ChrisJ (96568) 2014-12-18 15:30
Congratulations on your 11 years on TE! Lush greenery of the lawns with excellent saturation and sharpness. I like the repetition of the rounded topiary bushes. The blue sky contrasts well against the yellow green grass. The fg birdbath adds interest. Tfs!
ChrisJ (96568) 2014-12-18 15:04
I like the wheeled rocking horse in the fg. Good interior shot with a soft diffused light and good sharpness. The teddy bear on the pillow is a nice touch. The angled pov on the antique bed shows it off to best advantage. Tfs!
ChrisJ (96568) 2014-12-18 14:51
They have almost identical gates in Beijing, Wuxi, Putuoshan, and many other Chinese cities. The people add scale and animate the scene. I like the way the triple arches frame the bg tropical vegetation. Good sharpness and a pleasant diffused light. Tfs!
ikeharel (55972) 2014-12-18 9:30
268 is the correect number - did you climb those stairs? or did what every tourists (on average) is doing, up with a bus - down by foot.
This locaton always has a crowd of tourists, tumult and vibrancy prevailes.
ikeharel (55972) 2014-12-18 9:28
Good evening Frank,
A fantastic combination of purple and pink colors, and taken from a well chosen perspective: an askewed abgle uponnthe slope and the trail leading from the villa to the right.
Well done photojob, my cong.'s.
ikeharel (55972) 2014-12-18 9:23
A sight that it is most intriguing for the western's eyes - and you had chosen a superb perspective on the river scene.
Inspite a bit lack of sharpness - I can comprehend this "energetic and divine atmosphere" as you wrote. Vibrant and yet a calm ambience conveyed.
My best regards,
ikeharel (55972) 2014-12-18 9:19
Allocated pic. space beautifully, left a part for the sky, included the pillars and bells-tower and the side of the dome - with the street houses painted white, and yellow, green and light turquoise of the balconies.
Perfect contrast and super sharpness.
My cong.'s for this combined beauties.
ikeharel (55972) 2014-12-18 8:51
Details indoor's shown beautifully with a side light made a shadows displayed on the wall.
But, looking at the details, and glad you had taken the POV with the darkened room in the foreground - there is a unique element hang on the wall on right: it is the shape of the "Star-of David" made from twigs, a bit camouflaged. After learning a lot about Jewes in Portugal during the 16th century, and after - this might be a house of converted-jews, called "maranos" in Espanol, or in more delicated terms "new-Christianes". It is intriguing to know, but there maybe a chance those who live there are not aware about this fact at all, but keeping things as they are, as tradition.
Around the Guarda area there is an abundance of evidence about a big community of Jews, Belmonte still has a 220 jewish families living since than.
Figure this out - you may be surprised.
ikeharel (55972) 2014-12-18 8:21
Perfectly placed the camera, as the big-wheel conjunct as a neckless with the famous fountain, Jean.
Superb photojob at night, 4 sec. exp. with absolutly no "grains" effect on the dark sky, by itself a fine contrast to the illuminted elements.
My cong.'s et bonsoire'e,
ikeharel (55972) 2014-12-18 8:01
Good evening John,
A bright day brought a marvelous colors arrey upon the canal water-surface.
Details are glowing in beautiful mix of tones, contarst each other's, and pic. space allocated "by the book".
Charming and well done photojob.
ikeharel (55972) 2014-12-18 7:55
Lerant a new word in English today: "pesky", all about the seagulls ( well, our seagulls are river-seagulls, much smaller than ocean birds).
Speaking about the sea - a marvelous moment collected, a big swell pounded on the rocky beach, and in your photo, those guys seem so little against the mighty forces on nature's.
Blue color of the sea is beautiful.
My cong.'s for this impressive shot.
ikeharel (55972) 2014-12-18 7:21
Buona sera carlo,
A beautiful view from a high point above the square, with the people gathered or taken a stroll on.
Fine clear details of the houses "envelope" the triangle shaped square.
Inspite the later hour, managed good light and clarity on.
ikeharel (55972) 2014-12-18 7:17
Now I know you went down-south for the winter, Robert.
Beautiful modern surrounding, with the lenth of the fountain in blue leading the viewer onto the majestic court-house.
Meticulousely allocated the pic. space.
ikeharel (55972) 2014-12-18 7:14
Typical labyrinth built small old town, Luis, always on a dominating high point like this hill's.
Looks as "emerging" from within the rocks and vegetation, contrast well onto grey and green.
Pic. space superbly allocated.
ikeharel (55972) 2014-12-18 7:12
A nice group photo, prevailed by those beautiful German blond young ladies, Gianfranco, with their yellow dresses and smiling faces - than two paraguay guys made a nice spinto to mingle with.
Nice taken moment, explained nicely about.