ChrisJ (96704) 2014-12-22 16:11
The red and white lighthouse is certainly eye catching and makes a fine focal point. Nice repetition of the coconut palms on the distant rocky headland. The tiny people swimming in the distant sea add scale. Excellent color and sharpness with good saturation. Tfs!
ChrisJ (96704) 2014-12-22 16:09
Another one I spotted in your gallery. Good sharpness on the white egret with excellent use of a shallow dof to isolate and emphasise the bird distinctly from its competing bg. A good exposure on the bright white highlights. Natural looking color and saturation. Tfs!
ChrisJ (96704) 2014-12-22 16:07
Bruges is on my bucket list for my next holiday in Western Europe. The crowds in the piazza animate the scene and provide scale. The horsedrawn carriage for the tourists reminds me of Dresden in Germany and many other cities around Europe. Good diffused light and sharpness. Tfs!
ChrisJ (96704) 2014-12-22 16:04
I like the soft, pastel colors and diffused light. The ruined castle or fort atop the hill makes a great and interesting focal point. Good sharpness and the remnant anow atop the bg mountains enhances the graphic elements. The dark green pine trees soften the hard outlines of the stone fortress. Tfs!
ChrisJ (96704) 2014-12-22 16:01
I experimented with shots from a moving bus in Norway and using the action sports setting makes a huge difference to the quality of the image in the fg. It went from motion blurred using landscape setting to almost pin-sharp with a sports setting. A nice rural scene depicted here with superb color and saturation. Tfs!
ChrisJ (96704) 2014-12-22 15:58
I have seen these still life street performers all over Europe. Good sharpness and I had to open the big picture to tell if it was a statue or not. I only looked at the man at right because the womans face is hidden behind a veil. The ubiquitous money bucket in front is a good authentic inclusion. Tfs!
ChrisJ (96704) 2014-12-22 15:54
I know that palace guards have been around for centuries, and I saw some in Copenhagen, but these days with mass communication and so many nutty people wandering our streets it seems that they are needed more than ever. Excellent sharpness with wonderful textural detail in the bg wall. Tfs!
ChrisJ (96704) 2014-12-22 15:52
The 2 pine cones add a certain symmetry and the b&w portrait of the boy shepherd on the wall at right adds a good ambiance. The hanging snowmen suggest it is Christmas! If flash was used its been done well with only minimal shadows and reflections. Tfs!
ChrisJ (96704) 2014-12-22 15:49
Wonderful symmetrical reflections in the icy waters of the mountain lake with the majestic snowcapped peaks on the horizon making a marvellous backdrop. Good sharpness and colour. Excellent textural and tonal details in the bg snow drifts along the shoreline. Tfs!
ChrisJ (96704) 2014-12-22 15:47
A delightful upward pov on this impressive stone cathedral with good sharpness and excellent choice of a vertical format to accentuate the height. I like the artificial red light ont he facade in this splendid nocturnal shot. Good sharpness and well framed and composed. The blue grey beam of light from the floodlight at right is a nice addition. Tfs!
ChrisJ (96704) 2014-12-22 15:44
The sleeping dog is a nice addition here and it looks well groomed and cared for and unlikely to be a semi feral stray. Perfect exposure on the white highlights of the columns with good density levels and excellent sharpness. The neoclassical Greco Roman building makes a fine centrepiece. Tfs!
ChrisJ (96704) 2014-12-22 15:41
Although I did get to Moab in Utah, sadly I had to bypass Bryce and Zion Parks as there was no public transport in. Should have booked a tour in Vegas in hind sight. Nice to see what I missed here. Good textural details in the gnarled old tree trunk. Excellent sharpness and warm cold color contrasts. Tfs!
ChrisJ (96704) 2014-12-22 15:39
Missed this one. Another superb interior shot with well managed low level lighting. The lamp adds a little warmth as well as artificial light. A nice diagonal view with excellent colour and sharpness. The warm fireplace and the empty chair in front are inviting on a cold winter's day. Tfs!
ChrisJ (96704) 2014-12-22 15:36
I only made it to Lisboa but this northern Portuguese city also looks interesting and highly photogenic. The street is just wide enough to let in some much needed sunshine. Good control of perspective and smart choice of a vertical format. The ornate bg arch makes a fine focal point. Tfs!
ChrisJ (96704) 2014-12-22 15:34
The man in the orange shirt contrasts well against the blue sky above. Fantastic use of diminishing linear perspective and vanishing point. The eye is drawn upwards towards the hilltop fort overlooking the city. Good color and saturation. Tfs!
ChrisJ (96704) 2014-12-22 15:31
The old ship still looks great! The modern city of contemporary London makes a strangely incongruous backdrop but that's pretty much what was given to you. Good sharpness and well framed and composed. The yellow red brick buildings along the waterfront contrast superbly against the blue sky. Tfs!
ChrisJ (96704) 2014-12-22 15:28
Very similar to Korean temple decorations but of course, China was THE major superpower of its day for 500 years until the 19th century, and the Koreans copied everything they could from China. Good sharpness and a nice upward pov on the colorful temple roof. I like the warm cold color contrast between the red roof and the blue grey sky. Tfs!
ChrisJ (96704) 2014-12-22 15:25
I recall seeing this last year when I visited Florence. I like the city a lot. So much ornate decoration, artwork everywhere and outdoor sculptures such as this in every piazza. Goo sharpness and the blue sky makes a fine backdrop. The deeper verdigris green satyr in the fg adds interest. Tfs!
ChrisJ (96704) 2014-12-22 15:15
The giant snow globe backdrop is a novel outdoor Christmas decoration. Good sharpness and nice to include the small child contemplating the scene. Good color and saturation with nice reflections off the globe. Tfs!
ChrisJ (96704) 2014-12-22 15:13
The blue and white colors are more reminiscent of Greece than Venice Italy. But Venice is all things to all people and a real kaleidoscopic city with many facets. Good daily life scene in this quiet corner of the city. Tfs!