willperrett (5904) 2014-08-21 13:54
With architecture this flamboyant, it would be hard to take a duff photograph. But yours is not just a straight mug-shot. Your choice of time of day (the so-called "blue hour") has added colour and light drama to the image. The artificial lights fighting with the blue "remains of the day" give us that classic colour-wheel blue/orange contrast. Very well managed.
willperrett (5904) 2014-08-21 13:48
Well, as a "pescetarian" I must comment on this photograph. Your friend the fishmonger is placed very well in the frame, and appears to be several feet from the nearest knife! The seafood itself I must say looks delicious. Your f/10 aperture has allowed for very adequate front-to-back sharpness. A good environmental portrait.
willperrett (5904) 2014-08-21 13:32
When I saw the thumbnail, I thought you were playing with a super-wide-angle. On opening the image I was pleasantly surprised. The radical shape is architectural and not lens distortion! The monochrome treatment emphasizes the graphic shapes, echoed by the perspective lines of the wall and receding highway. And the time of day was well chosen too: still some definition in the sky, but lights in the building and car light-trails to add contrast and drama. Good work.
willperrett (5904) 2014-08-21 13:21
You spotted well the potential of this location to create a clever, and possibly symbolic image. I might have tried to omit more of the road on the left by maybe getting in tighter to the rails, but this remains a graphic and thought-provoking photograph: off the rails at the end of the line...
Royaldevon (26515) 2014-08-21 13:03
I suppose this shows something a bit different. We frequently see the beautiful buildings but, not as often, those that are crumbling.
The sharp details are just as useful; they reveal a home that was once very grand, as evidenced by the huge size, the columns, the balustrade and the balcony but, now, in disrepair! The vegetation is taking over and the doors are crumbling!
My warm regards,
Royaldevon (26515) 2014-08-21 12:30
You are very alert to spotting adverts that link closely to the people around! Well, certainly the features fit in very well with your title! It is such a clever composition, with great contrasts of light and shadow.
I like it very much.
Bravo for your originality!!
Royaldevon (26515) 2014-08-21 12:23
This is a fine photograph of the fountain and cloister, taken in a perfect light. The details are exceptionally clear.
I agree that this, a symmetrical composition, was the best for your purpose.
My warm regards,
willperrett (5904) 2014-08-21 11:57
Hi again Trevor
This one has more of the classic look of an old film photograph, rather than the more "modern" digital extravagances! And it suits the subject matter perfectly. A timeless vision. BTW, I often add/subtract picture elements in my photographs, but I tend not to admit it, as it could be construed as breaking the ToS! I should keep mum if I were you!
P.S. I always try to retain the whole frame rather than crop my images. And I never add frames. We'll get on like a house on fire if we ever meet up!
willperrett (5904) 2014-08-21 11:27
Despite your claim that you got up late, I know you are a morning person - I remember your photographs from Bushey and Richmond Parks. So this really comes as no surprise. But it was certainly worth it: the sunrise and mist create magical photographic conditions. The iconic (or stock) Dutch landmark is of course placed with masterly precision in the frame to counterbalance the old currant bun. Lovely work.
willperrett (5904) 2014-08-21 11:09
I couldn't make out what the hell this was from the thumbnail, which is why I opened it. And I'm glad I did, as I'm greeted by a very clever and near-abstract close-up. Beautiful light, beautiful colours, beautiful composition. It makes me hungry, despite the barbarity!
willperrett (5904) 2014-08-21 11:03
Popular it may be, but you've managed to exclude most of them! The presence of a couple of boats (presumably containing tourists) is fine by me, and in fact serve very satisfactorily to fill the left-hand space. A nicely composed photograph.
willperrett (5904) 2014-08-21 10:55
A lovely little frame through which we see boats in the Golfe. And not so little, either: indeed the frame may even be more important than the scene, as you've given it a large percentage of the image area, and by including the yucca, are insisting on our eyes dwelling on the foreground. A clever and engaging photograph.
willperrett (5904) 2014-08-21 10:48
What fantastic light: I guess it's a mix of daylight and sodium? Your "antediluvian" image works brilliantly: so moody and malevolent. It looks like a shiny, scaly sea creature.
Royaldevon (26515) 2014-08-21 7:29
It is a lovely portrait.
Only people who have tried to photograph birds of prey will appreciate how difficult it is to get good close-ups of wild birds.
The eye has a good catchlight.
The wire make a fine, angled perch, great for composition.
My warm regards,
Royaldevon (26515) 2014-08-21 5:55
A fine viewpoint gives a lovely, angled view of the cottages and creates a good sense of perspective. The exposure is sharp and the colours very natural.
I do like the inclusion of the little boy and his bike. It animates the scene as well as giving an interesting focal point.
Have a lovely day,
Royaldevon (26515) 2014-08-21 5:41
You have positioned the camera just right, to invite us up the staircase and explore the building. It is irresistible!
I like how the palace curves round and virtually sweeps viewers along with it! The details are sharp and the colours very natural.
Have a lovely day,