Nice images. You missed the rule that says no composite images. You may not want to keep this entered as it probably won't score as high as it should. I'd save it for a challenge that allows composite images. I hope you don't mind my comments.
This would be better placed in a challenge titled "Sad" or "Captive". It's a very cute dog, but sympathy is the emotion I feel when I view the image.
fulvio51: Maximum number of entries = 0?
She is taking a break. As the challenges are set up in advance this is most likely the only way of shutting down the challenge. I'm sure Ruth would rather do that than leave the challenge on automatic pilot. Hopefully, she'll be back soon.
The voting will be interesting in that there are several "types" of Bokeh, at least that's my viewpoint. There's buttery smooth, and the circular with signs of aperture blades present in the background.
I kind of wished that we could have been allowed 2 entries so I could have entered 1 of each. Though voting would be more time consuming.
bluemoonman: I hope your back soon Ruth & everything is ok.
I second that, I hope your Ok.
Nice capture of the butterfly's colors. Great Bokeh also.
Congratulations on your winning shot. I wish that it could be displayed as the winner as the one before yours has been disqualified. If possible, I hope that this will be corrected.
armandino: Very very nice BUT:Nikon users just because you have plenty of DR you do not have to overdo. Superb picture, but reprocessed a bit more naturally! Let these highlights glow more where they belong (and do not underexpose like crazy just to protect every single pixel from blowing, I bet this image is much grainier than it needs to be)! No way this images is properly exposed at 1/2000 f6.3 and ISO 400. This is easy 2 stops under.
It certainly looks like the light on the face was very golden so I don't know how you could have avoided having dark areas and processing for this. It didn't detract from the shot for me. I enjoyed the capturing of the surfing and the waves.
Beautiful shooting! Looks like you really have the surfing shots and lens dialed in.
vyoufinder: So rare to see the focus tack sharp like that and with enough depth of field. Even more unusual is a photo of a hummingbird in nature as opposed to a hummingbird feeder. Nice job!
Thank You very much. I use plants that the hummingbirds like to go to for nectar and grow them in pots. Then I place them in front of a good natural background. This is in an area in which I have feeders. It helps that it's fall migration now and I get quite a few this time of year.
Beautiful portrait of an awesome bird.
Fantastic shot. I imagine capturing fireworks is very difficult.
DJM22: Great pic!
Thank You I appreciate the kind words.
RuthC: cmantx, I'm glad you're back again this year with your beautiful hummingbirds, and this capture is indeed a worthy second place-getter in this week's challenge. The very soft green background really enhances the little bird in flight mode, with its lovely iridescent feathers. Beautiful! Ruth :-)
Thank You, Ruth. The Fall Hummingbird Migration has been in full swing so there are many chances for photos of Hummingbirds.
cmantx: I have an A 77 II and take nature shots often using Continuous Shooting in RAW. I find that I have to be careful to expose correctly or I will have a problem with posterization. Often in the foliage in the background there are areas of shade. After processing there can be evident posterization in these areas. Reducing the size of the file for posting on the Web or challenges can really accentuate the posterization effect. Sometimes what I thought was a nice shot can become a deleted shot. Is this due to Sony's Raw compression?
You may be correct, but with a one word answer I'm still wondering. I'm hoping someone that's much more technically savvy than I am can add more to my question.
I'm not asking to gripe about Sony I'd just like to either rule this out, or in.
I have an A 77 II and take nature shots often using Continuous Shooting in RAW. I find that I have to be careful to expose correctly or I will have a problem with posterization. Often in the foliage in the background there are areas of shade. After processing there can be evident posterization in these areas. Reducing the size of the file for posting on the Web or challenges can really accentuate the posterization effect. Sometimes what I thought was a nice shot can become a deleted shot. Is this due to Sony's Raw compression?
Windancer: Show me a photo of a cat in the great outdoors..... :-)
That's a people problem. My cat is strictly indoors now even though she was roaming around like a feral cat. I thought she was feral until I caught her in a trap. She responded immediately to me after I got her indoors. Someone had dumped her with no regard to the cat or the impact on the native wildlife.
She is strictly indoors now, and is just fine like this. She greets me when I come home and often follows me around the house just like the dogs I've had.
mike schm: It looks like The Cat People" were the winners in this challenge! Nine of the first ten places went to cats. Well all I can say, " Congratulations" to all who entered, dog biscuits are on me!
Cat's don't eat dog biscuits. :)
Great shot. I especially like the lighting.
Thanks Ed I'm glad you liked it.
Maybe they thought using the sprinkler"tainted" it. Which is fair enough, if that's the case. There's not much naturally occurring running water where I'm at, so the sprinkler or birdbath are the choices.
I had a hummingbird shot in the rain, but the light was bad making the shot rather flat looking, and you couldn't see rain/water drops in the shot. One of those is in my gallery.