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Sunset on a Fairytale Town

Sunset on a Fairytale Town
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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: 2009-06-27
Categories: Daily Life, Architecture
Camera: Nikon D-70s, Sigma 18-200 mm (F3.5-6.3), Sigma UV 62 mm
Exposure: f/9.0, 1/320 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2011-04-01 2:55
Viewed: 2516
Points: 24
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
When my daughter got married in France two years ago, she opted to have her reception in a town north of Mulhouse (where she lived and had her wedding ceremony). It was a magical place, and for her side of the family, an unbeatable event.
When we walked through the ancient gate, we took a step back straight into the Middle Ages.
Because this is a part of the world that has been at times German and at times French, the culture is a fabulous blend of both and yet something so wholly its own that I can understand why they have a Separatist Party (just like our Quebecois do).
The language falls on the ear as more medieval German than French and has a musical quality that is more fluid than modern high German.
This house is not too far inside the city gates. The time stamp in the camera was sadly still set for Canada, so it's five hours out. Local time was 18:40, so the sun was approaching the horizon and already adding a warm glow to a wall that looks much lighter at high noon.

Tech: composed in camera, used fill-in flash to combat the heavy shadows, captured in raw; adjusted colour saturation and levels in raw, converted to jpg, used perspective crop to correct for the wide angle (i.e.to straighten the building lines); cloned out the back half of a modern car in the laneway; resized, deselected sky and sharpened the remainder of the image, added a single pixel black frame all around

Thanks so much for looking, and for any comments and suggestions you might have for improvement

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  • pozaru Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3627 W: 881 N: 2607] (21386)
  • [2011-04-01 3:23]

Maybe the wall on the left could go but the light is sooooo beautiful.
Lovely place, indeed

have a great weekend,

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  • fransx Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2938 W: 134 N: 7397] (41704)
  • [2011-04-01 6:22]

Hi Silke,
Glorious lighting of perhaps late afternoon on this fairytale house with such a magnificent architecture.
A lovely composition adorned with natural colors using an adequate technique of fill-in flash to soften the harsh shadows. Good PP work to render equal exposure all over.
Well done for such a neat presentation.
My regards,

Francis Xavier

Hello Silke
The scenery is beautiful with that colombage house. Warm sundown light and rich ocre color. That's Alsace architecture. I love the well in the garden, This is a good situation for HDR process. Personnally, i would have cropped the part of a wall to the right.
I love Alsace. Hope you go to Riquewihr one day.

Regards from Québec

love the colours here nice pov and lighting only thing i would change was to clone plants on bottom left of the image out catches the eye a little
tfs regards bryan

Hi Silke,
Great light in this picture. The late sunlight create a warm atmosphere. Well captured and presented!

I love how you kept the FG well lit Silke! The way you processed this makes it LOOK like CG! A pixar movie set! Complete with Princess and a Dragon waiting in the wings! The only thing I would have done differently, had I been smart enough to come up with the idea, is to clone out the fence at the bottom left hand side of the shot. That's it! LOVE IT!

Hi Silke,
Nice presentation and composition of this lovely place for wedding ceremony,
great old architecture and details and I like it,
beautiful tone of colors on evening time when the sun falling down,

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  • john1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 438 W: 0 N: 886] (8448)
  • [2011-04-01 13:54]

Hi Silke,

Wonderfull architecture of this beautifull house, I like the effect of light and shadows.
The textures of the stones and the garden in the foreground, the POV is great to.
Splendid composition, TFS.
My best regards and very nice week end.

You created a fine medieval mood with colors and light.Excellent sharpness reveals all the intricacies of the architecture.Best wishes Otto.

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  • nicou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2777 W: 0 N: 5194] (50772)
  • [2011-04-01 20:51]


Fantastique compo e timage quels tons doux sur cette maiosn en colombage, quel jardin le rendu sur la pierre, fantastique compo.

Bravo et maitié


Nice shot Silke! Great lighting on this beautiful composition. Wonderful color and detail, nice pov. Well done! TFS, and have a great weekend, Lori

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  • RSK Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1089 W: 589 N: 1943] (14753)
  • [2011-04-02 18:48]
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It's a joy to visit this part of the world,due to all the fantastic old buildings, with their architectural charm,waiting for us tourists to capture with our camera's.But we don't all get the chance to capture them bathed in this warm light.Good capture Silke,nice mood to this scene,good to learn that a fill flash helped with the shadows. Myself, I would have either, included more of the foreground fence, or omitted it all together,just a personal preference.TFS
Best Regards

Bonjour Silke
A very nice country of which you show well the typical architecture and mood.There is a famous Christmas Market in Strasbourg, there is also one on the Champs Elysées each year now.I join a WS of a wood shop which will maybe remind you things of that beloved country.

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