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Apologies to Flanagan & Allen this is the best title I could come up with Smile

Back to the Kuthodaw Pagoda in Mandalay (Burma/Myanmar) for another shiny floor. I spent quite a while 'loitering' on this corner for the right person to come along. Unfortunately this lady was walking away from me but the reflection/colour on the floor was the better of those I took. I came back for a second spell in v2 and captured this monk walking towards me. I lost the reflections though and the sun has moved resulting in less of the golden lustre on the walls. I've gone with v1 first as the colour is more important to me.

Many thanks for your VCCs on my last, one more 'Little Miss' to come at some point. A big thank you to Ronnie for his UA and comment on Little Madam.

Dave

Brand:Canon
Camera:Canon EOS 7D
Lens:EF-S15-85mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM
Recording media:RAW (digital)
Date Taken:5 Dec 2012 - 8:52 AM
Focal Length:42mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/5.0
Aperture:f/7.1
Shutter Speed:1/100sec
Exposure Comp:0.0
ISO:800
Exposure Mode:Manual
Metering Mode:Multi-segment
Flash:Off, Did not fire
White Balance:Auto
Title:Underneath The Arches
Username:WhiteRose1 WhiteRose1
Uploaded:12 Feb 2013 - 8:31 AM
Tags:Arches, Buddhist monk, Burma, Landscape / travel, Mandalay, Temple
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Richsr
Richsr e2 Member 790 forum postsRichsr vcard England209 Constructive Critique Points
12 Feb 2013 - 8:33 AM

Well composed Dave, good interesting location and detail/ colours too
Regards Richard

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CarolG
CarolG e2 Member 7128 forum postsCarolG vcard Greece16 Constructive Critique Points
12 Feb 2013 - 8:34 AM

Two wonderful captures, Dave, I agree with you that the light and colour is better in V.1. Carol

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LynneJoyce
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12 Feb 2013 - 8:36 AM

Love them both but V1 is my favourite. It captures the textures on the walls beautifully and the lady in the background invites us to follow her.

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NaturesHaven
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12 Feb 2013 - 8:46 AM

Love V1 and for a moment I thought V2 was you know who.................GrinGrinGrinGrin

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canonfan
canonfan  4 United Kingdom
12 Feb 2013 - 8:50 AM

Two superb images Dave. Each has its appeal to me. Glad I dont have to keep the floors clean here
Jim

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NDODS
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12 Feb 2013 - 8:51 AM

Two quite stunning photographs, each has been beautifully observed and captured, capturing the very best of this breathtaking colour.

Regards Nathan GrinGrinGrin

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mrswoolybill
mrswoolybill Critique Team 7420 forum postsmrswoolybill vcard United Kingdom1005 Constructive Critique Points
12 Feb 2013 - 8:54 AM

Both are beautiful, and among the best so far of the series.
What makes V1 special is the golden reflection in the floor, and the way it balances the image which could otherwise be 'top-heavy', dominated by the arches. The reflection draws the eye to the floor and then leads it up towards the figure. It also gives a sense of depth and mystery.
Moira

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johnke
johnke  154 forum posts South Africa9 Constructive Critique Points
12 Feb 2013 - 9:03 AM

A really awesome slash of color amazing exposure...John.

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woolybill1
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12 Feb 2013 - 9:07 AM

V1 without a shadow of a doubt. The figure and stance symbolising the mystery of the place, rather than taking over the composition, and allowing full rein to the colour and reflections.
Regards
Bill

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chrissie3
chrissie3  6 England
12 Feb 2013 - 9:10 AM

They are wonderful! V1 just draws one in and in and in! V2 is interesting with the monk. But I love the colours & shapes in both but especially v1.

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Tynnwrlluniau
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12 Feb 2013 - 9:13 AM

V2 is a belter. Love the colour continuity between the monk and the walls.
Alun

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capto
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12 Feb 2013 - 9:19 AM

Two good images, such lovely colours.

ivor

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pluckyfilly
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12 Feb 2013 - 9:24 AM

Wow! Fantastic love it - such richness, a difficult picture for anyone to compete with and deserving of much attention Dave, well done you never fail to pleaseSmile

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Badgerfred
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12 Feb 2013 - 9:28 AM

Super composition Dave,
Fred.

