tyro (21596) 2015-07-04 7:53
Hello dear Mesut,
A simple corner of an old village yet a lovely photograph showing a part of daily life with the rough whitewashed wall, the ladder splashed with white paint, a simple signpost and a magnificent sunflower, caught in bright sunlight, placed by a villager to brighten up his little town.
A fine capture of a little corner which tells so much of daily life here, taken with fine composition, lovely light and glorious colours. Stunning details and sharpness too.
tyro (21596) 2015-07-04 7:46
A spectacular photograph of a spectacular monument of Nature! And, as Eleu says, the play of light and shade on this tall pinnacle and its base is sublime, bringing out all the lovely colours and textures of it perfectly. The brown tones of the rock stand out beautifully against the magnificent blue sky.
I can well imagine that the height of summer is best avoided for travel to this wonderful place - best to keep away from the searing heat and the crowds.
tyro (21596) 2015-07-04 7:34
Lovely to see you back again!
A beautiful and well composed photograph from your cycling trip with your son yesterday, the bold church tower perfectly placed on the horizon against a grey sky but with the mid-ground wonderfully lifted by the bright red roofs of the houses and the wide sweep of yellow flowers across the water, enhanced by their lovely reflections.
Lovely soft light and colours, perfect exposure and exquisite details and clarity.
tyro (21596) 2015-07-04 6:39
You have shown us photographs from the lovely island of Ilha Bela before and this is another absolutely splendid one!
This place looks like Heaven and the colours here are beautiful - the rich warm colours of the foreground rocks, the lovely clear blue/green waters and a fabulous clear blue sky above with puffy white clouds. A very fine composition with lovely light, perfect exposure and stunning details and sharpness.
tyro (21596) 2015-07-04 5:13
Ciao caro Carlo,
Yes, it is interesting how "ordinary" life goes on in this place despite its long and involved history and that is perfectly exemplified by the fact that washing is hanging out to dry and a brightly coloured plastic chair sits beside an ancient tower which probably has survived many centuries and survived several battles and conflicts.
A wonderfully colourful photograph, the tower perfectly placed in the frame, a colourful everyday foreground and a beautiful view to the distant hills.
Beautiful light and colours and excellent details and sharpness.
Royaldevon (32627) 2015-07-04 5:01
You are certainly teaching me about the world through your photography! I cannot think of anything that is so different from a western home. It is so uncluttered, so sleek and yet contains a warmth of spirit.
The idea of gardens between the rooms is such a wonderful idea. Nowadays, there is lots of talk about modern designs bring the garden into the house, the Japanese were already achieving that! I suppose, the problem with houses where I live, would be the frequency of rain! We would be using umbrellas all the time or the garden would need to be covered, like a greenhouse!!
Thank you for sharing this,
Royaldevon (32627) 2015-07-04 4:54
The light and shadows on this 'giant fort' really bring the relief to life.
It is a colossal feature and your upward viewpoint give it even more emphasis.
It must have given you quite a thrill to see it in reality!
Have a good w/e,
Royaldevon (32627) 2015-07-04 4:50
I found your photograph both appealing and well composed. I especially like how 'Montmorency' (I presume you mean the Jerome K. Jerome Montmorency) is giving you close scrutiny! Maybe he is hoping for a titbit, for sitting so still!
We see street musicians much more frequently in our modern towns and cities but it is not often that people have time to stop and appreciate them! The difference seems to be when there are lots of tourist about who are much more generous with their time.
have a lovely w/e,
Royaldevon (32627) 2015-07-04 4:40
As I've said before, after your explanation, I appreciate the skill of plane photography much more.
I think both photographs have excellent sharpness but, I have to admit, I do slightly prefer your w/s entry, giving more of a 3D effect and sense of movement.
Have a lovely w/e,
Royaldevon (32627) 2015-07-04 4:37
An interesting look back in history.
It's hard to believe that this peaceful, tranquil place could have been the scene of such brutality! The scene holds no clues, it is just in the people's records that the truth is known.
Your well chosen viewpoint uses the river very effectively, not only leading into the m/g but, also, giving a guide up the hillside, to include the whole scene. As you mention, the light is lovely, giving deep shadows and colourful highlights.
A good hint when levelling photographs, if you enlarge the canvas before you begin, it gives you greater leeway.
emka (84169) 2015-07-04 4:04
cześć M., Mówisz, że lepsze jest wrogiem dobrego ale jednak wybrałeś sie w ten upał do Łazienek z aparatem. Wiele razy robiłam zdjęcia z tej strony ale nigdy jakos nie byłam zadowolona. Tobie sie świetnie udało, wspaniałe niebo, wspaniałe odbicia, w ogole super, jestem pełna podziwu.
Pozdrawiam, siedzę w domu, nie wyłaże w ten gorąc, a jutro ma być 34.
tyro (21596) 2015-07-04 4:01
Like Malgo, this also holds fond memories for me - in June, 2011 was my first meeting with Malgo and other TE friends and that was during a weekend in Keswick. I think too that we were quite fortunate in arranging our meeting for early June before the crowds attacked this lovely area.
And here you have captured a scene "far from the madding crowd" at the southernmost part of Derwentwater - and a beautiful scene it is too and your fine photograph makes your long walk all the more worthwhile.
