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On The Night Watchman in the Balance challenge (1 comment in total)

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.

Great work,

Direct link | Posted on Apr 8, 2011 at 09:59 UTC as 1st comment
On Once in a lifetime shot in the Hardest shot I ever took challenge (1 comment in total)

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:

Great job everyone and congrats to the host as well.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 1, 2011 at 09:55 UTC as 1st comment
On Ice People in the Abstract Expressionistic Photography challenge (2 comments in total)

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.

Here are a few more great ones:

Direct link | Posted on Feb 16, 2011 at 08:48 UTC as 2nd comment
On Migration in the Into the light challenge (6 comments in total)

Truly stunning. Congratulations.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 25, 2011 at 00:35 UTC as 5th comment
On A Man And His Dog in the [b&w] tranquility challenge (2 comments in total)

Great image, simple and beautiful. I love the title too.


Direct link | Posted on Jan 20, 2011 at 08:44 UTC as 1st comment
On Susie in the Square challenge (1 comment in total)

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,

Direct link | Posted on Jan 20, 2011 at 08:28 UTC as 1st comment
On Disney Concert Hall - 2nd_Street Light in the At a Stop Light Downtown challenge (1 comment in total)

Just gotta say I love this composition.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 29, 2010 at 19:43 UTC as 1st comment
On Bug's point of view in the Redux: Low Perspective challenge (1 comment in total)

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.


Direct link | Posted on Sep 25, 2010 at 03:12 UTC as 1st comment

I like the way this image transforms as you mover closer or farther away.

Great work,

Direct link | Posted on Sep 6, 2010 at 09:59 UTC as 1st comment


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,

Direct link | Posted on Sep 3, 2010 at 07:56 UTC as 1st comment
On Green Eyed Oil Monster in the Interpretation: Superimposition challenge (5 comments in total)


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,

Direct link | Posted on Aug 2, 2010 at 06:51 UTC as 3rd comment

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:


Nice work,

Direct link | Posted on Jul 26, 2010 at 21:00 UTC as 1st comment
On Phones in the Overly saturated, but it works! challenge (1 comment in total)

I doubt if anyone else ever looked at those phones and thought, "I wonder what a yellow wall would do for this view".

Incredibly creative,

Direct link | Posted on Jul 24, 2010 at 08:47 UTC as 1st comment
On coneyislannightmare in the I Dreamed Last Night... challenge (1 comment in total)

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.


Direct link | Posted on Jul 23, 2010 at 22:31 UTC as 1st comment
On Ana taking a raindrop in the Falling rain challenge (3 comments in total)

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,

Direct link | Posted on Jul 17, 2010 at 06:59 UTC as 2nd comment
On Summer rain on the sunny side of the road in the Falling rain challenge (1 comment in total)

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 work,

Direct link | Posted on Jul 17, 2010 at 06:53 UTC as 1st comment
On War in the Travel Photo (captions required) challenge (9 comments in total)

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_."

Direct link | Posted on Mar 5, 2010 at 02:06 UTC as 7th comment
On View over London in the Ultamite HDR challenge (2 comments in total)

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.


Direct link | Posted on Mar 1, 2010 at 12:04 UTC as 2nd comment
On Lines over our heads. in the Break the rules: Travel Landscape challenge (4 comments in total)

jkats wrote:
> Hello,
> First of all thank you for taking the time to reply and view my other photos. I appreciate this and your very helpful comments. I like being told what i am doing wrong since i'm new to dslrs (bought my nikon on Jan 18th) and noone is teaching me. I just read and read and keep shooting trying to use my imagination.

I've gotten a lot of help from these forums just by asking what I could have done differently or by asking more specific questions when possible. Sometimes I receive unconstructive comments that I try to ignore, and sometimes nobody comments, but most of the time people are willing to share their knowledge.

> I don't seem to do any good in challenges here. Although, when i vote for the challenges i don't participate, the images that i give high scores turn out to be the ones placed high indeed, it seems that i don't have the same sense for my own images. I know they are not stunning and not really post processed to make the most out of them but in many cases i don't expect such low ranking.

Being able to see other people's photos with a keener eye than your own photos is not unusual. At least I hope it's not, because I have the same problem. I keep learning things over time that help. When someone starts out taking photos, they tend to ignore things in the frame besides the main subject, they don't pay nearly enough attention to the light, etc. It's a gradual process. Also, there are tricks people use to create popular photos. Popular photos aren't necessarily the best photos, so don't worry too much if you're happy with a photo and other people don't like it.

