221bn - Rothenburg o.d. Tauber

bn rothenburg od tauber seeking critique guarino maurizio

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Category: Architecture

Author: Guarino Maurizio

Gallery: B & W

Published:
Thursday 7th of April 2005 09:53:59 PM

Comments

Terry Ward
Like this a lot. Very nice tones also. T

Jose Bayon
Interesting composition

Stephen Forsyth
Kind of depressing, I like it, just no idea why...

Doug Stanley
Great Framing Maurizio - I really like the framing with the foreground roof.

Francisco J. LauriƱo
6/6 Good depht of field, great tones, extraordinary composition. Superb.

Chee Hong Peow ( CHiPs )
Superb composition ....!

Ben S
wonderful tones and play between near and far. i've been tryin to pay attention to foreground-background tensions, so this really stands out for me.

Honorio Braga
Honorio

We always stop ,when searching Photos which privilege subjects sky roofs and buildings just like the first one, by Joseph Nicéphore, in France 1826. I like it . It's diferent. I'm an amateur, still learning. Thank you.

tarek wazzan

the composition is very interesting and original... the tones beautiful... best regards..

 

tarek

Paschalis Bartzoudis

This is image is a stand-alone tutorial for the "great perspective", bravo!

best regards, Paschalis

 

Patrick Hudepohl
Response to 221bn - Rothenburg o.d. Tauber by Maurizio Guarino

Please note the following:

Richard John Edwards
221bn - Rothenburg o.d. Tauber by Maurizio Guarino

what i find interesting is that none of the original comments prior to POW have actually adientified what they like about this image or what makes it a good image.
This images strength is the repetition in triangulation, it is a theme that is repeated throughout the image, from the inverted foreground triangular shapes to the smaller items in the background. The composition helps. the tonal value is also of interest, yet for me it has elements of muddiness, especially in the sky area. It's either well thought out with this objective in mind or just luck, I would like to know if that is what the photographer was seeing.

Alex S.
Response to 221bn - Rothenburg o.d. Tauber by Maurizio Guarino

It is an interesting perspective on a typical Germanic cities. Yes, the triangulation works nicely. But it is the unusual perspective that makes this photograph unique. I have seen views like this when I lived in Germany. This is the backside of grand architecture. My only problem with this image is the sepia cast. It was would be far better in plain black and white.

Wayne Melia
221bn - Rothenburg o.d. Tauber by Maurizio Guarino

Echo Alex; the artificial toning is a distraction from the natural strength(s) of the photo. Never have understood why people use it. Oh well, to each his own....

Pnina Evental
Response to 221bn - Rothenburg o.d. Tauber by Maurizio Guarino

Very nice composition with an unusual perspective. I like the V shape of FG framing the upside down V's of the BG.
I find it as an interesting eye observation.I do agree to the comment about the sepia toning, I think that it would have been better in B/W just as a way to enhance details in general (not as an ''artificial"way...;-)), that said I congratulate Maurizio for a very nice POW work.

Stephen Penland
221bn - Rothenburg o.d. Tauber by Maurizio Guarino

I had a completely different take on this photograph, one that Maurizio probably didn't have in mind. What stood out so prominently to my eye when I first saw the photo was the drain pipe, probably because it is prominent in the foreground and is a relatively light color. To my eye, that immediately became the primary object in the photo, and the rest of the elements -- the sloping roofs and particularly the grand buildings in the background -- were only secondary objects that related to the drainage pipe, part of the infrastructure of this assemblage of striking buildings. I'm not normally prone to reading interpretation into a photograph, but the prominence (to my eye) of the little piece of drainpipe added an aspect to the human-derived grand architecture that we seldom see and probably even less often think about (unless you're an architect or civil engineer). Despite the great and historic and cultural architecture of the place, it still has to deal with what are probably perceived as problems when it simply rains. What to do with rain water, runoff, and the chemicals and detritus that such water carries along with it? I see this as a mild commentary on our built environment, asking us to take on a more holistic view of urban environments and our technological achievements. I may be alone in this view, but that drain pipe just happened to catch and hold my eye.

Pnina Evental
Response to 221bn - Rothenburg o.d. Tauber by Maurizio Guarino

Stephen, reading your impressions, I would like to add that I saw the drain pipe element as an' answer'(color) to the bright parts in the BG, and as an eye leading to the BG in general. Thats why I liked Maurizio camera point in the first place.

Lech Dobrzanski
221bn - Rothenburg o.d. Tauber by Maurizio Guarino

I do not admire V shapes and plumber works. Something hangs in the air indeed, but air is brown as in the poor darkroom works in the past.

Ken Thalheimer
221bn - Rothenburg o.d. Tauber by Maurizio Guarino

I like the vantage point used to give this photo the "Vee" perspective it has. Thr tiangulation most always works as an interesting geometric for holding the viewer's attention. It also works well here. At first, I thought it too tight at the bottom; after continued viewing it doesn't bother me. I do think it would be more of an advantage in a straight B&W, rather than the sepia. I think the sepia hurts the already bland, plain sky

Ken Thalheimer
221bn - Rothenburg o.d. Tauber by Maurizio Guarino

I like the vantage point used to give this photo the "Vee" perspective it has. Thr tiangulation most always works as an interesting geometric for holding the viewer's attention. It also works well here. At first, I thought it too tight at the bottom; after continued viewing it doesn't bother me. I do think it would be more of an advantage in a straight B&W, rather than the sepia. I think the sepia hurts the already bland, plain sky

hans peters
221bn - Rothenburg o.d. Tauber by Maurizio Guarino

I like the composition. It is very original and capturing the "cityscape" in a triangle works well here. I would like to see it a bit brighter. Also what bothers me a bit is the fact that it is tilted to the left for about one degree. Maybe most people don't see it , but I am quite sensitive in that aspect and it isn't much trouble to correct that.

