RuthC

RuthC

Lives in Australia Geelong, Victoria, Australia
Works as a Retired
Joined on May 18, 2009

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On Rear View #3 challenge (1 comment in total)

Folks, I will be on holiday at a lovely beach for the next two weeks. During this time, I hope to continue hosting these weekly challenges. I will have the time to do so, but I'm not sure whether I'll have a strong internet connection to do the job properly.
If the internet connection is a problem, then I may not be able to send personal messages to those entries which need to be disqualified. DQ's may even have to wait until I return home, or after the announced results. :-(
Make sure your entry is the correct 1,600px size, and has a title, etc so I don't have to disqualify you. That will keep us both happy!
Alternatively, I could suspend the challenges, but I would be reluctant to do so.
Cheers, and happy photographing.
Ruth :-)

Direct link | Posted on Dec 18, 2014 at 12:09 UTC as 1st comment
On My Best Photo of the Week challenge (1 comment in total)

Folks, I will be on holiday at a lovely beach for the next two weeks. During this time, I hope to continue hosting these weekly challenges. I will have the time to do so, but I'm not sure whether I'll have a strong internet connection to do the job properly.
If the internet connection is a problem, then I may not be able to send personal messages to those entries which need to be disqualified. DQ's may even have to wait until I return home, or after the announced results. :-(
Make sure your entry is the correct 1,600px size, and has the correct capture date, title, etc so I don't have to disqualify you. That will keep us both happy!
Alternatively, I could suspend the challenges, but I would be reluctant to do so.
Cheers, and happy photographing.
Ruth :-)

Direct link | Posted on Dec 18, 2014 at 12:07 UTC as 1st comment
On My Best Photo of the Week challenge (1 comment in total)

Folks, I will be on holiday at a lovely beach for the next two weeks. During this time, I hope to continue hosting these weekly challenges. I will have the time to do so, but I'm not sure whether I'll have a strong internet connection to do the job properly.
If the internet connection is a problem, then I may not be able to send personal messages to those entries which need to be disqualified. DQ's may even have to wait until I return home, or after the announced results. :-(
Make sure your entry is the correct 1,600px size, and has the correct capture date, title, etc so I don't have to disqualify you. That will keep us both happy!
Alternatively, I could suspend the challenges, but I would be reluctant to do so.
Cheers, and happy snapping.
Ruth :-)

Direct link | Posted on Dec 18, 2014 at 12:06 UTC as 1st comment
On Beautiful Calves challenge (2 comments in total)

Um, swamynirmal, are you referring to baby cows etc., or the backs of people's legs, as in calf muscles? Just wondering. Ruth :-)

Direct link | Posted on Dec 17, 2014 at 00:16 UTC as 2nd comment
On Storm over Long Reef in the My Best Photo of the Week challenge (3 comments in total)

Joe, Now THAT'S what I call a thunderstorm! An awesome capture, in every sense of the word. Ruth :-)

Direct link | Posted on Dec 17, 2014 at 00:06 UTC as 2nd comment
On White Banded Grasshopper in the My Best Photo of the Week challenge (2 comments in total)

Grasshoppers aren't my most favourite insects, gordzam, but I can certainly appreciate the beauty of this capture. It is very sharp and detailed, with lots of texture and depth of colour, with multiple shades of brown on the grasshopper, greens on the fuchsia? leaves which I presume will become the grasshopper's lunch, and the bluest of blue skies beyond. A great picture! Ruth :-)

Direct link | Posted on Dec 17, 2014 at 00:04 UTC as 2nd comment
On Egret Fish and Fly in the My Best Photo of the Week challenge (3 comments in total)

Congratulations, Philip Lanoue, on yet another fantastic capture of birdlife in spectacular style. The pure whiteness of the egret is the first thing I notice, then the amazing and graceful wingspan as it flies through the dark marshes, and lastly I'm aware of the small fish the egret has caught and is taking it home for dinner. A well-deserved second place in the challenge. Philip, you must have webbed feet by now! Ruth :-)

Direct link | Posted on Dec 17, 2014 at 00:03 UTC as 2nd comment
On Aurora in the My Best Photo of the Week challenge (12 comments in total)

Congratulations, Parasin, on this superb capture of an Aurora in the cold Arctic sky. This deserves first place in this weekly challenge. This is a unique picture of a wonderful phenomenon, and it will never be repeated again in this way. I really like the colours and details you've achieved to capture these Northern Lights, from the golden-browns of the grasses, the softer colours of the old barn, and then the blue sky with a zoom of bright green. Fabulous! Iceland has so much to offer the viewers. Ruth :-)

Direct link | Posted on Dec 17, 2014 at 00:01 UTC as 10th comment
On Beauty delicate violets in the Nature's Delicate Beauty challenge (2 comments in total)

Nik2, this is a lovely picture which meets the theme of this challenge beautifully. Your African Violet looks very delicate with its white petals and bright yellow stamens against the velvety green leaves, and dark greys of the background. Ruth :-)

Direct link | Posted on Dec 13, 2014 at 00:25 UTC as 1st comment | 1 reply
On Winter snow on red fruit in the Nature's Delicate Beauty challenge (1 comment in total)

