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simple pleasures
Copyright ©2006, vaggelis fragiadakis HoF Win ¤ $ $

Photographer: vaggelis fragiadakis HoF Win ¤ $ $
Uploaded: 2006-Feb-05 21:18 EST
Current Rating: 8.00/3 (Weighted rating: 8.00)
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Camera: Olympus E-300
Lens: Olympus 14-45mm f3.5/5.6
Lens Adapter: None
ISO: 100
Aperture: f/8
Shutter Speed: 1/200
Focal Length: 45 mm
Flash: No
Tripod/Monopod: No
Critique Level: Dead Honest Critique

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Simple pleasures are right, I look at this and want to be at the beach. You've done well to capture the enchanting feeling of the crashing waves on the shore, and childrens excitement have quite a streak going here Vaggelis -JP

JonPaul Douglass ¤ $ at 23:03 EST on 2006-Feb-05 [Reply]

Thanks JohnPaul....

for your nice comment; glad you like it!

vaggelis fragiadakis HoF Win ¤ $ $ at 00:49 EST on 2006-Feb-06 [Reply]

Thanks Sean,

for such complimentary comment and generous rating;I apprerciate it and am glad that you like it that much!

vaggelis fragiadakis HoF Win ¤ $ $ at 05:49 EST on 2006-Feb-06 [Reply]


Te conversion of tis photo is done very well. I like the action and movement in both kids and water. The title fits the photo perfectly. Great job!

Margriet van Tulder ¤ at 09:14 EST on 2006-Feb-06 [Reply]

David, Julia, Margriet, many thanks...

...for your nice comments. It is always good to hear that something that you have done turned out well and its liked!

vaggelis fragiadakis HoF Win ¤ $ $ at 09:45 EST on 2006-Feb-06 [Reply]


Vaggelis, I love the light and atmosphere of this shot, and your exposure on the children, almost silhouetted but haloed by the oblique sunlight, is just right. It's a very accomplished conversion too, and to my eyes a bit crisper than some of your other recent shots (was your workflow different on this?).

But (you knew there was a "but," right?) I like less your placement of the figures dead-center in the photo, which has made the composition rather static. It's particularly noticeable because the children are looking to the right, and my eyes want space where their gaze is leading me, meaning I want to pan right and place the figures at the left, gazing out into the expanse of the sea and that heavy surf.

Ferd Berfle Win ¤ $ at 09:48 EST on 2006-Feb-06 [Reply]


What else can I say that has not been said yet: this is gorgeous!

eleanor powers ¤ at 09:53 EST on 2006-Feb-06 [Reply]

Ferd, Eleanor, many thanks....

Eleanor, thanks again once again for your complimentary comment; always appreciated.


.....of course, I knew it there was a “but” coming…. I was waiting for it…. :-) ...but still enjoyed reading through the first paragraph of your comment; I am glad you see positive aspects on the photo….

the second part of your comment, I enjoyed even more; why? Because I had given the placement of the children a lot of consideration; I had the exact thoughts you had about their stare to the right etc… but I have a soft spot for light; and I loved the light on the left!

Thanks again Ferd, pls. comment any time for I always value your opinion!

vaggelis fragiadakis HoF Win ¤ $ $ at 10:12 EST on 2006-Feb-06 [Reply]


I like it, has a nice pleasurable feel to it. Tend to agree with Ferd though that it has a bit of a central placement to it, that makes it a bit more static than it could be, but understand your reasoning. Also would like to see the sky a bit darker to balance it a bit. Here's a similar image I took on a beach with three people, slightly different view though ;-)

cheers Andy

Andy Collin HoF Win ¤ $ at 13:21 EST on 2006-Feb-06 [Reply]

Thanks Andy,

You observed well that the sky needed to be a bit darker; I tried doing before but unfortunately couldn’t get to the point I liked without making the kids and the light on the waves darker as well. So, I let it be like this; I would love some suggestions on how to do darken just the sky.

I appreciate your photo; it is definitely one of your best ones; I missed it when it was posted, but I definitely recommend it to the MFT book.

vaggelis fragiadakis HoF Win ¤ $ $ at 13:43 EST on 2006-Feb-06 [Reply]


Vaggelis I meant to comment on this before but my life is busy at the moment it is hard to keep up! Hope you understand. Anyway I like your image but when I opened it at first I had the same difficulty with the central placement. If they were off to the left, then for me it owuld transform it. My own personal preference is for the main subject to be off centre in a shot like this but thats just a personal thing and I respect your choice too. The conversion though is fantastic and I love the shimmering water effect you achieved here. Best wishes .......

Eugene Donohoe HoF Win ¤1 $ at 17:18 EST on 2006-Feb-06 [Reply]


I always lived by the Pacific Ocean. Loking at this I see my childhood. Very beautiful shot!

pf photography ¤1 at 19:12 EST on 2006-Feb-06 [Reply]

thanks Eugene, Paul,...

for taking the time....


Not to worry about being late; I understand; MFT can be very time consuming; anyway your comments are always valued and welcome at any time :-.


welcome to MFT , looking forward to your photos (BTW, I also grew by the sea -Mediterranean – and like very much to be by the sea. I love your area.

vaggelis fragiadakis HoF Win ¤ $1 $ at 20:42 EST on 2006-Feb-06 [Reply]

Thanks so much Tom!

I am very pleased and happy with the way you spoke of my photo and certainly most grateful for your generous rating. I appreciate it a lot!

vaggelis fragiadakis HoF Win ¤ $1 $ at 22:28 EST on 2006-Feb-06 [Reply]


I like the emotion this pictures evokes. The three people standing and viewing the waves coming in creates a warmth and a feeling of "man" and nature. The exposure is spot on and the conversion is excellent.

Frank Brault ¤1 $ at 18:55 EST on 2006-Feb-07 [Reply]


Glad you like the emotions of the photo Frank..thanks for the complimentary comment and kind rating!

vaggelis fragiadakis HoF Win ¤ $1 $ at 20:54 EST on 2006-Feb-07 [Reply]