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Through the Gate of History

Through the Gate of History
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Copyright: Silke Force (Silke) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2572 W: 237 N: 6132] (24044)
Genre: Places
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-06-28
Categories: Daily Life, Architecture
Camera: Nikon D-70s, Sigma 18-200 mm (F3.5-6.3), Sigma UV 62 mm
Exposure: f/10.0, 1/160 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2011-04-03 4:24
Viewed: 2609
Points: 22
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
I love being able to shoot through doorways and window frames, and what's better than this enormous old town gate?
It was marvelous to be able to shoot in the early morning before there were too many other people around -- except of course for that oncoming white car :-)
I cannot for the life of me remember why I did not shoot from far enough back to include the arch, but it seems that there was a poster on the wall that I did not want to include -- sorry folks!

Tech: composed in camera, captured in raw, levels and saturation adjusted in raw, converted to jpg, (debated as to whether to crop it into an 8x10 format to reduce the amount of wall on the left and decided I liked it better with the wall in, resized, sharpened all but the blue sky, framed with a single pixel and voila

Thanks for looking and for your suggestions for improvement

fransx, GreenBaron, daisydaisy, werdir, loribird, Royaldevon, mesquens1, shelbeesmom, brech, Mitra, dareco has marked this note useful
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  • fransx Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2938 W: 134 N: 7397] (41704)
  • [2011-04-03 4:26]

Hi Silke,
I like your approach to present this daily life view through this arch but IMO I would have included all the arch and crop more from the left side.
Perfect exposure management on the buildings and the street.
A good attempt.
My regards,

Francis Xavier

Hi Silke,
A very pleasant image well framed by the old town gate. I do suggest you crop off most of the dark wall on the left or give it more brightness in which case it will work well. But good enough for my two points as is.

Hi Silke,
Wonderful picture of the gate and the town square. Excellent handling of light in the colourful scene of the town. I'm not sure about the composition, I think cutting the top of the gate is a shame and de (dark) left side of the gate should or be brightened or cropped to balance the composition a bit more. Overall a fine post my dear!


Alsace is very beautiful and It is a region I would like to visit someday.
It is not easy to take a photo under a gate or behind a window because there is light to manage.
You have done well here.
This POV leaves us to admire the colorful city.
It's lovely and looks like a very pretty postcard

This is really eye-catching .. this view through the arch. And the view beyond .. that perfectly quaint town. I love this region of France. Was there many many years ago.
I would echo was others have said though .. ideally, I would have liked to see the top of the arch too. Still, a lovely shot that makes me wish I was there.

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  • werdir Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1416 W: 147 N: 2654] (11957)
  • [2011-04-03 9:50]

Hi Silke,

This is a lovely view of the quaint village. I like that you used the opening in the gate as a natural frame to the scene, but must admit that I would have liked to see the top of the archway. Still, a fine and picturesque view.

Warm regards,

Nice shot Silke. Great pov thru the gate. Wonderful scene with sharp detail, beautiful color and lovely lighting. Well done. TFS, Lori

Hello Silke,

IMO you were right to leave the shaded wall uncropped. It helps the balance and the mood of the shot, and it helps guide the viewer into the cobbled street, however, I would have brightened it, a little.
The details are sharp and well saturated and there is a pleasing contrast between shaded and sunny areas.

My warm regards,
Bev :-)

Beautiful place! I wonder if I'll ever get over to Europe? Doesn't look like it will ever happen for me. So I get to enjoy your photos! LOVE the brick roads and the flowers! This is super sharp and your lighting is nice!

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  • Mitra Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 1153 W: 70 N: 1116] (16)
  • [2011-04-04 16:47]

Hello Silke,
Wonderful picture of the gate.Wonderful scene with sharp detail, beautiful color and lovely lighting. Well done.

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  • dareco Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1672 W: 16 N: 832] (15528)
  • [2011-06-20 12:36]

Hi Silke! I like the natural framing here. The lighting is also very nice. Good dof and detail. TFS

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