"Cobblestones of San Juan"

by Tsoi Wilson

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Gallery: Travel, USA, Puerto Rico

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Category: Travel

Published: Saturday 10th of June 2006 12:47:43 AM


Lou Ann Aepelbacher
This is a wonderful view of a city street. I like the perspective, low to the street. I also like the colors of the buildings.

Michael Meneklis
7/6 Very nice shot.Superb colors tones and sharp.Bravo.Regards Michael.

Neil Murray
Hello Wilson, I'm already the "non tilt man"; and now I'm the "non reflection man". In my opinion the image is 7/7 if the reflection is cropped out. Without the reflection, the image is simple and powerful; with the reflection, the image has an extra and distracting element of complexity. Hey, but that's just my old fashioned opinion. Great shot anyway. Regards, "non tilt Neil".

Casey A
Awesome shot! I love how it takes me all the way from the small details of the cobblestone up to the woman and the buildings. I'm not a fan of the power lines, but that is a nit pick and I suppose they couldn't be avoided anyway. Again, great shot, you're a master! 7/7

Steve J Murray
Great shot! Very graphic. The reflections in the water really make it special.

Joe Baker
wilson, very nice angle,and DOF. in this case the point of view makes the photo

Sarah Underhill
WOW! Great. Perfect time of day, great light, color. perspective, and the person really adds to this image. Wonderul work as always.

Howard Dion
Outstanding Absolute trademark Wilson shot! This does not look like a photo to me. Looks like a painting.

John Seward
I keep your portfolio bookmarked because it is such a great learning tool. Kudos, Wilson.

Xhengis Aliu
Cool Outstanding colors, great angle, very good crop and ay nice perspective :)

Alec Ee
Wilson, your trademark reflection composition. Nobody does it better.

Kraig Emmert
very nice image...could use a little more saturation..not much...but a little on the figure to the left. Just my humble opinion...but a nice image.

Seven Stuartson
Wilson, I'm in the drive by rating section (not rating, but writing) and so guess this is the baby Canon hugging the ground and showing just what these cameras are best at. The sheen on the cobbles is wonderful; so too the apricots and peaches, mmm. I was just thinking how in another time you might have lent her a hand; ha, ha.

ricardo yamamoto
very good image. i like everything in it. colors, composition, subject... it has a surreal look for me.

Dennis Dixson
Very nice as usual. Great use of color and perspective. I can almost smell the wet pavement.

Frank Melchior
Super colors and those bricks again, wow! Well done Wilson.

Kim Slonaker
In my opinion, if you lose the reflection, you lose an important part of this composition. I love your shots where you include the reflection, or even where it IS the composition. The colors are very rich and pleasing. Nice work, Wilson!

Orlin Bowman
Like this alot -- very good color, content and mood...Thank you...

Kim Slonaker
We'll be in Seattle in the fall, too - likely around Sept 26 or so. We'll probably hook up with Mark Boyer again. Maybe we could do a mini-Photonet Fest??

David Cassidy
Nice composition with incredible colour. Well done. -David

Jesus Ayala
Beautiful Image, Well compose, Nice colors and details. Congratulations Wilson

Pnina Evental
Took me an hour to get here.... Wilson, For me the woman figure is an essential ellement in this one, aside from your expertise in technical ability. very nice work, dof, colors and especialy the light and a "piece of life" that the woman's figure represent.

Andrea Endisch
that's exactly what we want from you Wilson ;-) you managed to even make this cobblestone-street look shiny and special!

Linda Keagle
Wilson I was cruising new photos...bored with most. And then I came across yours. You never fail to delight me with your visions of the world.Thank you! 7/7 from me, even though they won't let me... BTW, Roger and I might be in Seattle area this fall. Maybe we can hook up!

Jayme Hall - Bardstown, KY
Ooooh, I'm late! I say, the image is great, just as is. The reflection is very important, balances the image (rule of thirds), in my opinion. Love the color, the perspective view & of course the composition!

David Brooks
7/7 Absolutely brilliant image. On reading a couple of the other comments here, I do agree, but I still think this blows most other photos on this site out the water!

Kelvin Bernard
Simply fantastic. My congrats. Regards, Kelvin.

