I really liked your Goose Jam picture, TSeiler, and was surprised and disappointed that it didn't do much better in the voting. The scene you have captured must have been incredibly noisy, and somewhat 'aromatic'? A great picture, regardless of the unexpected voting pattern. Ruth :-)
What a fabulous capture of a very beautiful owl, maybrit, and it deserves to be one of the top place-getters. (Throughout the week of voting, the top ten places interchanged on a daily basis.) You have given us an opportunity to almost feel the softness of this bird's feathers, with its interesting mottled colours designed to camouflage, and resemble the bark of an old tree. Ruth :-)
Each time I've viewed this entry, it has put a smile on my face. These very alert, brightly coloured bee-eaters are wonderfully photogenic, and you have captured the essence of them superbly. A beautiful picture, and a well-deserved top place in the challenge. Ruth :-)
Congratulations, Cary Maures, on placing third as well, in this avian challenge. This is a very dramatic action shot, with everything just right: placement, colours, contrasts, soft background, wingspread to the best effect for both the raptor as well as you, the photographer. You must have been extremely pleased when you captured this image. Ruth :-)
This is a delightful image of duck and ducklings, Cary Maures, and deserving of second place in this Birds challenge. Our attention immediately focusses on the mother duck, with her bright speckled feathers, and then we observe the small followers, all trying to keep up with her. (Only a couple of them are out of step, I notice.) A great capture. Ruth :-)
What a beautiful capture, cjf2, of a beautiful kite, with all its plumage on display: a well-deserved first place in the 'Birds, Birds, & More Birds' challenge. You have captured the alertness of the raptor, and every tiny detail of the variegated feathers in its outspread wings. A really great picture. Ruth :-)
ConanFujiX: 4 billion women in the world and I can't get 75 entries
Many of the male photographers in DPR would think that 40-something is too old to be considered sexy, not old enough to have 'character' wrinkles and lines. Ruth :-)
They call me Hans: I always get frustrated in these challenges. There's such a huge assortment of fantastic photography, it's hard to place well...
I agree with you. The generalised subject matter makes it difficult for the voters trying to compare landscapes with macros, B&Ws and portraits... I guess that is part of the fun of this weekly challenge. In my experience, anyone who comes in the Top Twenty should congratulate themselves for their excellent images. Ruth :-)
OBellini: I complain that photo "Lucky Stricke" has used my idea in "Cracking a nut", I think that in a challenge where composition is the main issue, this should be considered.
It appears from the EXIF data in both pictures, that your photo was taken nearly 2 hours AFTER the other entry was captured.
And one small bee who decided to fly off to safer grounds. :-)
I really like your capture of the stairwell, ARCHIE MCKINNON, and its deserved third place in this weekly challenge. We see many images of bright, shiny (usually spiral) staircases, with intricate details for us to admire, yet you have achieved a very interesting and evocative picture of a beautiful, aged staircase, with an Escher twist to it. The old, smooth wooden railing shows signs of a million hands holding it as they climb the many flights of stairs, while the brown, gritty walls add depth to the whole image. Ruth :-)
This has been a very popular entry in this week's challenge, and has achieved second place for you, Colorado KMeier. It is quite a dark, sombre image which many photographers like. Ruth :-)
Congratulations, shortchord, on your well-deserved win in 'My Best Photo of the Week' challenge. I really like the whole image: the dynamic detail and the larger-than-life very white lifeboat almost coming out of the picture to meet me, the pattern and texture of the receding wave surrounding the boat. The dawn sky has its beautiful soft colours, reflected in the wet sand, with the clouds all following the lines of the boat. A great capture. Ruth :-)
Your interesting, and very weird insect is a Lanternfly, (Pyrops candelabra) I think. I remember seeing one in one of my challenges years ago.http://www.dpreview.com/challenges/Entry.aspx?ID=684724&View=Results&Rows=25Ruth :-)
Ah, I wondered where he went for the rest of the year! :-)
You're very ap-peeling! :-)
aekn: Sorry, this isn't sharp enough for me.
Salvatore Castrovinci, the writer, aekn, was referring to the sharpness of the prickles, not the quality of the image. Ruth
This made me laugh! I'd love to learn the story behind this capture.
This interesting wasp might be a mammoth wasp, Megascolia maculate flavifrons. Google has images of them with both yellow, red and black faces. You might like to check out http://www.timesofmalta.com/articles/view/20130612/environment/The-mammoth-wasp.473545 and see if it tallies with your records. Ruth :-)