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a hollow promise - BW edition by darkdex52 a hollow promise - BW edition by darkdex52
This photo looks a lot better in Black and White. It's an HDR photo btw. It's in Sigulda, Latvia
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Critique by Orchid5683 Orchid5683/critique/271387880">Aug 7, 2010, 2:50:49 AM
Ok, I had to think about this for a while because when I first look at the image it is generally striking and interesting. I appreciate the subject in the first place because it speaks of a time long past and of much history that likely nobody will ever know...

Also I agree with your choice to move from color to BW, though I may also recommend you try one other style...This image may work very well in pseudo-hdr (if you have Photoshop then maybe try this tutorial for an excellent effect [link] ; if you don't have Photoshop then it is very possible you can use the principles of the tutorial in whatever editing application you are using.

Finally, it took me a while to be ready to write this critique because as much as I liked the image, I couldn't put my finger on what was bothering I think I got it...your angle and perspective are great, and while I may have taken 1 step left for the shot, that is personal style; so I think what is missing is depth-of-field...because everything is in focus, our eye tends to try and focus on EVERYTHING, so the wall on the right, as cool as it is, may need some blurring and/or darkening so as to allow the eye to naturally move down to the more ornate architecture in the distance...

It is a beautiful and interesting shot that hints at stories that will never be told; try adding a DOF effect down just 1/3 of the right wall and see if it doesn't relax your eyes into the depths of the image. :-) Also, if you try the pseudo-hdr effect, I sure would love to see it so please notify me!
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Critique by BlazestarofBurstclan BlazestarofBurstclan/critique/550587237">Jan 16, 2012, 1:45:29 AM
Uh... This is my first Critique and I just finished a two week photography assignment... So I'm sorry if this fails.
And warning, I know nothing about photography (X3)

Vision: I can see it vvery clearly. You can tell it is old and there's some contrast. It's breathtaking.

Originality: It's not the first time I've seen a picture like this, but it's probably the best I've seen.

Technique: I'm impressed by what side you chose and how it's kinda slanted sideways. Like I said, some contrast and prosparity (DIDN'T SPELL IT RIGHT! DARN IT!). And I can kinda see a rule of thirds.
Impact: Whatever this means, Overall, it's an amazing photograph. It's beautiful, emotional and breathtaking. I hope I get to see more of these.

Other notes:
The black and white look great and I see why you perfered it that wat rather than color.
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ala33 Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2016  Hobbyist Photographer
hot anything/body could be still there
ariesfire19 Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
This is stunning! Love it!
Tech-Chirac Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
woah this is almost creepy ._.
And it's amazing, I love it!
DrMorbius12 Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2016  Professional General Artist
Nice title! Nice pic!
SootheNoo1959 Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Wonderful shot! :)
Wretched--Stare Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
So awesome! :)
Topaz-Highway-888 Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
i love it !!! ... it's a whole new world planet camouflaged in an old world place
.... very magical
and exquisitely presented work
...continued success
Consty-T Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
coool:) (Smile) :D (Big Grin) 
Askr-Oss Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
Looks cool :)
jakobeink Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
Great choice making this black and white.  This image reminds me of my visit to Ireland.
JulG06 Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I realy like tissus one.
A good way for an abstract b&w paint. ;)
Xanntera Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
jAllenRatz Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Excellent job at capturing the textures.  Love the moodiness of this.
BWartwork Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Great picture!
hankypanky68 Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
You have some great photos dex and like this one the best! :dance:
Writeofpassage3 Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2015  Student General Artist
browneyedserenade Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2015
I like the angle tilt of the photo

I like the texture of the black n white stone or brick work 
Sercy Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
Holy crap, that contrast! Amazing work dude :D
falcaon Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2015
Nice eyes to catch to right thing in the right moment and good perception to turn a bit the angle. . . Great!
MAGDALENAPOD Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
what an amaizng gallery!
paulocnbat Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Seems like a really haunted place.
I wouldn't like to be there by night. Cool stuff!
DaryaBlackcat Featured By Owner May 16, 2015
Very beautiful!
the kind of picture I love :)
MerzAnnika Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Looks great. the contrast of the B/W creates some kind of dramatic atmosphere
TristanMaitreya Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2015  Student Photographer
This is good.
666Epitaph666 Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2014
Wow! Really love this one! 
Nesquik28 Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I like the detail as well as the way the photo was taken really great :)
Dianabolique Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Deep, Dark and totally stunning! I looove it!!! :love:
samanthesoteric Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2014
This reminds me of Dark Souls. XD
kemalesmer Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2014
nica capture.
Skyflick6 Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This pic is so beautifully haunting - great job!!
jfc0000000 Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2014
I never was able to take a decent photo. Yours are amazing. Don't know how u do it.
ReinTigr Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Is you photographed?
robertcicheckiart Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Great photo.   *
DoubleDandE Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2014   General Artist
Great shot, I like how it leaves the entire photo ominous. 
lexxi185 Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2014
Great shot!!  Clap 
metamage Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
This is very powerful. I love the hyperrealism of the detail.
SpanofTime Featured By Owner May 23, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Quite emotional.
bunniebunny Featured By Owner May 17, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Rather Spooky  :)  Had To Add To Favorites!  Thank You!
alienops25 Featured By Owner May 5, 2014
I totally agree with you on the black-and-white thing - I guess there just are things that are meant to be seen that way. ;)
CarlaTovar Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
I loved it! The angle and contrast of the photo are great!! :love:
Frankenhooker69 Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2014
beautiful picture.and how is that place called?
sfaber95 Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
that just makes me want to travel! Nice Pic!:) (Smile) 
artsiesfm Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
beautifully moody
battypopart Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2014
CheyenneSiler Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
OMG this is beautiful. i love the Gothic Architecture! nice
HeinzDesignz Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2013
Wonderful photo.
sandisco Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow!!Superbe!!I regret i can not find a frre software HDR......I'd like to try HDR so much....Such a beautiful picture!!!!
sandra1arte Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
<font><font class="">nossa o que eu posso dizer que esta fotografia mi deu paz amei. </font></font>
Finnyanne Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Just a cool shot
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Canon PowerShot S5 IS
Shutter Speed
6199/495858 second
Focal Length
6 mm
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Date Taken
Oct 4, 2008, 3:45:50 PM