Fernand Hick
Excellent shot. Great composition, original angle, superb colors. Congrats ! Fernand.

Todd McDonald
Amazing photo, Wilson. Exquisite light, comp and timing. It should be a classic IMO.

Alex Milarakis
An excellent photo with perfect exposure and very interesting view point. Congrats !

Paul Bratescu
How did you do that? Hi Wilson, I am curious has to how large of a print you can output before noticing any of the photo's manipulation in your incredibly nice image. I was reading Kim Shultz's comment and she mentioned seeing the image in a magazine, was this a full page image appearance? Also do you mention to publisher's that the photo is edited, or it does'nt matter?

f8, 1/15, 1/30, and 1/250 sec were you settings for all 3 exposures, I understand that, but what I dont understand is how you were able to align the images up in your editing program so easily with 3 different set focal legnths?

Again and incredible image.

Thanks, Paul Bratescu :)

Kurt Kramer
How Did You Get Such DOF? I've come to this image late. It's fabulous, as are some of your night-time riverfront scenes in my home town, Chicago. Anyway, I was SHOCKED to see f8. How do you get this depth of field at f8? Is it that these little digital cameras have such tiny lenses and sensors that they enable depth of field like nothing we've seen in 35mm? You list three different shutter speeds and manually bringing out the highlights from one exposure, shadow detail from another....kinda like HDR before it was provided by Photomatix and others. But you don't mention three different focusing distances. So I think you focused at something close to a hyper-focal distance, but I am still astonished at the depth of field achieved in this image. Very nicely done. Kurt

Ann Dream
comment beautifull energy

Patrick Hudepohl
Response to "Cobblestones of San Juan" by Wilson Tsoi This image has been selected for discussion. It is not necessarily the "best" picture the Elves have seen this week, nor is it a contest. It is simply an image that the Elves found interesting and worthy of discussion. Discussion of photo.net policy, including the choice of Photograph of the Week should not take place here, but in the Site Feedback forum.

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Bill Tate
Response to "Cobblestones of San Juan" by Wilson Tsoi Wilson, I am sure there will be considerable discussion over "manipulation" of the image what with making three photographs and merging them. I just love it. I looked at many of your other photographs and marked you as "interesting" so I can find you again and again. I'll do that anytime I feel I need some inspiration. You have a marvelous portfolio. Congratulations on being chosen for POW. I love the red and yellow colors--bright sharp and inviting. They seem to form the background to the wonderful cobblestone detail to what I see as the subject. An unusual composition, but the wet cobblestones are so very sharp they drag the eye right to them. My only wish was that there would be more sharpness to the buildings in the upper portions of the photograph. Possibly stitching a fourth photograph, focused on that area, might achieve that. I don't know. Then, of course you would be manipulating too much for this audience. I noticed several well manipulated pictures in your portfolio. You do wonderful work. Keep it up. Very nice -- Very attractive, and they certainly do grab the eye. Willie the Cropper

Will King
Response to "Cobblestones of San Juan" by Wilson Tsoi The low perspective and the deep rich tones really does it for me on this photo. All of your work is full of creativity and imagination and this shot is no exception. Congrats, Wilson. It was long overdue.

JH de Beer (RSA)
Response to "Cobblestones of San Juan" by Wilson Tsoi Wilson, congratulations on being the 1st POW on the revamped site. All has been said about the DOF, the great and saturated colours, the excellent light, and I agree. But. And what follows is what photography is all about for me - and I won't even have the answer, but here goes: I saw the photo and I liked it, for the obvious reasons (colour, nice angle of view, DOF etc). That was my first instinct. This being the POW however, I had to start analysing WHY it worked for me. And just there the trouble started. I couldn't immediately find something in the photo that bound me beyond the first impressions, and that troubled me personally, because I can SEE that it is a great photo. I know the woman must play an integral part. Is she throwing out rubbish - not so great. Is she coming to someone, leaving a lover - now we're talking. And although I am not great on manipulation (removing or adding objects) I have absolutely no problem with what you did here - I can only wish I knew how to do it myself. I suspect that, except for the deliberate troublemakers, this POW CAN NOT degenerate into a manipulate v non-manipulate discussion - and luckily for me, you decided to leave the power lines in! The power lines, like the woman, play an integral part of the image. It binds the two buildings, and also binds a concept of visible v non-visible. So all in all, a great photo, nice to look at, and I still don't have all the answers as to why, but I bet at the end of this week I will. Regards. - JH -

Sondra Kicklighter
Response to "Cobblestones of San Juan" by Wilson Tsoi Congrats, Wilson, wonderful perspective in this image, good puddle reflection and very colorful.

