You have a style, Jess. I was pretty sure this was yours before I even saw your name. Nice balance of symmetry and asymmetry, and the colours are really intriguing. Congratulations on a well-deserved first place!
Thank you, cjf2. And thank you, petit58 - even with my rusty high-school French I can see that is a compliment. :)Steve
I don't often vote 4 stars, but I did for this one. It really captures the sense of a harsh winter. Canadian winter, eh? The deer has lost a horn, and I suppose that makes it difficult to dig through the snow for food. Good photo for the challenge!
I thought this was an excellent photo for the challenge. It's really got a 'wintery' feeling to it. It was one of my favorites when I voted.
This was one of my favorites in the challenge. The snow on the squirrel's head, and the toothy grin are wonderful details. It's a delightful photo!
Wonderful photo! The expression is pensive, perhaps sad, and very human-like. Nice BW conversion too.
cjf2,Wow, two first place finishes on the same day! Both excellent photographs. I can't imagine how they could be any better. Congratulations.
My favorite in the challenge - because it has an extra level of meaning that many of the others missed. I like photographs that make me think or feel. The expression fits perfectly - surprise, confusion, and a bit of fear too. Thanks for this.
jmgir, The shot was done some time ago with a film camera on a tiny tripod taped to the Yamaha's gas tank. It looks faster than it was. I had the shutter on 'B' and held my finger down for a few seconds. I tried 3 or 4 frames, and this was the only one that wasn't blurred beyond recognition. Steve
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