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  • The Wall

    Well, there's one way to avoid "lies and propaganda" - don't turn TV on.
    Many years ago Ronald Regan was asked about facts on Iran Contra affair, he answered: "What facts? Facts are bullshit." Politicians and CEOs are never going to change.
    Probably you should think about changing your peace badge for huge A sign.
    I really love your pictures. They always make me thinking and make me fall in very peculiar mood.
    Thank you Paola.
    • 9 Nov 2010 3:46PM
  • When the wind blows.

    This must be a fairy tale!
    Wonderful treatment for the proper photo.
    • 25 Oct 2010 1:43PM
  • Muizemburg

    Good choice, interesting colourful motif, however execution not really impressing.
    You should have found better point of view and better composition. Shot from the front with the line of the huts across the frame - you have interesting pattern of repeating shapes and colours.
    Point of view aligned with huts line - you have great illusion of depth.
    You have chosen something between and I have mixed emotions. I know for sure I don't like the free space on the right hand side.
    What have you done to the sky? It looks like ink coloured porridge. No offence but please don't do that anymore. It really hurts. You probably tweaked cyans and blues saturation and pushed it far over limits. In result you ended up with horribly harsh artifacts.
    Take care of your gear - your sensor needs to be cleaned. Spots of dust visible (I have checked your other photos - the same story).
    Please don't get me wrong I only tried to be honest and helpful. Never meant to offend you.
    You definitely spotted good photo location. Have you considered shooting at high tide with long exposure? I bet it would look great.
    • 25 Oct 2010 1:36PM
  • Family car

    Great picture! It looks like shot from a movie. Excellent!
    • 19 Aug 2010 2:03PM
  • Marks n Spots

    London Planetree (Platanus acerifolia)??? Perhaps...
    • 2 Aug 2010 7:40PM
  • THE ESSENCE OF SUMMER

    Very poetic image.
    Really like it.
    • 2 Aug 2010 7:30PM
  • Waiting

    There's pinch of film noir in it. I really like it.
    • 27 Jul 2010 4:49PM
  • Doolin Waves

    Hi, Andy!
    Beautiful area indeed. I used to live in Lahinch and I really miss Ireland. Have you ever driven from Corofin to Ballyvaughan. Highly recommended. You won't find such landscape anywhere in the world.
    As for the picture - !white balance!
    Regards, Tom.
    • 18 Jul 2010 8:00PM
  • Fu-Fu Yum-Yum

    Yum-Yum! Great picture. I really like this grungy, punkish look (and attitude of course).
    • 14 Jul 2010 4:27PM
  • Water

    Beautiful image. I love these cool tones. Perfect.
    • 14 Jul 2010 4:01PM
  • YYY she YYY

    Awesome image.
    Is it HDR converted to mono? Foreground (lower RHS corner particularly) has a bit HDRish look as it was tone mapped and converted to mono later on.
    I'm just curious.
    Fascinating and atmospheric picture.
    Greetings from Jaworzno.
    • 13 Jun 2010 5:14PM
  • Less Than Pure

    I'm sorry about saying that, but you have failed! There's no sleazy feel in it at all. It is beautiful, subtle and sensual instead. I haven't seen such fine piece of so called "adult photo" on this site for a long time.
    Thank you for sharing.
    • 19 May 2010 9:04PM
  • Simple reflection

    Absolutely great! Very subtle and sophisticated image. This reminds me of Paul Klee's paintings and Japanese art.
    • 19 May 2010 8:44PM
  • Out takes

    Smile Smile Smile
    French nouvelle vagueSmile
    Fascinating kaleidoscope.
    • 16 May 2010 12:50PM
  • Breaking Free

    Some people say your photos are exceptional because you have different approach to photography.
    And I must admit they're right. Your photos are very well thought. But mainly not in terms of composition, exposure etc. You always try to resolve the problem how to show your personal feelings in the image. You always care the most of message!
    So first of all you have extremely personal approach (sometimes I think it's your diary made of pictures). The next thing - your way of thinking is a filmmaker's way of thinking.
    That's all.
    Have a nice weekend.
    • 15 May 2010 12:13PM
  • self portrait Alice jump

    Funny series. I really like it. Very surreal idea. Tidy interior, bored dog and crazy Cassondra Wink
    Mmm... Philippe Halsman - that's the name of the master.
    • 15 May 2010 10:00AM
  • The Kiss

