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Copyright ©2006, Tok Paler ¤

First of many pictures i'll be posting here for criticizing..

Circular pl attached. Slight Adjustments with Photoshop. Titled so because it reminds me of the movie with the same title.. I'm not familiar with optimizing an image yet, so bear with me if the image might be slightly lossy

Photographer: Tok Paler ¤
Folder: Tok Paler
Uploaded: 2006-Feb-06 19:25 EST
Current Rating: 8.33/3 (Weighted rating: 8.14)
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Camera: Olympus E-300
Lens: Olympus 14-45mm f3.5/5.6
Lens Adapter: None
ISO: 100
Aperture: f/9
Shutter Speed: 1/160
Focal Length: 14mm
Flash: No
Tripod/Monopod: No
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This is an outstanding image serene and almost surreal. I like the simplicity of three pure colors. Well done. I can also imagine it with another sort of unexpected element to interrupt the calmness, such as a child running across in the distance - something like that.

David Youtz ¤ at 13:30 EST on 2006-Feb-07 [Reply]


I saw this last night and was interested but had to leave work...I do get the "Toys" feeling you speak of, also brings fond memories of the film. The colors I like a lot, quite surreal as stated earlier. While I love bright colors I wonder how it would look toned down a tad..? Sort of reminds me of a 3d computer game as well. Otherwise very interesting with the ground designs beautiful sky and lonely chair.

cheers- :) JP

JonPaul Douglass ¤ $ at 18:55 EST on 2006-Feb-07 [Reply]


Is this one photo or a composite of multiple photos?

John Mitchell ¤ ¤ $ at 22:01 EST on 2006-Feb-07 [Reply]


this is in fact a single shot.

the place is called "Tops". It's the highest elevation in Cebu, Philippines. Blessed with a fine weather and bright red chairs which i borrowd from the shopkeepers ;)

my monitor might be a bit off so i might have overdone the adjustments...

your comments are very much appreciated!

Tok Paler ¤ at 03:03 EST on 2006-Feb-08 [Reply]


Hi Tok,

Love the surreal scene here and the great sense of expectation, or event created. The 'simplicity' and boldness of teh colours work very well together, although perhaps the sjy, or the clouds are a little over wrought.

Final comment is about the compression you may have used to post this...there looks to be some ugly artifacts and the grass looks very plastic like (actually, is it plastic?), surely you don't have to compress the file this much (site takes 300K files).

Whatever, I think this is a great scene and look forward to seeing more of your work.

Best wishes- Andy

Andrew McLean HoF ¤ $ at 20:04 EST on 2006-Feb-08 [Reply]