> About this image my intention was to capture the full length of the airplane's line vanishing into those clouds. The clouds looked so nice that sunny day. However i couldn't find any interesting way to frame both the clouds and the line. If i excluded the mast out of the frame i'd lose those interesting clouds. If i kept the frame straight i'd get a different angle of the airplane line. So i captured it as you see it with the mast and ropes in the frame. I thought it was interesting as i could see a rectangle created by the mast, the airplane line and the ground.
> Reading your comments i understand the mast is too much distracting and i shouldn't have it in the frame. It makes sense what you wrote. I somehow still like this picture though. The sky just looks very relaxing to me.

Typically it helps to have an object in the foreground when taking photos of wide open areas. There are exceptions to every rule, but I think that you need to include the mast or another nearby object in this photo. However, I wouldn't have included just a small part of it sticking out of the side of the frame unless I had a good reason to do that.

Since you said you were motivated to take the photo when you saw the contrail heading up into the clouds, maybe you could go a little deeper next time and think about what specifically you are feeling. For instance, consider the relationship between flying through the clouds in an endless sky and sailing through the waves on an endless sea. There's a sense of freedom and exploration in both modes of transportation that would make a good subject for a photo. So how do you best capture that? I'm not sure. It might be possible in a situation like this to include the wake behind your boat or another boat along with the trail in the sky. Compose the photo in such a way to make the relationship between the two trails obvious so that the relationship that you are feeling between the two modes of transportation comes across. That's just the first idea that came to mind.

It looks like you tried to use the mast to provide a sense of scale and point to the sky. If more of it was included, that concept would have come across more clearly. Of course there are other things you could do that are less literal, like using the contrail, mast and clouds more as abstract lines, shapes, and colors, if that's the way you see them.

Hopefully other people will offer different ideas.

> Well i hope one day i can come up with pictures as stunning as the ones some other people in here post... :)

I look forward to seeing them. You already have some excellent photos like the one of the windmills in your collection.


> Best regards,
> John

Direct link | Posted on Feb 26, 2010 at 17:45 UTC as 1st comment
On Lines over our heads. in the Break the rules: Travel Landscape challenge (4 comments in total)

jkats wrote:
> wow, 4 votes at 0.5 starts. I must be out of subject with a bad image too.
> It seems that the only time i didn't want to follow any rules i somehow failed to do so. I must be a natural. I can't brake the rules not even when i want to..
> But really what rules did voters see in this image? Anyone can tell?

I didn't vote in the challenge, but I'll offer my thoughts. First, don't worry about the votes of 0.5. The only qualification for voting is that you need a site login. The challenge admins can post voting guidelines, but there's no guarantee that anyone will even read them much less follow them. Also, I can't imagine that very many people spend more than a few seconds looking at a single image when voting, and they may never look at the full size view. Almost all of the highest ranked photos have their share of low votes.

Now, about this photo. You definitely broke the rules- tilted horizon, lines leading the eye out of the frame, etc. However, the challenge was to create a great image while breaking the rules. So the question is, did breaking the rules work to the advantage of the image? It's a matter of opinion. My opinion is that breaking the rules hurt this image.

When I look at it, I ignore the stuff at the bottom because it's tilted, it's cut off on the sides, and the objects are distant and small. That leaves the sky, the contrail, and the mast with ropes. The sky is decent except for the part that is overexposed on the upper right. The contrail should be the main subject given its size and position in the frame. It's a straight line that isn't used in a particularly interesting way. It does parallel one of the ropes which gives it some geometry, but it doesn't do much to capture my interest. It's also white which causes it to blend with the clouds even though it doesn't interact with them in an interesting way (i.e. weaving in and out of the clouds or joining with them to form a shape). The mast and ropes draw almost all of the attention because they are black against a bright scene. They pull the eye right out of the frame and there is nothing to draw attention back in. Just looking at the overall image and trying to get a general mood, I can imagine laying on a boat, rocking with the tide, and looking up at the sky. It's a nice concept for an image if that was the goal, but it could be communicated better and in a much more visually compelling way.

So yes, this photo breaks the rules, but not in a good way. It's certainly possible that I'm missing something. Why do you like to look at this image?


P.S. I looked at the other pictures you've submitted to challenges. My favorite is the windmill picture entered into the Minimalism challenge. That challenge is loaded with good shots so it will be difficult to finish high, but it's very good.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 26, 2010 at 10:20 UTC as 3rd comment
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