willperrett (5608) 2014-07-24 9:31
Wonderful action shot. Mind you it looks like the last action this guy will undertake for a bit: he's just about to be hammered something chronic! When you say you're a water baby, I hope you don't mean you do this sort of thing. I still sail, but that's a different kettle of worms entirely.
Fancy going for monochrome! I know you do sometimes, and it really works well in this instance, as it concentrates the viewer's attention on shape and form. Stunning.
willperrett (5608) 2014-07-24 9:17
As Claude says, typical of your work, and all the better for that, as your photographs are among the most instantly recognisable on TE. The figure is of course the vital element, even though the "theme" is clearly the graphic effect of all those triangles. BTW have you seen the work of Gyorgy Marinkas (GyurMaster)? I think you'd like some of it at least...
willperrett (5608) 2014-07-24 9:09
Welcome back to TE!
A beautiful photograph of a beautiful building. No fish allowed! But your fisheye lens gives us superb access to the majesty of the place. You seem to have managed to be there when there were few people too: you can't hide them in a wide-angle shot. Excellent work.
willperrett (5608) 2014-07-24 4:33
I don't know if I should say this, and I mean no disrespect, but this reminds me of a postcard scene. In the best sense of the word of course! Mariusz (mkamionka) will certainly like it! I remember seeing a hilarious postcard in Greece (I should have bought it) which showed quite a boring scene, with - very obviously - a line of cardboard flowers along the foreground. But your scene is far from boring, and the flowers in the foreground are certainly not cardboard! Actually it's very beautiful, with the sunset (understated and subtle) adding a lovely lift to the landscape. (Flash on the flowers?)
willperrett (5608) 2014-07-24 4:26
I know what you mean about the word "fog", but it's what we are given in English! Your note made me find out the word's etymology. For the record, here's what I found: "thick, obscuring mist," 1540s, probably from a Scandinavian source akin to Danish fog "spray, shower, snowdrift," Old Norse fok "snow flurry," fjuk "snow storm." Compare also Old English fuht, Dutch vocht, German Feucht "moist." So the English aren't entirely to blame (ours is a mongrel language in any case!)
But to the photograph. I love the muted tones: so well capturing the mood and enclosed atmosphere. BTW, where I live, there is a real "sound of fog": the ships' sirens out in the Solent...
willperrett (5608) 2014-07-24 4:17
Another of your stunning Castelluccio photographs. I can't decide whether these are wild flowers, or whether they have been grown deliberately: maybe as a fodder crop. But it doesn't matter: the shot remains a beautifully-realised landscape.
willperrett (5608) 2014-07-24 4:14
Glorious silhouette: it almost looks as though it were posed, and your comment "cinematic" supports that notion. But I bet you just came across this scene and exploited the moment. The flare under the seated figure may be considered a fault by some; not by me. I think it adds a counterbalance to the sharp burnt tones on the right.
willperrett (5608) 2014-07-24 4:10
You're right: it is sad that such places are no longer inhabited. And it makes me wonder why so many of us are drawn to photographing the abandoned, ruined, neglected, wrecked. There is a certain poignancy and elegaic quality inherent in such imagery I suppose. BTW, your shot is beautifully framed!
emka (72058) 2014-07-23 16:20
Ciao Carlo, Dopo questo che hai scritto, veo Tarquinia debe ser interesantissima e quando sono pochi turisti e e tranquila, vorrei visitare un giorno. Non ho visto ninguna citta etrusca. Bellissima torre con fiori.
willperrett (5608) 2014-07-23 15:02
Actually I only partly agree with you. I've been to Barcelona, Venice and Prague (not Krakow), and they can certainly become unbearably crowded. But I usually find if I just get a block or two away from the main thoroughfares, it's often quite peaceful. Tourists are like sheep: they follow the crowds. And of course it helps to visit out of season. But Venice during Carnevale, though busy certainly still had plenty of "undiscovered" side streets.
Your photograph is an excellent piece of street observation: I like it a lot.
willperrett (5608) 2014-07-23 14:53
I don't normally associate Spain with waterfalls, but that only shows my ignorance! This is a beautiful scene, full of freshness and new Spring greenery. I don't know how cold the water might have been, but it looks very inviting.