Joe Pineapples: I really liked this photo. I thought it was very creative and a bit different. I don't know why it did relatively badly in the voting (even worse than my entry!)
Thanks for your comment. It was an interesting sight to observe but certainly not a technically good photo or even particularly well composed with the distracting block shadows. It was eye catching for me and the memory of that evening stroll on Lake Geneva still lingers.
"The total entry limit is now set at 55, might slightly increase the limit if this challenge is well received." An increase to 175 redefines 'slightly'.
The great response to the theme warrants a series of challenges. I'm still happy to participate with an entry, but just less likely to vote in this staggeringly large challenge with lots of worthy entries.
Amazing capture just to get it in the frame in flight. Nice work. This critter must have been the inspiration for some Disney animated characters.
This will be a great service. Knowing that a lens has been expertly tested and adjusted provides some real comfort.
I had inquired at LensRentals about a year ago if they would sell lenses that they had tested to be 'above average' in performance among their copies and offered to pay a premium price. Like many others I would just like to avoid the hassle of evaluating 3-4 copies of a lens to find a keeper. This would be ideal, but I heartily welcome their new program.
Fun subject capture. Would benefit a lot from cropping, straightening, white balance, and saturation.
Wish you had cropped this. It is a great subject capture.
RuthC: Congratulations, poppyjk, on third place in 'A Stroll by the River or Lake' challenge. Each time I view this entry it makes me smile, and I wonder who is enjoying the stroll more, you or the buffalo? It is a really great capture, with beautiful colours, textures, light and shade, as well as the movement of buffalo, water and steam vents. Ruth :-)
Thank you, RuthC, for your colorful comment. We were completely awestruck by everything in Yellowstone. Glad to have made it once and hope to do it again. This was a thrilling scene and was preceded by 20 or so buffalo running past us 10 feet away when we were on the boardwalk to the Morning Glory Pool.
Tourlou: It's not a lobster. it's a well "langouste" in french.
Thanks for the clarification and education. I knew it was not like a Maine lobster with the big claws but did not know what to call it and was too lazy to do a search.
This is a great shot. Please put a border on it so it does not get disqualified.
Nice composition. Needs a border to stay in the challenge.
Thank you all for your comments. This view is from the deck in back of our house, and I enjoy it as the seasons change
RuthC: poppyjk, I did request 'NO scantily-clad bodies on the beach' in this challenge, but I've allowed your lazy sunbathers to remain. :-) This is a wonderful capture of the seals enjoying some R&R. Great colours, and contrasts within the picture. Ruth :-)
Thanks RuthC. The Galapagos were awesome and post-processing is fun.
NZ Scott: I've been to every single one of these places!
Regarding Yukatan. 1) You've spelt it wrong - should be Yucatan. 2) Yucatan is not a man-made wonder. It is a state in Mexico. There are some very nice ruins in Yucatan (e.g., Palenque, Chitzen Itza), but Yucatan itself is not a man-made wonder.
Some irony in your comment. You properly corrected the spelling of Yukatan to Yucatan but seem to have overlooked that the host did specify Chichen Itza and not just the whole Yucatan ... and humorously you misspelled Chichen Itza as "Chitzen Itza".Maybe a little less quick-draw in your criticism next time.
You are fortunate to have traveled to all these places.
orion1983: Has picture 148 been shot through the front window of a driving car?! If so, it's pure nonsense as this would severly bias the image quality! If not so, one has to hope that the two blurred spots (on the right and left, in the blue sky) are not derived from sensor particles!!!
Just wondering about your credibility as a critic, orion1983. You have no gear listed and no photos in galleries or challenges to establish any credibility. Of course #148 is taken from a moving car in the 2nd of 4 lanes of a superhighway. How many pocket cameras can focus with that kind of resolution at 50+mph? Seems like your hobby is criticizing reviews of small cameras rather than photography itself.
For me a 'good' photograph or series inspires awe, enriches the moment, opens my mind and heart, arouses curiosity, and motivates me to go see and photographically capture similar scenes while improving technique. This can include subjects of stark reality.
The Sony series do not do this for me. Instead, after viewing most of the series on the Sony site I feel puzzled, sad, depressed, and distinctly unimpressed by the consistent 'flat light look' of subjects and that created by post-processing. These are a poor advertisement for Sony, and I own Sony and Canon equipment.
Unique does not equal good.
ConanFuji: Congratulations. I think it would be more striking if the subjects are on Rule of Thirds. However I think you have your reasons. Perhaps the right hand side was occupied. Some vignetting might be useful too. But hey, what do I know :-)
Thanks. You are right. Utility meters on the right but looks better with less wall on the left and with some vignetting. Like this http://www.dpreview.com/galleries/4267915067/photos/2855017/young-love-2
Oh, my goodness!! What a magnificent shot!!
This is incredible!
Cool shot. Never seen this kind of sand action except in an hour glass.