willperrett (10926) 2016-08-28 10:09
I like the chiaroscuro effect here. And I think you've done more than just simulate Kodak TMax here: presumably you've suppressed all colours apart from red. The near-silhouettes work really well. I just wish we could hear the singer as well.
willperrett (10926) 2016-08-28 10:03
This looks almost too pretty to be one of your photographs! Is this your attempt to ingratiate yourself with the TE fraternity by showing postcards??! But it's certainly a delightful spot, and the monochrome, though not particularly popular on this site, is nevertheless beautifully graded. Looks almost as if you'd used the Zone System!
tyro (25362) 2016-08-28 9:47
Like you, I'm not really a fan of HDR either but, to be honest, I've never really tried it and I think the reason that HDR gets such a bad name is that so many times we see HDR which has been wildly "overdone" so that light and colours become unbelievable.
But in this case you have done your HDR work very subtly and expertly and certainly not "overcooked" it at all.
Taken at just the right time during the magical "blue hour", your photograph has a lovely mixture of natural and artificial lighting and I love the soft sheen on the surface of the water brought about by an extended exposure.
Gorgeous light and colours, fine composition and exquisite details and sharpness.
tyro (25362) 2016-08-28 8:46
I like your note about the weather! But you certainly had the perfect weather for this photograph. You have a wonderful ability to control the light so well in cases like this where there are strong light and deep shadows - you still manage to keep good detail throughout without any totally black areas or any "burned out" parts - you must tell me the secret sometime!
And your compositions are always pleasing too - and this one is no exception. You have cleverly used the chequered paving in this square to good effect, leading the eye through the image right to the doorways straight ahead and to the left.
The inclusion of people is always welcome and that sky is absolutely stunning!
Beautiful light and colours, perfect composition and exposure and exquisite details and sharpness. And, of course, a fine note.
tyro (25362) 2016-08-27 14:59
Ciao cara Lisa,
A fine tribute to the people of central Italy who have suffered so dreadfully in the past few days from this tragic earthquake which has taken so many lives, ruined so many others and destroyed some of their most historic and beautiful buildings and treasures.
Geez, I love this spindly fellow with his simple round spectacles, smiling at you as he proudly shows off the bounteous display of fabulous Italian foodstuffs that fill his store, the shelves, the floor and even the ceiling all dripping with glorious goodies from pastas, wines, meats and cheeses to delicacies, sweets and liqueurs - where on Earth is one supposed to walk in this fantastic Cornucopia? Gosh, I'd love to meet him!
A brilliant photograph and I can just imagine you lining up this shot with this chap beaming at you - all I hope is that you bought some of his wares and had a wonderful time gorging yourself on them afterwards!
And, of course, it is the indomitable sprit of people like this who will make central Italy recover after this dreadful disaster.
Kind Regards e un abbraccio,
tyro (25362) 2016-08-27 14:18
Once again, Clermont-Ferrand is giving you a wondrous series of opportunities for your camera! And you have again written a fascinating and informative note.
This building itself is fascinating - stone built in its lower part but half-timbered in the upper storeys.
I like your strong diagonal composition. The light and colours are good though I'm just a little concerned about that sky which looks on my monitor to have a slightly greenish hue to it - but the façade of the building is lovely with perfect colours and excellent sharpness and detail.
tyro (25362) 2016-08-27 14:10
Doors and windows always provide good photographic subjects and this fine doorway is no exception though I'm reminded that our own front door is rapidly approaching this state and that I must do something about it before winter sets in.
It's strange, but decay and rust and flaking paint do seem to appeal to photographers and that is very much the case here. The light, contrasts and textures of the flaking paint and rotting woodwork are well captured in this fine photograph and the bold stone archway makes a perfect frame for the main subject.
A good rub down and a fresh coat of paint would indeed make this door look a lot better but might make its stone surround look more shabby - perhaps best just leave it as it is!
tyro (25362) 2016-08-27 14:03
Ciao caro Silvio,
An interesting and informative note and a lovely photograph with wonderfully strong perspective. aided by your high viewpoint.
The line of repetitive steps draws the eye well into the image and I love how the people seem so small and insignificant, their shadows standing out more than they do themselves. Almost monochrome, the image is brightened by the colourful patch of grass on the right and the sight of the colourful area of people eating and drinking alfresco in the foreground.
Lovely light and colours and exceptional details and sharpness.
mkamionka (37259) 2016-08-26 11:45
We are neighbours today!
Great illustration to the ice-land trip!
