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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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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 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.

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The black and white look great and I see why you perfered it that wat rather than color.
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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  New member Professional Photographer
This is good.
666Epitaph666 Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2014
Wow! Really love this one! 
Nesquik28 Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2014  Student 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  Hobbyist 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
dimmubear Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
... I agree Awesome
bsw23 Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2013  Professional General Artist
great atmosphere ..:)
austinbeckgraphics Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2013  Professional Interface Designer
awesome, simply awesome
notquitewierd Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
your quite a talented guy!!!! love this B&W very atmospheric!
montauciel Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2013
"when you gaze long into an abyss the abyss also gazes into you" Friedrich Nietzsche.
hotroxy777 Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2013
Nice :)
waspinvaders Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
This is a very effective photograph and I do beleive you have quite the eye for it. I find this whole thing enticing such as it gets you to just read into the image more where as if it was in colour then it wouldunt entice so because it would be as if all the information is just already there where as the overcast clouds and the decrepid ruins make a perfect match for each other as well as the mono-tone. It just adds the correct mood needed for this photo. And I adore the dark and almost deceased nature of this photo. Very well done and you should be proud :)
vomerth Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
hate hollow promises ... loved the pic
Direlda Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
I agree that it looks better in B&W. Very powerful picture.
ankica26 Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2013
VenturaAline Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Buttervly50 Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2013
I love this it's very haunting. You captured a lot of emotion.
VoodooHeartsCircus Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
So haunting and atmospheric!
LadyWinter Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2013
Beautiful photo! Love it in black/white. The perspective looks great. :heart:
August1120 Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
would love to visit there and takes pics there
Morowyn Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2013  Student General Artist
Wow. There is so much that can be said about this photograph. At first, the dark clouds and the high contrast gives you a cold and forlorn feeling. It's a very lonely picture. There's no one around and it is dark. The scene is very gothic. The angle of the picture suggests maybe a bit of chaos.

And then you have to appreciate the beauty of it. The ancient cobblestone walls are still standing. The black-and-white really accent the ancient stonework. The picture is crystal clear and wonderful, and I applaud you.
abco2 Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2013
Great photo. Great title too!
Artemis298 Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2013
I really like this, very atmospheric.
masked-elf Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2013  Hobbyist Interface Designer
So cool! :D Very dramatic...
WaterDoll Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2013  Hobbyist
When I look at this, I just feel like I'm in a horror movie ... But a good one ;) This picture is just awesome.
EdenStone Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2013
Wow, this is really effective in the black and white; where did you take this? (If you don't mind me asking.:))
humanlly Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2013
What a beautiful picture=)
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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