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  • DenmarkDenmark
    Title: Up up and away

    Up up and away
    Jeppe Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3938 W: 385 N: 4195] (18654)



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    torben Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 926 W: 307 N: 563] (3100) [2006-10-06 15:52] [+]
    Rotorbladet der stikker frem i billedet er meget effektivt til at holde kompositionen sammen, og fyren der kigger ind ad vinduet får hele maskinen til at se lidt klejn ud.
    Det er umiddeltbart de to ting, jeg lægger mest mærke til. Baggrunden er lidt rodet, og jeg tror at jeg vile have foretrukket mere vidvinkel og en lidt lavere sysnvinkel for at give lidt mere dynamik til billedet.
    Men det store mysterium er, hvordan du både kunne tage billeder af take-off set udefra og samtidig være inde i helikopteren? Taler vi om astrallegemer eller doppeltgangere her?

  • DenmarkDenmark
    Title: The GardnerPanasonic Lumix DMC-FZ7

    The Gardner
    mrmike1935 Silver Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 10 W: 0 N: 326] (4518)



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    torben Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 926 W: 307 N: 563] (3100) [2006-09-29 14:17] [+]
    A very descriptive detail. The composition is well balanced between the large expanse of grey normailty and the spot of green individuality.

  • IsraelIsrael
    Title: Slightest touchNikon D70

    Slightest touch
    gilad33 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 130 W: 0 N: 913] (14429) *



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    torben Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 926 W: 307 N: 563] (3100) [2006-09-25 17:59] [+]
    An unusual shot that works quite well. The dark, blurred reflections in the golden sand forms a most captivating background pattern.
    And, of course, there is that pair of smooth ladies legs in one corner, and white foamy stuff thrusting towards her from the opposite corner. Easy to decipher, no? Or is it just my 70'es public school training in analysis of advertising imagery in a late-capitalist society (i.e. exploitation of women) that is rearing its neck?
    Well, the photo looks good anyway, the touch of dirty old man is just a hint, it doesn't overpower the composition, just a little spice.

    So, I just finished reading over that I just wrote, and in a way it may sound arrogant, please don't take it in a wrong way. I tend to write what crosses my mind when looking at a photo. But that doesn't mean that I dislike you photo, I actually like it, it just fired of certain associations in my head and I felt that it would be most honest to write about those in my critique..

  • BoliviaBolivia
    Title: Amongst the CloudsNikon D70

    Amongst the Clouds
    shirgold Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 294 W: 140 N: 425] (2485)



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    torben Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 926 W: 307 N: 563] (3100) [2006-09-25 16:17]
    OK, I was slightly negative towards your previous posting, and it it looks like you listened and corrected ;-) (ahem)
    The composition of this photo certainly holds together as a unity, v-shapes marching together into the distance.
    And one of those shapes is fluffy, while the rest are stone-hard, that adds a good doubleness (can't think of a real english word for this right now, hope it is understandable) that helps to keep the interst in the photo.

  • BoliviaBolivia
    Title: Laguna MilluniNikon D70

    Laguna Milluni
    shirgold Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 294 W: 140 N: 425] (2485) *



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    torben Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 926 W: 307 N: 563] (3100) [2006-09-25 16:00] [2] [+]
    I took a look at this photo and, following your note, your earlier post of the same subject, quite an interesting comparison.
    And, well, I prefer the earlier version, the wide-angle view of that post did a better job of bringing the parts of the scene together as a unity.
    Here the photo tends to break apart around the upper one-third point, the lower part with the river doesn't have much to say to the background hills in terms of shapes and lines in the image.
    The old photo succeeded better in this area, in that photo the hills are present both in the middle-ground and the background, that helps to keep the composition together.
    With this telephoto-view, I would in fact be tempted to crop the background hills altogether, to concentrate only on the wonderful swirling shapes and colours of the river and lake. At least, when I scroll down a bit, and the hills disappear out of sight of my browser window, I like the photo much more.
    Yes, in fact the swirling dark blue line in between the golden tones of the shore before it disappears into the equally dark waters behind, looks so great, that I find the inclusion of the background hills and sky quite diminishing in the overall appeal of the image. It would have been better without. (Sorry for critiquing hard like this, but well, that is much what I do around here).

