I love a photo that looks like garbage when you first look at it, but after a while you see what the photographer saw and connect with it. In this case, the face is incredibly expressive and the image has such great texture and the tones have great variety and detail. I don't know how you saw this composition, but it was certainly a moment of brilliance on your part.
This photograph is amazing. I commented on it in this post:http://forums.dpreview.com/forums/read.asp?forum=1044&message=39862685
I'd enjoy hearing your thoughts.
Your photos won't score very well on dpreview because they are small and because many people here are focused on image quality since this is primarily a gear site. Regardless, I'm a fan. Despite the size and IQ, your photos are eyecatching. They have a strong visual style and point of view.
Thanks for sharing,jbf
This reminds me of the photography of Harry Callahan. It's a true abstract.
Taking photos of animals in cages is not a new idea, but this photo communicates exceptionally well. Excellent job. FYI, I found a little book in a store about a week ago full of great zoo photography. Here's the corresponding website: http://www.brittaphotography.com/animals-places.php
One more WOW! This photo has it all. Congratulations.
That's "stare", not "stair". And no, I wasn't lying about the mind altering substances, just tired.
If you stair at this one for a couple minutes, you start seeing different things. And for the record, no, I'm not on any mind altering substances at the moment. :)
Very creative photograph,jbf
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.