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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 Dec 18, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
It looks like a paradise!Heart 
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Niophee Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Perfect day for perfect shots :)

thx so much for your feedback!
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Applejack-1982 Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Np!!!Handshake 
I love it so much!Love 
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Ameer-Saadallah Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Wow ,, like it :+fav:
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Niophee Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
I am glad you do :D
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xLoversRevenge Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2013  Professional Photographer
Stunning! Beautiful capture!
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:iconniophee:
Niophee Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
thx so much :hug: I am glad you like it!
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jorjalinotype Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Featured!! [link]
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:iconniophee:
Niophee Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
thx so much :hug:
good luck and fun on your travel!
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jorjalinotype Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
:)
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relhom Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
:heart:
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:iconniophee:
Niophee Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
:hug:
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Rowdyruffgril Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2012  Student Artist
WOW!
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:iconniophee:
Niophee Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
:D I am glad you like it!
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RAIS1 Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
wonderful shot :)
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Niophee Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
thx so much :D
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RAIS1 Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You are welcome :)
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GeminiArtNStock Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2012   Digital Artist
wow
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Niophee Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
thx :D
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GeminiArtNStock Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2012   Digital Artist
you're welcome
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burningrage8-13 Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Sweetness!! I love Japanese gardens!! That is so going to be put in my "wishlist" box!! :)
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:iconniophee:
Niophee Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
wow thx so much :hug:
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burningrage8-13 Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
You're welcome. :)
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HelloMellie Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Gorgeous!
I wish this was my backyard, haha.
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Niophee Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
thx :D

yeah, this as backyard sounds really great.
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SnapColorCreations Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2012
Beautiful love the reflections. =}
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Niophee Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
thx so much :hug:
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SnapColorCreations Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2012
You're welcome :tighthug:
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cynthiacxli Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
absolutely stunning!<3
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Niophee Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
I am glad you like it :) thx
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ZuhaLoveMusic Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2012  Professional Interface Designer
i love it!
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Niophee Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
thx so much :D
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ZuhaLoveMusic Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2012  Professional Interface Designer
;P
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FaithfullyNeutral Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
That's beautiful! Great choice of place :)
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Niophee Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
thx :D it is a wunderful place
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any--mel Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2011
Lovely shot!:love:
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Niophee Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
thx :D
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Airwalk360 Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2011
Love the colors!
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Niophee Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
I am glad you like it! :)
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Feelin3 Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2011  Student Photographer
Peaceful, amazing colors !
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Niophee Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
thx so much :D
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MayEbony Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Beautiful. I love it :)
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:iconniophee:
Niophee Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
thx :)
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dorkad Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
your dream become true in this place ..thanks for the picture
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Niophee Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
:D
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BoxcarChildren Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2011
:iconrainbowheartplz1::iconrainbowheartplz2::iconrainbowheartplz3: Great Photo!
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Niophee Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
thx :D
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BoxcarChildren Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2011
Your Welcome =D
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great-queen-morrigan Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
It's so pretty shot!:love:
Hmm...could i use your photo as reference fo painting in future???
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Niophee Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
thx so much :hug: I would be honored if you choose my picture for your drawings. let me know when you finished!
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