SM, I can still see that person's entry. He or she posted a comment in the "Challenges" forum, and I gave a longer response there.
Nice job of exposing. Ice and snow are particularly tricky. I think you made the correct decision not to crop. I like the iceberg's reflection in the water, even though I do think the human element is too subtle in the image.
I don't understand an earlier comment about straightening the horizon...was that a joke that I just didn't get?
There really isn't much that I did not like about the photo. Maybe burn in the berg on the right side, or, crop more of it out?
There seems to be a uniformly high level of quality in this challenge. Not a single bad one from my perspective. And a lot of very very good ones.
I like the people working. They are like a design element. I think this would work better if you showed more of the landscape, and that would also emphasize just how small the humans are.
the earth at the top, and the trees at the bottom, help frame the image well, and both bring my eyes back to the main part of the photo. But I'd like to see more of the terraces.
I agree with Jmgir's comment. This does look a little flat to me. Maybe taken later in the day, with more directional lighting? Maybe taken from a different spot, so the three dimensional effect could be more present?
This is very simple, but a bit too simple for my taste. If the subject was larger in the scene it would work for me. If they ocean were more interesting, then the scene would work for me. But as is, it's a bit boring. maybe crop off a good portion of the lower water, especially since nothing is happening there?
There are alot of interesting things happening here. The heavy vignetting, esp on the left side, is very distracting. I would llike to see this same general photo, but from a slighly different perspective. Maybe higher up? (was there a tall tree you could have climbed?) [joke]
The image seems (on my monitor) to be halfway between foggy and clear. Either of those would have been great. But being halfway looks odd to me, since it's not clear if it's a weather issue, a focus issue, an exposure issue, etc.
I really like the waterfall in the foreground. Usually, waterfalls are in the rear, so this is a fresh take, and I liked your decision to put it there.
I like your use of all the open space. A very simple composition, but with a nice sense of movement as well. I wish there had been some burning on the right side.
And I would have liked to have seen a second version, with a longer trail behind the boat (and maybe a bit of a crop on the right). i see that the host made this suggestion...to put a second version in your gallery and to leave a comment here, where you give us a link to that different version. I might end up liking this version more, but I'd like to see both.
Great idea to listen to the feedback. This is so much better than your black and white version. The sky looks a little fake to me (although I am sure it is not, and that this is not a composite image), but since that's is probably in my own mind, i don't think there is anything you could change. Nor should you.
The human element is interesting, although I do wish she were closer to the camera, so she took up a bit more of the image. I think cropping off the bottom 20 or 25% of the image would have brought the subject closer to us, and would have turned the photo into a panorama, which would have added visual impact.
This is obviously a very polarizing image. I love to see photographers take risks. While landscapes usually celebrate the beauty of a scene, there is nothing wrong with taking a different approach, and showing how man's progress can be visually ugly.
It's hard to give the usual sort of feedback. The viewer will either like the massive out of focus or not. Its use definitely adds something to the scene (whether it adds something good or bad will be up to each of us). I don't particularly like your decision to overexpose the sky. Im not sure what that adds to the photo's message, so I would have changed that, and had more detail in the sky.
I think your gonna get a lot of 4+ votes and a lot of 1.5 and lower votes. Don't think you will see a lot of middle ground with your image Good for you, for taking a chance! now, I just have to figure out if I love or hate your image. ;-)
You can't go wrong with winding roads. On my monitor, the paint in the road looks artificial. If this was due to post-processing, then i would lessen that effect. You did not oversaturate your photo, which was a very smart decision. natural looking is very effective here.
If only a small animal had cooperated with you, and if this had a rabbit hopping across the road, it would be perfect. :-)
Very nice job
This is a simple composition, but it made me smile. I think people will either like or dislike the photo. I would not change very much. Maybe add a bit more contrast.
Good. Great composition. I love images that make me think. Something interesting is happening off to the left, and both photographers are looking at this. But there is great rocks just to the right of them, which they are ignoring. This is fascinating. Perfect exposure. The dark rocks in shadows have good details (I think there must be something wrong with another poster's monitor, cuz I see all the details on my computer). I like the burnt out strip of sky in the upperright, there are no clouds there, and the bright line brings my eye into the rest of the image. Lots of highlight details in the bright rocks. Did you use a spot metre or were you lucky in your exposure.?Bad. Not very much. I really like this photo. But maybe you could have cropped a narrow strip at the bottom, since not much is happening there. I don't thing you should change very much else. The photo makes me want to visit there, at sunrise.
This does not seem like a road "that is not used regularly." It's a very nice composition, but not really in keeping with the challenge theme.
Yes, I think I can see the grounded balloon reflected in her eyes. (jk). Seriously, a lovely image. Aside from the embarrassing 4 sandbaggers, the voters recognized it.
Lovely lighting. Congrats on the win.
Very nice photo. I don't think I've seen many photos here that get 5 votes of 5.0, but not a single vote of 4.0 or 4.5. Interesting.
jezsik, I also hate to call you on your own calling, but I think you did not do enough research into what an environmental portrait is, and how that differs from traditional portraits. You gave a link to an image, which is not a "true environmental portrait" (as you describe it). It's not close to environmental. It is a lovely, TRADITIONAL, portrait.
You also quoted from Wikipedia, but I think you looked up "portraits" and did not look up "environmental portraits." If you had, you would have seen information that might have led you to change your post (or to avoid posting it at all).
I am not sure why santamonica did not point this out to you. I think he/she is more diplomatic than I. :-)
very clean and nice. I assume you did some cropping. If so, really good job with that! Well-deserved high finish.
This seems pretty close to a traditional portrait. Love her expression.