23rd July 2013, 09:31 PM
Spotted this scene in one the rooms of the Alcázar in Seville, Spain.
18mm-200mm Nikkor @ 27mm
1/10th Sec @ f7.1 ISO 400
24th July 2013, 02:16 AM
A very nice image, john. You handled the exposure very well, and a nice composition.
24th July 2013, 02:19 AM
This sings! Very nice.
The lighting is great. No question about the focal point. The very next thing I saw was the observer in contemplation. Only thing I would ask you is if you thought the second and third bench back highlights from frame right might be burned down a tad to advantage?
But no matter, it's very nice John.
24th July 2013, 03:55 AM
John I think the thing that really stands out for me in this image is the striking contrast between the very colourful painting and the whites greys and blacks in the room. I assume these are natural shades (rather than a result of pp) but either way it works well. The lady observer is also important to the image. Well done.
24th July 2013, 05:44 AM
Exactly how I saw it too.
Originally Posted by Loose Canon
The bright colours really stood out, then I saw her.
Then I went full size, the detail is great.
24th July 2013, 08:51 PM
I detect the mono look is PP
The 'tell' is the ending of the coloured reflection in the third seat in line with the picture frame edge.
As an image, it works well for me too, but I'd support Terry's burning suggestion and I'd desaturate (by hand) the 'tell' as it attracted my attention, just to make it as near perfect as possible.
Hope that helps,
24th July 2013, 09:52 PM
Selective desaturation certainly has its place when done well. I wouldn't put this one to the test. The selection is dodgy on both the painting and the woman and the other painting is definitely not in B&W. color selection can certainly add to some images but but with this one the impact would have been much the same in full color or just B&W. it's the relationship between the observer and the painting that is the subject matter as well as the environment. Even the open window has significance, and the benches all facing away from the paintings. Viewers don't need the bleeding obvious pointed out to them by using a cliche, and that's how it appears here.
24th July 2013, 11:04 PM
Interesting comments, Tom. You have made me re-think a photo I have been playing around with.
25th July 2013, 07:38 AM
Thanks all for your comments. I agree, the highlights could be taken down a bit more. The colour scheme in the room was basically B/W and there has been some selective desaturation to further emphasise the contrast between that and the Painting (as spotted by Daves magnifying glass) and to bring out the principle elements of the composition. Sorry it offended you Tom but I value your comment.
25th July 2013, 11:05 AM
Takes a lot more than that to offend me, John. Good photos don't need bling. The scene speaks for itself. Relax a bit and enjoy it as it is, then take the shot. You'll realize you don't need to tizzy it up to allow yourself to take a good picture and please us as viewers.
Originally Posted by John 2