Philip Young: Your photo is so sharp that I can see the feet of both your flash tripods in the reflection from your goggles.
It was just an inexpensive Nikkor 35mm f1.8 :) Great lens for the price. Having good light definitely helps.
Wildbegonia: A great photo, congratulations. When I saw it, I already imagined it as a winner thumbnail in the Finished Challenge DP's moving stripe. It got all my stars for sure. What can I say after someone offers you such a proposal? I like cats too. :D
Thanks :) The proposal was from a guy and I am a straight guy that happens to be married but I guess I can still be flattered? lol
Jan2009: EXDS, this was my pick to win on the challenges.. still I tried to enter mine and was not dissappointed. I'm glad the sand bagger didnt spoil your great effort! Congratulations
KonstantinosK: Would you marry me?
Oh boy. I am actually a dude with long hair :) (not a wig like the other comment suggested) I have long hair in my avatar photo but it's in a pony tail. Maybe next snowboarding shot, I'll ditch the mask so people can see the facial hair.
Wow brilliant shot!
Can we withdraw one of our entries just prior to voting? I'd like to avoid having votes split between two entries.
The area in the upper right corner is a lot less distracting with the toned down highlights. I preferred the framing in the first shot however. The subject is now too centrally composed and the right most flower is partially cut off.
I like the pastel colors and it looks better with the added sharpness on the left flower. I think I liked a bit more breathing room on the sides of the frame next to the flowers from the first shot though.
Nice sharp shot with an interesting subject and nice texture in the sand. The composition is a bit too centered though.
I like the background. I think the subject could be a bit more interesting though. Maybe a closer cropping of the dead twig and bringing out the details in post.
I like the clean up job you did in this version. I agree that the background could be much creamier with a larger aperture (especially given the nature of the challenge).
Cool shot with nice composition. The out of focus areas are not a selling point for the shot however. I'd also like to see some more specular highlights and/or color to the water to give it more life.
Nice capture with an expressive pose. I don't think I'd use the B&W though.
Sounds like a decent price until you look at the Canon equivalent.
I like the light and the texture. I also like the flower in the background showing details that aren't visible on the main subject. Framing might look slightly better if the flower wasn't cut off a bit on the bottom left corner of the frame.
Waiting for challenge to open to resubmit a photo at the scheduled 8PM EST time...
Nicely minimalist. I don't think the view of the flower is as good as it could be and the out of focus areas do not creatively interact with or frame the subject.
The background looks really cool but I'd like a better angle on the subject. The subject also needs a lot more light. I don't think it works as a half silhouette.
I like the composition with the moss and the subject. I agree that this shot could really benefit from shooting at the golden hour. The underside of the subject is quite dark and could benefit from having more detail brought out (either with some fill or detail enhancement in post). I think this could have been shot with a larger aperture to get the background a little more pleasing.
Nice portrait. Having her close to the vegetation works for the photo given the theme of her outfit. However, I think you could have gone all out with the theme and really used some creative composition and posing to meld her outfit in with a tree and leaves. Also, her eyes seem a bit soft and could use brightening/whitening in post (saw that this is straight out of camera).