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phwall Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 989 W: 187 N: 1771] (6785) [2017-03-29 1:44]

Hi Gary, I like your composition here, the balance of the three main elements sit well in the frame. And your horizon is straight!!! Also I like the way you've got just enough light on the house to get some detail into the exposure and not have it in silhouette.
All in all, pretty good. Certainly worth getting out of bed early for the capture.

phwall Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 989 W: 187 N: 1771] (6785) [2011-10-13 21:20] [+]

Hi Steve,
Nice work, the way you've framed the shot is exceptional.
The post work has really contributed to the image.
Isn't nature amazing.
Well done.
Cheers
Pete

phwall Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 989 W: 187 N: 1771] (6785) [2011-08-15 23:57] - [workshop] [compare] [+]

Dearest,
The 70-200 eh, thought it was too heavy for a frail little thing like you to carry around.
Good group shot, yes, too tight on the left of frame, see the workshop.
Always a pleasure to admire your work.
I thought you Curl Curl girls could always tell the difference, you must have had a sheltered childhood.

Regards
Pietro the lurgy ridden

phwall Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 989 W: 187 N: 1771] (6785) [2011-07-22 13:57]

Hi Gerrit,
That is certainly a superb view. I love the way the road snakes through the foreground. The blue haze makes the rugged mountain tops even more beautiful.
An excellent capture.
Regards
Peter

Japan
Title: Gentle Rain
Gentle Rain (38)
daddo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3581 W: 114 N: 6321] (28592)

Great

phwall Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 989 W: 187 N: 1771] (6785) [2011-07-09 2:03]

Hi Klaudio,
You've picked a wonderful image to mark your 600th post.
The reflection in the pond of the building is superb.
The soft rain only adds to the beauty of the whole scene.
Composition is good, although I would like to have seen just a little more room at the bottom of frame for the reflection of the trees to be as isolated as the position on which the trees themselves are growing.

It's a very Japanese capture, Simple yet reserved in its beauty.

I was in the process of commenting on the lovely image of a Japanese garden you posted a few days ago, but in the blink of an eye it disappeared. I'm curious as to why you (or possibly the moderators)took it down.

Lovely work as usual, and congratulations on 600 wonderful posts.

Best wishes
Peter

phwall Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 989 W: 187 N: 1771] (6785) [2011-05-13 23:50] - [workshop] [compare] [+]

Hi Craig,
Well, you asked the question.
Here are my thoughts, at the risk of being howled down by all and sundry here on TE.

First you have to ask yourself the following, what is it about this subject that is interesting, how should it be composed to show the subject in the most interesting perspective, how will the photograph be interpreted by the viewer.
Architectural photography is exactly what the name implies, it is the art of photographing buildings, "DUH", so what are you trying to communicate here. Is it the design of the sails, the construction method or the aesthetic value of the construction. In my opinion you haven't communicated any of these points successfully with this composition. You haven't decided which of the above you want to communicate so you've gone for the shotgun approach and tried to cover all of the bases.
It's not like a landscape of an interesting scene where you have lots of different detail to show to the viewer, likewise with a portrait, say, where you can use subtle or dramatic textures of light and shade to turn the most un-photographic face into a Mona Lisa, (sorry no pun intended on our friend).
In other words you should have an idea before you take the shot of what it is intended for.
Your previous shots showing Vancouver and its environs in differing moods of light and time of day have been successful because you've had a purpose in mind when you took the shot, and that was, "to showcase Vancouver's attractions with interesting compositions and interesting subject matter". And that's putting a lot of eggs into the one broad basket.

So, let's get back to this shot, if you were photographing this for say, an architectural magazine, a sales brochure, or as a supplement on Vancouver, you would have had to think about the space it would occupy in the printed material. Which means that to an Art Director you have a huge waste of space with so much sky in the composition. That is, unless they have a couple of hundred words of body copy and a "headline" to fill up the space, not likely. So it will be cropped down to focus the attention on the "sails" themselves, not all of that sky. Now you have a reason for the shot, cropped it tells a story. Whereas in it's posted format it is neither one or the other. SEE THE WORKSHOP.

Should you have posted it, DEFINITELY YES. Why, because you've given each of us who reads your note and looks at this image a reason to think critically about the shot. And isn't that the underlying fascination of TE, discovering reasons why we like or dislike an image.
For me, I've really enjoyed writing a critique that is light years away from the usual blurb, its given the old gray matter a good working over and that's always a good thing.

Have a great weekend.
Go and shoot something as interesting as this capture.

Best wishes
Peter

phwall Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 989 W: 187 N: 1771] (6785) [2011-05-13 19:18] [+]

Hey Steve,
This is really funny, normally I applaud your use of your Sigma but in this case it has made the Mission Building look like a cartoon caricature normally used for the Ettamonga Pub.
That building is seriously warped. However I do applaud your sense of artistic licence, maybe a little too liberal for my taste, but, adventurous nonetheless.

Love the colours, the red dirt and the rust on the old wagon certainly conjure up the sense of the "red center" even if it is in West Australia.

Good on you.
Cheers
Peter

phwall Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 989 W: 187 N: 1771] (6785) [2011-05-13 18:31]

Dear Bulent,
What a wonderful moment you've captured. Like Lisa I recognised Kim Beazley immediately. He is a much loved and respected man, perhaps too gentle a man for political life. He is much more suited to the gentle art of diplomacy and fellowship.

It was impossible to read your poignant and heartfelt note without the tears rolling down my cheeks. Each time I read Ataturk's letter to the mother's of our fallen sons it reminds me of the unbreakable bond between our two countries that will remain forever.

I love your photograph, it is simply, wonderful.

Thank you for posting this image, you do us all proud.

All my best wishes
Peter

phwall Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 989 W: 187 N: 1771] (6785) [2011-05-13 15:29] [+]

Dear Lasse,
So the thaw has begun, I'll bet you are looking forward to the warmer days of Summer.
I like the way you have composed the shot, using the foreground rocks creates good depth to the image.
Surprising that it is only the trees on the immediate lake foreshore that have turned brown while the others further away from the water's edge are still green.
It's a lovely capture which immediately takes me back to the time I visited Finland.

Best wishes
Peter

phwall Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 989 W: 187 N: 1771] (6785) [2011-05-13 15:24]

Dear L'Assessore,
See I told you it would eventually stop raining so you could have blue skies.
Craig (macjake) will be most envious of this wonderful architectural image. He isn't the only one with a monopoly on great building captures now :))
Excellent composition, and so sharp. That Panasonic of yours produces really high quality images. I love the way the buildings lean into frame, to me, the distortion really adds to the capture

Very good job.
Regards
Peter