sail!
You have given us a fine view, both of the building and its location. We can appreciate how it fits into the cobbled square and how well its ornate carvings can be viewed by pedestrians.
The light is lovely on this day, helping to define the decorative architecture.
Have a great week,
Royaldevon (27035) 2014-09-29 0:24
I always love to see photographs of birds and animals which have been well executed, and it's not easy!
This is a sharp capture, which reveals the colours, patterns and the textures of the plumage, exquisitely and has a fine catchlight in the eyes.
The owl fits into the circular hole like a well-fitting jigsaw piece!
Have a lovely week,
annjackman (18303) 2014-09-28 23:26
How nice of this beautiful bird to pose for you! It is hard to get photos of owls in a tree so you used this opportunity very well. The detail on the feathers is first class and I love the subtle changes in colour around the eyes and beak. There is excellent light and clarity and composition - you must be very pleased with this one.
Great photography John.
Kind Regards, Ann.