Giuseppe Miriello
water i guess the water is the key element of the image... all the picture above the water in fact, is playing with warm tones, it gives a deep sense of heat. if you put the water into account then you have a clashing subject... a hot place that anyway affords itself to leave the water be lost, flowing on the ground...

technicaly is a great image, as many from wilson, and water reflections and contrasting color tones are one of his favourite and recurring subjects, look at this one from him as example.

less recurring but still part of his style is the human subject. we can say that he prediliges humans doing visible strong actions, and this picture confirms his style... the out of focus human gives dynamism to the scene, also concurring to the sense of hot and fatigue that the uppert part of the frame would convey without water.

I dont' think this will sparkle another discussion over manipulation, expecially becouse he clearly states in image's details that mixed up details obtained from braketings, very much like hdr images, but done manually - and to me this is a plus. After all a photographer had the purpose to render the image as his eyes saw it, it is not unnatural looking, nor the effect is evident or overdone, and i don't think we would have known it if he hadn't stated the tecnique used into image's detail.

a great capture, a good choice for pow.

Landrum Kelly
Response to "Cobblestones of San Juan" by Wilson Tsoi This is an astonishingly good photo. The only nit that I would pick is that she appears to be carrying out the garbage, but I realize that one cannot always control all elements of a photo. Congratulations, Wilson. It looks you were literally on the ground to get this one. --Lannie

J Montgomery
Response to "Cobblestones of San Juan" by Wilson Tsoi Somehow I missed this one the first time around ... but great technical detail, composition, and story to tell. The very close reflection is quite nice. Such detail in the cobblestones! Great shot ... wondering if you shot other compositions without the human element or perhaps other human / animal elements?

Phineas Tarbolde
Response to "Cobblestones of San Juan" by Wilson Tsoi Frankly, I would have liked the photo more with the reflection cropped out since, the water isn't reflecting anything of significance. The reflection part seems to be a bit of an afterthough as well as a "cliche". I think the texture of the rock, colours of the walls and the figure is enough for the composition -- strong, bold & clean.

Mona Chrome
Response to "Cobblestones of San Juan" by Wilson Tsoi A photo that certainly has some appealing color and depth. Is there a story, the woman demands our attention and is she doing something important? Maybe that will be the crux of the discussion. Apparently, emptying the trash wont carry this, but is that what she is doing, I don't know, but what matters is how one looks at this--it is pivotal I think and if she doesn't work, the photo isn't going to work. I have to second the statement about the reflection, it absolutely serves no purpose here. It does not give us any information, we already know that the street is open above, it does not add any "missing" element, we know the buildings are orange and are there and the sky is blue, so what is it doing for us? It is pretty, but is that enough? My only other comment is that I feel the upper right side is not holding its own and thus the eye is being pulled over to a relatively minor element. I think the pinkish wall and the light orange are the culprits and a burn is probably in order to bring balance here. Bottom line, I think this image suffers a bit from being a little disjointed, but has some potential. The irrelevant reflection could be removed, the light balanced and maybe we could not think of the lady as removing trash. This was technically well done, if it is a montage of sorts, but I think the message is lost amongst the wonderful colors and technique.

Andrei Pfeiffer
Response to "Cobblestones of San Juan" by Wilson Tsoi What can I say ... composition and originality are incredible. Great tones of color also. Another title could be of more help. Congratulations.

