holmertz (51216) 2016-05-28 5:35
As I vaguely remember it I found this area rather more interesting than Giza. It's not so very well known and there were much fewer tourists. Today maybe hardly any at all. The somewhat more primitive designs and smaller sizes of these earlier pyramids also make them more charming. This is a fine photo with superb colours.
holmertz (51216) 2016-05-28 5:31
This is no fashion show but the Buddhas look like they are going down the catwalk. Their faces and costumes are fascinating and I like the positions of the nearest Buddha's feet which signal that he is moving forward. It's an exemplary shallow dof and very good light and colours.
holmertz (51216) 2016-05-28 5:27
I'm not sure if I find the green fields or the clouds the most stunning, but together they make this photo quite extraordinary. It's a breathtaking scenery with beautiful white and yellow flowers adorning the foreground. Very well done.
willperrett (10387) 2016-05-28 5:08
Great shot! Well seen, and of course I approve of the monochrome treatment. The framing is spot on, and I wonder whether this is indeed the full frame, or a crop. I also wonder if you've ever heard of the late great Ivor Cutler? (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VBpSWS31xYs&app=desktop) A true eccentric.
willperrett (10387) 2016-05-28 5:00
A lovely environmental portrait of a contented gentleman. The relaxed eye-contact is what makes it work for me. I tend to agree with you about the settings, but grab shots are often done with whatever settings happen to be there. I confess for street photography, I often use Auto settings...
tyro (24386) 2016-05-28 4:35
Quite often beauty and simplicity go hand in hand and this, to my mind, is a perfect example. The colour palette couldn't be simpler - just white and blue - and the subjects are little more than a wall and a lamppost with the added features of a couple of shadows. But the resulting outcome is a fine, bold and striking composition in which all the elements are pleasingly ordered within the frame. The light and colours are lovely and what impresses me most is how the eye seems to be drawn automatically to the intricate details of the lamppost as they are portrayed in exquisite detail.
P.S. Nice to see you back after your break in Ibiza. I hope you and Len had a wonderful time and I look forward to seeing many more lovely photos!
tyro (24386) 2016-05-28 4:27
What a dreadfully sad history this magnificent castle has had, and all in fairly recent times too. It must have survived as a splendid and beautiful place from the 17th century onwards until it was vandalised by Germans and Russians in the 1930s and 1940s. Of course the exterior has now been restored but its vandalised interior will never be restored nor will the dreadful desecration of the sacred remains of so many Polish people.
But your beautiful photograph gives no hint of this castle's awful recent history. The magnificent structure stands out brightly and boldly against a glorious deep blue sky while the walled roadway leading to its main gate leads us perfectly into the depths of the picture.
Fabulous light and gorgeous rich colours, perfect exposure and exquisite details and sharpness.
tyro (24386) 2016-05-28 3:37
Hello dear Malgo,
Two versions of a lovely photograph - one in colour and one in monochrome sepia - and both showing what I tend to imagine when I think of the "Steppes of Central Asia". I often wonder if Alexander Borodin actually came here or if, as a part-time composer, he was more likely to have spent most of his time on his research into aldehydes rather than travelling?
Yes, I do see that distant range of snow capped mountains and they make a perfect backdrop to the flat plains which are made more interesting by the inclusion of the old Muslim cemetery in the foreground.
tyro (24386) 2016-05-28 3:30
Hello dear Mesut,
Doorways make a fascinating subject for photographers and this is an excellent example. The old wooden door stands out beautifully with its flaking paintwork, surrounded by the heavy and massive whitewashed surround while the greenery with its little red flowers at its base add pleasingly to the otherwise simple colour palette.
A fine bold composition with lovely soft light and fine colours.
tyro (24386) 2016-05-28 3:25
Hello dear Mesut,
This is indeed a huge doorway as so well shown by the presence of the lady above it. The archway and the worn wooden doors look ancient though the inscription above it dates from only 1953 - well within our lifetimes!
Your photograph is very well presented with lovely light and natural colours, perfect exposure and excellent details and sharpness. But I'm wondering what caused the quite marked wear in the stonework on the left side?
holmertz (51216) 2016-05-28 3:13
Welcome back. It's nice to hear you had a good time on Ibiza. I think many of these very popular Mediterranean islands are actually much better than their reputation, at least if you can avoid the areas filled with young tourists busy with drinking and stripping contests.
This is a very nice photo with an appealing simplicity. The white wall and the blue sky are nicely separated by a slight diagonal. The elegant lamppost and its shadow are well placed and the shadow of an unseen palm adds a glimpse of nature.
holmertz (51216) 2016-05-28 3:07
Do they really have fun or do they mainly want to expose their muscles and flat bellies to people passing by? ;-)
I suppose these well trained bodies represent some kind of architecture, but very different from that of Manhattan or Rotterdam. It's an amusing and original photo where I especially appreciate the steep hills in the background. You cropped the photo nicely to keep the sky out.
holmertz (51216) 2016-05-28 3:02
Judging from your description this town should attract crowds of tourists, so the only way to get photos with any sense of authenticity would be to rise early. You captured a wonderful, quiet atmosphere before the tourists had even finished their breakfasts, and the low rays of the rising sun are beautifully reflected in the well polished cobbled stones. The contrast of early light and lingering darkness contributes to the good atmosphere.
tyro (24386) 2016-05-28 3:01
A lovely capture of these bright meadow flowers, the red poppies dominating the foreground, the bright yellow colza behind and all amidst a sea of little white flowers. A wonderfully bright and cheerful image which lifts my spirits!
holmertz (51216) 2016-05-28 2:51
This is only the 48th photo on TE from St Kitts & Nevis, so we don't see these views very often. I guess this could have been Greece or Fiji or just about anywhere with lots of water and islands, but it's an attractive photo anyway with bright colours and a fine light.