on the sky road by brianmcc (5915)
cdmonson (4376) 2012-02-23 12:02
I remember this spot. Fantastic view. You got a better shot than I did--I was there in midafternoon on a half hazy, half sunny day. Love that little bit of headland in the distance, and those cottages tot he right, but my favorite part of the shot is the very Caribbean-looking water on the right.
Thanks for sharing.
Path from Neist Point II by davidsinger (3368)
cdmonson (4376) 2012-02-23 11:54
My favorite kind of light: stormy in the background and brillliant late-afternoon/early-morning light in the foreground. This is a beautiful shot. My only complaint is that bit of foreground that really doesn't add anything. I'd crop the shot a bit (about an inch on the right side and half an inch on the bottom) to make it less prominent.
Otherwise, love this one.
As Cromwell left it in 1651 by tyro (17250)
cdmonson (4376) 2012-02-23 11:51
This is a really fine image. Sometimes I'm inclined to think that Trekearth has seen better days in terms of quality, but your photo is a reminder that there are still some fantastic images posted here. I love the light here, and the subject is hard to beat, but here are my two favorite things about the shot: 1) the crashing waves that give it a very romantic wildness, and 2) the layering of the sky, then the castle, then the cliff, then the sea, then some rocks, then some more sea. It's really very well composed.
My only complaints: it could stand to be a little sharper (but it's not bad as is), and you've got some rather noticeable halos around the castle and cliff, particularly on the left side, that look like you used the Photoshop Adjustment Brush. Nothing wrong with that, of course, but I'd go back and remove the halos.
But overall, this is a lovely image and one that I'd love to have in my collection. Well done.
TEST TEST 10 by ib-dick (15)
cdmonson (4376) 2011-12-05 19:27
Hey man (or virus, or automated uploader, or whatever you are):
I think you've proven to everyone's satisfaction that the upload function works, so I think you can stop testing. So whenever you're ready to actually take this site seriously, just let us know.
Prince`s Island by Nelu_Goia (3116)
cdmonson (4376) 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 (22112)
cdmonson (4376) 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 (53314)
cdmonson (4376) 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 (4376) 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 (4376) 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 (30738)
cdmonson (4376) 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.
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