Re: Themed Thread 4, Architecture
Firstly - a great big huge thank you to Pilliwinks for coming in to give us a few pointers in the right directions and giving the thread the kick up the backside it (in my opinion) needed. Whilst the rest of us are trundling along in the right kind of direction, an expert in the field is a definite bonus.
Now a couple of comments
Dave N - Page 2 The louvre blinds in the first pic have that effect that you get when you see the computer monitors behind the news reader on the TV. Not sure what causes it and have no idea how you would avoid it. Also seems a little fuzzy (but that could be my not quite awake eyes). I like the second picture more than the third, but think I would prefer to see all the ceiling fan in the pic. But adore the colours in all of them, and the combination of the blue and teracotta makes such a pleasing impression that the slight fuzziness just adds to the warmth.
Andy - Page 3 Love the CN Tower, and the impression it gives of extreme height. Also like the house, but would have prefered it without the flag. To me, and this is only my opinion, it looks like a postcard, which in a way in a good thing, but think the potential was there to raise it from postcard standard, to gallery standard. Don't ask me how it could be done though.
Dave N - Page 4 Of the 4 glass structure images you have posted I like the 3rd one on the first post best. The first post shows the context of the building, whereas the 4th one (2nd post) whilst a good image, doesn't do anything for me. But maybe that's because I've seen the first 3. The 3rd shot is crisper, and if you look at the writing on the signs, they are clearer. But without a doubt, to me anyway, fit the architecture brief.
Lloyd - Page 4 Longleat. I think it is a perfectly reasonable shot, but in a similar way to Andy's house, there is something missing to make it outstanding. To me, the house and garden does not live up to the promise of the sky. The garden looks like it is under an overcast sky, and the house looks a little tired. Whilst that is likely this is what the subject looks life in real life, personally I think a little digital enhancement on the contrast might make it zing a little more, and produce a more impressive shot.
Pilliwinks - Page 5 Totally appalling, you should be ashamed of yourself. But seriously, having now read your comments, I can sort of see what you mean. If they were both straight from camera, and if I had taken them, with my new "critical" eye, I would have not been 100% happy with either of them. I can see how the altered one is very slightly off horizontal, and the ducks are not completely sharp, However, I can only really determine the lack of sharpness when comparing it to the original. But the original, whilst a nice clear shot, is just "not right" No doubt due to the converging horizontals.
Shadwell - Thank you for reminding me about Big Ben. I did actually know that, but most tourists would refer to Westminster clock tower as Big Ben, but I do stand corrected. As for you pics on Page 2, whilst I'm sure it was carefully composed, I am not keen on the middle one. The item in the foreground looks, to my inexpert eye, as if it's there by accident. But if you like it, that's the main thing. But I do absolutely love your balls. In case you are in any doubt I'm referring to the middle pic of yours on page 3. I don't know if the original was in coloure but I think it being in B&W adds to the shot.
Pilliwinks- thanks for your comments on my building by the Thames, I certainly agree that the magenta one is overdone, and it illustrates the point that sometimes too much photoshot can damage a shot. In terms of the second one, I did think the alterations had worked on some level, and thank you for pointing out what it is. I shall go look up John Claridge.
Big B - I notice you also prefer Dave's 3rd image of the shopping centre, possibly for the same reason as me. In response to your comments about my shots, no not at all harsh. All of them, except the tower block were taken in London in January 08. All were taken on a Nikon Coolpix 3200 (again except the towerblock) And they all are "as taken" no alterations whatsoever. Ok except for the building by the Thames.
Fran - good use of photoshop, however I am still struggling with the concept that this is "allowed", but that's a discussion for another thread.