Try Googling 'Fuji fish eye lens' and this challenge might make a bit more sense. Ruth :-)
Entrants: please note, water drops and dewdrops are NOT bubbles, and such entries will be disqualified. Think: water drops fall, bubbles rise.Ruth
Congratulations, Phil Rose, on winning a top place in 'The Pollinators' challenge, where there are so many excellent entries. Your capture of this metallic green bee is really superb, with wonderful detail in the subject. I noticed when viewing this in Full Screen Mode, that the bee has covered every part of her body with pollen grains: head, antennae, wings as well as the expected legs and underbody. The contrasting colours are eye-catching, and IMO, this picture deserves a special place on your wall. Ruth :-)
Congratulations, cmantx, on coming fourth in 'The Pollinators' challenge, with your attractive native bee just leaving the flower, with VERY loaded 'saddlebags' of pollen. Yet another example of the amazing ability of insects to achieve the almost impossible, in this instance, to carry such heavy and awkward loads while flying and manoeuvring around. Beautiful colours and action in the whole picture. Ruth :-)
This is an excellent capture of a drone fly, Peterski, and it has awarded you third place in 'The Pollinators' challenge, where it was competing with many other excellent entries. These little fellows have such wonderful eyes to attract the photographer's attention, and you have done the drone fly proud with your picture. Ruth :-)
What a beautiful picture taking second place in the challenge, of a little hummingbird enjoying nectar from honeysuckle flowers, and distributing this flower's pollen to subsequent flowers. Nature has designed this long tubular flower to protect its valuable treasure, and nature has designed the hummingbird to reach down into the depths to allow for future generations. A great capture, cmantx, as always. Ruth :-)
Congratulations, PERCY2, on your magnificent capture of this native bee, a photo which deserves first place in 'The Pollinators' Challenge. This hot pink almost hurts my eyes with its intensity, but it is obviously very attractive to the bee. Wonderful details and textures in your hairy bee, and your skilful ability to use the reversed lens is evident here. Ruth :-)
What a fabulous capture, TerryTheTerror, of supply and demand! ( or is that demand and supply?) It deserves one of the top spots in this weekly challenge. A really great action photo, wonderful colours and contrasts, with the focus on those open, demanding mouths! Ruth :-)
Congratulations, Denjw, on your beautiful picture of an azure kingfisher, and a well-deserved second place in this challenge where you are competing with so many other excellent entries. The kingfisher has always been one of Australians' favourite birds, with its bright plumage, and very alert stance. I really like the colours and details you've achieved here, with the soft muted background enhancing the sharply defined subject. A real beauty! Ruth :-)
Congratulations, vbuhay, on coming first in this week's challenge, with your very dramatic capture of a 'lucky tern'. I really like the curves and lines you've achieved here, with the many shades and tones of grey, in the subject as well as the muted gradient of the background. The highlights are of course the bright red beak and feet, and the silver sheen on the unfortunate fish. Ruth :-)
There are quite a number of entries in this challenge, of flowers, which I personally haven't detected to have perfume. However, that is not to say that these flowers, growing in many other parts of the world don't have perfume. I've Googled many of the species, but have been unable to ascertain whether that have an aroma or not. So, once again, voters, it will be up to you to assist here, and vote high for those flowers which you know have an aroma, and vote low if you think they don't. Ruth
Tim Tucker: 8 votes of 5? LOL
Yes, a li reza seems to have a lot of friends.... A number of his recent challenges also show unusually high votes of 5.Check out the Challenge Forum: http://www.dpreview.com/forums/thread/3837442Ruth
oldfogey: Lots of PLURALS here.
I agree. There are many entries where there is more than one inanimate object as the subject. The title clearly states: 'An Inanimate Object'.
Congratulations, alexsolich, on placing third in this challenge, as well as second. This is a wonderful mystical picture which few of us will have the opportunity to see first-hand. The clarity of the water, and the sun's rays give an ethereal aspect to this superb capture. Ruth :-)
This is an amazing picture, alexsolich, and it deserves second place in this 'Holes in Nature' challenge. When I wrote the challenge theme, I couldn't have imagined receiving an entry such as this, with your fascinating image of a natural hole. It must have given you a wonderful sense of achievement to see this sight, and particularly to capture it for others to enjoy it. Ruth :-)
Congratulations, steveperry, on first place in the 'Holes in Nature' challenge. This is a very effective capture of this arch in the Valley of Fire. We see a picture within a picture: the beautiful details in the sandstone surrounding us, and the morning sky and rugged sandstone hills beyond the entrance to the arch. Beautiful! Ruth :-)
Lest we forget. RuthC.
I really liked your picture of the Opera House and Sydney Harbour, and was disappointed that it didn't do much, much better in the challenge. It would certainly have done so if not for the low-life sandbag voters. I love the pearlescent effect you've achieved here. Ruth :-)
Stunning, as always, PERCY2. Ruth :-)
Great action shot, gfa5775, and deserves a top place here in the weekly challenge. Who needs a tripod when you have a railing to lean on? And your umbrella would have turned inside out if the winds and rain were as ferocious as the capture indicates. Ruth :-)