Andre W

Andre W

Lives in South Africa Welkom, South Africa
Works as a Business man/Accountant
Joined on May 29, 2005
About me:

In nature - only take pictures and leave only footprints.

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On Ruby Throated Female in the A To Z - Letter H challenge (12 comments in total)

Great shot - well done and congrats.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 4, 2014 at 05:11 UTC as 3rd comment | 1 reply
On Cosmic Tree in the 1:1 aspect ratio: Nature landscape challenge (6 comments in total)

Beautiful shot - congrats!

Direct link | Posted on Mar 22, 2014 at 04:36 UTC as 3rd comment
On The Mask in the Nature's Abstract Beauty challenge (3 comments in total)

Congrats - great eye here - viewing angle spot on.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 16, 2013 at 03:29 UTC as 1st comment
On Spirits in the sand in the Nature's Abstract Beauty challenge (6 comments in total)

Congrats. Great capture and a good eye for seeing it in the first instance - well done.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 16, 2013 at 03:27 UTC as 2nd comment
On Antelope Canyon 1 0811w in the Nature's Abstract Beauty challenge (4 comments in total)

Congrats on being in top 3 - well done. Captured light & colors beautifully.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 16, 2013 at 03:26 UTC as 2nd comment
On Water Carved! in the Nature's Abstract Beauty challenge (6 comments in total)

Great image Barb - congrats!

Direct link | Posted on Nov 16, 2013 at 03:24 UTC as 4th comment
On Bud of an Aloe Flower in the Nature's Abstract Beauty challenge (9 comments in total)

Congrats with your deserved win - great image. everything works well together - colors, bokeh - just everything - love it! Thanks for entering.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 16, 2013 at 03:23 UTC as 4th comment
On A bend in the road in the Group Critique: Landscape with a Human Element challenge (16 comments in total)

Thanks everybody - MUCH appreciated.
For the comments/crit - I will surely take note of it all - especially suggestions about cropping the sky a bit etc etc.
The marks in the asphalt - that's really what it looks like around here - I agree it spoils the image somewhat and I'll remove/rework in post.
This was a fun challenge for me - especially the part where the entrants have to comment - some good comments and shows that here are some "thinkers" in DPR - great community - sandbaggers we'll always have but lucklily they're in the minority.
I will not be able to post or comment for the next 2 weeks or so - we (the wife and I) are - in the next 10 minutes - leave to do an ultra walk challenge - doing 301 km of walikng in the Little Karoo in our magnificent country - South Africa - won't allow much time for taking shots but I'll surely take a few with my small pocket Canon sx260hs - love it!.
Thanks again and regards from South Africa.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 13, 2013 at 06:58 UTC as 2nd comment | 1 reply
On Plitvice Lakes in the Group Critique: Landscape with a Human Element challenge (13 comments in total)

I like this image a lot - must be a great location.
However - the vignette is not doing the shot any favours in fact, it distracts from its potential to be a great shot.
The out of focus branches - bottom left - obscures mini waterfalls at the back.
This could be a wall hanger if:
1. Shot from a point to the right, if possible - to eliminate the bottom left branches & to show the small water trickles now obscured.
2. No vignetting - added in post?
3. Also experiment with slow shutter speed & ND filter.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 8, 2013 at 11:53 UTC as 2nd comment
On Bomba in the Group Critique: Landscape with a Human Element challenge (11 comments in total)

The fluffy clouds helps this shot.
All water cannot be blue or clear all the time but here, the brownish clour spoils the image somewhat.
I like the water's movement and the "human element" adds interest to the shot.
To improve?: shoot from a much lower angle, place the object exactly in the middle and remove some glare in post.
A crop of the middle +/- 70% of the shot, dramatically change it for the better.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 8, 2013 at 11:46 UTC as 1st comment | 1 reply

Expansiveness of ocean showing well - with no wind or clouds - which would actually have enhanced the image though.
The boat sailing into the shot is good.
Haziness in top half gives impression that exposure not same throughout.
To my taste, there's too much negative space, not doing anything for the shot.
To improve?: 1. try & cut the top haze in post or even better, crop out the top third. 2. Although reshoot not always possible, the boat could do more for the shot if it was to the middle of the image.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 8, 2013 at 11:41 UTC as 1st comment
On Obedience in the Group Critique: Landscape with a Human Element challenge (12 comments in total)

Good cloud cover here which "helps" the shot.
The no swimming sign for me, too much"in your face"- it appears (not sure) to have been copied & pasted here.
To improve - perhaps shoot from a different angle - higher up, to show more of the landscape and lessen the impact of the "in your face"sign.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 8, 2013 at 11:33 UTC as 2nd comment
On 2_0391 in the Group Critique: Landscape with a Human Element challenge (19 comments in total)

Lovely colours.
Exposure of difficult subject spot on - especially done well with detail on the ice whilst also retaining detail of the mountain.
The human element too small to make an overall impact - it is only the red jackets that attract one's attention to it being there - it gives a great sense of scale though.
To improve: being unsure what the rest of the landscape looks like, I'd like to see a landscape orientated shot of the scene.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 8, 2013 at 11:29 UTC as 2nd comment | 1 reply
On skywards Ho in the Group Critique: Landscape with a Human Element challenge (15 comments in total)

To me, this image is way too busy to hold my attention.
The lensflare and octagons make it chaotic in my view.
I cannot suggest how to improve this image other than perhaps revisit the location and re-shoot at a different time of day - if possible.
Perhaps an abstract artist can relate to this shot - sorry, I cannot.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 8, 2013 at 11:23 UTC as 4th comment

A great shot.
This image has good contrast and texture. Initially - converting it to B&W did not work at all.
The clouds add drama to the image and make it special. The yellow of the sarong(?) attracts the eye immediately - good choice of colour.
On MY monitor, some cloud behind the trees to the right, shows over saturated turqoise colour - a slight distraction.
Idea to improve image - just a maybe: to have the person direct in line with the dramatic cloud - shooting from the exact same position and angle.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 8, 2013 at 11:19 UTC as 1st comment | 1 reply

I've seen this image in colour and converting it to B&W surely was the way to go.
The two photgraphers add to the success of the image and also gives a sense of scale. Good contrast of lights and darks - on both extremities of the histogram.
How to improve?: perhaps just slightly open up the shadows to the right of the rear mountains.
The longer I look at this image, the more I like it - it grows on you.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 8, 2013 at 11:01 UTC as 3rd comment

The image tells a story - good.
The obstructing trees bottom left, distracts.
The harvesters are too small to make an impact and the negative space, top left spoils the shot for me.
To improve perhaps: clone out both the obstructing tree/bush and brown earth top left.
The human elements - both the harvesters and "shack", could improve the shot if more to centre of image.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 8, 2013 at 10:51 UTC as 1st comment
On to the sky in the Canola challenge (2 comments in total)

Love the road leading one's eye to the horizon.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 29, 2013 at 06:58 UTC as 1st comment | 1 reply
On road in the Ended up on a dusty road ! challenge (7 comments in total)

Great shot - congrats!

Direct link | Posted on Aug 11, 2013 at 05:16 UTC as 5th comment
On Lunar Eclipse in the Spheres in Nature challenge (6 comments in total)
In reply to:

pen araneae: Wonderful series. I am in awe. Thank you very much for sharing the technical details.

Thanks a lot Pen - much appreciated!

Direct link | Posted on Jul 27, 2013 at 10:42 UTC
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