This is a beautiful capture, Juerg Alean, and deserves a top place in this challenge. I really like the simplicity of the picture, one thin dark brown branch with five bright red berries still clinging on, fresh white snow on top of the berries, and the plain grey background. It doesn't need anything else. A picture to be proud of. Ruth :-)

Direct link | Posted on Dec 13, 2014 at 00:21 UTC as 1st comment
On Spring's Song in the Nature's Delicate Beauty challenge (3 comments in total)

This is a really beautiful spring picture, Arash Shakoorzadeh Boloori, and it deserves to be in third place in this 'Nature's Delicate Beauty' Challenge. The details of this picture are very fine and delicate, from the little robin surveying its domain, to the palest pink of the cherry blossoms surrounding it. The soft muted background enhances the subject superbly. You must have been very pleased indeed when you saw this capture on your computer screen. Ruth :-)

Direct link | Posted on Dec 13, 2014 at 00:20 UTC as 2nd comment
On Cratena peregrina in the Nature's Delicate Beauty challenge (1 comment in total)

Congratulations, Janolus, on coming second in this 'Nature's Delicate Beauty' challenge. Your sensuous Cratena peregrina' sounds much nicer than its common name of ‘nudibranch sea slug’. This is a really beautiful creature of the rocky sea floor, and one which most of us would never have the opportunity to see. The colours you've achieved are quite stunning with its purple cerata/gills, and this gives us a glimpse at the surprising complexity of nature. Ruth :-)

Direct link | Posted on Dec 13, 2014 at 00:19 UTC as 1st comment
On Art nouveau in the Nature's Delicate Beauty challenge (28 comments in total)

Congratulations, Graziano Racchelli, on your well-deserved win in the 'Nature's Delicate Beauty' Challenge. This picture is wonderfully simple with its curving young vine and its new leaves, against a simple, plain background. Then suddenly we see the master of camouflage, a beautiful praying mantis within the curving branch. This is a great capture. Ruth :-)

Direct link | Posted on Dec 13, 2014 at 00:17 UTC as 24th comment | 2 replies
On Two Contrasting Leaves challenge (1 comment in total)

Folks, I am aware that there are a few entries here which don't adhere exactly to the 'Two ContrastingLeaves' theme of the challenge. I've decided to leave these entries in the challenge, and the voters will have to decide whether they think the entries meet the theme or not. I disqualified a number of entries which clearly didn't fit the requirements, but there are some still which I've 'given the benefit of the doubt'. There seemed to be some difficulty with translating the concept across languages as well.
I hope you accept this explanation. Life is too short to worry too much about it.
Please message me if you have concerns about any of the entries.
Ruth

Direct link | Posted on Dec 12, 2014 at 10:52 UTC as 1st comment

Awesome picture, and it deserves first place in this challenge. Ruth :-)

Direct link | Posted on Dec 11, 2014 at 00:16 UTC as 2nd comment

Wow! What a fantastic capture, pen araneae, and what a view for the residents to wake up to each morning! Ruth :-)

Direct link | Posted on Dec 11, 2014 at 00:15 UTC as 1st comment
On Osprey looking for small prey in the My Best Photo of the Week challenge (6 comments in total)

This is a very dramatic capture, noiseless, and deserves to place in the top ranks of this challenge. The osprey certainly means business, with its sharp beak, even sharper talons and alert eyes to seek out its prey. A fantastic shot, with wonderful colour and texture. One to be proud of. Ruth :-)

Direct link | Posted on Dec 10, 2014 at 00:07 UTC as 2nd comment | 1 reply
On Reaching Out in the My Best Photo of the Week challenge (12 comments in total)

Just when the Bird-Grumblers thought they had seen the last of hummingbirds for this year, you come along with this beautiful capture of a hummingbird in search of nectar. Wonderful colours and textures in the bird's feathers and its bright black eye, while the deep blue salvia balances the picture really well. cmantx, a well-deserved second place in the challenge. Ruth :-)

Direct link | Posted on Dec 10, 2014 at 00:06 UTC as 5th comment | 1 reply
On The Ugly Duckling in the My Best Photo of the Week challenge (27 comments in total)

Congratulations, George Veltchev, on your popular win in the 'My Best Photo of the Week' challenge. This is a really delightful capture of one small, fluffy duckling, which appears to have swum into a psychedelic pond! The colours are wonderfully vibrant and unexpected, and this makes for a unique and memorable picture. Ruth :-)

Direct link | Posted on Dec 10, 2014 at 00:05 UTC as 12th comment | 1 reply
On My Best Photo of the Week challenge (2 comments in total)

It saddens me to write that the Sandbaggers and Vote-Manipulators are alive and active in this challenge. :-(
I've just disqualified an entrant who has been, through another party, (family, friend or multiple accounts) generously handing out .5's and #1s to every other entry except his own, which scores a #5. This has happened in several challenges recently, and I can tell from the anonymised number that it is the same member spoiling other peoples' scores for his own enjoyment and to improve his places in the challenges.
His entry today has been disqualified, but unfortunately, the low scores remain. DPR have never responded to my requests in the past concerning these sandbag scores, and I doubt they will do anything this time. Ruth

Direct link | Posted on Dec 9, 2014 at 13:07 UTC as 2nd comment
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