All members are invited to choose up to three images from those below, and tell what it is about that work that has made it stand out in your view. What drew you to a particular image, and what do you see as its strong points? If you are a member of PSE & More, please take a minute and share your favorite images with us.
If you would like to add the image to your comments, you should be able to right-click and choose copy image. Then you can just paste it into your reply. Copy paste didn't work for me I took screenshots of the images to include them in my post.
I guess I'll start. The three images I'm choosing to comment on all involve a special technique employed by the photographer. In the order they were presented:
1. I am always drawn to long exposure images. I like the depth of the colored reflections that Bill has captured in the water and the way the buildings are set against the deep blue sky. Beautifully timed and captured.
2. Holding the lens ball, Pete presents us with a picture within a picture. I like the clear distortion created by the glass against the blurred background. I am also impressed that he can hold the ball in one hand and capture the picture with the camera in the other
3. I always think of myself as a patient person. However, I don't think I would have the patience it takes to create these beautiful crystal bubbles in the necessary frigid temperatures. While this is not a simples process the results are simply stunning. I love her idea to add the starry sky in the background!
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My selections, in the order they were presented, are:
Norman by drjoerogers Artful – The painterly (watercolor?) processing works perfectly for the entirety of the image in a masterful way. The colors are enhanced, the subject pronounced, the texture beautiful.
Entrance to Tillamook Creamery, stylized by tpgettys Charming - I too took a photo of this entrance when my wife and I visited a few months ago, and have so wanted to edit it to enhance that charming bovine portrait . . . but couldn’t find a way of doing so . . . like Tom has done so well. It brings a smile to my face every time I see it.
Bottles four by deany Masterful – The guru of still-life’s, Dean, has once again gifted the gallery with a stunning shot. The lighting, colors, detail and composition are superb. Working with transparent items is no easy task, and this shot makes it look easy.
First #6 Deany Purple flower. I like flower photos and whereas I'd not normally mess with a flower picture, I like the effects. It would make a great poster and hang well.
Second #9 jackscrap (still deciding where the syllable break is here...kidding! ) The cactus dude or dudette is funny. Good concept. Great exposure. Just funny.
Third #11 hmca (Helen) Gallery through a window. Well, this is a toughie because is this merely a good photo of a great scene or a great photo of a good scene? I am going with the latter. Lighting is spot on. Good composition and great colors. It is a poster in itself ... of posters (art work).
Lots of honourable mentions as well. Thanks to all for posting last week.
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It was extremely difficult to narrow it down to just 3 choices for comment, but these are my 3 picks in in alphabetical order of the image creator.
I love the way the fine detail in the wood has been maintained, especially in the shadows, after the B&W conversion with a near full tonal range. The radial pattern serves as leading lines from any image edge to the core of the trunk and vice-versa. Fantastic B&W image.
Being into landscapes/city scapes I really appreciate this photo. Wonderful composition and balance and with the boundary between land and water not being in the centre vertically the buildings and bright reflected colours on the water are equally accentuated. Excellent exposure and processing.
Wonderful bird photos can be time consuming and difficult to capture. They can involve a fair bit of planning and mostly patience combined with the occasional speck of luck and timing. I love the earthy tones in this image. They blend together so well and the image as a whole is very easy on the eyes. A fantastic job in capture and post processing to maintain sharpness at such a long focal length.
2. Holding the lens ball, Pete presents us with a picture within a picture........... I am also impressed that he can hold the ball in one hand and capture the picture with the camera in the other
This would have been my 4th choice. If that is the way he captured the image, it is amazing and a wonderful job. A much easier way and the way I would have attempted it is to mount the camera, in live view mode, on a tripod and then use one hand to hold the lens ball and use a remote shutter release in the other hand after composing the scene in live view.
Here are my 3 choices (in no particular order) and as usual it’s not easy restricting myself to only 3.
Bottles four by deany – I love the colour and the clarity of this piece.
Gallery Window by Helen – I think I have to agree with Clive’s comments on this photo and say ‘this is a great photo of a good scene’. Speaking as a non-photographer I would think that taking a photo through a window is a very difficult thing to do and Helen has done it masterfully.
Cactus by jackscrap – This is a humorous piece. I love it and it made me smile as soon as I saw it.
All are winners in different ways. These are my choices for special mention, with no ranking: bilz, Portland, Oregon...Night cityscapes are always striking when well done. This is one more so with the reflections on still water.
dandc, White-crowned sparrow...The champ of landscapes has turned his eye toward fowl. Same magnificent result. Superb clarity, bokeh, and warmth.
blackmutt, deep space, frozen bubble...No limit to the mind's eye. Unique.
1 by billz I really like the composition with the greatest expanse of canvas available for the reflections, making the buildings nearly incidental. The touch of green adds a nice off-centre point of interest and the yellow reflections of the streetlights move your eye right across the frame.
6 by deany A beautiful blast of rich colour, nicely positioned in the frame and having used depth of field to great effect to separate the focus with just enough blurred stem and leaves to provide context. And as always with deany's artworks a great textured background.
10 by blackmutt I can only guess at the skill and effort it takes to create the frozen bubble, but for the context of this choice my admiration is based solely on the skill taken to photograph it so artistically. The lighting is spot on, the positioning of the internal ice just right. For what it is worth, I prefer this version to #12 with the added night sky, clever though that is to have achieved so well I prefer the focus not to be taken away from the bubble.
The observation and vision before even clicking, the capture, including the quality and direction of the light which shows well the texture, the choices made regarding the angle and the composition, and the processing, including the subtle vignette which directs the eye and accentuates the circle movement, all of these serve a coherent purpose and contribute to the success of this inspiring image.
The perfect roundness and fragility of the bubble mysteriously synchronizes with the relatively more linear and massive patterns of the ice on its contour. Beautiful and worrying at the same time, it gives the impression to be on another planet. As if there were four levels : the foreground, the bubble, the background and infinity. I like it in colour and prefer the plain version, with no stars added.
Two elements, a bird and branches, bring the whole nature to our attention. It does so while creating a tranquil and serene mood through the simplicity of the composition and a mix of discrete analogous colours. Being at the same level of the bird amplifies an impression of intimacy. Excellent use of a shallow depth of field.
I cannot help it to give PeteB a special mention for his Cristal Ball.
There were many other very nice images that stroke me, but it is the name of the game to mention just a few.
Member’s Choice always requires me to study the images and ask myself why do I like this image. Here are my comments on three of the posted images.
billz Really like the composition. Bill’s image reminded me of what photographer Bryan Peterson calls a storytelling image. There is a beginning (a foreground subject), a middle (a middle-ground subject) and an end (a background subject). In Bill’s image, the foreground subject is the color reflections; the middle-ground subject is the city skyline and the background is the blue sky (perhaps a sky captured at twilight time).
hmca A great shot. Helen’s image is interesting. I am not sure what led me into the image, but I think it was the red in the gallery painting (on the right) that caught my eye.. I investigated that painting and followed the leading lines of the other paintings into the image. I then discovered a juggler of chairs and small number of wire dogs (Wire Fox Terriers? ). Eventually I saw the (outside) reflections that told me that this image was captured through a window.
dandc A great capture. I find bird photography to be difficult. Bird photography is about detail and having sharp images. But in order to photograph birds, one needs to be a distance away so as not to distract them. So when I see a great capture of a bird, I usually have a number of questions. Was the camera hand held or on a tripod? Also, what lens was used, etc.
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