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June 5, 2011
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Camera Data

FinePix S2000HD S2100HD
Shutter Speed
1/147 second
Focal Length
14 mm
ISO Speed
Date Taken
May 24, 2011, 5:51:25 AM
GIMP 2.6.8
Sensor Size
Japanese Dreams by Niophee Japanese Dreams by Niophee
Japanese Garden -> Breslau (Wrocław) -> Poland

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'A little Japanese Dream' I thought to myself when I first saw this photo, even before I looked at the title. So right off, I would say the title is in perfect correalation to the subject. I know some people enjoy less obvious titles or titles with word plays, puns, hidden references, but in this case I like the plain, obvious title.

While I have not been to Breslau (Wrocław) myself and have not seen this garden live yet, I would say that the angle was well chosen, as the photo introduces the spectator to many different and beautiful plants that can be found in the Garden. It also gives off the impression that the Japanese Garden was well-planned, as one can not only see different forms of vegetation, but also a little architecture, severals stones and rocks and water (from what I assume is an artificial pond).

The lighting is bright and gives the photo a serene and happy feeling, which is enhanced by the spots of warm red/pink/purple-ish colours here and there. Catching the reflections of the landscape in the water gives the photo a very scenic atmosphere, but in my opinion it's not over the top.

In my opinion a Critique should always include a point of criticism to help the artist improve. That does not mean I don't like this photo (I do) or that I think Eva is a 'bad' artist (I don't think that!). So while I feel the general composition and atmosphere in this photo is very harmonic if I take a closer look I am not too happy with the glaring, white spot in the top right corner. It was obviously a bright day and I don't mean that all photos should be so crowded in composition that no simple sky should be seen, but in this photo, since the rest of the photo seems to be so 'full of landscape' just having the top right corner white seems a bit bland. ;) But of course that is my personal opinion and others might disagree. =) Perhaps (and this is just a hypothetical thought, when trying it out it might look horrible) a very, very soft black vignette could have been added to the edges. But very subtly. But perhaps (and this is just an assumption of mine when I look at the finished photo now) that would have covered the blank white spot and would have given the photo a stronger focal point, focusing more on the center and letting the edges softly fade into the background a bit. ;) But I believe this is more a matter of personal opinion and not a grand error in technique.

So summing it up:

Vision - :star::star::star::star::star-empty: - I believe that the artist had a concrete vision in mind when she was there and has implented it well.
Originality - :star::star::star::star-empty::star-empty: - I do feel that gardens (especially the Japanese and Chinese variant) are photographed a lot. Don't take me wrong I never tell the artist to shoot something else, an artist can deal with whichever subject an artist wants to deal with, but I just feel that I need to fairly point out that photographing a picture-esqe garden is not the most original subject out there.
Technique - :star::star::star::star::star-empty: - The photo is, all-in-all, well implemented. Composition, lighting contrasts, colour contrasts etc are, all-in-all, harmonic.
Impact - :star::star::star::star::star-half: - I find 'Impact' is very personal. I like this photo, because it shows the beauty of this garden, without being 'too emotional'. I know that might be a weird term ;) but I find some garden photos come across as though they are traveling agency 'propaganda' photos and while they also have a certain charm, I liked that this photo, despite it being serene, was more on the 'sober' side and not overly on the 'just popped out of a fairy-tale'-side ;) Like I said before it is definitely pretty, but it's not 'over the top'. I know some people love the 'overly romantic feel' in photos, but I find this photo is great without it.
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Applejack-1982 Featured By Owner 2 days ago  New member Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
It looks like a paradise!Heart 
Niophee Featured By Owner 2 days ago  Hobbyist Photographer
Perfect day for perfect shots :)

thx so much for your feedback!
Applejack-1982 Featured By Owner 2 days ago  New member Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I love it so much!Love 
Ameer-Saadallah Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Wow ,, like it :+fav:
Niophee Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
I am glad you do :D
xLoversRevenge Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2013  Professional Photographer
Stunning! Beautiful capture!
Niophee Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
thx so much :hug: I am glad you like it!
jorjalinotype Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
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Niophee Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
thx so much :hug:
good luck and fun on your travel!
jorjalinotype Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
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