  • ThailandThailand
    Title: bangkok station's HairdressersNikon D70

    bangkok station's Hairdressers
    eleparc Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2146 W: 83 N: 2109] (24063)



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    torben Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 926 W: 307 N: 563] (3100) [2006-09-21 14:13] [+]
    Lovely image and situation, I especially like the colours, mostly white, grey and skin-tone with two distinctive splashes of pink and blue, that is great. Looking at the colours I perfectly understand the crop, I would hate to loose that bit of blue that enlivens the colours so well.
    I'm not completely convinced by the framing though, the hairdresser-and-client pair competes with the woman on the left about who is the focal-point of the composition, and they both lose. It could be a nice triangular composition, but as I see it, it just splits down the middle.
    Sorry, that is my way, always nagging about something.

  • United KingdomUnited Kingdom
    Title: Over the hills...Olympus E-1

    Over the hills...
    wilkinsonsg Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 879 W: 48 N: 1446] (8662)



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    torben Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 926 W: 307 N: 563] (3100) [2006-09-21 14:00]
    The softly rolling ground and the soft fluffy clouds complement each other very nicely here. The lines of the stone fences are well frames, sweeping from wide to narrow across the frame (as lines in the composition, that is). The couple of lumps of trees and the building are well placed dots in between these sweeping lines. All excellent, except that I'm not totally convinced by the framing with the pair of wooden posts. The idea is clear enough, but I do think they are too intrusive in the image, almost brutal. And, as far as I can understand, a concealed but angst-ridden (two cannons in the foreground) deconstruction of the pastoral idyll isn't what this image want to do.

  • GreeceGreece
    Title: Waiting for the busNikon D-70

    Waiting for the bus
    Cyprianus (37)



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    torben Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 926 W: 307 N: 563] (3100) [2006-09-19 15:15]
    (and danish :-). Fint billede med en god stemning.
    Kvinden i profil er et stærkt centrum i kompositionen, og den sorte kjole spiller sammen med det mørke interiør i butikken så der tegnes et dynamisk sort område lodret ned gennem billedet ca. i det gyldne snit.
    De tre mænd i baggrunden med hver deres kropsholdning er billedets andet hovedindhold, der er en dejlig levende bevægelse fra den ene til den anden, og de er ganske simpelt interesante at betragte.
    Manden med ryggen til i højre side er ok, han introducerer bevægelse gennem billedet, men jeg er nu ikke helt sikker på om billedet ikke havde været bedre hvis han havde været knapt så dominerende. Men det er jo svært at kontrollere den slags ved hurtig gadefotografering.

  • DenmarkDenmark
    Title: Copenhagen MoonCanon EOS Rebel XT

    Copenhagen Moon
    IaKoop Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 125 W: 26 N: 138] (819)



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    torben Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 926 W: 307 N: 563] (3100) [2006-09-19 14:21]
    This photo shows a corner of the square Nytorv (New Square). This square was created as an extension of Gammeltorv (Old Square) after big fires in 1792 and 1797.

    The building on the right is the old town hall and courthouse. The city hall was moved in the early 20th century and since then the building has been solely a courthouse.

    The building was erected 1805-15 by the leading Neoclassical architect C. F. Hansen, it's one of the best neo-classical buildings in Copenhagen. A little further up the street (in Nørregade) the cathedral Vor Frue was also designed by C.F Hansen after the old church was destroyed during the British bombardment during the Napoleonic wars, in 1807. The portico of the city hall has Ionic columns while the portico of the cathedral has Doric columns, from a certain point in Nørregade both porticoes are visible together, they make a great pair. One day when I have a proper tele-lens I might take that photo.

    I like the mood you achieved in this photo, mostly soft and dark tones with a few bright spots, the moon, the street light, the window that balances each other nicely. I would consider doing a bit of perspective correction in Photoshop though.

