This happens to be my favorite!!
merops: I have just realised that the 'reflection' in this photo was apparently (at least partially) created by flipping the upper part of the photo. This is clear from the fact that the water's edge is perfectly straight (and horizontal) at a pixel level. (Scott Kelby regularly shows how to create realistic looking reflections like this in his videos.)
This photo is clearly within the rules, so congratulations to NaniCro. What I wondered was whether the three people who commented below were aware of this manipulation, and what they would think of the image if they were. The fact that barb_s and RuthC referred to this as a 'capture' suggests that they were not aware of the manipulation.
Well, I stopped short of using the word surreal, which was what the image said to me initially. I wondered how the reflection happened, but since the whole photo was so vibrant and so deep with contrast, I didn't try to "lose the magic" by digging deeper mentally on the reflection line. It didn't look natural, but it did add to the mystique , didn't it?
Wildbegonia: Congratulations Barb, a well crafted photo, beautiful and works so well in B&W
Oh my, thank you!!! I also liked the b/w effect. The win was a nice surprise!
The Mick: This is a very creative take on the challenge! Just beautiful and the extremely shallow depth of field really suits this image. Congratulations on your great photo, Barb!Regards,Mick
Hi Mick, - thank you!!! I had a bit of fun getting this set up and liked the way it came out!
l_objectif: Congrats, Barb, this is a beautiful shot!... It;s really nice to see a winner that is not a cheater! ;-)BTW, if I can recall, you had planned a trip to SW; did you you do it already?
My trip is next month, I bought an Nex-6 for it so I'm traveling light :)...and thank you for your kind words!!
I think all the work you do is worth it Ruth. This challenge is great to page thru the winners!
I'm glad you won with this, it is a really really neat capture, great color and setting. Congratulations!!
I really like this one!
Tim A2: Congratulations
CG33: Barb, Congratulations!
RuthC: An entrant in this challenge has chosen to lodge complaints about 22 of the entries, stating that they were more than 1cm in size. Before the close of entries, I had already DQ'd 41 entries, and there have been 26 withdrawals. Most of the complaints by this entrant concern hover flies, small flies or gnats, all of which I consider to be within the 1cm size limit. Because I don't have any way of measuring EXACTLY the size of the little creatures, I have had to allow some leeway in the entries. The main aim of this challenge was to show how tiny these creatures can be, and not be too rigid about measurements.Ruth
Some hover flies are really little, some not so… you can only do so much. Thanks for another interesting theme!
Just love it… I'll be going to Utah next month, and passing thru much of the southwest hoping to catch some views like this. Well photographed!!
Didier Quan: Hi,
Challenge full the first day opened ! What a success !Do you plan to allow more entries ?
yes I do.. in just a couple of minutes.
MARTIN LEV: PLEASE EXTEND TO 75 ENTRIES ...THANKS JUST SPENT A COUPLE OF HOURS SHOOTING MY SUBMISSION.THANKS MARTIN....
I am extending it because it filled up in less than a day. give me a couple of minutes...
RonakG: Shades of red are OK? If the red is actually a brownish red for example?
yes. if its so far off from red it won't do, but varried shades are definitely fine.
Just lovely and my favorite!
I'm pleased to see some unconventional photos made it to the top. It is pretty interesting just to look at the first few entries here. Good challenge!!
4th place with an iPhone - fabulous! Fabulous shot regardless of the hardware!
Very interesting entry….Congratulations on this win.
Nice challenge, I tried looking for a good willow to enter, but nothing local was photogenic enough. I've got a few favorites in the submissions though. There are some very nice entries here!