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First, thank Pamela for her encouragement and kind teaching in the past years... I put another 'boring' one on..I started by taking holiday photos to record my journey, and still doing the same... I know, Holiday snaps can bore people to death..Grin, that's also why I'm here to learn. So, all your comments and criticisms are welcome. Thanks.
The photo was taken in Modling 14Km south of vienna.

Camera:Canon EOS 50D
Lens:EF-S18-200mm f/3.5-5.6 IS
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Date Taken:15 May 2012 - 11:33 AM
Focal Length:32mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/4.2
Shutter Speed:1/750sec
Exposure Comp:0.0
Exposure Mode:Manual
Metering Mode:Partial
Flash:Off, Did not fire
Title:The Plague Column
Username:xwang xwang
Uploaded:6 Jun 2012 - 10:54 AM
Tags:Architecture, Column, Landscape / travel
Voters:Len1950 · jdinne · LynneJoyce · SlowSong · WhiteRose1 · canonfan · andylea · gwynn56 · PaulLiley · Growmore · lesliea · pamelajean ·
Unique Views:23
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The monument stands out very well against the lovely blue sky.


jdinne  12 England
6 Jun 2012 - 12:37 PM

Wonderful colour, detail and contrast. Nicely presented. Well done.



Fascinating memorial. I would have gone for a shallower depth of field, or knowing my penchant for getting all the settings wrong, I would have masked out the memorial and blurred the background.


The memorial looks good, Jasmine. I would be tempted to have done a few close ups of the details as well.



Fantastic colours Jasmine. I like the monument as it stands out against the blue sky. As Dave says, some close ups of this would also have worked

andylea  737 forum posts United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
6 Jun 2012 - 5:09 PM

wonderful detail and colours jasmine super light and tones love that blue sky a cracker nice one Wink

PaulLiley  6 United Kingdom13 Constructive Critique Points
6 Jun 2012 - 5:16 PM

Good exposure control on a white subject. Difficult in bright light but you've achieved it. Good clarity too. It's always hard taking a statue in the middle of a town cos of the distracting surroundings.

xwang  632 forum posts7 Constructive Critique Points
6 Jun 2012 - 6:10 PM

Thank you Lynne, a very good idea, but a huge task.. my PS skill is rubbish..Grin
Thank you, Dave. Actually, I have never seen them before until further east.. Austria and Hungary direction. It seemed they are very common there, but not elsewhere. I did some in Sopron,.. I'll have a look when I get round...Grin
Thank you, Paul. Yes, it is difficult to advoid everything. Before I knew photo software, two things I tried to advoid, one is wire in the sky, another is people&cars on the ground... Not anti-socialGrin, just they don't quite fit in the Architecture shots... I tried to darken the car a bit.. i don't think that I have the clone skill to get rid of it, I would make a terrible mess, so I left it...
Thank you all for your kind comments and support.


Beautiful architecture Jasmine you did well with all that white, looks good against the blue sky and it's a splendid shot.


Very nice image Jasmine , yep I go on Holidays in September to Hawii and Las Vegas can't wait to take some photos over their. well captured Jasmine have FUN and enjoy your Holiday.
Cheers Allen, SmileWink

pamelajean Critique Team 9942 forum postspamelajean vcard United Kingdom1764 Constructive Critique Points
7 Jun 2012 - 1:25 AM

You underestimate your editing skills, Jasmine.
The buildings around the Baroque column are quite close and probably impossible to avoid, but you did well.
There are definitely some parts of this that deserve some detailed closeups.

I have been googling and didn't realise there were so many Plague Columns around.
"After the second wave of the Black Death swept through Europe in the 17th century, the survivors burned the bodies, thanked god, and built monumental tributes to their deliverance".
"On a smaller scale other cities erected plague columns, public statues that served as calls to faith, indirect memorials to the thousands lost, and a symbol of hope for the future".
"The Vienna Pestsaule (Plague Column) influenced the style and structure of plague columns to follow - one part religious supplication to the heavens for deliverance from the plague of 1679, one part Hapsburg Imperial propaganda piece. It served as a model that inspired similar sculptures across Europe".

I also discovered someone called Tigerlily on TrekEarth!!!!!

xwang  632 forum posts7 Constructive Critique Points
7 Jun 2012 - 9:55 AM

Ha,ha.. Thank you, Pamela.Wink
Thank you very much for the addtional information. Yes, they are nearly in every single town of that area.. I took quite a few..
"...underestimate.."?, No, you know where I'm from... I can 'lie' to somebody else, but never to you. I can only say that I've learned a lot from your teaching..Without your kind help and teaching, I can never do what I do today..
Thank you all for your kind comments and support.

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