    I'm not a woman but I like it. Perfect lighting and composition. Sensual and intimate mood. Great picture.
    Only one thing - maybe something's wrong with my eyes or screen - I can see cyan stain on girl's lower back. Is it possible?
    • 15 May 2010 9:47AM
  • Built in England

    Working class hero.
    Magnificent shot.
    Hats off!
    • 1 May 2010 5:14PM
  • Dead Silence

    Silence of the crow... by Ed WoodWink
    • 1 May 2010 4:52PM
  • Recycling

    PURE!!!
    I love it! Fantastic composition. Light and shadows!
    Pure art of photography!
    • 1 May 2010 4:44PM
  • Erg Chebi

    Unusual approach! Differs from other desert landscape shots - you can't see "endless sea of sand". Very tight crop. I really like it. Great composition, clean colours, good light. Kind of shot that makes you want to be there.
    • 1 May 2010 4:38PM
  • My first pic

    Not too bad at all. I'd say very good! I like these oversaturated colours and strong vignetting. Nice graphic approach.
    • 1 May 2010 4:28PM
  • indian summer

    Fantastic picture! That's something between postcard from late 60's and road movie. It must be road to Woodstock. Beautiful Technicolor.
    • 2 Apr 2010 6:50PM
  • Whitby Arches

    Hi Kathryn!
    I have a question. Please, don't get me wrong - I'm not trying to be harsh or malicious. Anyway... Why does your pictures are so gray and gray instead of black and white? It's very difficult to find in your photographs pure black in shadows and pure white in highlights. You cut huge parts of dynamic range clean off your pics. The final effect looks dull and almost without any depth. Whitby Abbey IV and Graves would have been really good if you had used whole dynamic range recorded by your camera. Please, make the sliders meet ends of histogram in levels adjustment window Wink, tweak the contrast a bit and check it out.
    Regards, Tom
    • 28 Mar 2010 9:09PM
  • Stand the test of time

    Using HDR processing seems to be pointless in this case. The only exposure imbalance was between sky highlights and headstones shadows. But you didn't need to bring out the sky details if you cropped it out almost completely.
    Copying background and applying high pass filter in overlay mode should make text and textures (reliefs) more visible and pronounced.
    I agree with Phil.
    • 28 Mar 2010 7:08PM
  • Peeking

    I really like it. I don't know why. There's something in it indeed. But sadly it wouldn't get high vote rate. In your case Paola, I can see very typical rule - picture of naked Paola: 70 votes; picture of Siena or portrait of grandpa by Paola: 20-30 votes.
    Does it mean you are the best at shooting yourself? Wink
    • 28 Mar 2010 1:21PM
  • Irish Landscape

    I must confess it's highly manipulated - especially perspective. Original image was panorama around 150 degrees wide (composed of 7 or 8 shots). I squeezed it into square format without constraining proportions. The result was pretty odd but interesting and worth of further attention. So I stretched out topmost part of the picture next using Upper Shell Warp in PS. That's the reason why Mike noticed the river looks bowed - it is bowed due to messed perspective. And that's the reason why foreground looks a bit like tabletop decoration with props.
    I achieved more dramatic foreground with steeper hill slopes and deeper valley. You can say it's not fair. However when I look at original panoramic version it seems to me far too flat compared to impression I had while taking the photos. I believe this manipulated image is much closer to my first impression up there.
    • 21 Feb 2010 2:19PM
  • Claire

    First attempt at studio you say. Well... KEEP DOING THIS STUFF MATE!!! It's incredibly good shot!
    I really like warm reddish/magenta cast on the model's skin in v.1. I don't know why you decided to make it more neutral in v.2
    I'm impatiently waiting for your next studio works.
    • 10 Feb 2010 7:07PM
  • A Dissident


    Quote:The only thing spoiling it is the RED area top left-- as you have 'Digitised' your film photo you could also 'clone' out the red area.

    I was afraid it would look a bit dull. But you're probably right. I should have desaturated that corner at least to match it with lower right corner.
    Thank you for advice.
    • 27 Jan 2010 5:02PM
  • The Entance

    Perfect cover for book by Franz Kafka or George Orwell. Very dystopian atmosphere. Couple dummies placed on the balconies and this would be killing shot.
    • 25 Jan 2010 9:39PM