ChrisJ (97786) 2015-01-25 10:13
Spotted this one in your gallery. A marvellous shot of the old stone tower in Italy. A good upward pov and the warm cold colour contrast between the blue sky and the reddish tinted stone is superb. A good angled pov on the clocktower. Excellent density levels with punchy light contrasts. Tfs!
ChrisJ (97786) 2015-01-25 10:10
A spectacular shot of Arundel Castle with a warm afternoon light, impeccable sharpness and wonderful warm cold colour contrasts between the blue sky and the yellow Autumn tones of the vegetation. Nice shadow play on the fg wall. Amazing repetition of the turrets and towers. Effectively framed with no part of the space wasted. Tfs!
ChrisJ (97786) 2015-01-25 10:07
Had to look this up in a map. It's actually quite close to the larger hamlet of Airey's Inlet to the east. A superb high pov with an expansive view across the windswept beaches. Good sharpness and excellent colour and saturation. I have been from Torquay to Apollo Bay and also to Port Campbell. Some of Australia's best coastline. Tfs!
ChrisJ (97786) 2015-01-25 10:01
Hello Jean Jacques,
Amazing repetition of the bg boats. Good sharpness, colour and saturation. The fg beachcombers add scale and animate the scene. The 2 headland either side bookend the shot nicely as well as providing symmetry to the composition. I like the contrast of wooded headland at left and bare rocky promontory at right. Thought the dark sections were oyster racks and this is confirmed in your excellent note. Tfs!
ChrisJ (97786) 2015-01-25 9:49
Looks wonderful. I like the repetition of the coconut palms along the foreshore at left. Clear, clean water, not too rough, very little or no litter on the beach, almost no people. Paradise! Good sharpness, colour and saturation also. A nice warm cold color contrast between the blue sky and reddish yellow sand. Tfs!
ChrisJ (97786) 2015-01-25 9:45
The fg grass blades slightly oof add depth and layering the secondary layer and row of bg trees. Good sharpness and the windmill with red and green blades is a clear and immediate focal point. Excellent colour and saturation. I also like the warm cold colour contrast between the blue sky and yellow vegetation. Tfs!
ChrisJ (97786) 2015-01-25 9:42
Superb graphism of light vs dark tones and I like the repetition of the ice teeth. Good sharpness and a fine upward pov with excellent lighting. I like the minimalist colour and the perspective has been well managed. The double layer of icicles is eyecatching. Superb shadow detail and density levels. Tfs!
ChrisJ (97786) 2015-01-25 9:25
There was another swing bridge at Middle Harbour. Love the repetition of the flags at right here. Good sharpness and the bg ferry and fg boats add good focal points at left. Excellent colour and saturation despite the dull day with a pleasant diffused light. Tfs!
ChrisJ (97786) 2015-01-24 8:02
I have found through trial and error that using the sports section of my digital camera will freeze a moving fg or subject to give a sharper image than a landscape setting. The 3 jetboats at right enliven the scene but are unsharp. You could also go the other way and use a higher fstop with a longer exposure time so that they become motion blurred streaks of color. The bg city makes a superb backdrop. Tfs!
ChrisJ (97786) 2015-01-24 7:58
Superb sharpness and a good tonal range in this wonderful b&w image of the Chapel of the Sacred Heart of Jesus in Zakopane. I like the wedding cake like tiers in the church. Good exposure on the white snowy highlights with effective tight framing. Nice graphism of the dark cross against the lighter sky. Tfs!
ChrisJ (97786) 2015-01-24 7:55
Perfect symmetrical reflections in the mirror like surface of the placid water. You were lucky to strike a day with little or no wind. Good sharpness and excellent density levels and saturation. Good lighting contrasts and I like the warm cold color contrasts between the yellow green weed on the pylons and the reflected blue skylight within the water. Tfs!
ChrisJ (97786) 2015-01-24 7:52
Looks like Girraween near Stanthorpe in eastern Australia. The balancing granite rock makes a fine focal point. And you are well off in winter. Here in Moldova it is bleak, 0c, cold, and all the trees look dead and bare. The cork trees add a welcome splash of greenery and are of interest in their own right. Usually I only see olive tree groves around southern Europe. Tfs!
ChrisJ (97786) 2015-01-24 7:48
Like you, I am a fan of extreme wide angled shots, and I do not particularly care if the buildings at both far right and far left are leaning inwards or outwards, as long as the central verticals are at right angles and the horizon is straight as they are here. The bg cityscape looks like Melbourne in Australia. Good sharpness and great to see the people enjoying a game of beach volleyball on the beach side shores of Lake Michigan. Tfs!
ChrisJ (97786) 2015-01-24 7:44
The red and cyan colors of the unusual Catalina aircraft are perfect complimentary opposites. Good sharpness and a soft diffused light with no hard shadows. I might have cropped some of the white featureless sky for a more wide-angled view but this is fine as is. Excellent saturation and framing. Tfs!
ChrisJ (97786) 2015-01-24 7:40
Missed this one. I like the horse at left in the bottom corner of the frame. It adds life to the cold and desolate looking winter scene covered in snow. The bg cattle in the stall are only just visible and enhance the effect. Good sharpness and a fine exposure on the white highlights of the snow. Tfs!
ChrisJ (97786) 2015-01-24 7:37
I only got to visit 3 of the 6 surviving Meteora monasteries so am saving the other 3 for another visit. Will get a taxi up there next time. Did not see a single public bus despite assurances that they went every hour. This looks like the first monastery at the bottom of the hill which I did visit. Good sharpness and amazing location and landscape of the buildings perched atop the granite rocks. Tfs!
ChrisJ (97786) 2015-01-24 7:31
Religion is often very dominant and important in the lives of most human beings. And one way to express it is through art, although at various times in the past, especially during the Reformation period, clerics argued that it was the imagery and the statues being worshiped, and not God himself, & that this was akin to idolatry. Sadly many cathedrals around Europe were ransacked of all statues and artwork, so it is good to see that some of it survived. I might have to visit this church when I am in Bucharest in February. Tfs!
ChrisJ (97786) 2015-01-24 7:26
Excellent sharpness and a fine angled pov on the old stone building at left showing a 2 rather than 1 dimensional aspect. I like the minimalist colours and diffused lighting. The bg village with its tightly clustered houses and the dominant belltower poking well above the town make a fine backdrop. Tfs!
ChrisJ (97786) 2015-01-24 7:23
Effective tight framing on the black bears with the mother cub showing the ropes to the 2 attentive cubs on how to diy when it comes to catching fish! Good sharpness and a pleasant diffused light. I like the splash of yellow green from the lichens and moss clinging to the boulders. Tfs!
ChrisJ (97786) 2015-01-24 7:19
I like the right angled pov on the tower which is perfectly positioned at the 90 degree mark. It red roof and the orange red roof of the adjoining low rise building at right create a fine warm cold color contrast against the bg blue sky. Good sharpness and saturation with effective tight framing. Tfs!