tyro (24828) 2016-07-25 16:26
Ciao caro Luciano,
A fascinating note about your visit to Naples, even though the weather was not the best.
However, the lack of sun has not stopped you achieving a wonderful photograph here, particularly as that cloudy sky is incredibly impressive! I love how the boats and the water seem to be lit much brighter than the sky, making them stand out wonderfully and clearly.
A well composed photograph with lovely light and colours, perfect exposure and exquisite details and sharpness.
tyro (24828) 2016-07-25 12:48
Thank you for such an interesting and informative note. I've always thought that oast houses were pretty much confined to Kent - is that true or have you seen them in other parts of the country? And I presume that nowadays hops are dried in modern electrical or gas fired ovens or driers.
But these old oast houses are delightful and you have captured them perfectly in this very pleasingly composed image in which the curvature of the roadway leads us toward them so effectively.
I love the rich warm colours of the old brickwork and the roofs and how the white metal cowls all point in the same direction into a lovely blue sky with nice fluffy clouds. And the image is nicely framed by the two trees - a tall one on the left and a smaller one to the right.
Lovely soft light, lovely natural colours, perfect exposure and exquisite details and sharpness.
tyro (24828) 2016-07-25 6:03
I see that you have been using the same lens (Canon 100 - 400mm) which I was using at our recent airshow!
This is a beautifully clear and sharp photograph. Yes, it is just a pity that this beautiful ship was not in full sail but, nonetheless, you have produced a very well composed image in which the tall ship stands out beautifully against the dark sea and sky with stunning details and clarity.
P.S. I am afraid that as soon as I saw this, I simply could not resist doing some research! I do believe that this ship is the Georg Stage, a training ship.
Royaldevon (38862) 2016-07-25 5:31
This is quite a different photograph from your normal themes. Having said that, it is always interesting to capture new subjects.
The light, and the spray breaking over the bows, confirms your notes. Despite the problems, you have still captured a fine shot of the tall mast ship; it is sharp and shows up remarkably well against the blue/grey b/g.
My warm regards,
Royaldevon (38862) 2016-07-25 5:26
Ha! Ha! Serge you are challenging John for sights of Bruges!
It is a wonderful town for photographers and you have chosen an excellent location to reveal the character of the old buildings and the closeness of the canals.
How lovely to travel along the canal and enjoy the sights and smells of this lovely Belgian town. I see that it is also possible to walk along the canal-side, too.
Have a lovely day,
Royaldevon (38862) 2016-07-25 5:21
You have captured a most amazing rain storm!
The torrents can be seen tumbling from the sky, drenching the buildings and the slopes.
The storm is wonderfully ringed by dark mountains and clouds, forcing attention right into the centre!
A superb weather watch photograph.
My warm regards,
Royaldevon (38862) 2016-07-25 5:14
This is a wonderful combination of modern buildings, composed in such a way that the different patterns are emphasised and the light adds different colours and reflections to those that are similar.
Though the photograph is flat, you have been able to reveal the curves and contours that are present in reality.
My warm regards,
tyro (24828) 2016-07-25 4:57
Two splendid photographs, each quite different: one of a friendly and helpful policeman guiding a tourist while the other is a fabulous photograph of the magnificent interior of St. Jacobs church.
I love the soft light in the church and how you have managed to take this photograph without any strong shadows or overly bright areas - I suspect that your secret is to keep the contrast low in processing. The colours are lovely, your exposure perfect and the composition and the details and sharpness are exquisite.
tyro (24828) 2016-07-25 3:32
What a beautiful and striking photograph of this magnificent fountain at Versailles!
I love the symmetrical composition and how the light falls on the details of the fountain and makes them stand out so wonderfully against the dark background and the deep blue sky above. The reflections in the calm water are delightful too.
Gorgeous light and colours, perfect exposure and exquisite details and sharpness.
tyro (24828) 2016-07-25 3:12
As I mentioned to you, I've been up here myself though many, many years ago. Even as a young chap I found the stairs towards the top very narrow and awkward and it must have been difficult for you with a rucksack full of camera equipment if the place was as busy as you say. And did you know that this is the largest monument anywhere in the World dedicated to a writer?
