willperrett (7630) 2015-05-20 9:19
I'll be honest: I'm not a fan of this "colorful subject against a monochrome background" technique: I fear it's become a bit of a cliche. However, I love all other aspects of this shot: the composition, the dramatic light and the strange absence of people: I'm reminded of the opening scenes of "Abre los Ojos" with the delightful Penélope Cruz! Just make the car grey!
willperrett (7630) 2015-05-20 9:05
I'm always drawn to monochrome shots, and this is an absolute cracker. A simple street scene, but also a classic of composition. The attitude and pose of the seated man, the interesting shadows, the menus on the wall, the traditional tables and chairs: everything is just right. An excellent photograph that is going into my favourites. Cartier-Bresson would be proud!
willperrett (7630) 2015-05-20 8:59
I can see the hole left because you ate a piece! But the composition benefits from the more irregular shape. It certainly look impossible to resist. Unfortunately today in one of the two days a week that I fast, so I'm sitting here licking my lips with envy!
willperrett (7630) 2015-05-20 8:55
I suppose I shouldn't still be amazed by the quality achievable these days with i-pads and mobile 'phones! This is a excellent shot: good tonal range, natural colours, and perfectly sharp (as far as we can tell from this inevitably small jpeg), and beautifully composed. Can you choose a shutter speed with your ipad, or is it completely automatic? (I was thinking about blurring the foam with a longer shutter speed).
willperrett (7630) 2015-05-20 8:37
Yes: I agree with you about the choice of monochrome; in fact I opened it just because of this, as I've always been a fan of b/w. This is a little gem of a street scene, with a fine old shop and just enough street-life to give the place some vitality. Nice work.
willperrett (7630) 2015-05-20 8:33
An ordinary, everyday street scene, but made special by your choice of monochrome and the dramatic contre-jour lighting. The main figure is in just the right place, and her haloed hair is the central focus. Excellent work.
willperrett (7630) 2015-05-20 8:26
Yes, I know it well, as my parents used to live in Teignmouth. I like this unusual take on Torquay, and feel that it looks French rather than English somehow: Brittany perhaps. Your composition is excellent, with the rock balancing the buildings to the left.
willperrett (7630) 2015-05-20 8:19
Fine, sharp and impressive. The colours, while strong, also look natural: if you've "helped" the saturation in Photoshop, it's been done with restraint and taste. The trees in the foreground add a welcome touch of green and balance the composition. Nice one!
tyro (21104) 2015-05-20 0:51
What a wonderful privilege to be able to take photos here where it is normally forbidden to others! And how nice that you gave some of your pictures to the owner.
This is a beautifully composed shot, taken in lovely warm light and beneath a glorious sky. The rich colours of the flowers stand out perfectly against the trees which are beautifully illuminated in the morning sunshine.
Beautiful light and colours, perfect exposure and exquisite details and sharpness.
willperrett (7630) 2015-05-20 0:27
Well spotted: I love this. Apart from the obvious excitement of the flames, I'm drawn to the player's immaculate evening dress and vintage radio. What an eccentric collection: and in a small alleyway too!
tyro (21104) 2015-05-20 0:00
Bonjour Jean Jacques,
What a fabulously colourful and graphic image!
Your composition is both strong and simple and the bands of bright colours stand out beautifully against each other as well as the lovely blue sky above. Very well seen and taken and beautifully presented.
tyro (21104) 2015-05-19 23:56
We've just retuned from holiday so now I'm starting to try to catch up with all I've missed on TE.
This is a superb shot and I think it "works" extremely well in black and white, what with its strong graphic qualities, strong perspective and lovely tones and contrasts. In fact, I suspect that in colour there might well have been many distracting and colourful objects outside of this walkway which would certainly have detracted from the impact of this fine image.
Very well composed, exposed and presented.
Gigidusud (17277) 2015-05-19 14:59
Ciao cara Lisa,
Incredibile questa foto! Sola la grande Lisa poteva scattare questa! Splendido effetto di luce, bellissima la città illuminata nello sfondo. Ottima notturna accompagnata da una bella nota.