Marc G.
Little wonders of daily life... Nice... I'm quite amazed reading that the reflections at the bottom serve no purpose. Well, ok, it is true that they don't bring any new "information", but they are, precisely, reflections. Their purpose is, imo, 1) to frame the shot nicely (aesthetics), and 2) to present us with the "little unseen wonders" that surround this casual woman in her casual daily outing. Wonders of daily life... That is imo what this picture is all about. And both the reflections and the "overly" wonderful colors are welcome in this perspective. What I found interesting too was to read that a woman carrying garbage out wasn't very nice, or was uninteresting somehow. I disagree. Ok, we could have had a pretty old lady with amazing wrinkles walking her dog and facing us, or such... but that would be an entirely different (and a much less original) picture. Here, the magic (and originality) of this POW (as I see it) is, that this very common scene - a scene we'd rather not show in general - becomes wonderful. When I first saw it his POW actually reminded me of "Le chateau de Dame Tartine" - some kind of wonderland casttle made of candies, which was part of French kids litterature when they still read books, that is before video games were invented. :-) Or perhaps you could somehow find analogies with some scenes in "Alice in Wonderland". In short, it seems to me, that Wilson was trying to OPPOSE "garbage" and "a pretty (magic) world". And therefore, I love these almost cartoonish colors, as well as this cartoonish angle, and I think this is a strong concept, not just a pretty picture. As for the negatives... Well, there won't be much... 1) Shouldn't the verticals be more vertical - or at least be more vertical towards the center within the picture's width ? Here, the shot looks slightly tilted, walls seem to "fall to the right"... 2) The woman seems a bit blurry. I'd prefer her to be tack sharp - or maybe more motion blur could be interesting too. Here it's kind of half way... But these are just 2 minor glitches in a very good and clever picture. As for the PShoping, no matter how much manipulation was performed here, I'd say it's ok, because it is *conceptually justified* - I can't imagine "Alice in Wonderland" filmed without Special Effects. This picture really doesn't pretend to present a daily scene as we see it every day: on the contrary, it is set out to create a wonder-world. Wilson showed us magic where we normally wouldn't see it. (Isn't that what a photographer generally does, anyway...?)

Ken Thalheimer
Response to "Cobblestones of San Juan" by Wilson Tsoi Very good. I think it's more a well done technical piece than a beautiful one. It tells a story of early morning life where she lives. The DOF is excellent. Sharp through out. The puddle & reflection keep the eye moving through the photo and lead the eye right up to the subject. I like the less saturated color and the fact you left the power lines in. They work in this type of shot. Congrats Wilson

Carl Root
Response to "Cobblestones of San Juan" by Wilson Tsoi This image has some attractive features. The colorful buildings are certainly photogenic, and it's always nice to find an unexpected subject to use as a focal point. The low angle lighting is also well chosen, although the blending of the exposures to even out the light goes a bit too far in my view. Compositionally, the problem is that this shot, I suspect, was originally set up without the woman, so that the colorful reflection was the intended point of interest. As mentioned earlier, it is divided into four blocks with the least interesting feature - the cobblestones - in the center. Another way to look at this is that there are two lines of symmetry that reflect objects that are too dissimilar.

Giuseppe Miriello
Carl, probably you are right: he composed without the woman and then, as she popped into the frame, he decided to shot... anyway i don't think wilson would have posted the image without a woman anyway, he too would have realized that the frame is too "void" without some secondary point of attraction other than the pond.... also he would have realized exactly what you pointed out, the reflection was too small, perspective lines were really different into the reflection... the image would have had less impact.

Louis McCullagh - Belfast
Response to "Cobblestones of San Juan" by Wilson Tsoi My eye goes straight up the street to the sky and that is it. The woman is out of focus and in the top corner, indeed the colours and detail are around the edges of the image which leaves blurry cobbles and the sky in central position. Overall the image is colourful and eye catching but the composition is not strong enough to keep you looking or wanting to come back again and again. Would I hang it on my wall - No. Congratulations to Wilson on getting some recognition here and everyone go and look at all his other great images.

Rob Bernhard
Response to "Cobblestones of San Juan" by Wilson Tsoi Well deserved recognition. I'm partial to your work in and around Chicago, but only because I'm biased :) The movement of the woman makes an otherwise static scene more dynamic, IMHO.

