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Taken from an elevated position from my hotel balcony in Almunecar, Andalucia, Spain. I've seen this kind of image in competitions and when I spotted these empty tables they caught my eye and I thought they would make a good picture. Three tables of course would have been better and maybe a person sitting on one of the tables looking into the picture would have improved it further. I still like the image, despite its shortcomings.

All comments and votes very welcome indeed.

Andrew.

Camera:Nikon D80 Check out Nikon Nation!
Lens:18-135
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Title:Squares and Shadows!
Username:Andrew_Hurley Andrew_Hurley
Uploaded:10 Mar 2012 - 2:24 PM
Tags:Abstract, Almunecar, Andalucia, Chairs, Holiday, Landscape / travel, Shadows, Spain, Squares, Sun, Tables
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LynneJoyce
LynneJoyce e2 Member 6LynneJoyce vcard United Kingdom97 Constructive Critique Points
10 Mar 2012 - 2:37 PM

Strong shapes, great shadows, lovely colour. I think this would work in mono too.

Last Modified By LynneJoyce at 10 Mar 2012 - 2:38 PM

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James_C
James_C  536 forum posts United Kingdom56 Constructive Critique Points
10 Mar 2012 - 2:56 PM

I like this. Very nicely seen and photographed. Makes a jolly good, strong abstract.

James

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Daisymaye
Daisymaye e2 Member 5Daisymaye vcard Canada9 Constructive Critique Points
10 Mar 2012 - 3:14 PM

I really like this. Makes me feel like playing checkers for some reason............Sandy

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WhiteRose1
WhiteRose1 e2 Member 41028 forum postsWhiteRose1 vcard England133 Constructive Critique Points
10 Mar 2012 - 4:07 PM

Excellent perspective, and great lines, shapes and shadows. The bits of tables at the bottom of the frame could be easily cloned out though.

Dave

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pablophotographer
10 Mar 2012 - 4:14 PMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 

Well noticed! I like the colours, the point of view and the shape.... but to be honest I would send somebody there to either fix the top left chair or to sit and if I had no-one i would go and fix it myself and then shoot the picture... I also recognise that sometimes all we have is a tiny fraction of time to take the shot so. a picture taken is better than no picture taken.

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Andrew_Hurley
14 Mar 2012 - 1:48 PM

Thank you Lynne, James, Sandy, Dave and especially Pablo for your comments.

Pablo you are certainly right about the top left Chair, I certainly didn't notice it when i took the photo. This was taken from the fourth floor (from memory) so I suppose it would have only taken me a couple of minutes to move it back into position. I actually wanted to move all the chairs further away to isolate the bottom of the shadows, but didn't. Ah well, I may try it again someeday with a different hotel of course!

Andrew.

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Jayneybee
Jayneybee  5 United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
2 Apr 2012 - 7:40 AMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 

Coming to this one a bit late, but nevertheless I really love it. I am attracted to shapes, reflections and shadows so what an excellent spot Andrew. Contrary to Pablo I think I may have wanted to move the chair out a bit further, as if someone had just left. Giving it the edge and making it not too symmetrical. As you say it is all about time, and not wishing to miss 'the shot'. Still excellent, wish I was there. Jayne Smile

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Quote: Coming to this one a bit late, but nevertheless I really love it. I am attracted to shapes, reflections and shadows so what an excellent spot Andrew. Contrary to Pablo I think I may have wanted to move the chair out a bit further, as if someone had just left. Giving it the edge and making it not too symmetrical. As you say it is all about time, and not wishing to miss 'the shot'. Still excellent, wish I was there. Jayne Smile

Thanks Jayne for your very kind comments, I just glanced out of the balcony window and spotted these two chairs and just had to grab the shot. An image can be too clean and a chair out of place will actually give the image a point of interest - so I'm agreeing with your point there. Two is of course not ideal as your eyes swap from one table to another and you do tend to compare, so you just have to go with what's there.

The hotel was quiet (January), so I could have arranged them differently, but hindsight is a wonderful thing.

Andrew.

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Quote: Coming to this one a bit late, but nevertheless I really love it. I am attracted to shapes, reflections and shadows so what an excellent spot Andrew. Contrary to Pablo I think I may have wanted to move the chair out a bit further, as if someone had just left. Giving it the edge and making it not too symmetrical. As you say it is all about time, and not wishing to miss 'the shot'. Still excellent, wish I was there. Jayne Smile

Thanks Jayne for your very kind comments, I just glanced out of the balcony window and spotted these two chairs and just had to grab the shot. An image can be too clean and a chair out of place will actually give the image a point of interest - so I'm agreeing with your point there. Two is of course not ideal as your eyes swap from one table to another and you do tend to compare, so you just have to go with what's there.

The hotel was quiet (January), so I could have arranged them differently, but hindsight is a wonderful thing.

Andrew.

Andrew, I honestly think that on vacations you would take your time and relax. Jayne's point of view could possibly create a story but that story could be more prominent if a newspaper (left open with a few pages blown by a breeze) and a cup of coffee with coffee in it was there. Would you go down and arrange them like that if you had thought it? You have got a nice picture already.

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