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Vitiated Skies Of 2009

Vitiated Skies Of 2009
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Copyright: vlad vh (pozaru) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3627 W: 881 N: 2607] (21386)
Genre: Places
Medium: Black & White
Date Taken: 2009-09-08
Categories: Mood
Camera: Canon PowerShot S5 IS
Exposure: f/3.2, 1/125 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): The first of the day.(start20/10/09), Maritsa Iztok-2 - thermal power plant, Summer Skies of 2009 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2010-02-18 0:28
Viewed: 2766
Points: 14
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Maybe those of 2010 will be brighter and maybe we'll be capable to share them, my dear vigilant TL friend ...


And ... No, none of the three photos is a duplicate; check the smoke shape twice before any action.
Doing harm is much easier than doing good !
Thank you !!!

Later edit : This posting is a perfect example for one of the results of my experiment of not giving points :
after 90 minutes of being displayed on the site, there are more than 50 viewers and only one critique (thanks my dear friend, Alaettin).
Yes, since I've took the decision of switching off the points system, I've gained freedom but I've lost dialog.
It really seems that exchanging points is, more and more, the only reason of writing a critique for way too many, here ...

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To rewshearer: Thanks !pozaru 1 02-23 23:45
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To mikolaj_cava: Thanks !pozaru 1 02-23 03:10
To Reflex: Thanks Jean !pozaru 1 02-19 00:38
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This is a gloomy shot V, what happened to the one with skies! it's gone before I get to read your reply :( this is an environmental vandalism and down in Aus we have plenty of these smokers :(, hope there will be a better alternative soon.. have a very bright day :)


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  • OWO Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 156 W: 70 N: 330] (2387)
  • [2010-02-18 2:53]
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I think it's a great shot...one with atmosphere. Nice low horizon, nice B&W conversion with a grainy affect enhancing the photo in my opinion and great lighting technique.



Bom dia Vlad
Your impressive B/W in a good composition with great impact.
Interesting and great to think about...Your note)
Um abrašo

(and I am curious about what the result, I mean there is no perfect system wich one of the experiences you think is more atractive to have the freedom or to have the dialogue...of course the good think is to be free and have feedback)

Hi vlad

The pollution of the chimney stacks almost appears to be contributing to the grainy sky here, so it works exceptionally well. Good tonal range & composition. Tfs!

  • teamill Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1499 W: 271 N: 1908] (10985)
  • [2010-02-18 5:09]
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Good morning V! Ominous, gritty looking sky .. of course the grain here is perfect for the mood of the shot IMO. I wondered about a different crop so the smoke stacks were not so centrally placed .. like maybe crop more off the left ??
Vlad ... I don't know what's happened, but I hope you appreciate the dialogue that still remains....

Hi. Good journalistic shot, would do well accompanying a newspaper editorial on pollution. Thanks for sharing. Regards Phil.

Hi Vlad..nice gritty black and white shot...well done.


Hello Vlad,
"Waw ! A cloud fabric !" as said to me a little boy when we have seen a similar scene. In my opinion, the picture have a too great part of sky (rule 1/3). An other version in WS.
Kind regards

Hi Vlad!
Great effect. Superb POV and capture. Marvelous effect.

A powerful shot, that oppressive, low-hanging sky with the smoke from the chimneys seeming to blend into it is the ultimate "greenhouse" statement.

Composition is fantastic and the grainy texture you introduced is great too. Even the lake/water looks suitably unwelcoming.

Re: the points-exchange system. For many, especially beginners, points are a motivation and encouragement that really have a benefit. For those who lose track of what they really mean, a greed for "scores" certainly upsets the whole balance, but personally I find that if you give honest critiques and drop a one-point smiley here and there, you can strike the right balance of reward-and-feedback.


Powerful image, artistic (i love the grainy texture and the huge grau sky) and powerful (strong and self explaining message).

thanks and congrats


phantastic image with much too less attention! But for this you need indeed a "real" baryta print!!

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