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Sardinia 2

Posted by
Ian Bramham (Manchester, United Kingdom) on 15 August 2007 in Cityscape & Urban and Portfolio.

This photo was taken in the town of Alghero.

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kairospix from Singapore, Singapore

nice b&w shot!
looks like a nice quiet place for a nice quiet stroll!

15 Aug 2007 5:28am

@kairospix: Thanks kairospix - I love b&w shots too but get the impression that not everyone feels the same way about them so it was great to get your positive reaction!

Lorraine from Canada

Light and Shadows, old and new structures, people coming and going, perfectly balanced composition. I love this Photo Ian, wonderful catch!

15 Aug 2007 8:06am

@Lorraine: Thanks again for taking the time to leave such encouraging words Lorraine!

Being in b&w this photo is a little different from the other travel shots I've been posting so I'm really pleased that you liked it too!

Lorraine from Canada

Hey Ian, I did it, go check my blog under July 25 (something like that) I straightened the horizon. Darn it! It would have been nice if you had been wrong ;)
Go check it out :)

15 Aug 2007 12:42pm

@Lorraine: Thanks Lorraine - I found the revised shot under your archive page - I felt famous for the first time in my life :-)!!!
For myself it would be great if you return the 'favour' and provide some constructive criticism of my photos whenever you feel the urge :-)
I started taking photos at Easter and the ones posted whilst i was on holiday are from this time - more recently however I felt like my photos had become formulaic and boring but it is proving immensly difficult to make any kind of real improvement and is frustrating as ***!!!
I need to be more adventurous I guess or else I am have to go and book myself into the talent hospital for an injection of imagination and artistic ability :-)
All the best, Ian

Brian from West Lafayette, United States

I really like the detail and contrast in this picture--it really draws you into the scene. Lovely!

15 Aug 2007 1:19pm

@Brian: Thanks for the great comments Brian - I tend to push the contrast a lot when doing a b&w conversion so it was nice to know that I hadn't gone too far with it!

Laurie from New Jersey, United States

When I first looked it appeared that the guys hair was REALLY spiked until I realized that was a tree behind his head.

It looks like a beautiful town.

15 Aug 2007 2:56pm

@Laurie: Just goes to show how blind we can be to things that look weird in our own photos - I hadn't even noticed the spiky 'hair' until you mentioned it! :-)

eureka from Boston, United States

wow, great black and white. you really pulled off the contrast well.

15 Aug 2007 11:16pm

@eureka: thanks very much Eureka!

ChaCha from United States

Like the black and white here...lovely treatment

16 Aug 2007 2:48am

@ChaCha: Thanks for the very encouraging words ChaCha!

Lorraine from Canada

Ian, shame on you, your photos are ASTONISHING...you don't need an injection. But I'll give you a trick...print it or get it printed and put it on you wall somewhere, then take a photo of it on the wall, process it on your computer and look at the photo as you would a stranger's, it'll restore your faith :)

16 Aug 2007 10:18am

@Lorraine: Thanks Lorraine - as ever you are very encouraging and kind! I guess what I was trying to get at with my earlier comments re my feelings of frustration with my lack of progress in photography is this : taking good landscape or urban photos like these is pretty easy when you have a scene in front of you that is so beautiful it catches your breath - all you need to do is press a shutter button and the scene in front of you does all the work!!
What I have grown to admire is those photographers who bring their own style and imagination into their art (for thats what photography is at its best). I love Aminus for the fantastic variety of photos on show - the ones that make me the most envious are those that show imagination, wit and flair above and beyond what is needed to merely record a moment that presented itself.
I have in fact (amazingly enough) taken photos of which i am proud and excited (such as 'Street Surfing' and 'Poppies' on my archive page (and tomorrows shot I like too!) but these tend to be as rare as hen's teeth and more often than not appear on the PC screen as a nice surprise rather than as something planned!
Anyway - I've rambled on enough for one evening.
Take care,
Ian

Lorraine from Canada

True enough Ian, I like to see photographers' personal touch and their vision of things, but I like to see what they see, where they live and I need to see beauty, more than anything, so any way you look at it, you can't go wrong.

17 Aug 2007 3:27am

See The Light from Newcastle, United States

Beautiful shot, wonderful contrast. Great conversion.

21 Aug 2007 5:33am

@See The Light: Thanks again Mary!