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Warmth by heeeeman Warmth by heeeeman
A two story pagoda on the grounds of Danjo Garan, a Bhuddist retreat near Koya-san, Japan.
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... first of all, the evermore ceremonious two-word salute to the picture -"Vintage Japan"... Dear heeeeman, as I've mentioned to you earlier, for a layman, the picture of Japan is represented by a pagoda-style temple encircled (or lined, or hinted) by trees that have white flowers (or snow in this case) in them, often with a special tone used in the picture (mostly golden, as represented here)... in this manner, you've justified the picture well... or let's call it - An art!

The picture is "encircled" with the shades of black... without any solidifying object, the trees have hence provided a 'frame'... and the natural setting of snow (and the sky) have provided the required 'white' to it, giving and equally balanced texture...

The central (focus frame) of the picture, where the temple resides has thus received a proper 'background' (I chose the word - 'background' even if the trees are in the foreground, because they provide a 'white space' for the temple)...

The snow-falling in this central region have, however, caused two effects to the picture, 1. adverse and 2. positive... the adverse, and sadly, the most striking feature is that the snow has messed up with its backing i.e. the temple - in a sense that the snow looks like the light from the temple... one has too 'really' go deep and see the picture to actually figure out whether its the falling snow or a light bulb glowing in the background... but in the meantime, the positive aspect of the same snow-falling is that - it gives a 'motion' to the picture... hence giving the feel that the snow 'is' falling and has not been staged...

Choice of Angle for the picture is well justified... as I was not there (or could be), I cannot say whether the photographer could have chosen a better angle... but in any given context, and again, in layman context, the choice of angle is near to perfect... I also admire the photographer to have included the almost fully covered path-way... that simple inclusion has been able to give 'depth' to the picture... the photographer could even chose to move closer to the temple, so as to include the 'entire' pagoda (which now, is being covered by some of the branches)... but could risk the depth that this picture carries right now...

In a rating scale of 10, this picture could well receive a 9... minor glitches are avoidable for the picture, but include the disturbance in the temple-top (it's called "Gajur" or the crown in Nepali language [Pagoda style originated in Nepal]), which could've been avoided, but is just a minor glitch... also, this picture is retouched (as far as I can judge it)... so the editor could choose to give the trees more green shade(like on the right side) to the trees that are there in the left...

Kudos to the photographer for a beautiful shot... applause and appreciation to the editor (I guess it's both heeeeman) for choosing the best tone for the picture...
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Critique by earth3dragon Feb 2, 2010, 12:40:34 AM
The contrast of warm colors with the chilling effect of the snow is effective and pleasing asethetically. I would enjoy to see another similar picture with the building further in the distance, however the shrouding of the trees does provide a mysterious effect. Distance would add more mystery and perhaps make the image more cryptic as far as meaning. Overall this is nicely done and I applaud your use of chiaroscuro. Even though I am less educated on matters of Asian art that I would like this inspires me to visit this place and learn more about the culture. I see a hint of perhaps religious meaning and I would be interested to know what the artist sees in a religious/philosophical interpretation. I see a beakon of warmth in the wilderness rather than one that is hidden in the distance. The message I get is to let the warmth of your inner light shine to warm the rest of the world. Thank you, I enjoy this very much. =]
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LittlestMonster Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2012
this is so beautiful!
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Katakana1 Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2011
:clap:
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Sanmo-Chiaki Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Very nicely captured, the background makes the pagoda stands out. :D
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gguille2 Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
nice shot!
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Nanakonomidori Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2011
That looks beautifull
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I Love snow
it's such a delicate beauty
And also connected with the peacefulness of a temple?
PERFECT!
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heeeeman Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2011  Professional Photographer
Thanks :)
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Nanakonomidori Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2011
Welcome! :D
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XXxMISANTHROPExXX Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2011  Student Filmographer
Wonderful! :dummy:
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DragonDew Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2010
Sooo pretty!
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heeeeman Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2010  Professional Photographer
Thanks :)
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Tuttina Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2010
wow this is so beautiful
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heeeeman Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2010  Professional Photographer
Cheers :)
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Lionsong Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Your amazing image has been featured here: [link] :heart:
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heeeeman Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2010  Professional Photographer
Thankye kindly :)
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:iconwchild:
wchild Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2010  Student Photographer
Wonderful work! :wow:
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:iconheeeeman:
heeeeman Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2010  Professional Photographer
Thanks :)
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GraySayell Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2010  Professional Interface Designer
beautiful
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heeeeman Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2010  Professional Photographer
:la:
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MetaphysicalBeing Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2010
fantastic architecture
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heeeeman Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2010  Professional Photographer
Yeah, it's a beautiful place.
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MetaphysicalBeing Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2010
looks awesome with the snow
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Julian-M Featured By Owner May 17, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
wow, looks like another world
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heeeeman Featured By Owner May 18, 2010  Professional Photographer
:)
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Rin-Uzuki Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is so beautiful, and the snow lends it such... impact? It's something that wouldn't be out of place framed on a wall, atall. XD
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heeeeman Featured By Owner May 3, 2010  Professional Photographer
Thanks a bunch :)
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SyndicDesigns Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2010
Wow great shot I love it!
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heeeeman Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2010  Professional Photographer
Cheers
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Wonder-Design Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
great!
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heeeeman Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2010  Professional Photographer
:la:
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cadmey Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2010
I love how you caputerd the snow falling. I never succeed, so this is trully amazing. Also, your picture makes me want to visit the place. It is very beautiful.
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heeeeman Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2010  Professional Photographer
Japan is a very photogenic country, there's a reason why all the cameras are made there y'know ;)
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cadmey Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2010
XD so true
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Vordrarm Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2010  Student General Artist
Great pic! :shocked:
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heeeeman Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2010  Professional Photographer
:)
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Ozu Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2010
Great Pic.
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heeeeman Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2010  Professional Photographer
Thanks :)
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Stenellya Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
So beautiful...It reminds me the day I went to Osaki Hachiman Shrine (Sendai) while it was snowing, to take photos...Magical...
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heeeeman Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2010  Professional Photographer
Thanks :)
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Jazine Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2010
Oh wow this photograph is so breathtaking. There does seem to be a warmth coming from the rich color of the temple against the white snow. Such a beautiful contrast.
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heeeeman Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2010  Professional Photographer
Thanks :)
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zerreitug Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2010
haha, I've always feel puzzled by how exactly to critique a photograph =P . I know its because I don't know a lot about photography and the trade itself, but because a photographer depends on the actual reality of landscapes how is he supposed to make mistakes if its not that much up to him? :?
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heeeeman Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2010  Professional Photographer
I used to think like that. But can't you tell the difference between a professional photographer and an amature? Photographers utilise so many rules and techniques in how to capture the scenery just like a traditional artist uses their rules and techniques. What makes visual art appealing is the same throughout any medium.
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zerreitug Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2010
I know :) . Its just that I don't know such techniques to be able to critique photography :blush:
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Maenod Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Peaceful looking place.
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heeeeman Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2010  Professional Photographer
:)
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Darkspyder86 Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2010
:+fav: Featured: [link]
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heeeeman Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2010  Professional Photographer
Thankye :)
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Startle3iv Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
I think I found tranquility. Wow
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heeeeman Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2010  Professional Photographer
:)
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