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almiles
almiles  438 forum posts United Kingdom98 Constructive Critique Points
12 Feb 2013 - 9:29 AM

Well 'scene' potential there, racking up all those walls and arches to create so much depth. I thought the figure was a statue to begin with, must be because her top matches the red tiles. The colours are excellent and the golden reflection on the floor helps lead you through to the figure.

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JohnChambersPhotography

TWO very good captures v1 taking it for me, the shadow on the floor plus the detail work hand in hand taking you into every part of the shot. great work Dave

John

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RonnieAG
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12 Feb 2013 - 9:45 AM

No doubt an amalgam of the best parts of each version would be what you were actually seeking, but each is an excellent capture in it's own right, Dave.
Wonderful rich colours upper walls and tiles, and the reflections in the shiny floor are very striking in V 1.
Ronnie.

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EMJAYCEE
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12 Feb 2013 - 9:48 AM

V1 shows the textures and colours so well Dave whereas in V2 the attention is on the monk. A big click for V1.Smile
Joan.

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12 Feb 2013 - 9:49 AM

Superb captures Smile

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morpheus1955
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12 Feb 2013 - 9:54 AM

Two fabulous shots Dave, gorgeous vibrant colours and reflections, love them both Smile

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Lillian
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12 Feb 2013 - 10:02 AM

Superb Dave, running out of words to explain how beautiful this series has been!
brilliant!
Lillian

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lonely_oryx
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12 Feb 2013 - 10:04 AM

Well composed with some superb colours. Great to get the figure in too.

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Rende
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12 Feb 2013 - 10:07 AM

Fabulous shot Dave with those receding arches, reflections, colours and wonderful sheen; a winner!
Rende

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12 Feb 2013 - 10:24 AM

Great light Dave with a magic point of view.
Well done. WesternRed.

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EAS
EAS  5 Scotland13 Constructive Critique Points
12 Feb 2013 - 10:32 AM

Stunning! In fact V1 is so amazing with its colours, light and reflections & POV, I don't think it needed a figure to be superb!

Ann

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saeidNL
saeidNL  4 Netherlands3 Constructive Critique Points
12 Feb 2013 - 10:37 AM

What fantastic and great set of images,Dave,All very beautiful indeed,V1 is superbbbb like the light,tones,colour and reflection,V2 is a wonderful candid shot very well done,
saeid

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achieverswales
12 Feb 2013 - 10:42 AM

Love both Dave and both special images, so equal points.

Regards

Trev.

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Meheecho
Meheecho  1275 forum posts United Kingdom
12 Feb 2013 - 10:45 AM

Two incredibly beautiful images. Rich in colour and light and a fascinating glimpse inti another culture
Steve

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mex
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12 Feb 2013 - 11:08 AM

super images dave, thanks for showing.
cheers phil.

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digital_boi
12 Feb 2013 - 11:09 AM

superb composition with excellent use of the arches fine work David

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12 Feb 2013 - 11:36 AM

Oh so you are old enough to remember Flanagan and Allen Wink Two excellent images and I find it impossible to choose which I prefer.

Albert

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danbrann
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12 Feb 2013 - 11:47 AM

Two gooduns Dave, both for different reasons.The position of the person gives us two totally different images.

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franken
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12 Feb 2013 - 11:55 AM

A couple of wonderful images here Dave.

Ken

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Irishkate
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12 Feb 2013 - 12:05 PM

No wonder you hung about here and re visited it - the intertwining arches are wonderful and the
impact of those totally opposite colours is amazing.
The reflections on the floor in V1 does give a lovely balance to the image
and the light enhancing the yellows/golds is amazing.
KateGrinGrinGrin

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marktc
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12 Feb 2013 - 12:34 PM

The overall effect is stunningly good. Whislt the colours and reflections are excellent, the intricate web of arches is what makes these images so special to me. Its as if the builder plaited them as it was built, fluid and yet solid... pure beauty. On the otherside, the lady looks as ig=f she is peeking round the corner at something she isn't supposed to be looking at, adding a sense mystery, as the viewer of this shot it peaks my interest and I'd want to know what she was looking at.

Too many words from me I suspect, but the work deserves my feelings. Terrific.

Oh and V2 is just as blooming good.