Fantastic colors. The color of the sky is amazing and contrasts nicely with the color of the ice. I had a chance to see the land of ice in Patagonia. I suppose the effect is quite similar. But I have yet to go to visit Iceland. I am looking forward to seeing your reportage!
mkamionka (37259) 2016-08-26 8:21
this is so beautiful. The architecture very impressive anyway but you have also captured in in a very creative way focusing exclusively on the reflection. Nice that you have decided to include the people sitting near the pond that has anchored the scene in the reality. You had a fantastic light over there and you made the great use of it.
mkamionka (37259) 2016-08-26 8:12
this is so very impressive interior! I like the rich paintings. Orthodox churches have quite unique style with the icons being so particular full of symbols.
Fantastic mood captured here with dimmed light. Walking people add some life to the scene. I like very much this play of the light and shadow, colors and reflections.
mkamionka (37259) 2016-08-26 8:05
never enough of this spectacular view!!!
I had the pleasure to visit it many years ago but without a camera in pre-digital times anyway. I feel like I have to go there to take picture exactly like this one.
This is so perfect! I like the POV, across the river from a slightly asymmetric angle, The light was lovely with a great contrast which emphasizes the beauty of the architecture and creates a feeling of depth. The color of the river is quite extraordinary, plus having the boats there allows to better imagine the scale of this place.
mkamionka (37259) 2016-08-26 8:02
wow, this is really an impressive waterfall capture! I am so bad with waterfalls: it is an art -and you did a fantastic job here! The long time exposure, so well balanced exposure... Amazing effect of moving water and crispy sharp and feeling wet rocks sandwiching the falls.
mkamionka (37259) 2016-08-26 7:47
wow, this is you?
I would never recognize you from this photo! I suppose the moderators will not believe this either and may be they will keep it here. Also: nobody really reads the notes anyway :)
Fantastic photograph, the person in it adds a lovely touch especially with the backpack. It does feel very adventurous. Amazing atmosphere, it reminds me the Patagonian landscapes.
I cannot believe that the photo is so old! My photos from before 2000 or just after -they are so bad! but the other thing is I usually used quite a cheap equipment and films.
This photo is older than I am :)
What a remarkable trip both in this photo and your journey over 10 years on TE. In fact recently emka was celebrating her 9th birthday and Serghei his 10th!
So it seems many people joined at the same time +- 1 year :)
Excellent photograph of highest quality and so much sentimentally charged,
Isn't Madagascar even further? And wild as well I suppose?
mkamionka (37259) 2016-08-26 1:19
lovely night photo. Ljubljana is on my list too but now with the family I must stay near the beach, and also being recently in this area I will probably select another place for next year as well. Looking at my map on TE I see that that I miss a lot of Balkan countries in Europe (including Romania) and so I hope to be able to go there someday.
I like the compo here, the houses in the distance look quite elegant as well.
Have a great weekend,
mkamionka (37259) 2016-08-26 1:13
you have a great luck for demonstrations don't you :)
I like the flags and banners here with the inscriptions in Japanese -of course we have no idea what it is about :)
Very colorful and eye catching!
Congratulations on your anniversary. Recently also emka had 9th birthday here and I reached 600th photo!
Let's hope this site survives a little longer yet so that we can celebrate the next anniversaries.
Without this site I would never meet you or Malgo.
This is a special place. I am glad that you stay around :)
mkamionka (37259) 2016-08-26 1:08
what a lovely spot. The houses are pleasantly hidden between the vegetation and so near to the sea.
Nice capture across the water which provides vivid reflection in the foreground.
Very charming scene,
Have a great weekend,
mkamionka (37259) 2016-08-26 1:06
this is an amazing view!
Yes the quality is not optimal but I wouldn't expect anything better from a bus. Nevertheless the scenery is so spectacular that it was definitely worth to share it!
I didn't go that way, which I regret. Well in general having more time over there would be great.
I like this POV although I see that you have a higher one as well. The pointy trees make a lovely decoration too.
Very encouraging to go there again!
Have a great weekend,
tyro (25362) 2016-08-25 16:01
Hello Jean Claude,
I remember this little poem:
“A wonderful bird is the Pelican.
His beak can hold more than his belly can.
He can hold in his beak
Enough food for a week!
But I'll be darned if I know how the hellican?”
A beautiful profile portrait of this beautiful pelican, perfectly taken in lovely light and with fine colours and perfect exposure against a beautifully soft background. The sharpness and details are stunning.