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.
Wonderful artistry and technique!
Thanks all for your comments. For those that prefer greater DOF, I completely agree. Here is a similar shot with better DOF. http://www.dpreview.com/galleries/4267915067/photos/2771536/img_1954_dxo. I preferred the steeper perspective of the challenge entry and only had time for four shots since several other photographers were waiting for the shot trying to catch the cloudy light. This shot is of the colonnade supporting one side of an arched hallway surrounding the Cloister Garden at Mont Ste. Michel. The columns are only about 6 feet tall and the arch on top adds another 4 feet. To get the shot I was on knees, elbows and forearms. Here is a shot of the colonnade on the right of the hallway from a distance. http://www.dpreview.com/galleries/4267915067/photos/2771533/img_1943_dxo
ConanFuji: It's a great subject, but unfortunately it looks really grainy on the thumbnail. I was also surprised it looks very grainy on full size. Perhaps it's was a little too dark when you shot it with ISO 320.
Thanks for your comment. I totally agree that the grain is quite distracting. The setup: snapshot out the window of a moving bus into a heavily back lit subject with heavy glare on the window. This is a 44% crop of a badly exposed washed out subject. PP involved big pushes of contrast, microcontrast, vibrancy, saturation, and sharpening to increase definition. All this conspired to make it really grainy and that was the tradeoff.I like the subjects you pick for your challenges and usually spend too much time searching my archives for something that might fit and then sometimes forcing it a little too much like this one.
HubertChen: Great shot! Thanks for your explanation of the camera settings. Should motivate me even more on going for the shot versus better settings! Mind you, your camera has a very high latitude for non optimal settings :-)
Ah, and sometimes you need to get lucky. I think in this shot the high grain is contributing to the feel of the image. Congratulations to this deserved win!
I appreciate your comments, HubertChen. The equipment is the most capable and forgiving I've ever had...helps me get lucky more often.
behaegel: I have lived in Sion for a about a year some 20 years ago, Obviously I know the place where you took this picture very well. Nice capture !Christophe
Thank you, behaegel. Hoping it brought back good memories for you.
babalu: As you say a lucky shot turned beautiful! Congratulations, a good win.
Thanks, babalu. Just enjoy being a tourist with a camera.
Blue Swan Media: This is really stirring. Nice job!!
Thank you for your comment. It is an emotional shot for me--better than just the memory somehow.
ConanFuji: The composition is good. Texture, exposure and esp the silhouette is marvelous. Congratulations on your win, poppyjk!
Thank you, ConanFuji, for the kind words.
Doss: Great view, shame the bus didn't stop so you could capture it sharply
Agree. Just one of the limitations of being a tourist with a camera versus being a genuine photographer:)
Images by Kipper: ConanFuji:
Some awesome entries in this Challenge to the point that I don’t want to finish last (again).So I must respectively NOT enter your Challenge based on the very high standard of submissions to date.Well done Conan, a very worthy repeat subject for the future.
Cheers ~ Kipper
Agree!! I was so embarrassed by my mundane photo that I withdrew it.
Wow, what a shot! Really nice.
Nice shot. Well done.
ConanFuji: I like this shot a lot.
Thanks! It was an awkward and lucky shot. Had to lay down in the bottom of the rowboat in order to get thru the opening to the grotto because of the high tide. I'm tall so I skinned up my legs shoving them under the boat seat to lay down. Then took a couple of pictures just holding my arms up extended hoping for the best because I could not see the water thru the viewfinder. Had to use both arms to prop up my upper body to see. When I did that I could not hold the camera. Add to that the boat was rocking in the waves. Quite an experience, but I would do it again. The blue was much better in person.
Beautiful mood here set by the capture and post processing. My favorite so far.
A little distracted by the slight right tilt of the photo center spires, etc., but very well done and eye catching in total. I realize the tough choices about alignment and might have made the same decision to line up the vertical fence line on the right of the photo.
ConanFuji: Just requesting a rule clarification. There are 3 or 4 entries that have steps over most of the passageway pictured. There may be places in the world where stairways are included in the common definition of streets, but I am not familiar with them. Including outdoor stairways seems to change the whole nature of the challenge.I also understand that narrow alleys may not fit some peoples' definition of street. If that is the case, then a number of entries including one of mine would not be allowed. Accepting whatever you decide.
Thanks for your positive comments and to all for your votes. This Japanese Garden is part of the wonderfully diverse 220 acre Gibbs Garden which is about a 2 hour drive north of Atlanta, Georgia, USA.