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Fefe
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12 Feb 2013 - 12:57 PM

I'm speechlessWinkWink



V1 for me (bet you knew my quietness wouldn't last) although V2 is great too! Love the gold in V1 and the reflections, stunning image Dave! It reminds me of Tomb RaiderGrin
Anyway fancy loitering on corners trying to get shots of women and monksTongueTongue You will get a reputationWink...................................... Bet you were waiting for Lara CroftWink

Like I said................speechlessTongueTongueTongue
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Joline
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12 Feb 2013 - 1:04 PM

V1 is visually stunning. It is almost surreal in it's appearance. What gorgeous colors.

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12 Feb 2013 - 1:06 PM

V1 definitely. Love how it leads you in, then my head turns left, right, left, right with a feeling of mystery and awe of the beauty. Love it. Not a thing wrong with V2, it's just V1 is so powerful........Sandy

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12 Feb 2013 - 1:16 PM

Two excellent colourful shots. I much prefer V1 with a great lead in to the image and the lovely reflections on the floor.

Lavina

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netta1234
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12 Feb 2013 - 1:45 PM

A great one with such lovely colourSmile
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Trev_B
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12 Feb 2013 - 1:50 PM

Two gorgeous images Dave, I think you have lead with the stronger of the two... it gives the sense of being drawn into a labyrinth.

Trev

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12 Feb 2013 - 1:53 PM

I like both of these - totally different one from the other. Love the lead in v1 and the shiny walls and floors and the reflections.

v2 is also excellent, and I like the composition here - I can actually see this one in mono in my mind's eye. Those lamps on the wall are like a couple of great eyes.

Anne

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taggart
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12 Feb 2013 - 2:31 PM

Both are pleasing, I think v2 tells me more of the place, but I like the fluid sheen in v1!

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User_Removed
12 Feb 2013 - 2:42 PM

Two excellent images Dave, i like these a lot, they dont scrimp and save when it comes too the cost of their holy place's.
Regards, Alf.

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12 Feb 2013 - 2:56 PM

A big congrats on all those awards
you must be doing something right ....

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ugly
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12 Feb 2013 - 3:28 PM

GREAT PATTERNS AND COLOURS..
Great comp..
Well done...

Dave

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12 Feb 2013 - 3:35 PM

Dave the inclusion of the figure really makes it all the more special .
Two wonderful images lad Wink

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Caziwinkles
12 Feb 2013 - 3:39 PM

♫ ♪...we dream our dreams away! ♪ ♫ Tongue
SmileExcellent shot - love the way the light enhances the colours and the reflections. V1 draws you right into the image.
Both very beautiful images indeed.

Carol Grin Grin Grin

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12 Feb 2013 - 4:25 PM

Burma is becoming a very special location excellent examples of this new ( almost ) world, Dave.
Ron.
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12 Feb 2013 - 4:30 PM

Two stunning shots, Dave, like how the walkway seems to zig-zag its way through Smile Think V1 has to be my fave Wink
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12 Feb 2013 - 4:36 PM

Stunning Colours & Detail Dave,both amazing------MilkyWink

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12 Feb 2013 - 5:01 PM

Two excellent images, Dave - well seen, composed and taken, as ever!
Colours, reflections and exposure spot on!

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12 Feb 2013 - 5:27 PM

two stunning captures dave i really can't split these two at all congratulations on all the well deserved awards two stunners pal Wink
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12 Feb 2013 - 5:29 PM

Great colourful images Dave top classs.
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12 Feb 2013 - 5:41 PM

V1 is the best for me Dave. I fail to understand how you could have improved on this composition. To say you have nailed it would just about cover it.
Blooming marvellous. A real stonker.

Malc

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12 Feb 2013 - 5:43 PM

V1 is grate Dave, love the colours, the reflextions, the lady makes the images. Beautifully composed. A bnything else is been saed.
Congratulation[again] for all your Users Awardes.
ElenaSmileSmileSmile

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Philip_H
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12 Feb 2013 - 6:14 PM

Two superb captures, Dave.

Congrats on all the well deserved UAs.

P.

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12 Feb 2013 - 6:29 PM

Brilliant images again Dave, wonderful subject matter, and not a Cobble Stone insight Smile

John Smile

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unicorn17  6 Scotland
12 Feb 2013 - 6:34 PM

v1 just super in many ways ,composition ,colour,sheen , and full of mystery -where is she (?) going . v2 excellent too! Wonderful to see. Gill

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nonur
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12 Feb 2013 - 6:41 PM

Two super quality colour photos, Dave. Love them both and the colour rendition is absolutely amazing!