  • DenmarkDenmark
    Title: Reflected TivoliCanon EOS Rebel XT

    Reflected Tivoli
    IaKoop Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 125 W: 26 N: 138] (819)



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    torben Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 926 W: 307 N: 563] (3100) [2006-09-19 13:39]
    The pool is supposed to be like that, with water constantly flowing over the edge to make it a pure reflective surface, ideally just a reflection of the sun and sky.
    The concept of the decoration of this square (Axeltorv) is the old time view of solar system and the structure of the world.
    The reflective pool symbolizes the sun, while seven big vases, some of which are visible in the right edge of your photo, symbolizes the planets.
    They are placed with a relative distance to each other that resembles those of the real planets. The vases are designed as a paraphrase of 18th century allegorical imagery.
    There is no spray in the pool, but some of the vases emits water mist and flames from time to time, refering to the aristotelian primary elements earth, water, air and fire.
    The square was designed by architect Mogens Breyen and sculptor Mogens Møller in 1991.

    Oh - and your photo is nice, perhaps I would have taken a step or two to the right to exactly line up the center of the pool with the axis of the Tivoli entrance pavillion. But the use of the reflective pool is a good idea for this shot.

  • DenmarkDenmark
    Title: Great tit diaper service

    Great tit diaper service
    Jeppe Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3938 W: 385 N: 4195] (18654)



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    torben Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 926 W: 307 N: 563] (3100) [2006-08-14 17:11] [+]
    Nydeligt, nydeligt. Jeg kan godt lide den smule bevægelsesuskarphed der ses på benene, det øger fornemmelsen af en hurtig lille fugl. Men selve skarphedsplanet ligger desværre ikke rigtig hvor det burde som det tydeligt ses på brædderne, forgrunden er i fokus, ikke motivet. Det trækker en smule ned for et ellers dejligt billede af en situation der ikke ses så ofte på fotos.

  • United KingdomUnited Kingdom
    Title: Arm WrestlingFujifilm X-Pro1

    Arm Wrestling
    agp Silver Note Writer [C: 1 W: 0 N: 19] (43)



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    torben Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 926 W: 307 N: 563] (3100) [2006-08-09 17:10]
    This is nice stuff, an engaging story told in a clear and concentrated way.
    The intertwined zig-zagging line of their arms tells about the strength and effort, and they even forms a nice triangular shape that holds the whole composition together. The foreground arm leads the eye into this triangle where all the action takers place.
    Above that triangle, a row of three heads, and then a row some picture frames, they all work together in the composition, there is nothing that looks out of place. The third guy watching is a good detail in the image, he looks so alert and concentrated, while the arm-wrestlers are looking strained and concentrated.
    They are both variations on a theme, lots of differences and likenesses to explore.
    A very good first posting.

  • United StatesUnited States
    Title: Approaching the Eastern ShoreSony DSC-f828

    Approaching the Eastern Shore
    dsidwell Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2294 W: 168 N: 1911] (9783) *



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    torben Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 926 W: 307 N: 563] (3100) [2006-08-07 15:39]
    This is a nice calm composition, a row of sticks walking across the rule-of-thirds line.
    The downsized web-presentation might be a little hard on this image, at least I think that I can see a lot of intereting details in the foreground that would be clearly visible in a larger format. Now thy are just almost there.
    Looking at the sky my first reaction is that you probably had to do some photographic trickery to make it so nice and dark. I would probably prefer to have it a bit brighter so the image wound have a bright-dark-bright horizontal striped composition.
    But a nice and distinctive work anyhow.

  • FranceFrance
    Title: Three photographersCanon Digital Ixus 500

    Three photographers
    SylFondacci Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 523 W: 28 N: 462] (4087)



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    torben Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 926 W: 307 N: 563] (3100) [2006-08-07 15:20] [+]
    That is a funny scene, and filled with movement too, that seems quite appropiate for a funny scene.
    One photographer walking to the left, one shooting to the right, another one repeating the left walking bit, while he is looking at us for a change. This gaze towards us closes the circle of movement very nicely, finishing the composition in between the vertical black and white stripes.

  • ItalyItaly
    Title: At the end...Minolta Dynax 7D

    At the end...
    Ebbe Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2539 W: 732 N: 1910] (9625)



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    torben Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 926 W: 307 N: 563] (3100) [2006-07-27 17:21] [+]
    Ahh, this little three-wheeler really basks in the nocturnal artificial light, is it just about to spread the wings and fly away. The film-noir mood certainly helps the imagination a bit.
    In the details I like how the bright and loud starshaped explosion of light from the street lamp contrasts with the quaint wrought-iron support of the lamp. The out-of-focus diagonal bit of something in the foreground matches up very well with the lines in the cab of the - hmm - vehicle and the direction of light, it is good for the overall composition.
    Maybe a blurred black figure walking away beneath the lamp in a film-noir fashion would have been a good detail?

