Royaldevon (36135) 2016-02-11 8:50
HOPE is a most important word for all of us!
I'm pleased it was used by Barack Obama for he needed that sentiment when he took over his presidency. As Gert so ably noted, it will not be one that applies to Donald Trump if the American people are foolish enough to vote for him!!!
It's a great piece of art and sharply captured in your photograph.
I do like how it stands out against the black b/g.
I have the feeling that if it were cropped, tighter to the actual word, with the kiosk on the left removed, along with a little of the other surroundings, it would have seriously greater impact.
My warm regards,
Noel_Byrne (29195) 2016-02-11 8:47
Great title! Its very cool how the buildings are only reflected in the upper windows, it looks like they are piloting this vessel! Beautiful tones of blue which work really well with the yellow of the ship. Its very cool how there is a reflection on the windows, yet we can see through them too.
Noel_Byrne (29195) 2016-02-11 8:45
An impressive view of the glory of nature, but the snow on the peaks and the mist in the air also says that this place takes no prisoners, there is an element of threat in the air. The inexperienced had best not go up there! The red stone is very striking standing out against the freezing land like this. And it is rather nice to get an entire park to yourself, though I am sure if you look hard enough, you will spot a model behind at least one of the trees :)
Noel_Byrne (29195) 2016-02-11 8:43
What an amazing complex of buildings, thanks for the link to the wider shot, its so impressive. I like your main post, the pilgrim makes an interesting human element in this architectural scene, but the view beyond is extensive and dizzying. Very cool place. I think I would have done the same as you and had tea, sometimes the furthest away part of a place is not necessarily worth the effort!
Noel_Byrne (29195) 2016-02-11 8:41
I bet it is really beautiful here to watch a calm sunset, and I bet its really exiting to witness storms like we have seen lately! Apart from the worry of damage of course, I would love to be in one of these houses during a strong winter storm, would be some experience. The houses are very nice, and they look almost like a suburban row of houses, perhaps as if somebody picked them up and dropped them by the sea!
Thanks for your note on the church by the way, nice that you visited Athlone! The Radisson was just 200 yards from me when I took this, I was trying to find access to the river from the hotel, but there is none. I took this from the car park of the bank a few doors up :)
lousat (87186) 2016-02-11 8:37
Hi Craig,absolutely fantastic! I agree with your for your hentusiastic comment in the note about your last trip,the scenery is wonderful and the atmosphere,a spectacular capture very sharp and bright,looks like a peinture,i hope to see more from there in the next days.Have a nice weekend and thanks,Luciano
Noel_Byrne (29195) 2016-02-11 8:34
there may not be much wealth here but its a great scene, the facades of the buildings have excellent textures and their almost uniform color makes the blue boat stand out really well. I like the frame you chose too.
Royaldevon (36135) 2016-02-11 8:32
What a charming shot!
I don't think I have ever seen a goat pulling a cart, before.
I suppose it won't be too arduous, pulling the children.
It is a very nicely angled shot to create a pleasing flow from f/g to b/g and such sweet children as a focal point!
You amaze me with your travelling!
I can just imagine you booking a flight to the International Space Station!
Have a great continuation of your holiday,
Noel_Byrne (29195) 2016-02-11 8:31
This is a great family portrait, I would say this man would love a copy of this photo. He seems so pleased to be surrounded by his granchildren, and they are pleased to be with him, there is a great sense of fun and innocent in them all. Really nicely taken photo.
mkamionka (34615) 2016-02-11 8:30
szczerze mowiac o wiele bardziej wole to bez choinki, ta choinka wydawala mi sie najpierw bardzo dekoracyjna ale jednak sporo zaslonila. Tutaj nic nie zasloniete, zdjecia chyba z tego samego albo podobnego punktu. Tez wybrales srodkowy poziom ha ha. Swietnie zbalansowana ekspozycja.
Gratulacje i dziekuje za wspomnienie mojego zdjecia :)
Noel_Byrne (29195) 2016-02-11 8:29
This is a very beautiful photo of a very real moment, I dont think the woman is aware of your camera here and she is so natural looking in her day to day work. The angle you chose to shoot from is unusual and works really well, framing the lady well in green above and below. You did a really good job with the light and PP.
Noel_Byrne (29195) 2016-02-11 8:28
I am sorry to hear of this tragedy, there seems to be nothing but bad news from all across Europe lately. I love this castle, and the imposing position it has on top of the mountain, its not hard to see why this location was chosen. The sea has that beautiful rich blue that I never see in real life. The shape of the land seems almost to be reaching out to envelope the sea,
Royaldevon (36135) 2016-02-11 8:27
Was Ralph Byrne a distant relative?
Maybe it's worth investigating!
It is a surprisingly large building and, to me, doesn't resemble the design of churches that we would normally see in in Ireland or the U.K.
You had a lovely soft, winter's light, with just enough splattering of clouds to give interest to the sky, without losing the blueness.
The reflection gives a whole new dimension to the shot, whilst the slight angle guides us gently from left to right, ensuring that all details are accessed.
We once spent a long w/e in Athlone at the Raddison. Believe it or not, it was a prize that we were given!
My strongest memories are of a new town at one side of the river and an old town, across the bridge. We crossed the bridge into the old town and had great nights listening to Irish music and (my husband) drinking Guinness!
My warm regards,
Noel_Byrne (29195) 2016-02-11 8:25
Its fun seeing where in the world you pop up next :) And a cool shot from Cuba too, this is the first time I have ever seen a goat as public transport, haha. The faces of the kids are priceless, so innocent and they seem somewhat fascinated by you too.