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horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656) [2012-08-01 9:51]

Hello my friend,

Another superb addition to your already great portfolio...and what a stunning location, too: the Ngorongoro Crater (a place i would definitely love to visit one day).
I like the view here - close enough to get a good idea of the birds but also wide enough to capture the magnitude of the phenomenon. The tones and the mood are also topnotch and complete this lovely composition. Well done. Bravo!
Horia

horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656) [2012-04-10 3:26]

Hello Way,

It's been too long, my friend. I hope you are well :)
What a fabulous capture here! I think this would have made a lovely landscape shot even without the fantastic addition of the herd of guanacos. The light here is very special - soft and nice not to give you harsh shadows in the foreground, yet dramatic to make the sky very interesting, too. The huge mountain in the back is also a wonderful element and somehow integrates the elements and gives them a sense of place.
Gorgeous photo!
Bravo and thanks for sharing.
Horia

horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656) [2011-11-27 7:03]

Really great panorama Maciej!
You've taken great advantage of the haze in the air here and therefore mountains and crests looks exceptional. The layers seem to be endless.
The exposure is very nicely managed, good contrast and nice wide, panoramic format as well.
Very well seen and taken.

Bravo and TFS
Horia

horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656) [2011-11-15 8:21]

Hi George,

This is a superb portrait...i'm a bit surprised it didn't get more attention.
Firstly, i like your parallel plane with the subject and how that enabled you to capture the whole animal in focus with a very wide apperture. The details are impeccably sharp and i particuularly like two bits here: the texture of the hairs everywhere (but best evident on those brighter ones around hte ear lobe) and the bottom, wavy bit of the horns...those are really terrific!
Finally, i also like how you've composed it and i think this square framing works very nice.
Truly wonderful work!

Bravo and thanks for sharing
Horia

horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656) [2011-06-15 7:25]

I wasn't going to let this one go, either :)

The idea to use a full ND here definitely was original and you've come away with a very neat shot! The longer exposure makes the water seem more tranquil, thus enhancing the serenity given by the blue sky and snowy mountains in the distance. I also like the movement caught in the fluffy clouds...surely adds a little extra something :)
Again, the composition stands out from the start, with some strong geometric shapes sketched in the foreground (almost like two successive arrows pointing towards the mountains) and the rule of thirds applied nicely to the placement of the horizon.
Overall, another stunning landscape, my friend!

Cheers and TFS
Horia

PS: I also noticed that you've upgraded to a nice, new and big frame camera...NICE!!!:))

horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656) [2011-06-15 7:20]

Hello my friend,

Finally a bit more time for browsing through photos and commenting :)
I agree with you - i more than often stay away from clear skies, but what you've managed to come up here with is terrific! The symmetry in the composition and the simplicity of the elements make this a truly fantastic landscape. Moreover, this simplicity of elements also evokes the space and conditions here the best, making this an emblematic photo for such locations.
Exposure-wise, i just love the graduation in the sky and how the horizon is nice and bright, showing huge depth (again a testament of the clear air from those places).
Wonderful work, Niek!
Cheers
Horia

horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656) [2011-06-10 3:12]

Hi Niek

Really nice to see you taking a photography trip and especially to such a remote but rewarding location as the Lofoten Islands :)
Although my Norwegian experience was surely different, i'm sure there were similarities and i think we both acknowledge the country as a Mecca for landscape photography. Moreover, i'm pretty sure i'll go there again this year - sometime in early September and somewhere around Tromso :)

Now to the image - this is a true beauty. I love the light on both the foreground rocks and the distant mountains and sky. I particularly love the striped side of the second mountain - a great focal point and contrast and attractive element.
The 0.9 grad definitely evened out the exposure very well and gave you plenty of detail in the foreground. Wonderful work, my friend!

Cheers and TFS
Horia
PS: i took a look at the rest of the photo from your website...absolutely gorgeous!!!

horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656) [2011-02-06 1:42]

Hi Niek and nice to see you again old friend :)
So...your business took you to Hong Kong!! Wow! I would love such a job that would make me travel all over the world :)
It's a bit shame though that you didn't have more time to explore the areas and to have proper photo trips. I'm sure you would have loved that and also sure that i would have loved to see some great landscape shots from you from there.
But still, you came back with something. Definitely a bit out of my comfort zone (not in a bad way)... agree with you here, but still you made the most of the situation and you kit. Even if you didn't zoom all the way, you still had f/5.6 which is a bit slow if the light isn't strong, yet the sharpness of this shot is great. It does look like a beautiful species...and one enjoying apples :))
The contrast with the BG work well here, i think, and emphasizes the immaculate plumage of this bird - except for the tip of the tail.
Overall, i'd say you did a nice job.

Cheers and have a lovely Sunday
Horia

horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656) [2011-01-18 3:07]

Hi again, George

Another wonderful capture from you.
Spiders are always interesting to photogrpah and you managed to capture this one is a great pose - fiddling its web with its front legs.
The details on it are terrific and the overall focus on the spider is very good. The DOF is also impressive and it's amazing what a beautiful bokeh you managed to produce whilst still using f/16.
Great job!

Cheers and TFS
Horia

horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656) [2011-01-16 16:36]

Hi Christodoulos

This is a beautiful macro of this vibrant species - the violet dropwing.
The pose in which you captured this male is a typical one and it also enabled you to isolate it from the background. Due to that you were able to use an apperture that would render excellent sharpness on your subject yet still blur the BG well.
Great exposure management, too, nice diagonal composition (with the dragonfly and the twig) and an overall lovely presentation.

Bravo and thanks for sharing
Horia