Tom Fleming
Response to "Cobblestones of San Juan" by Wilson Tsoi Overall I like this photo because of the cobblestone detail in the foreground. I also like the woman carrying the garbage as it adds interest. However, the almost cartoon-like quality of the buildings sort of bothers me. It gives the photo a surreal look with a lack of contrast that is not evident in the reflection. Possibly this was done with the shadow-highlight tool that tends to be overused by photographers in general. I also think the photo works both with and without the reflection. It gives the image some balance and symmetry and does not detract compositionally.

Anders Hingel
Response to "Cobblestones of San Juan" by Wilson Tsoi I would agree with those that have remarked that Wilson has a series of very beautiful photos in his portfolio, but this photo is not up to his usual levels. For me this weeks POW has only one interest which is technical: the wonder that the stones in front of our nose can be as sharp (almost) as the last house in the street - a wonder that only can be of interest for beginners. But that cannot make the photo interesting to me. The woman carrying garbage (?) seems mainly to be a disturbing figure to which can be added the electric lines crossing the street and the tilt of the buildings. The reflection in the forefront does, again in my eyes, neither add interest to the scene. Bottom-line for me is therefore a POW with very beautiful colours and one open question: What is there to be found at the end of the street. The ocean, mountains or only the prosaic aim of the walk of the lady ? Go and see the beautiful portfolio of Wilson if you don't know it already.

Jon Thornton
Response to "Cobblestones of San Juan" by Wilson Tsoi Well done Wilson. I liked this image very much when you first published it. It has great depth and texture.

Robert Holmes
Response to "Cobblestones of San Juan" by Wilson Tsoi The "flip and rotate" LCD screen is wonderful for shots like this, as it saves one from lying on one's belly in a wet puddle. Unfortunately these Canons do not give a crisp image at mid- and distant range (I know, I used a Canon G5 for a year or two) compared to the better lenses on an SLR. When will Canon put Superb quality lenses on their top-end G and S series of point-and-shoots?

Jan Olof Härnström
Response to "Cobblestones of San Juan" by Wilson Tsoi Very well seen and clever shooting. Thank you for sharing the "technical details" with us. The "merge" and powerful composition makes a lot. Eyecatching and amusing work of an artist.

mike mcevers
Response to "Cobblestones of San Juan" by Wilson Tsoi Wilson, this is a great execution of a very clever idea. I love your series at the Mukilteo lighthouse, I live near there and frequently go to the lighthouse and ferry terminal to watch the gentle hubbub. mike

Jody Holman Webster
Response to "Cobblestones of San Juan" by Wilson Tsoi well, reflection or no, tilt or no, clean screen or no, I love it. Love the perspective, the color, the creativity. In fact, I am thrilled to have discovered your whole portfolio- I will be back often to learn from you. Your perspective is rarity-- thanks for sharing.

Pnina Evental
Response to "Cobblestones of San Juan" by Wilson Tsoi Wilson, I add my appreciation to that work of yours.To me the reflections are reflecting part of realty that is taking place in the upper part of the image.The woman with her load looks as if just entered the image from another reality what makes it very interesting. The technical ability of yours, and using the light , colors and forms is outstanding in all your works ,this one is no exception. I Congratulate you for being chosen POW. ! Pnina

Michael Ferron
Response to "Cobblestones of San Juan" by Wilson Tsoi Who ever thought old cobblestone would make an interesting foreground? Different and well done.

Georgios Chaziris
Response to "Cobblestones of San Juan" by Wilson Tsoi I agree with the "magic in the daily life" concept mentioned above. Looks like there was rain that washed out mundane reality exposing the chimerical side of San Juan. Thats exactly the feeling this photo gives to me. Having said that I have to admit that (for me) the picture approaches the "kitch" border but never really crosses the line and that's really pleasant .Well done to the photographer for this outstanding and well balanced shot.

David Bridge
Response to "Cobblestones of San Juan" by Wilson Tsoi I love everything about this image but the thing thats strikes me most is the depth. Using a complete brick in the forground was a great idea and the water really enhances it. Colour is excellent too. makes we want to go and try the same thing - which is the wehole point of the web site so I think your image is worthy of picture of the week. Dave

Carlos Loff Fonseca
Response to "Cobblestones of San Juan" by Wilson Tsoi To have or not to have de reflections on the lowerside of pic? Both ideas are cool! Good work anyway! Carlos Loff Fonseca, Lisbon

Seven Stuartson
Response to "Cobblestones of San Juan" by Wilson Tsoi As stated earlier, I like what you've achieved - the unusually low capture angle, the mellow light and hues, the simple equipment in this particular instance : just delighted you achieved this recognition, Wilson.

abhinav sukumar
Response to "Cobblestones of San Juan" by Wilson Tsoi The pic's "un"real"..it does almost feel like a painting...the coloured walls and the highly textured path....the reality hits you with the reflection in the water. Its an element that has added an interesting "duality" to the whole composition...