Anyway, your workshop photograph shows the monument perfectly and your main photograph clearly demonstrates what a wonderful and panoramic view you get from the top. A very well composed shot with the clocktower perfectly placed and with lovely light and colours and, as always, stunning details and clarity.
tyro (24828) 2016-07-25 2:51
Not only does this bicycle lack a saddle but it also has no pedals so it would not only be uncomfortable but also almost impossible to ride. However, the bright orange paintwork on this decrepit machine makes it stand out brilliantly against its simple deep blue background and, underlined by the bright green foreground grass, makes for a striking and very appealing composition. And the little glimpse of beach and sea on the left puts the whole scene in place perfectly.
A fine composition, very well seen and taken, with fabulous light and colours, perfect exposure and exquisite details and sharpness.
Royaldevon (38862) 2016-07-25 2:33
Ciao cara Lisa,
Accidents can often be the discovery of something new!
I love this accident!
The red light adds that sense of science fiction to your wonderful exploration of the stars!
It's a stunning shot! There is such a temptation to say, "Good Heavens! What a shot!"
There is definitely a trail from the sky to the land which adds to the whole supernatural effect!
Thanks for sharing this,
tyro (24828) 2016-07-25 2:33
As always, you have given us a fascinating and informative note. I suspect that I might have gone hungry here - like you, I wouldn't relish the idea of drinking fermented milk though I suppose it might not be much different to yoghurt. And boiled meat is never so tasty as meat which has been roasted.
But what a remarkable building! Just a huge amphora lying on its side with its top having a huge round window and the restaurant just seems to have been added on underneath it. How strange!
You have certainly captured this remarkable building perfectly in this fine composition where the solitary foreground tree balances the building nicely and there's a beautiful clear blue sky above.
But the place looks completely deserted - no people, no cars, nothing. Where is everybody?
Royaldevon (38862) 2016-07-25 2:27
I love the idea of having such a place in the middle of a huge city, where children (and adults) can come and play with boats, to make up stories and develop their imaginations.
This could be an Olympic sailor, someone exploring the Amazon, children heading to a treasure island, ... the scenarios are endless!
Lovely composition, a sharp, focal image and wonderfully, mysterious reflections.
Have a good day,
Royaldevon (38862) 2016-07-25 2:21
A very nicely composed, symmetrical composition emphasises the shape of the arch and its adjacent pillars, leading perfectly into the sharp and colourful interior.
I always like the effect created by natural frames, they seem so much more artistic.
Have a lovely day,
Royaldevon (38862) 2016-07-25 2:16
The bridge is certainly eye-catching.
With the neck of a swan and the wings of a swallow, it seems to stretch into the air with the minimum of effort.
You have caught it with absolute elegance against the clear, blue sky.
Have a great day,
tyro (24828) 2016-07-25 2:12
Yes, a happy accident indeed! This image would have been good enough without the red torchlight (and I'm sure that you took quite a few other photographs without the "offending" fellow astronerd "spoiling" them) but the deep red light picking out the details in this sandy shore and the water's edge certainly adds some very bold and striking foreground interest while the Milky Way, spectacularly seen high above, looks down on you.
A stunning image, very well seen and taken and with a very happy accident too!
P.S. Thanks for the exif data too. That 14mm Samyang lens must be a cracker, being able to resolve such incredible sharpness wide open at f/2.8. And not a hint of any noise with that 5D Mk III at ISO 4000!
Royaldevon (38862) 2016-07-25 2:09
It is a seriously old building for the USA and the way that you have captured it, shows how much it differs in materials and style from the surrounding buildings. It's a real gem!
You didn't have an easy job, photographing it, with so much contrasting shadow but your resulting shot is excellent.
Have a good day,
Royaldevon (38862) 2016-07-25 2:05
This is a fine chateau!
I have longed to visit it!
Your viewpoint creates a fine composition so that the angle of the turn is right on the thirds line. It means that we use one wall to guide us into the scene, then the whole beauty of the chateau and its reflection is displayed before us! It is sharp, it is nicely coloured and a pleasure to see.
Have a good day,
Royaldevon (38862) 2016-07-25 1:58
You show us a most unusual building!
The jar seems to be symbolically pouring wine into the restaurant!
I ca honestly say that I have never seen anything like it previously!
It was a good idea to include the tree, adding fresh colours and textures as well as a sense of depth.
You are an intrepid traveller.
Do you speak the different languages of these former Russian states?
Have a good day,