Contrasts, Whytham Wood, Oxfordshire. Photo by Peter Del
#6 is awesome.i love these kind of shots, been trying to shoot some, and shot some, without tripod hand held 1s exposure !
Erm...is this the best we can do? I know it is not. No.10 is sweet, but I'm left cold by all the others
Its the best we could do, It wasn't very well run a lot of people posted after it was closed. Have you been over and viewed any of the other photographs.
No, I haven't. I suggest, if there is time and enough staff, that you trawl the forums and have a monthly feature of the best work posted. Perhaps contact the member concerned and ask for a high res file? Sure, there are many time-wasters, gearheads etc, but I'm sure you know better than I, that there are many extremely talented photographers on this site. TBH, I have not entered any challenge as I don't feel competent enough. Also, SP is generally under-appreciated and that's practically all I do. If there were a Street Photography Challenge I'd definitely contribute.
# 5 gets my attention.
No 5 does it for me. Fabulous shot.
Great photos, especially 9 and 10.
After going through all the readers' comments, I found that #6 was only mentioned once by mayurgogoi as 'ok'. The major element of #6 was the railroad track on which I spent four years of commuting during my six high school years. In my eye, the image was so dynamic that the train was only 'survived' by a few white lines and yet it was so static and calm as the lights and trees shown at distance.
I quite like that image; the trace elements of light (train) are very compelling and feel very intentioned.
Some excellent shots - I found #8 kept my attention the longest. If I were at an art show I'd consider buying that one. Nice work
Thanks, captain, that was mine. It's part of an ongoing exploration of reflections, and, especially, ambiguous reflections. These were just tree branches reflecting in a small section of a thawed stream in late winter.
Something about the slight movement of the water broke up the reflected plane into something that looked like crinkled aluminum foil.
Finding something unusual or unexpected in common or mundane scenes is part of what i find engaging when making photographs. Glad you (and others) enjoyed the image.
My favs: 8, 9, 11
Just goes to show, one man's good is another mans dull and boring.
Dull and boring
I'm with you . but did you look in on the black and white forum and see some of the other pics some are interesting.
Such a selection will never please everyone, as we all preference different things in determining quality. Everybody's opinions are valid and should be respected as subjective opinion(s). That said, too often, quick dismissals come from individuals not putting their work out there to be subject to the same potential hit-and-run commentary. If they did, they might well speak less rudely about work, and take more time to explain their declarations such as "dull and boring".
I don't mean to be too hard on you particularly Dave. You seem like a decent guy. I am just a bit sensitive to the fact that many here are not "pros"; and as such we should acknowledge everyone's efforts with some degree of care. I want them to "keep on truckin" - be open to criticism that is well developed - but keep making photos if that is what they enjoy doing, and what helps them to gain new perspectives.
Fantastic shots, everyone! I really enjoyed them.
Thanks for choosing one of my images!
I like 1, 2, 7 and 10 the best. I especially like #2.
Number 3 and 4 would have been better in color than B/W.
I disagree about #3. B/W here (without the benefit of seeing a color version to compare) seems appropriate in reducing formal elements such that the value contrast and contrast in texture/detail of the left and right sides of the image are emphasized. And, in its formal simplification, an abstract quality is well served - and this is to my eye a bit more unique take on landscape than much I see on the site.
Thank you for your appreciation. Contrast between the left and right of the image was just what I saw through the viewfinder, which, with the camera set to monochrome, was in black & white.
Regarding No.3. I have just extracted the colour image from the RAW file. The image is just green with a grey/green tree trunk - quite meaningless.
a couple I didn't like but the rest were superb, well composed and interesting.
keep it up
The first one is very nice
I like how you explain using b/w to emphasize particular qualities of an image. Question: I see most (all?) are shot in color, then converted to b/w. Do you also on ocassion shoot in b/w, so you are responding to potentials of achromatic structures while behind the camera, as opposed to in post?
Some are shot directly in B+W using the B+W filter on the camera. There are some SOOC examples in the article. More SOOC B+W shots here:http://alphawhiskey.slickpic.com/photoblog/post/PhotoWalkAroundStPauls
10,11,9 is unique--I like 9 because the shirt--;10-super composition and action--,11-is from geometrical shapes and composition-//5-6 ok--no 3--nothing is here--rule of 3rd is here ok--
Though I find #1 and #9 most rewarding to my eye in terms of visual textures, #3 is certainly interesting in terms of the frame division(s); the delineated areas of texture whlll become somewhat flat and abstract. This image is one of the more novel of the selections shown, and I enjoy this approach as contrast to much of the more conventional landscape work I often see.
To be honest, I like the monkey selfie better.
The previous Reader's Showcases were great, I find this one uninspiring, except for #11.
I largely disagree. But this speaks to the subjective nature of art.
I really enjoy reading the different topics/photos you feature in "Readers Showcase." Since I've always loved black & white photography, I really enjoyed this one. Images are great - and it gives me the incentive to do more b+w photography myself.
like the bookshop image particularly.
In the beginning statement for this article, dpreview makes the statement: "as usual, the photos submitted, were of very high quality". I would like to understand what you mean by your statement. How you determine what a high quality means to you, and what makes it to be picked out as such. I would appreciate hearing your answer. Thank you, Brent.
They were being kind to us. Its a bit like the kings clothes, if you don't point out the obvious it will all be forgotten in a few days.Perhaps you could put up a few of yours to help us forget
Thanks for sharing my work