I used to think the special effects in the 1999 movie The Mummy were laughably over the top. If this photo is real, I was wrong. Spectacular shot!
This photo finished 269th out of 269. It has potential though. I did some obvious fixes (straightening of the horizon), and changes that are more subjective, i.e. low contrast as opposed to dark and stormy. The rainbow shows up better if it is darker, but I like a subtle, peaceful look for this image. Since Dick48 didn't post this in the Retouching forum, I downsized my version. Hopefully it's okay to post an edit.
The silhouette of the man carries a lot of visual weight despite being black and very small in the frame thanks to the position and contrast. This photograph is not only balanced side-to-side, but top-to-bottom and near-to-far. The balancing act that it achieves can be seen in other aspects as well: modern vs. classical, big vs. small, ignored vs. admired. Extracting this composition from the given scene is a really impressive feat.
This was my favorite challenge to date. There are too many great images to mention so I'll focus on stories. The story by evilstevie is my favorite. Honorable mention goes to this one (short but sweet):
There were numerous other fun stories about difficulty with security guards, equipment, shutter timing, travel, weather, animals, etc.
Here are a few more that combine interesting stories with amazing images:http://www.dpreview.com/challenges/Entry.aspx?ID=415169http://www.dpreview.com/challenges/Entry.aspx?ID=411836http://www.dpreview.com/challenges/Entry.aspx?ID=415182
Great job everyone and congrats to the host as well.
I really enjoyed the abstract challenge. I'm glad I looked through all the images because there are some real gems lower in the rankings in this challenge like this one by jpdery.http://g2.img-dpreview.com/E15F2B9F91BD438B957315E36FDC1C5C.jpg
Here are a few more great ones:http://g2.img-dpreview.com/4B0685CC14C9499AAC2C9A4962D2FADF.jpghttp://g1.img-dpreview.com/4E1B31C4B5DF4D07AD37343DA3022483.jpghttp://g2.img-dpreview.com/EF16AF03B306436D90196F7BED6178B7.jpghttp://g2.img-dpreview.com/81566906A9AA488B9411F8355E5CF9FA.jpg
Truly stunning. Congratulations.
Great image, simple and beautiful. I love the title too.
I've never seen this specific effect before. I like it a lot. I have two small suggestions. Move the overlay slightly so her right eye doesn't get divided. Secondly, the bottom center square stands out a little too much. Adjust its color to be more in line with the others.
Even with the very strong overlay, the first thing I noticed when I looked at the photo was the subject's expression. Very well done,jbf
Just gotta say I love this composition.
For a challenge with quite a few entries, this is the most interesting last place finisher I've seen. Get rid of a couple out of focus leaves on the left and adjust the exposure a little, and this could be a very high finisher. It has great lines, texture, color, and is an interesting perspective.
I like the way this image transforms as you mover closer or farther away.
Great work on this one. The composition is amazing. So are the colors. It takes a very creative eye to see an abstract fantasy like this image.
Thanks for sharing,jbf
This is one of the better images I've seen on this website, both visually and in terms of its message/emotion. I can't tell what photography was involved, but a great deal of artistry was certainly involved.
Thanks for sharing,jbf
This is a photo that I like that finished low in the /Moving Human Sihoulette- taken at Night/ challenge. I can understand why it didn't do well in the challenge. The subject is small, not moving, and partially obscured. I just thought I'd give props to the photographer for creating a moody and eye catching image. I'm thinking it may be better cropped, but I can see it either way. Here's the crop I'm talking about:
I doubt if anyone else ever looked at those phones and thought, "I wonder what a yellow wall would do for this view".
This one didn't finish very high in the dream challenge, but I like it. It's creative and artistically designed. The reds and magentas are oversaturated, but that's an easy fix. Overlaying images is a good way to replicate what it's like to dream imo, probably better than blur. It needs something coherent in the center, not as an abstract image where it works well the way it is, only if it's meant to be an accurate representation of a dream.
You took a moment that was memorable for you and made it memorable for everyone who sees the photo, even if they don't know you or the subject. There are a lot of great photos in this challenge. Congratulations on finishing at the top,jbf
I'm very impressed by the Falling Rain challenge. There are great photos all the way down the rankings. Here's one I really like at #85. Who thinks about trying to photograph the edge of a storm? Brilliant! Also of note is the great sense of depth due to lines that converge in the distance as well as the general composition which is nicely divided into thirds both horizontally and vertically.
Great story and great photograph. I was just reading a thread on another photography website, the subject of which was Walker Evans and his attitude toward photography. One quote from that thread was, "...true lyricism enters spontaneously without notice, almost never when called - and is often discovered after the fact, as an unexpected but welcome guest." I'm still trying to digest that whole discussion, but I'm guessing this photo is a good example of what they were talking about. I noticed you added a note: "Made it back alive ...barely." I can't help but think, "Made it back alive ...barely _from her home_."
I've never been a fan of HDR, but this challenge has increased my interest. Unlike most HDR I've seen that creates artificial looking light and colors in landscape photos, about a dozen images in the challenge made use of HDR, often in non-typical HDR scenes, to reveal a lot more detail than would normally be seen in the conditions under which they were shot. I don't want to make it out to be an all or nothing situation. It's certainly possible to blend a dark sky exposure and a light foreground exposure well. The key thing I learned from the challenge is that HDR can be used effectively to do things like seeing into the shadowed nooks and crannies between buildings, adding detail and depth to an image. This image which finished 16th in the challenge is a great example of that type of HDR. Some of the other images I like are finishers 33, 60, and 112. They are not what I think about when I think of HDR, but I like the way they make use of the technique.
I'm curious if anyone has similar thoughts, disagrees, or has other ideas on how to use HDR.