Wilson Tsoi
Response to "Cobblestones of San Juan" by Wilson Tsoi I'm very grateful to have this image chosen by the Elves for PoW. Even though this is not suppose to be the best image, but rather a stimulus for fruitful discussions, it is one of my personal favorites. I am thankful also for all the different comments and think that they illustrate very well of how different people view an image and arrive at some very different interpretations. Whether one thinks favorably of it or otherwise, I appreciate all the angles. REFLECTION: I always am fascinated by reflections as it gives a photograph, a 2-D art form, that missing third dimension. Depending on angles, distance, condition, etc., reflection serves as a natural mirror-image tool, as a window to another world, as an abstract, etc. To me, the fun is in experimenting a different way to make a reflection, or find a new way to incorporate a reflection into an image. To me, for this particular image, in addition to aforementioned, the reflection also plays an integral part in the resulting composition, gives a bit more information about the weather beyond the horizon, and perhaps helps present this image as an island (visually aside from the actual fact that P.R. is an island.) COMPOSITION: This is one of those things that may work for some and may not for others. Understandably, the fact that rule-of-thirds being thrown smack in viewers' faces may put some people off, I feel that it was most successful to have the sky, pavement (establishing point,) and water puddle all together with a near-far perspective to communicate depth of image. I patiently waited (feeding mosquitoes) for passerby to be in frame in hope of obtaining scale reference. The lady works much better here than a few other captures (she and her dad walking toward the camera at left, or couple guys turning the corner on the right after few drinks.) I agree that it would be better if the lady is tack sharp from head to toe, or be a bit more of a blur (BTW, you'll notice her feet are sharp as her stride hit the ground while body continues to be in motion.) I'd just might blur top of body to see what it might look like. COLORS: There isn't really a whole lot of saturation increase as Puerto Rico Old City is full of colorful buildings and the late afternoon sun further increase the saturation naturally. MANIPULATION: Other than taking 3 different portions of 3 different images and combining them in to one, there wasn't anything else that I did to it. The 3 images are identical in framing, but with different exposures for highlight, midtone, and shadow. In essence, it is a low-tech, psuedo HDR for JPG shooters (reads digital compacts.) Just make sure to bring along a tripod or some sort of support. Thanks again everyone, Wilson ^_^

Wilson Tsoi
Response to "Cobblestones of San Juan" by Wilson Tsoi Frank, Bolti, Cyrus, thank you much for your kind words. I hope the following will be helpful to some.

Wilson Tsoi
Response to "Cobblestones of San Juan" by Wilson Tsoi . . . exposure #2 . . .

Wilson Tsoi
Response to "Cobblestones of San Juan" by Wilson Tsoi . . . and last.

Marc G.
Response to "Cobblestones of San Juan" by Wilson Tsoi Hi again, Wilson. And thanks for your reply and added images to explain the process. One thing is missing for me which is to know the exact focal length and lens used here. The only thing that I can't understand is: why did you shoot all this at f8...? When going for near-to-far perfect sharpness and the best details you can get, and when you have enough light to do so, I'd say that f11 or f16 make more sense, don't you think...? I haven't seen a large print of this POW, but at f8, even with a wide angle (which always provides more DOF), I'd worry about missing some details somewhere. But then again, there could be another "trick" used here to try to get better details, and I'm wondering where you focused each of the 3 images: same place or 3 different places? If I had to shoot this, depending on the lens and its DOF properties, I'd probably go for f16 and a single focus point for all 3 images - and use DOF tester to be sure that everything is sharp from front to back in each of the 3 frames. I believe details would be slightly better that way. How did you do it exactly, and why, please?

