On the way to Yellowstone by GiovanniG (2315)
cdmonson (4358) 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 (45588)
cdmonson (4358) 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 (4358) 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 (531)
Calgary - Glenmore Reservoir by emjero (5)
cdmonson (4358) 2013-06-04 5:48
Welcome to TE. I know the Glenmore reservoir well--my wife grew up just a few blocks away. One of her favorite places on earth. This is a nice view of the Rockies and sunset, but I can't ignore the fact that the picture quality is very low. The image appears blurry and poorly compressed. I'm also not a fan of the large tree/shrub on the right. If you had moved a little closer to the water to get just the trees in the distance and on the left, compositionally you'd have a stronger image.
Now that we've gotten past the unpleasantries, the things I like about the image. :) It's a nice, calm sunset, and I like the faintly lit silhouetting of the mountains. You also got a nice reflection.
I'm not sure what you're shooting with, but ultimately it's not as important. My camera when I joined TE was an older point-and-shoot, so there's no requirement that you have an SLR. (Though I quickly found after joining that I wanted one!). What's important is to try to get your work critiqued as much as possible, take the good suggestions, look at pictures of photographers you admire, and find out what they're doing well. TE used to be much better for mentoring and knowledge sharing, but there are still plenty of good photographers on the site.
Keep shooting, and don't mind my criticism, but do please take it into consideration. Forthright critiques have made me a better photographer, and they can do the same for you. Good luck!
Endless Beauty! by expat1652 (531)
cdmonson (4358) 2013-05-14 8:37
I like this one much better--the colors seem more natural and the alpenglow is nicer. The dark spot in the corner (presumably caused by polarizer?) is a little off-putting, though. Overall there's quite a bit of unevenness of light, but it's still a beautiful image. Thanks for sharing.
Torres del Paine by orca (125)
cdmonson (4358) 2013-05-08 8:58
Torres del Paine is one of those places that almost seems to be enhanced by cloudy weather, because the weather is so extreme. I'll say it: this photo wouldn't be as good in sunny weather. No way. The moodiness of the clouds combined with the jaggedness of the peaks makes the photo. Awesome shot.
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