A very fine composition with the water's edge on the left leading us nicely into the picture and off to the distant mountains while the near trees not only balance the composition perfectly but also tease us just a little as we try to peer beyond them to the farther reaches of the lake.
Beautiful soft light and colours, perfect exposure and exquisite details and clarity.
tyro (21596) 2015-07-04 3:43
I'm not sure if this might or might not be Juliet in the window on the right but perhaps I do see one of the Two Gentlemen of Verona through a window on the left?
But this is a delightful diptych, very well thought out and assembled with colours, shapes and forms which conform so perfectly between the two images. "Juliet", of course, is the star of the show and holds this interesting composition together so very well. Lovely soft light, fine colours, perfect exposure and, as always, exquisite details and sharpness.
tyro (21596) 2015-07-04 3:25
From your extensive and interesting note, Olomouc sounds a fascinating place to visit. Also, I was aware of the astronomical clock in Prague but not of this one nor, indeed, of its long and involved history.
You have provided three lovely photographs which, together with your note, describe this magnificent clock perfectly. In fact, I suspect that it is quite a difficult photographic subject, not because of the crowds gathering round about it, but because it sits quite deeply under and arch and might, on a sunnier day, be in quite deep shade.
I do like the inclusion of people in your main picture, especially the happy group of men on the right smiling and apparently waving at you as well as the colourfully dressed ladies in the middle.
And, from the technical point of view, all three pictures are of excellent quality with fine soft light, vibrant colours and exceptional details and sharpness.
Royaldevon (32627) 2015-07-04 3:18
I think taking pictures of people can be challenging no matter where, but I do appreciate what you are saying about the differences in attitude towards men and women! I read a most interesting article, in the forum, submitted by Claude (clodo) which I found most interesting!
This is such a fun shot!
(I suppose if you were laughing when you took it, they would assume you were joining in with the fun!) I love how the children are so naively sharing this great moment! There is a fine lead line from the jet, great interaction and a sense of depth as we can journey around the corner!
Have a great w/e,
It has been amazingly hot here, too! Record temperatures in some parts of the country and conditions to which we are just not accustomed!
Royaldevon (32627) 2015-07-04 3:09
A very well composed photograph of this Belgian farm, with its guide line of trees and strongly placed house, with attractive terracotta roof.
The flat terrain is so characteristic of your land and so very different from the farms that I see in my own neighbourhood, which have thickly walled houses and fields following the slopes of steep hills!
You had a beautiful day for your photograph, with a blue, cloud speckled sky and bright light over the scene.
Have a lovely w/e,
Royaldevon (32627) 2015-07-04 3:02
This is a fine subject for a blue hour shot; the building makes an interesting b/g, whilst the water and illuminated fountains offer so much interest in the way of colour and reflection contrasts.
The whole shot is well composed, the edge of the building being almost on the thirds line.
My only niggle is the cropping of the very top of the building. Maybe a half crop would have worked but not loosing just the tips.
Have a lovely w/e,
tyro (21596) 2015-07-04 2:57
As always, you have given us a wonderfully interesting note and for a music lover such as yourself, this must have been a wonderful place to visit. Did you actually go and listen to any concerts or were you happy just to walk around here admiring Siena and its people while having the music heard in the background?
Two wonderful photographs too - and don't apologise for any lack of sharpness - the subject matter is far more important. This happy relaxed trio of people would have been good enough but the piercing look of the little dog, staring right down your camera lens, is what really adds to the appeal. And, of course, we can appreciate the beautiful stonework of the beautiful building in the background.
Your workshop photograph is fabulous too - demonstrating just the thing which Gert and I so frequently comment upon - three people sitting together, not talking to or looking at each other, but concentrating on their mobile phones or "handies"!
Royaldevon (32627) 2015-07-04 2:36
Ciao Caro Alessandro,
I love how tiny streets are utilised as alfresco cafes and bars. It adds something to the ambience, the charm!
A fine viewpoint ensures that you collected the excellent textural details, the mood of the place and included a glimpse of the larger, imposing buildings.
The light is lovely.
Have a great w/e,
tyro (21596) 2015-07-04 2:34
These Mediaeval Festivals really are so much fun and also provide lots of photographic opportunities too. We used to have one each summer in Lanark but unfortunately it stopped a few years ago.
A lovely photograph with lots of colour and lots of activity too, taken in lovely warm light and with fine composition - difficult to achieve in the "heat of the moment" - with the tower/gatehouse of the castle perfectly placed in the background behind the archer taking aim on his next victim. Wonderful details and sharpness and, of course, a very interesting and characterful sky which you always seem able to achieve whatever the weather!
P.S. An interesting note too. The archers with their bows and arrows really were the mediaeval equivalent of the modern machine gun and were a formidable fighting force. This archer's bow looks a little puny - in the days of Henry V the English bow had a "pull" of something like 160 lb and, what with the amount of practice that archers were enforced to undertake, they developed hugely enlarged muscles as well as deformity of their arm bones.
I've had a look through my archives on TL (not been there for a year or two, I'm afraid) and you might just be interested to read the note I composed on this picture - it gives some details of the archers in days of old as well as giving a pretty graphic description of how a rather resourceful surgeon removed an arrow from the face of Prince Hal (later to be Henry V).