Nicodemus Roger
221bn - Rothenburg o.d. Tauber by Maurizio Guarino

Excellent composition, V - for Victory, Congratulations!

Fred G
221bn - Rothenburg o.d. Tauber by Maurizio Guarino

The framing device is well executed, though this type of framing device doesn't do much for me as it does seem somewhat ubiquitous. The difference here may be in the original triangle's repetition throughout the frame, which makes it that much more a PART of the photo and therefore somewhat less of simply a device.

Among the reasons to tone a black and white photo are personal preference, sometimes added depth and enhancement of lighting, a change in mood . . . It's another aesthetic tool, not good or bad in and of itself but rather good or bad depending on the particular usage.

In this case, I think a black and white with no toning would be less interesting and the sky is more dull without it. Having desaturated this photo, I found it a little bland without the toning. That said, the toning here may be a bit much, a bit thick, and it might be "toned" down to a more subtle effect, but overall I'd say it adds. These old buildings often have a creaminess to their whites and I think the toning is trying to approximate that. I don't read it as sepia, though ideas of what's sepia do seem to vary.

The pipe is a nice feature, doesn't bother me at all. Lech's cropping seems very self conscious to me and it throws the feeling of depth off quite a bit. The suggested re-crop seems quite awkward to me. I don't read anything into the pipe's being there and don't see it as symbolic or part of a greater narrative than what I see presented here. But I do like its inclusion.

Rob Fairweather
221bn - Rothenburg o.d. Tauber by Maurizio Guarino

This critique is really not about Maurizio's image, but more about Fred's excellent discussion on the image.
I go along with everything he has said. To my mind, if the contrast is a little lower than some would like it, then blame it upon the original scene lighting, not the post processing. This image would appear to have been made in somewhat "dreary" lighting, and has been processed faithfully. The slight colour cast adds to the ambience.

Rob Fairweather
221bn - Rothenburg o.d. Tauber by Maurizio Guarino

This critique is really not about Maurizio's image, but more about Fred's excellent discussion on the image.
I go along with everything he has said. To my mind, if the contrast is a little lower than some would like it, then blame it upon the original scene lighting, not the post processing. This image would appear to have been made in somewhat "dreary" lighting, and has been processed faithfully. The slight colour cast adds to the ambience.

martin h
221bn - Rothenburg o.d. Tauber by Maurizio Guarino

Seems to me that a judicious amount of overall brightening helps, although maybe I've made the foreground pop a little too much.

See attached.

martin h
221bn - Rothenburg o.d. Tauber by Maurizio Guarino

Sky looks a little too yellow in the version I posted.

martin h
Response to 221bn - Rothenburg o.d. Tauber by Maurizio Guarino

Once more, with the sky a little lighter (stop me before I post again).

Kamaljeet Chugh
Response to 221bn - Rothenburg o.d. Tauber by Maurizio Guarino

I have no problems with this picture. I think the unique composition makes up for minor faults like sepia toning and the bland sky

John Rowsell
221bn - Rothenburg o.d. Tauber by Maurizio Guarino

The architecture and the angles are absolutely delightful and accentuated by the POV; a real celebration of culture. However, the haze and the tone detract. They are depressing, like one finds in scenes of oppression in eastern europe during the communist years.

Arthur Plumpton
221bn - Rothenburg o.d. Tauber by Maurizio Guarino

I agree with an earlier observer (Stephen?) that the drain pipe is the subject, despite the interesting interplay of various inverted and upright triangular shapes. The drain terminates (?) in the ledge between the two buildings and one wonders where it goes from there? No doubt there is another drain to ground level, however probably not interesting to include and that would affect the upper part of the image and remove part of the mild enigma.

I do not like the very bland sepia monochrome rendition. It is lifeless. A black and white image would be better, but the tones are already quite muddy, similar to those of a poorly exposed darkroom print. Even a pure black and white print might not be possible in this case with the photographer's chosen exposure and lighting. An interesting viewpoint, but it is I think severely let down by a poorly toned image. I encourage the author to couple his good vision with an improved exposure/lighting technique.

Space is no doubt a great problem in this attractive European city, as the two or three dormer windows here are committed to look out on the opposite roof. Light, but no vision in that case.

Thomas K.
221bn - Rothenburg o.d. Tauber by Maurizio Guarino

Unlike most responders I do like the styling of this photograph. It reminds me of postcards from the 1930's from many European cities showing it's old centers. When I find such a postcard, faded, showing muddy blacks and whites but usually with great detail from large film negative, it makes me wonder about how this place looks now? Was it leveled during the war? What happened to the people shown going about their lives peacefully just few years from WWII? As to the current POW - I do not care much about triangles or piping - I do like this a bit hazy, low contrast, gloomy atmosphere which hints on chaos and tragedies that have taken place in this now well organized and peaceful place.

Brandi Blaisdell
221bn - Rothenburg o.d. Tauber by Maurizio Guarino

Lovely. Nice tone, disorienting (in a good makes you pay attention way) perspective and I have no idea why, but it reminds me of Niepce's first permanent photo.

Maurizio Guarino
Rothenburg o.d. Tauber Comments and critiques are welcome.

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