SnapRJW (30245) 2014-10-31 3:02
Hello Brian - You post so seldom these days but when you do it's always a treat to see your work. Beautifully composed with good crisp FG detail and a ribbon of water that reflects the golden colours of the landscape as it progresses through to the distant scene. Your half second exposure has added a lovely silkiness to the water which amplifies the serenity of the landscape very well. Gorgeous colour and pretty light, a faultless post.
Royaldevon (27805) 2014-10-31 2:56
I have trawled my archives for a shot that I took of a witch, just for this occasion and, sod's law, I can't find it! No doubt it will emerge tomorrow ... that's the way of witches and warlocks!
The jaunty angle of the cross has a 'come in if your dare' quality, whilst some of the graves appear to be open! Now that is scary!
Your b&w treatment certainly adds to the sense of spookiness.
The shot is very well composed, the focal cross unmistakably in charge!
Have a lovely day,
I have some chocolate eye balls for any spooky visitors, tonight!
ChrisJ (95242) 2014-10-31 2:49
Amazing repetition of the contours and spurs of the bare red rocky hillside. The curving road adds good lead in lines. Excellent colour, sharpness and saturation. The red car adds a good focal point. Well composed with the horizon well above the centre. Tfs!
tyro (19368) 2014-10-31 2:46
Yes, there's nothing better when on a Mediterranean holiday than to be up bright and early and enjoy the peace and quiet and the early morning light, whether it be to wander aimlessly around a piazza like this or to be down at the pool grabbing a sunbed before the German tourists are up and about! :)
A lovely scene here with lovely light and shade and fine colours. A well composed shot too with the tables being readied for breakfast and coffees outside the café on the left and with a few brightly clothed people beginning to take to the streets. Excellent details and sharpness too. And nice old buildings - but with not the slightest trace of pargetting in evidence!
tyro (19368) 2014-10-31 2:36
Ah, ha, so you agree with me now! Yes, I see that you uploaded this picture at 595 pixels in width and, at that resolution, it looks beautifully clear and sharp. But here, on "new" TE, it's been enlarged to 800 pixels wide and, quite honestly, it has lost all that sharpness and "bite" completely. Oh, I do hope that they manage to get this problem fixed very soon. I and others have certainly posted messages to the administrators on the forum so we'll wait and see. In the meantime, I guess, the answer is either to post pictures bigger than 800 pixels in width ot else just look at "beta" TE all the time.
Anyway, those technical issues (which are not your fault) aside, this is a beautiful photograph with lovely light, colours and sharpness and glorious reflections of the boats and houses in the calm water. A very fine composition and an interesting note too.
ChrisJ (95242) 2014-10-31 2:30
Excellent sharpness with good management of the backlight. The minimalist color suits the mood of this old stone church and shadow detail in the facade is very good. The crucifixion cross atop the pedestal makes a fine focal point, with sufficient tonal nuances to still see it. Tfs!
tyro (19368) 2014-10-31 2:26
This one's right up my street.
A beautiful bucolic scene with lovely light, picked out with a very long lens where you've "homed in" on this beautiful and simple little old church to allow it to stand out perfectly amidst a little landscape of glowing autumn colours.
Lovely light and subtle shadows, glorious warm colours, perfect exposure and exquisite detail and sharpness in a very fine composition.
ChrisJ (95242) 2014-10-31 2:15
Bonjour Jean Jacques,
A wonderful warm vs cold color contrast between the blue hour skies and the honey yellow illumination in the fg. I like the star-burst lamp and the statue makes a good secondary focal point. The light streaks add interest. The bg cathedral lit up is a third focal point enhancing the composition. Tfs!
tyro (19368) 2014-10-31 2:15
Well you've kept this one up your sleeve for almost a year for the opportunity to post it at "Halloween". And a very fine picture it is too.
The black and white conversion certainly adds to the mystery and the sloping graveyard and the tilted gravestones add a little spice too. The late autumn afternoon light picks out the gravestones beautifully and in intense detail against the dark brooding sky and the distant, darker landscape.
A beautiful photograph with lovely light, tones and contrasts and stunning details and clarity.
P.S. Looking at this again more carefully, I think you have done your desaturation here remarkably subtly. Because, as far as I can detect, the foreground is indeed truly desaturated whereas I think I detect a hint of blue in that sky and I feel that adds to a feeling of depth here. Something for me to keep in mind!
tyro (19368) 2014-10-31 1:40
Hee, hee, this is a brilliant picture!
And what a lovely bright and amusing scene to cheer me up on a wet, dark and cold morning here in Scotland. Just three very attractive (?) young girls having fun and displaying themselves on a rooftop - just the thing to make any passer-by smile.
Very well seen and very well taken too - especially using quite a long lens. I'm wondering who sculpted these figures and put them up there? Is this a private house or a community building or a factory/warehouse? It's given me some ideas for brightening up my own house!
tyro (19368) 2014-10-31 1:15
I trust that you are well. You have obviously been busy because we've not been seeing many photographs from you recently. But, as always, a new picture from you is always worth the wait and this one certainly doesn't disappoint.
Your note is interesting and informative, telling us about this beautiful place and also demonstrating the dedication, hard work and patience of a landscape photographer who is prepared to suffer just a little in order to capture that perfect image. And here it's definitely paid off.
The light here is glorious and warm and the soft reflections of colour on the surface of the reservoir are sublime. I love the play of light and shade on the hillsides and also the touch of "rim lighting" on the foreground rocks. And all beneath a beautiful sky.
A very fine and well thought out composition with glorious light and colours, perfect exposure and, as always, exquisite details and sharpness.
SnapRJW (30245) 2014-10-31 1:06
Hello Matthew - You have captured a lovely pearly sheen on the surface of these grapes and although they don't look quite ripe yet it won't be long before they are picked.
Attractive colours and and nicely managed shot
tyro (19368) 2014-10-31 0:54
An interesting note you have written. And a delightful photograph to accompany it. I recall that when I was in East Greenland over 40 years ago that the wind speed had not exceeded 5 knots in the three months before we arrived. In fact, there was very little wind at all and, despite the air temperature being around 0°C, it rarely felt all that terribly cold. But, travelling in our little boat with its feeble outboard motor (which probably never exceeded about 5 m.p.h.), an enormous wind speed factor was added and it could be intolerably cold despite several layers of clothing. So perhaps the conditions were similar here?
This is a lovely photograph, very well composed and with the red hut placed perfectly in the frame and standing out beautifully against its desaturated background.
I'm wondering just how much desaturation you did and it would have been nice to see your original picture as a workshop. But the effect has worked very well - even although I cannot imagine that the distant view actually was all that colourful.
But there is lovely depth to this picture, helped by the misty distant view and the presence of the little fence and tufts of grass in the foreground. Lovely light too, perfect exposure and, as always, exquisite details and sharpness.