I caught the HDR effect right away on this... and yes, the sky is rather grainy... I think though, that with the buildings and street being the main focus here (love these colors) that it should be all right.
I do have a small critique, because it caught my eye as soon as I full-viewed the photo: there's a telephone wire (I think?) that cuts through the composition... it's a bit distracting. I think that may be because it's not at the horizon, but is still just above the center of the photo. Also, it's color is pale against the (amazingly) vibrant browns and then darker against the sky. It seems like something that could be removed digitally... BUT, I could understand also just leaving it. Because, in spite of what I've said, this is still a gorgeous photo.
I'm curious, are you opposed to editing things out of photos like the above, or do you leave them in? I love photography personally (though I no longer get the opportunity to do it very often) and I'm always torn between whether or not I should edit something to death or leave it as close to the original as possible. I have this "OCD" streak where I either want to totally edit something or not edit it at all... at least with photos. It's not as prominent when I'm designing or drawing...
I actually think the grainy sky (in retrospect; I was dissatisfied with the graininess when I first posted this) adds to the atmosphere, since quite a number of people mentioned this looks like a recoloured old photo, almost. So in a way, the graininess isn't an issue, and that's not only because of the fact the buildings and street are the main focus.
Ah, yes, the telephone line. To be honest, I had totally forgotten about it until you mentioned it, but yes, I didn't edit it out (mostly because I didn't really know how to use the clone brush back then and I was scared of messing the whole picture up).
Same here--I haven't really taken any serious photos since 2013 or 2012.
Oh, good point on the graininess. After a little thought I think I know what makes it feel out of place at all: it's simply that it's only the sky is grainy, and nothing else... maybe a little graininess elsewhere would help tie it together and keep the sky from feeling so apart from everything else in that respect.
Ah, I love bringing up past things? The clone brush has become my best friend when it comes to my sketches - especially since my scanner is kinda dying on me. I have to fix a lot of places initially. Good way to get some practice in with the brush though.
Yeah, I added it because the original picture was kind of grey and blurry. There was a lot of smog that day. And Warsaw was cold even in mid to late August, when I was there back in 2010. It was rainy the couple of days I went there.
Well, the place is nice, framing also... but quality is awful. I'm not sure if pseudo HDR helps here. Many people like when colours are oversaturated and photo is contrasted... I don't, and I will say that nice place makes 75% of this photo. Regards
Thanks for the feedback! Yes, the quality is quite poor, and it was made even more obvious because of the fake HDR effect, which I applied mostly as a experiment because at the time when this photo was submitted, I was still at the stage when I liked slapping effects on things. Yet, it was amusing to me that this same piece would become so popular--well, like you said, a lot of people like bright colours! I haven't used the fake HDR thing in ages.