I like your photo. It was one of my favorites when I voted. My first thought when I saw it was that you could lose the blue tent altogether and perhaps the image would be even better without it. That's just my 2 cents worth. It's an excellent photo just as it is!
This was one of my favorites when I voted. I think it shows good imagination, and I'm sure it took some time to get this many variations. I like that the collage has that vivid blue theme throughout. Good work!
The cat's name is 'Meow-Meow'. And, yes he is a big boy.
Saleen1999,Thank you for looking, and for commenting. Cat's hate leashes, but we were on a cross-country trip and were afraid to lose him. He didn't think much of the Atlantic Ocean.
BobORama,Congratulations on the first place finish! Great photo, and perfect for the challenge. Thanks for the information about your super-macro rig.
I thought this one was clever. One of my favorites in the challenge.
Nice flake picture, and perfect for the challenge. Congratulations!
Congratulations on your first place finish. This was one of my favorites when I voted. Your alien looks perplexed, but friendly. The photo gets better as you look at it. Good work!
Great photo! That looks like a cat with personality! I'm happy that I saw this photo. Thanks!
It's a snowflake photographed very close with a 10x microscope objective of approximately 20mm. No PP except for the focus stacking, levels, sharpening.
I like your photo - voted 4 stars for it. I think it's a very good image, even if the voters didn't like it for some reason. Perhaps it's too subtle for this venue.
Wildbegonia: Beautiful. Congratulations on this well crafted photo. You should write an article on microphotography and submit it to DP....just an idea.
Wildbegonia,Thank you! I don't feel I'm skilled enough to write articles. There are many snowflake shots on the www much better than any of mine. I got lucky with this one.
Cliff Whittaker: Thanks for sharing your snowflake and how you did it. Just wondering if you had to it all outside in order to keep the snowflake from melting before you finished?
Cliff - yes, I had to shoot outside, and take care to keep everything cold before starting. I think it was about -10 C. when I did this one.
Thank you, Uloo. The camera was attached to an old Meopta microscope and the lowest power lens was used. It's marked with '3X'. I don't know the focal length or aperture, but have estimated it at 20mm and f/22.
Congratulations on your first place finish. Having taken a few frost pictures myself, I know how difficult it is to get something this good. I love the swirls. Good work!
cjf2, A fine portrait, in my opinion. The lighting is strong and well suited to the subject. The expression strikes me as being real - the man looks weary/exhausted - and perhaps a bit sad. I like the details of the greasy sleeve, the tattered cuff, and the graceful hand holding the rag. Congratulation on a well-deserved first place finish. There were a lot of good portraits in the challenge. Steve
Thank you, pgb, Wildbegonia, cjf2, and ADMint for the comments. They are much appreciated!Steve
This is a wonderfully evocative photo. All that's missing is Humphrey Bogart waiting on the platform. Good work! I expected it to place higher in the finish.
cjf2,Beautiful photo. As soon as I saw this in the challenge, I knew it would win. I think in black and white it could pass for an Ansel Adams photograph. No train, though. Usually your shots have trains. :-)Seriously, wonderful photo. I can always tell when I hear myself mutter 'wish that was my shot'. Cheers,
I just finished looking at all 1400 photos in the 'Best of 2014' slide show. Only a handful stood out for me. This is one of those few. It's a really cute shot, but I'm sure you already knew that. I'm glad I saw it here. Hope it's one of those chosen for the front page. PS: The football camp shot is great too. Good work!