Summerhill: I want a waterproof camera to take kayaking, etc. I may drop it in the water,but won't be diving with it. I would like to have the highest quality pictures I can get in a compact...that can be dropped in the water.
Are there other cameras that I should consider?
I use my waterproof camera mainly for bad weather and dust and dirt protection. You should look at Panasonic FT5. I have the FT3, quite old, and picture quality is really good. Picture quality of FT4/FT5 is even better. Also according reviews: if you more look for picture quality you cannot do wrong with FT serie!
Very nice picture and a clever idea to just show a detail. Congratulation to your win! - 40 years ago I bought a very similar camera from Quelle, a big store in Germany. The camera was announced as a russian camera named Zenit and looked a bit like an old Leica replica. I owned also a 50, 35 and 135 mm lens.
Beautiful picture, gratulation for this nice capture. Interesting, we both have an island-sheep combination. I had been many years ago on Islay. Since then I fall in love with the whisky of this region. Also Talisker from Skye is great. Chris :-)
Dlync: Well done. One of my favourites in this challenge.
Hi Dlync, thank you very much for your kind comment; I am glad you like my sheeps.
For me this is the winner, congratulations, well done! You have got 5 stars from me.
bluemoonman: Thank you, I think it may be a Milkweed but I will try & find out for sure when it hopefully re-appears again this year.
In Germany the flower is called Weidenröschen (Epilobium). But there are different kinds of Epilobium, the seeds vary a bit.
bluemoonman: Wonderful Macro photography the detail is amazing, Congratulations on your well deserved top spot.
I really appreciate your encouraging comment, thank you very much. You have a wonderful entry too, congratulations!
RuthC: Congratulations, chrisby, on your well-deserved win in this Seed Pods challenge. This is a wonderfully detailed capture of the lowly dandelion puffball, with some of its parachutes blown away. I really like the contrasting colours and textures here, from the smooth pimply centre, to the rich brown shades of the rough barbs on each seed head, and the softest indication of the feathery parachutes which are ready to depart. Ruth :-)
There is no-one who can better describe and praise an entry. Thank you, Ruth, for such nice words! Chris
Hi bluemoonman, I always enjoy pictures showing things in an unusual way; yours is simply great, congratulations. You missed the first place by 0.03 points :-)
Very nice, had been my 5 star favorite. Perfect implementation of the theme; great look due to colors and vignetting.
Congratulations, Steve. Very nice balanced composition with beautiful colors.
Steve Throndson: You made good use of the pinhole camera's characteristic soft-focus look. It does look like a painting. Good work, chrisby.
Thank you, Steve, I am very glad you like it. Painting with pinhole cameras is a great fun.
Dear Host, does the challenge requires animals which just belongs to grazing species or shall they be photographed while grazing?
Really great, congratulations! In particular I like the bold composition and the beautiful black green contrast. Chris
Simply great! Fantastic decisive moment, very well implemented; my 5 star favorite.
To miss some originators of images of landscapes, flowers, insects etc. doesn't really matter. But to miss the opportunity to find out the people behind selfies is really a pitty. I have to admit that I still hesitate to show my face but I much appreciate if people do it. So I really think it is a pity that there are some DQ due to the rule.
Very nice image, this was my favorite and my only 5 star vote. I like the artistic interpretation of the mundane challenge topic, the nice colors and the composition.
Great image, my 5 star favorite. - Reminds me on my set of extension tubes. I think extension tubes are an underrated tool. I used them very often in the film days and bought some when I started digital photography, but used them very rarely.
Steve Throndson: The host is running a whole series of challenges with different aspect ratios like 9:16 vertical landscape, and 1:1 aspect nature landscape. I believe that '1:1 aspect ratio' here means a square crop - and has nothing to do with the magnification ratio.
Thank you, Steve, very helpful! Here is the link to the 1:1 aspect ratio landscape challenge:
The title of the challenge uses "aspect ratio", not only ratio or any other kind of ratio. My understanding is that this does not defines a magnification factor but a geometrical ratio. This is also supported by wikipedia: The aspect ratio of a geometric shape is the ratio between its sizes in different dimensions. For example, the aspect ratio of a rectangle is the ratio of its longer side to its shorter side - the ratio of width to height, when the rectangle is oriented as a "landscape". So I would expect a square format as a requirement and of course a macro image; but definitions of macro varies a bit.