  • FranceFrance
    Title: Summer nightCanon Digital Ixus 500

    Summer night
    SylFondacci Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 523 W: 28 N: 462] (4087)



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    torben Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 926 W: 307 N: 563] (3100) [2006-07-27 17:10] [+]
    That's a lovely Art-Deco building just across the street I mus t say.
    And the big empty windows with naked yellow lightbulbs shining endlessly under the vertically striped night rain sky just oozes urban spleen.

    I guess the Sunset Mission album by Bohren Und Der Club Of Gore would be appropiate background music.

    I don't know, I keep thinking of a shot by Isabel, and somehow I miss a looonely violin player in one of the windows.

    But this is of course a different photo, and the vertical striping from the rain, is the detail that makes the image here.

  • BrazilBrazil
    Title: playing

    playing
    Isabelle Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1696 W: 385 N: 1784] (9046)



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    torben Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 926 W: 307 N: 563] (3100) [2006-07-27 16:48] [2]
    The four figures, or rather their outline of light, makes a wonderfully agitated set in between the vertical jets of water, that somehow looks strangely static for flowing water, like lines on paper with loose and bouncing handwriting. A joyful image, my mood rises as I'm looking at it.

    (a little extra analysis: the vertical light masts and buildings in the background and the vertical water jets in the foreground goes together to define the image space that contains the four humans, their horizontal movement is placed in between the verticals with some fluffy green stuff to pad the whole scene)

  • ThailandThailand
    Title: Wat ArunCanon EOS 300D

    Wat Arun
    yuricle Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 70 W: 71 N: 0] (936)



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    torben Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 926 W: 307 N: 563] (3100) [2006-07-27 16:37] [+]
    The dark rich tones do suggest the just-after-rain moment indeed, they look good.

    The wide-angle perspective works well too, quite dynamic even if the scene as such is very static, I like the tension that is created that way.

    It's a pity with the four vases with green stuff though, they are disturbing the fine architectural rhythm of busy paving, calm wall, busy roof, calm sky. And what's up with that pale blue strip at the foot of the portico? People just do crazy things to destroy the natural flow of good architecture. While I'm on the nagging-about-details bit, it looks like there are some post-processing halos around the green stuff in the vases?

    Now that is of course no fault of yours - well you could have moved the vases, but that might be a bit too involved (although, once when I worked at an architects office in Amsterdam, I was asked to assist a photographer taking photographs of a villa designed by that office. My main job was moving the occupants unsatisfactory "designer-furniture" out of the way).

    So I like the dynamic treatment of perspective and post-processing, contrasting the simple head-on perspective to give some dynamics in the image.

    And - it's good to see you posting again, back in the day when I discovered TrekEarth, it was some of your stuff along with photos by skorj, avigur and olli that convinced me to sign up.

  • FranceFrance
    Title: la tour

    la tour
    Isabelle Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1696 W: 385 N: 1784] (9046)



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    torben Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 926 W: 307 N: 563] (3100) [2006-07-05 15:32]
    The rain on the window, the black areas and the large grey tower looming above sets a very somber mood that the artificial yellow light doesn't help much to lighten. The graphic shapes are great, they give a lot of movement to the photo, but at the same time there is a feeling that there is nowhere out of the grey labyrinth, no matter how much you move. Sartre in Paris.

  • NepalNepal
    Title: Beautiful GirlNikon FM2n

    Beautiful Girl
    ben4321 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1801 W: 133 N: 2077] (9875)



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    torben Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 926 W: 307 N: 563] (3100) [2006-07-05 15:17] - [workshop] [compare]
    She is a very beautiful child indeed, and you caught a great expression and pose. Her face looking to one side and the hands pointing to the other side and the twist in her body makes a very nice composition.
    The way she almost glows out of the pitch-dark background is great too.
    Perhaps the leg sticking out in the sun takes a little too much attention here? While the line of the leg is quite good for the composition, my eyes are drawn towards the gleaming white area of her trousers, it is competing with the face and hands for attention where it really shouldn't.
    I tried cropping the lower half of the photo away, and while removing context, I think it does something interesting, so I posted it as a workshop..

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