bobcamm: Congrats on receiving top honors in this challenge!
Thanks for the kind words and interest in my work, I wish you good pictures!
Wildbegonia: Congratulations, it is a well crafted photo, proof that the mastery is in the eye of the photographer and his skill and it is not on the equipment used.
Thank you for your comments and interest in this work!
quadrox: Great shot, love it, but straying a bit too far from "simplicity". 3 stars.
Thank you for your interest in the work.
panu12345: hand driven grinding wheel
Thanks for your opinion, but I did not see the drive there and handles most of the grinding wheel, the circle on the photo is not grinding, in my opinion.
Solar Ben: Nice!
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chrisby: You have two really beautiful entries. Reminds me on a fantastic trip I had in Russia, including Moscow with Kremlin and Saint Petersburg. Unfortunately all pictures with Kodachrome. Canon S95 is simply great in the right hands like yours. All the best - Chris :-)
Thank you very much for your attention to my work, I am pleased that you have visited in my country and in Russia saw something interesting. I agree, S95 a good camera, and can produce good results. Sincerely, Nicholas.
The Mick: I've always loved the little Crocus blooms... one of the early signs of Spring where I live. Take care,Mick
Thank you for your interest in the work. Here in Russia, these flowers are more commonly called "snowdrops" because they appear in the spring, when there came all the snow.
santamonica812: Very funny. Only wish you had included location info.
Thank you for your interest in the work, the picture was taken in the territory of the Yaroslavl Museum-Preserve in Russia.
RBFresno: This is a charming picture!!
Toddler supervised grandmother in the cold watercolor decorated snowman ... Thank you, I agree with you! :)
fotoselect: a very interesting and beatiful idea, it would help, as mentioned by others, to have the red berries brighteri would prefer to move the red berries a little to the left to get the preferable result of 1/3 composition.
Thank you for your interest in the work. Snow caps on the berries and the largest berry are exactly 1/3 frames.
Melodyac: I like the angle you have, straight on so you can see the height of the snow on the branch and see the texture of the snow hills, and I like the trees in the background. Nice job!
I'm not sure how/if, but the only suggestion I have would be to make the red berries more/brighter red as most of the visible berries are in shadow.
Your opinion is interesting to me. I've been doing in the editor just above saturation and brightness of red, apparently, is not enough for your taste, because prefer natural colors, but this is very subjective.
babalu: A perfect close-up of the berries. Very nice colors and texture of snow.
Very glad to hear from you kind words, thank you.
MargalitIL: I like it a lot.My only comment: can you remove the 3 branches near the lower left corner?
Thank you for your opinion. I can remove the branches in the lower left corner, but I will not do it. These branches overlap and blend with the main branch on which berries and create a certain rhythm.
CalBoy87: I like the subject with contrasting colors. Also agree with Mario that shooting it more from the top with only the snow as a background would produce a different and better in my opinion shot. If kept, I would move the fruits out of the center of the frame.
Thanks for the comment, but on snow background will be almost no visible snow cap on the berries, berries themselves are seen worse, if you pick up the camera and shoot on snow background, berries moving into the center of the frame worsen recompose, in my opinion.
MarioSS: Nice image details and relatively good composition. Personally, I would have choose a different angle of view to get only snow as a background and by the way simplify the composition giving more attention to the main subject. I understand that the slightest camera position can greatly change the image final effect.
Thanks for your opinion, as I think in another perspective snowdrifts would be less spectacular, and white birch in the background did not spoil the story.
bettyhilda: Nice contrasting colours. I'd probably crop from the bottom (keeping the bottom of the main branch intact) to remove the bottom of the left 3 sticks and then try and remove the other two of them. They tend to pull your eye away from the slopes and lovely trees in the background
Thank you for your opinion.
santamonica812: As I mentioned on a different image, this is an unusual take on the challenge. The background is not white; the main subjects (the red fruit) are not white. Instead, you made the foreground white (or blueish-white for the snow that's in shadows). I would not have thought of this approach...I like seeing out-of-the-box submissions.
Thank you for your attention to this work, the views and opinions of any viewer is very subjective.
thanasaki: I loved this photo and voted for it. Where is this place? Keep on the good work, Nik2!
Thank you for your attention to this work, dear Thanasaki is photographed in Rostov Veliky, Russian old town.
ConanFuji: Well done Nik!
Большое спасибо, ConanFuji , за внимание к работе!