l_objectif: This is a fantastic shot, Stefano. very well deserved first place!
Thank you Louis for your appreciation. I'm really happy that you like it.
Grazie per i complimenti! Sei sempre molto gentile.
jezsik: This photo was hovering around third place for most of the voting; nice to see it pull ahead in the end. While I think it's an excellent choice for top spot, I can't help wishing the color had been tweaked. While I like a warm image, this one could stand a bit less temperature and certainly a tweak to the curves. Congrats!
Thanks Jezsik, I appreciate your comment and I perfectly agree with you. The original image was even warmer and "reddish" for the kind of wood of the library and the many leather bound old book. Even the one you see open doesn't have any really white page! The best I could do was to reduce the saturation and the temperature. I applied some vignetting too for darkening a little the wood of the library.
Steve Throndson: Congratulations on first place! It's a very nice photo that definitely says 'library'. I'm curious why f22?
Thank you Steve for your compliments. The choice of F22 is because I wanted an all in focus picture but not a sharp one. This for a better rendering of the "nostalgic" and "fading away" concept. The lens I used at smaller apertures than F16 produces focused but slightly soft images (sort of soft focus filter effect but much less evident), so I used the weakness of that lens at my advantage... ;-)
Such an amazing shot! Congratulations for your strong powers of observation and the well deserved win.
Steve Throndson: I don't usually vote 4.5 stars, but I did for this photo. Here's how I know the good photos - when I'm voting, and I hear myself muttering 'Damn, I wish I'd taken that one!' Anyway, congratulations on 9th place. Should have been higher, in my opinion.
Thank you Steve, that's very kind of you to say so.
I'd say this is really beautiful. Congrats!
James A Rinner: This was one of my favorites!
Thank you James, I'm glad you like it.
Nice work you did! Well deserved win.
Nice picture, well composed. Congratulations!
Beautiful picture. Congratulations!
Very impressive picture. Congratulations.
Compliments for the creativity and execution of the photo.
Good contrast and composition. Congratulations for the well deserved win.
A real eye-catching picture. I agree with Steve on how well the feeling of speed is captured. Congratulations.
Congratulations! Well deserved win.
Beautiful shot. Congratulations!
chrisby: Great image! My 5 star favorite! I think some thumb-nail voters missed the beauty of this capture.
Thanks for your vote. I'm happy that you like it.
So beautiful! Congratulations.
Well deserved win, congratulations.