NPW - it's Neil, isn't it? Great photo! Clever idea, and very skillfully done. Congratulations on a well-deserved first place!Steve
Steve Throndson: This was one of my favorites in the challenge. The expression made me feel sympathetic and, at the same time, curious as to what the child is thinking. Certainly not your standard portrait. A brave entry!I'm curious what a '1968 Thorium Takumar' is. I guess I can Google that. Cheers,Steve
Charlie,Thank you for the information. I have a SMCT 50mm f/1.4 thread mount lens - but I've no idea how old it might be. I think the SMCT lenses came after the Super Takumars. I suppose there's a site to look it up by serial number. Steve
This was one of my favorites in the challenge. The expression made me feel sympathetic and, at the same time, curious as to what the child is thinking. Certainly not your standard portrait. A brave entry!I'm curious what a '1968 Thorium Takumar' is. I guess I can Google that. Cheers,Steve
This was one of my favorites in the challenge. It's very dramatic, and a bit abstract too. I think it captures the magic and the promise of the bottle's contents. 'In vino veritas'.Cheers!
Very dramatic shot! I'm sure it took some time to set up. I appreciate the craftsmanship that went into it. Cheers!
My favorite in the challenge! It should have finished much higher, but the challenge voters are, as Rodney Dangerfield used to say, a 'tough crowd'.
Thank you, ms18. The sky was amazing. The photograph is a dull replica - even with the 'zoom' filter trying to make it look the way it felt at the time. Steve
Sorry I haven't responded earlier, but we've been away . . . .
Just to clear things up: The image was made with a flatbed scanner. No camera or film involved at all. The exif data must be showing the date it was scanned. Ruth C - which program do you use to read exif?
Thank you all for commenting. I appreciate it. :) . . . . . Steve
John,What a great idea! Now I want to try this with my cat - but I'm not sure he's going to cooperate. :)
Sharply detailed, but with beautifully soft tones. I like the harmonious colours - all from the same part of the palette. Good work! Congratulations on the first place finish!
MichaelIsGreat2: Black and white means dead to me!! It has this false pretense of being artistic but it is not! In many ways, black and white pictures rob us of the reality, as we live in a colorful world, not in a black and white world.
This picture is a good example. We are basically rob of many beautiful colors and shades in the name of the pretentious idea that black and white pictures are artistic when they are not!!
Michael is Great!I make no claim that this is an artistic photo. It's just a cliché - a pretty nature scene that seemed suitable for the challenge theme. On BW versus colour - some photographs are actually improved by the removal of distracting colour to allow the viewer to focus on the lines, shapes, and tones. You can test this yourself - try viewing some of your favorite colour images in monochrome. It's just one more tool in the photographer's bag of tricks.Cheers,Steve
cjf2: My favourite photograph in these film challenges. Well done Steve.
Thank you, cjf2 !
"Strictly black and white images"
Photos made with black and white film only? Or photos made with film and printed/displayed in black and white?
One of my favorites when voting. I like the cropping - you've kept the verticals straight, and the image is nicely framed. The background haze adds to the depth and makes it seem that the crowd of humanity goes on forever. The telephoto compression is the perfect tool here. Excellent photo!
I don't know why this didn't finish in the top ten. It's got so much texture and detail, and the blue really is hypnotic. I thought it was an excellent photo.
Michael,Thank you for your comment. To answer your question - I shot this in my front yard - in Canada. It is a montage of 7 exposures. Steve
Your photo has a nice sense of light. One of my favorites in the challenge.
Nice work. The propeller blur is the icing on the cake. I think your photo shows some very good retouching. Should have placed much higher in my opinion.
At a quick glance the differences aren't very noticeable - but then I saw that you'd done quite a bit of work to this shot. (voted in slide show, so didn't read your description until later) I think this shows good retouching techniques. One of the better photos in the challenge. I think it should have placed much higher, but maybe voters didn't take the time to look closely. Must have taken you quite some time to do all that!
I like the sparkle you added! It looks quite believable. Good job cleaning up the background too. One of the better entries in the challenge, in my opinion.