Daniel Rice
Very Nice This is a lovely image, Wilson. Excellent technique to create a spot-on exposure. The perspective - being so very close to this ground - adds a great deal of interest to what otherwise might have been an average pic. My only critique per se is the DOF seems a little shallow - or perhaps not shallow enough. Regardless, this is a very nice image. Cheers!

Jayme Hall - Bardstown, KY
Response to "Cobblestones of San Juan" by Wilson Tsoi Wilson- Nice to see credit given where credit is due. Finally :) As for the image, it's wonderfully interesting. Thanks for all the explanation. This makes it even more interesting :) Congratulations!

Sp ...
Response to "Cobblestones of San Juan" by Wilson Tsoi My first impression was that the lighting was "wrong" and I'm still having a hard time getting past that. Now granted the image does work on many levels but if I can't get past that then I'm sorry to say it will always feel a bit contrived.

Tomaso Nigris
Response to "Cobblestones of San Juan" by Wilson Tsoi Wilson you are really great. Beatiful picture.

Wilson Tsoi
Response to "Cobblestones of San Juan" by Wilson Tsoi Daniel, Jayme, SP, Tomaso, thanks for commenting. Marc, typical of digital compacts, in my case the A620, its minimum aperture is f8, so I had to make do. As for focusing, I manually select the focus point (Canon calls it "FlexiZone") to the area I was exposing for (bottom edge of brick in 1/15 exp., curb near the lady on 1/30, and area between tree and lantern in the 1/250 frame.) Basically it's psedo hyperfocus with sharpness from edge of water & brick all the way back to small tree on the horizon. The softness in top of the lady's body is due to her movement captured at 1/30 (you might notice that her right foot is indeed sharp.) BTW, the focal length was at the widest end of the A620 which is equivelent to 35mm FL (not all that wide in today's world of 24, 20, 17, ultrawides) on traditional 24x36mm film format. Lastly, one point that you might find interesting is that I will not be able to capture this low of an angle if I were to use a DSLR due to its greater distance between the lens axist and edge of camera body. Although a combination of a SLR, tablepod, and right angle finder can get you pretty darn low point-of-view, it won't be nearly as low and as convenient as a digital compact equipped with flip screen propped with a quarter or two (or Euro coins.) Wilson ^_^

Marc G.
Response to "Cobblestones of San Juan" by Wilson Tsoi Well, many thanks, Wilson ! This was very interesting in many ways.

Phil Indeblanc
Response to "Cobblestones of San Juan" by Wilson Tsoi I really like this very much. Only one tech issue is the water reflection on the left side, the white window frame that is leading into the crack can use some distortion or darkening as it is flat on the same plane. This is minor, but worth very much mentioning as it is smack dab in the face. even erasing and a little part of a rockw ould solve this. Great work!

Jayme Hall - Bardstown, KY
Response to "Cobblestones of San Juan" by Wilson Tsoi Wilson- So wonderful to see this in one of my photo magazines. Knew it was yours right off :) Memorable photo!

Kim Shultz
Response to "Cobblestones of San Juan" by Wilson Tsoi Congratulations on winning the Islands Magazine Photo Contest (June 2007 issue). I was flipping through the magazine in the doctors office when I saw your image. I remembered seeing it here on Photo.net. It put a smile on my face. Thanks!! Kim

Wilson Tsoi
Response to "Cobblestones of San Juan" by Wilson Tsoi Phil, thanks for your suggestion. I kind of like the natural distortion of that window reflection at bottom left of frame as that really is what it was. Other than the merging of the exposures, I wanted to keep this pretty much unaltered. Jayme, thanks. Glad you recognized it. ^_^ Kim, thanks and happy to be able to put a smile on your face in the clinic!

Paul Bratescu
Response to "Cobblestones of San Juan" by Wilson Tsoi Hi Wilson,
I am curious has to how large of a print you can output before noticing any of the photo's manipulation in your incredibly nice image. I was reading Kim Shultz's comment and she mentioned seeing the image in a magazine, was this a full page image appearance? Also do you mention to publisher's that a photo is edited?

Paul Bratescu :)

Wilson Tsoi
"Cobblestones of San Juan" Trash collection day in Old San Juan . . .

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