LaMesa: With all due respect for the photographer's skill of arranging, taking and post processing attractive pictures, I do agree with some of the posters, who are not so enthusiastic about her work.
To me the pictures do not represent real life, but an unreal postcard type idyll of a dream world, not to be found in Russia, nor anywhere else - too sweet, too flawless. As opposed to the marketing claims, these pictures do not represent anything typical of Russian country life.
As an alternative, please find attached a link to a picture of Army photographer Bill Permutter, taken in Spain in the fiftees, one of my favorites forever.http://cdn1.spiegel.de/images/image-523258-galleryV9-dmcr.jpg
"...To me the pictures do not represent real life, but an unreal postcard type idyll of a dream world, not to be found in Russia, nor anywhere else - too sweet, too flawless ..."
But such is the nature of imaging, whether it be painting or photography. While one might not care for this photographer's renderings, there is no 'artistic' reason that images need to represent 'real life'. In this case I really like what she did with light and composition... and that's from someone that usually hates kiddy pics.
I also like the image on your link.
That came out great. Remarkable for 1/15 of a second.
Astonishing image. Could you be so kind as to explain how you created that picture? Oh, and congratulations on hitting that one out of the park!
Wow! This works in PSE 11 but the interface is different... managed to get it to work anyhow. Great stuff for a neophyte.
Mikhail Tal: How did this photo win any challenge at all, let alone best picture of the week? It's the most boring image ever, no color or subject or anything, just a bunch of blur and grain.
Show us the way, oh enlightened one :)
I like it's minimalist qualities and under-stated elegance.
Another ridiculously fine photo. Beautiful!
I was on some other page and itty-bitty preview of this image was over on the right side of the screen... but it reached out and grabbed me. Very fine!
This is a great site for seeing some super good photo work, such as the above pic. Now I wanna go there too:)
The PP cooking has produced another appetizing digital dish. Very nice.
Once again I'm blown away by the quality of some of the images in these challenges, such as this one. Fabulous!
Ridiculously fantastic image. Little wonder that it grabbed a number uno. Some of the photos on this site (such as this) are beyond reproach.
Wow! Another fantastic pic on DP Review. Love it:)
That photo is really an eye-catcher. It would be great if you could explain your 'basic post-processing tweak'. If you said it was taken in Turkey, I woulda probably believed you:)
Love the textured effect which gives it the feel of an oil-based painting.
Ridiculously delicious photo. I'd sure like to know the story about that image was captured and processed.
Taken with my cheap cell phone. Fortunately I didn't need any gas.