Prince`s Island by Nelu_Goia (3116)
cdmonson (4358) 2011-11-16 15:40
Welcome back! Fantastic one here. You can't beat that 5D and its colors. :) I love that early morning light and particularly the light of the fountain. The long exposure is also fantastic for the dreamy effect on the water. This is a heck of a shot. The only thing I would have done differently: I'm not a huge fan of the cut-off rock at the bottom right. It's the only thing that somewhat detracts from the image, in my opinion. But that's it. Otherwise, this is fantastic.
La campagne en automne by emilbo (21497)
cdmonson (4358) 2011-11-15 9:57
Just saw this one on the TE home page. It's fantastic! I'd love to visit Quebec or New England during the fall. We don't get anything like this in Texas.
This composition is perfect, with the placement of the house and that lovely road cutting diagonally through the upper right portion. The colors of course can't be beaten. Two things: 1) it seems slightly tilted to the left, and 2) the image is just a hair too light for me. Otherwise, this is fantastic.
Between Yellowknife and Edmonton - 2 by pierrefonds (51028)
cdmonson (4358) 2011-11-03 16:45
I'm not normally in the habit of giving zero points, and I don't like to rain on anyone's parade, but I just don't see all that much worth liking about this shot. I've shot dozens of shots like this from plane windows, and every one of them gets deleted from my camera almost immediately afterward.
I'm sorry to be harsh, but I don't find anything in this photo that helps me learn more about the world or become a better photographer, and I'm frankly surprised it has 18 points. I know there are a lot of smiley hunters on TE, but this is a bit absurd. This shot has no clear or compelling subject, it's very mundane, the colors are a bit too blue, the distance is a bit hazy--really, it looks much like the kind of shots I was taking with my point-and-shoot back before I ever cared about photography.
My point in making these frank remarks is that again, I just don't see how this shot contributes to our learning or improvement as photographers on TE. I've browsed your gallery, and you have some decent shots, but there are a lot that could use a critical eye to bring about some refinement. Shots from planes are almost always pointless anyway. Unless it gives a unique and spectacular view, or there's some beautiful light, they're almost always a bust.
Keep shooting and posting--but I do recommend approaching your craft with a much more critical eye, and taking the myriad smileys with a grain of salt.
Sunrise in the Swamp by DannyJ (292)
cdmonson (4358) 2011-10-13 20:25
Just saw this one. You were there a month and a half too early! ;) I was there about a month and a half after you and the trees were ablaze in fall colors. But it's cool to see everything still green here.
Love the mist and the light. Normally I would fault you for a less-than-sharp photo, but in this case, with the dreamy, misty feel, it works perfectly. The whole effect of this photo is like something out of a dream.
Did you need a permit to camp on one of the islands, or did you just set up? That sounds like a great idea--I'm tempted to do it whenever I go out there again.
Thor's hammer by yzzabelle (257)
cdmonson (4358) 2011-10-10 19:20
This is quite nice. There are too few fantastic winter shots of Bryce, but this is one. It seems to me that the image is tilted just slightly to the left, but it's not much, and it's the only complaint I have about the shot. The lighting is wonderful, the composition is excellent, and did I mention the snow? ;)
The only other thing I'd change is the frame. Black is a fine choice, but I'm not a fan of the lettering at the bottom. Otherwise, excellent shot all around.
Shifting Sand by InasiaJones (30030)
cdmonson (4358) 2011-10-04 19:02
It can be hard to come up with a distinctive dune shot, but this is something really special. It's not often we get a combination of savanna and dunes, and to throw in that onyx makes it even better. But I particularly love the telephoto effect. It makes that dune look like a giant wave about to break on the unsuspecting onyx and sweep it away. Something of a metaphor for increasing desertification? I suppose it could be. In any event, it's a fantastic shot.
SUN RISING LIGHT OVER FIELDS by ManuMay (33975)
cdmonson (4358) 2011-09-10 20:38
This is marvelous. The light is great, but it's the combination of the parallel lines and that horizontal line running across the upper third that really make this a fantastic shot. Thank you for sharing.
Souvenir... by photilus (5540)
cdmonson (4358) 2011-09-10 17:14
In 1994 I visited New York for the first (and so far only) time. Of the many things I wanted to see but didn't, the World Trade Center was one of the top 3. Of all the thoughts to go through my head in the days after 9/11 was the thought that now I'd never get to see the WTC. Rather a selfish thought, but one of those random things that I thought of in the aftermath of the attack.
I love the zoomed-in view here, showing the towers overshadowing the city and giving an idea of how large they were. Thanks for sharing.
Orbiting Worlds by Signal-Womb (13048)
cdmonson (4358) 2011-09-01 20:15
I love this one. You have some of the best shots of Ireland I've seen, but this one of Cumbria is up there with the best of them. The telephoto effect, the misty mountains in the distance, and of course the nearly full moon combine to make a fantastic shot. Really nice.
The City, The Smog, The Andes - Part 2 by lomax (801)
cdmonson (4358) 2011-06-29 15:50
The smog's actually not that bad here, or they've improved it since I lived there. Most days, you wouldn't be able to see the mountains really at all. I remember a few times heading to Farellones in the Andes early in the morning, seeing the clear mountain air as we drove up--only to see the city smog encroaching in the canyons as you drove back in the afternoon. Yuck!
This is a nice shot of beautiful (though dirty) Santiago. Thanks for the walk down memory lane. :)