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Hmm ... very well done indeed if this is only fourth attempt! I've got a couple of suggestions, but bear in mind they are only my thoughts. I think that the lady is too 'present' in the image, and maybe needs to be integrated slightly more with the overall scene (possibly using a blending mode, I don't know the best way and someone else may well suggest a much better way of doing this). If you hadn't said in your description that she was waiting for her beloved, I wouldn't have guessed that from the image (or the title, to be honest) - she could have been waiting for lots of things ... a bus, spring (given the flowers on the bridge in front of her), the washing to dry ... you get the idea. How about adding a ghostly face of the 'beloved' somewhere in the image? Softened and blended enough to be visible, but not so present that the viewer thinks "oh, here he comes!"
I actually think I prefer this one to yesterday's ... only because there's more separation between the elements of the image - the uprights of the ... 'uprighty thingies' (I really must learn what they heck they're called!) and the distant wreck of the original pier. Yesterdays was good, but because of the angle the elements kind of jumbled up together, which isn't a bad thing, BTW. It's just that in this one, it's easier for the eye to explore each element separately and see the beauty of each, without distraction. Your horizon is pretty much dead central, maybe slightly above central. And although this does give a nice balance to the sky/foreground, the image as a whole is so strong that it could almost stand having the sand bit cropped off. Never an easy choice between sky/foreground when they're equally interesting
It's definitely got a very unique feel, this one. I'm assuming some sort of light stopping filter on the front of your lens, judging by your 4 sec exposure? It's given a really good effect to the water, and tricks the eye a bit as it appears almost a half & half image - half under water, half above water. I could almost imagine the small figure of a scuba diver in there somewhere. In fact, the more I look at it, the weirder and more mind-boggling it's getting ... excellent!
It looks amazing on a black background! Nice colouration and lovely repetition! I'm still trying to figure out what the heck it is ... an 'insulator' ... ??? Failing miserably, but look forward to seeing more so that its identity and purpose is revealed (bit like a weird, glass, striptease thing ... )
It's nice to see old traditional skills like hand forging still being done, and you've captured it really well here. I love the sepia tone, which really hints at days gone by; I like the fact that it's just the three guys as it adds a little odd-number tension to the image, and I really like the fact that you've caught the movement of the hammer swinging down by the guy on the right. Lots of interesting tools etc hanging on the walls to ponder over, and that little rip in the arm/sleeve of the chap on the left is classic. Three blokes, doing what they do best, and completely oblivious to anything else other than what they're doing. Great image
I normally like things to line up - maybe a bit OCD, but hey! However, in this case I like the fact that the window and the bowl don't line up ... yes, the light in the window is blown out, but then that's not the main interest in this image anyway. The detailing on the stonework is very well captured indeed, and gives a lovely contrast to the smoothness of the round bowl.
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