Alberta Grizzly by hotelfive (65)
cdmonson (4376) 2014-04-18 7:07
I hope you were in the car (or had a VERY long lens)? Nice composition, and I particularly like that the bear is looking right at you. Not a huge fan of how much the bear's face has been lightened--it appears unnatural. But great capture overall.
Sunrise at Heceta by expat1652 (573)
cdmonson (4376) 2014-01-09 15:49
No points yet? I'd imagine that's because you're sparing in your critiques. But a great photo is a great photo--and this is a great photo. It's rare to see a lighthouse shot that's both above the lighthouse and so close to it. It works really well here. The right and left sides are a little dark, but...details... Lovely shot.
Breaking Ice by expat1652 (573)
cdmonson (4376) 2013-12-19 15:48
I love the blue tone and the cold feel. What really makes the picture is the juxtaposition of the flowing clouds against what appears to be the hard, immovable ice. This shot shows Alberta in all its winter brutality. I'll be there in a couple weeks. Brrr!
On the way to Yellowstone by GiovanniG (2331)
cdmonson (4376) 2013-08-18 16:50
I drove this last summer and loved it. Your pictures just scream Wyoming/Montana. This is lovely, especially with the dappling of light on the mountains and the fence in the foreground. The only thing I'd change is to sharpen it a bit. Otherwise, fantastic!
Trouble in La Vega Santiago by macjake (49318)
cdmonson (4376) 2013-08-18 16:42
If this is La Vega in Puente Alto (near the highway just off Domingo Tocornal), you were pretty close to one of the truly phenomenal poor areas of Santiago: Chiloe. I used to live there in the early 2000s. Essentially it's from Eyzaguirre in the north to the highway in the south, and from the highway in the east to Santa Rosa to the west, but the area along Avenida Chiloe and west of there is probably the most colorful. (And by colorful, I mean an area you wouldn't want to visit after dark, especially not with a nice camera). There's a small hill to the east that gives a panoramic overview of the neighborhood: row upon row upon row (stretching for nearly two miles) of what Chileans call the "blocks," but what most North Americans would call the projects. It's a truly awesome sight, both for the sheer number of people jammed into the area and the level of poverty and desperation. Of course, some areas are worse than others, but it's all beyond the comprehension of most North Americans.
But I digress. Kudos for getting beyond the tourist zones and seeing the real Santiago. I love the people and the soul of the poorer parts of the city. (I spent two of my happiest years in Santiago). This shot captures the real Chile. Thanks for sharing.
Columns - Haigia Sophia by emjero (5)
cdmonson (4376) 2013-07-11 14:25
The picture could use just a little sharpening, but this is a lovely shot of this lovely building. Most images I've seen go for a wider view. I find this to be a nice change, with the focus on the amazing intricate detail. The backlighting is the best part, however. Thanks for sharing.
Mount Fryatt sunrise by expat1652 (573)