This is a captivating picture, rainrunner, and deserves a top place in this weekly challenge. There is a story behind your capture, which invites us to wonder why you are out there in the freezing c-c-c-old winter, with only Mt. Hood to keep you company. Beautiful colours of your lighted tent, and the white snows of the peak below the vastness of the starry sky. Ruth :-)
Congratulations, ARCHIE MCKINNON, on your beautiful capture of this walkway at Culross. This is a wonderful example of a subject disappearing into the forever! I really like the way my eyes follow the boardwalk, with its clear reflection, into the warm subtle pink of the morning sun. The soft colours of the sky and water are quite beautiful, contrasting with the stronger red/browns of the walkway. One for the wall! Ruth :-)
Once again you have stunned us with your excellent picture, Philip Lanoue, and it deserves to be in first place in this weekly challenge. I am in awe of your skill at capturing this very graceful quartet, all moving in harmony, against the clear blue/grey background. All the birds are wonderfully sharp, and the black and white colours are lifted by their very large, bright beaks. Ruth :-)
akingdom: How do i vote on the photos pleease.
Tomorrow the challenge goes into the voting stage. You'll be able to vote for the entries then. Stars will appear beneath each entry, and you choose from 1/2 star if the shot doesn't meet the theme of the challenge, up to 5 stars if you think it is really fantastic. I suggest that you vote in the Slideshow Mode (full screen) as you can give a much better appraisal for each entry this way. Your keyboard arrows take you left or right. Easy huh?
A great capture of a hoverfly on your little yellow flower, beautifully sharp with interesting contrast and colours. See my message at the bottom of the challenge page. Ruth
This is a lovely capture of Asiatic lilies, and really 'pops' on the page. Please read my sad and frustrating note at the bottom of the challenge page. Ruth
This is a beautiful picture of warm shades of yellow in autumn. A great capture, which would have pleased you very much. Please read my message beneath the challenge. Ruth :-)
It is with sadness and frustration that I write to you that this week's challenge has been hit with more than ten vote manipulators, a day before the results are announced. These 'sandbaggers' have completely disturbed the orderly scoring of this challenge. While a few of the better entries are still near the top of the challenge, many excellent ones have been relegated much further down than they deserve.If I could cancel this challenge, I would do so. If I could get DPR to do something to prevent the sandbag votes, I would do it with alacrity. My suggestion to all you good folks who have entered and voted fairly, treat this challenge as a showcase or gallery only. Ruth
I'm sorry to report that I have had to disqualify two entries from a member who has manipulated the voting in his/her favour, by a family member, friend, or a multiple account, giving his/her entries very high scores while voting down every other entry. Unfortunately, while the entries have been DQ'd the low scores for everyone else remain. I'm not happy about this either, but DPR won't give us, the hosts, any assistance to get rid of this sandbagging curse.Ruth
This is not a broken antenna, but its natural 'hinged' form.
This is no ordinary shot of a plane in the air! It's a very unique capture by you, alex326, of an F-16, with incredible sharpness and detail. We on the ground can only admire your courage and skill to be up there in the blue skies, flying an equally speedy jet, AND taking superb photos at the same time! A fabulous picture, and deserving of a top place in this weekly challenge. Ruth :-)
Congratulations, PERCY2, on placing third in this weekly challenge. This is a fantastic capture of a bull ant, with its 'don't mess with me' mandibles, and amazing detail in its hairy head and thorax. Great colour contrasts here with the browns and blacks of the ant, the lighter reddish tones of the twig, and the blue sky beyond. Just don't get bitten by going too close! Ruth :-)
Congratulations, qhenson, on achieving second place in this weekly challenge. The landscape of Yosemite Valley is quite stunning in its sheer magnificence, and you have captured this beautifully. The dark grey colours of the granite cliffs and deep greens of the trees far below give us much to contemplate, while the bright pink clouds in the morning sky lifts the picture to a new level. Wonderful! Ruth :-)
Congratulations, Philip Lanoue on your excellent win in this 'My Best Photo of the Week' challenge. This picture has been a clear front runner throughout the voting period. It's a stunning capture of your Dive Bomber, intent on catching a late lunch. The pelican is wonderfully sharp, with every feather clearly delineated; the colours and textures are perfect, and the browns and blues of the background enhances the picture so it highlights the the immediacy of the bird's actions. One of the best you've shown us. Ruth :-)
One adult human woman???
So far, I've had to disqualify 20 out of the 45 entries received. The greatest majority of these DQ's are because the leaves are autumn-toned, and from deciduous trees or vines. Their leaves are not the same colour throughout the whole year.The aim of this challenge is to seek out variegated leaves on perennial plants, such as succulents, begonias, hostas, calatheas (peacock plant), marantas, bromeliads, cordylines, cannas.....Google 'Variegated Plant Leaves' for further inspiration.Ruth
light observer: Why was me entry disqualified? It is a pedestrian bridge over a body of water.Some of the entries you did admit do not even depict a pedestrian bridge at all and in some entries there is even less water than in mine.Furthermore, I think that you could have communicated you did not accept my entry in an earlier stage s that I could have replaced it by another one.
I've just looked in your gallery, and in my opinion, the DQ'd entry does NOT meet the host's requirements. 'The body of water and the bridge should have about the same prominence. I'm looking for a balanced effect'.Your entry had a small bridge, an even smaller stream of water, (low tide?) and lots of landscaping, houses, boats, etc. The photo did not say "pedestrian bridge over water" to me.Ruth
I love her facial expression. Absolute concentration, and an excellent capture by you in that split second. Ruth :-)