Stunning image and well composed
In reference to your disqualification of my Heliconia image, I would note that the two green cylindrical shapes in the image are the stem of the plant.
Thanks to you both for the kind words!
This image fulfills the challenge requirements as well as any I have seen recently. There are some halos around the triangular rocks and a hot spot in the sky that are somewhat distracting, but it would also make an excellent B&W conversion.
I see the bad weather... where are the great photos?
I remember a man who came by my exhibit at the Festival of Arts in Laguna Beach, CA a few years ago with a $7000 Leica M9 hanging around his neck. I could appreciate his camera both as a tool and as an example of industrial design, but to him it was merely another form of expensive jewelry. BTW, I never did see him use it.
The camera itself is immaterial to the final result: a great photograph is a great photograph. A skilled photographer can produce a great photograph using a pinhole camera or an iPhone, if need be. Many smartphone users merely wish to record their lives in a documentary fashion and only care about how the image appears on Facebook.
The French Impressionists of 1870-1900 were the artists who, in reaction to ever-improving photographic technology, made oil painting more expressionistic and "painterly" rather than photo-realistic. Today's photography, especially digital photography, can be made more "painterly" by the use of the techniques mentioned in the article and others. That being said, I always remind myself that, just because I CAN doesn't necessarily mean I SHOULD.
Slot canyon images are so numerous they have become a cliche for me. This image is an exception because of the unusual colors and perfect vertical composition. A well deserved win IMHO.
Looks like the eyes of a Sand Dollar.
Outdoor car shows can certainly be a challenge when it comes to reflections. Not only the sun, clouds and people are a problem, but the other cars' reflections are a pain too.