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janlea
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12 Feb 2013 - 7:58 PM

Two wonderful shots Dave, v1 is my favourite Smile
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12 Feb 2013 - 8:06 PM

Both wonderful shots, Dave. V2 gets the edge from me.
-=\Walter

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12 Feb 2013 - 8:09 PM

Dave, worth every UA.......the floor looks almost wet, and stunning detail and lighting.......from the master of light..........great work mate.


Paul.

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leontari
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12 Feb 2013 - 9:12 PM

Two stunning images Dave. Superb shapes and colours. V1 superb light and wonderful gold reflections on such clean floor!!!. V2 I like the colour of the wall that matches with the dress of monk
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12 Feb 2013 - 9:40 PM

Amazing shots both of them, but the reflections of v1 are terrific - Helen SmileSmile

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12 Feb 2013 - 10:47 PM

Terrific work Dave and v1 is absolutely the pick. Spot on.
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Deep_Bhatia
13 Feb 2013 - 2:52 AM

V1 is a sort of mysterious image with fine colors and details.

Deep

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13 Feb 2013 - 5:33 AM

So beautiful

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13 Feb 2013 - 8:12 AM

All been said!! Smile

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Rock
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13 Feb 2013 - 9:04 AM

Simply Wonderful, a photographic work of art infact.

Rock

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Hermanus
Hermanus  2 South Africa
13 Feb 2013 - 9:33 AM

What stunning images Dave !! I agree with V1 being the better of the two ! the colours are totally amazing and the composition perfect !! No wondewr you were reaping all the rewards Smile

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queengu21
queengu21  4 Israel
13 Feb 2013 - 12:39 PM

Both are very good but v1 for me.
Regard Ely

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Maiwand
Maiwand e2 Member 7Maiwand vcard England69 Constructive Critique Points
13 Feb 2013 - 4:33 PM

Stunning images Dave. Congrats on your very well deserved awards.
Ron

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13 Feb 2013 - 5:26 PM

V2 for me. I love the larger figure.
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1881  2 India
13 Feb 2013 - 5:41 PM

GORGEOUS IMAGE.


Regards - SANJEEV-

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213hardy
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13 Feb 2013 - 8:54 PM

What they said^^

Great work, Dave

Den

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derekhansen
derekhansen e2 Member 5184 forum postsderekhansen vcard United Kingdom23 Constructive Critique Points
13 Feb 2013 - 9:48 PM

Two cracking shots Dave, I prefer the sense of intrigue/mystery in V1 but they are both great.
Derek

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paskinmj
paskinmj  5 United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
14 Feb 2013 - 1:38 AM

Amazing light, colour and composition. Soo well timed too. Love both versions equally.
Matt

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JimV
JimV  8 Canada3 Constructive Critique Points
14 Feb 2013 - 5:01 AM


Quote: Both are beautiful, and among the best so far of the series.
What makes V1 special is the golden reflection in the floor, and the way it balances the image which could otherwise be 'top-heavy', dominated by the arches. The reflection draws the eye to the floor and then leads it up towards the figure. It also gives a sense of depth and mystery.
Moira

Rgds., Jim
Moira has said it so well it would be churlish of me to try and better it Dave, and the plethora of awards tell their own tale!

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sweetpea62
sweetpea62 e2 Member 4sweetpea62 vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
14 Feb 2013 - 9:31 AM

Both Stunning images Dave..Lin

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Tibetan
Tibetan  2 England
14 Feb 2013 - 10:31 AM

Two great shots Dave, very well done, regards Leon.GrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrin

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meniko
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14 Feb 2013 - 7:48 PM

Hi Dave!
Did you realized that thisone is a "nearly perfect " mousing shot???
Too funny
meniko

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Ayoob
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20 Feb 2013 - 12:20 AM


Quote: Two fabulous shots Dave, gorgeous vibrant colours and reflections, love them both Smile

Hugh

I agree with all above, fantastic......GrinGrinGrin

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annettep38
annettep38 e2 Member 3186 forum postsannettep38 vcard France31 Constructive Critique Points
21 Feb 2013 - 11:40 AM

excellent composition, well done with those reflections.

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