The Bismarck Monument, in Hamburg, Germany
Old waterwheel in Cape Leeuwin, Australia
Sudbury Mining Heritage Sculpture, in Sudbury, Ontario, Canada
Chilka Lake, in Orissa, Indiaen.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chilika_Lake
Farm San Francisco, Analandia, SP, Brazil
Art directed petrol station in the desert road from Ouarzazate to Agadir in southern Morocco.
Ecclesgreig Castle, St.Cyrus, Scotlandwww.ecclesgreig.com
Pura Tanah Lot, in Bali, Indonesiaen.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tanah_Lot
Woolsey Memorial Airport (Northport, MI, USA)
No, it's flickr...
Spišský hrad castle!Only I got it right, not even the author spelled it correctly (I read somewhere this doubles my score).
Pangloss: @ barb_s and Zoran K: thanks! I think I prefer this crop to the original, like you. The window is not anymore in the center of the picture, but the contrast here is between the dark left half and the luminous view outside on the right.The basic idea of this image and thick shadow framing is still the same as in the original: outside, there is light, space, life, whereas inside the dark room there is darkness, loneliness, one feels like a prisoner looking outside, but then there was just a window to open...
@ Paulo: I tried to keep the colors of the sky and outside pale, so my changes were very subtle, not HDR style! I am not sure what you mean by the artificial black border, my dilemma for cropping was how much to crop and whether to keep the window in the center or not. In the end, this is the version that kept most of the almost brutal contrast between dark/luminous and yet gives the viewer more "matter" to look at (the window is now a larger %age of the image).
Not HDR, the sky only needs a little highlight recovering (about 25%) which maintains it pale while giving texture to the clouds and to the top of the trees. I see a black border around the window that seems impossible to be real. It is mostly visible on top, where the curtains, the window and the ceiling suddenly disappear. I understand your crop, but it's just a matter of personal taste. The smaller window at the center increases for me the feeling of nostalgia and/or the feeling of some light at the end of the (dark) tunnel. As it is now it seems more just a view from a bedroom.
It's more vivid and balanced! I disagree with AndrePooh about symmetry because I like it exactly because it is neither perfectly symmetric nor clearly asymmetric. Take human faces, for example, they are beautiful because they are not perfectly symmetric and, if you make them that way in an image editor, they become very weird.
MargalitIL: The added saturation makes the peacok darker and hard to see. I would like to see the peacock with bright vivid colors like the leaves (I ghess this is something that cannot be done by editting this phot).
Yes, it can. :)
pitou250: I think its cropped a bit too thight now - the two vertical poles are wider than the frame left and right. It's a small thing but to me it matters.
Yes, I didn't wrote that but I wouldn't have cropped the left and right side.
The annoying artificial black border is still present, the sky is a little better (barely noticeable). I prefer the previous entry because you changed what I liked most.
Joe Pineapples: I'm voting everyone 4 stars for being a bunch of good sports and taking the trouble to make such interesting and constructive comments...
Hope to see you in next chat challenges!
l_objectif: Is this a composite?Could we do that?
It seems so, if in the rules it isn't stated it's not:http://forums.dpreview.com/forums/read.asp?forum=1044&message=40006009
John of Brisbane: Nice photo ,, but your english needs some improving. Duplicity means dishonesty. None of that in this picture
I completely disagree.Does it really only have the definition you mentioned?
The host said it perfectly: "Duplicity: contradictory doubleness of thought, speech, or action; especially : the belying of one's true intentions by deceptive words or action".
This picture illustrates very well both contradiction and deception.My picture also showed both and got three 0.5 stars as well.
This thread makes even more sense now:http://forums.dpreview.com/forums/read.asp?forum=1044&message=39923481
I prefer the framing on this one. I correct what I said before because this has less vivid colors. Taking the first entry again I would increase its brightness and slightly its contrast, balancing between both so the blacks would remain completely dark.