At J4 by tatadalou (7459)
cdmonson (5138) 2014-10-16 16:50
Awesome photo. There are so many lines criss-crossing that it would be easy for the photo to feel confused and crowded, but it doesn't, because your crop creates a nice set of triangles in the composition that keep the eye from getting totally confused. The people walking along the pathway also help bring order to the otherwise seeming chaos. Great shot.
Fire in the Sky by expat1652 (727)
cdmonson (5138) 2014-10-06 11:20
Nice shot Paul. This spot (had no idea it was known as Smuts Valley) is one of my favorites in Kananaskis. I can't believe it's not more popular with photographers. Lovely spot. It seems it's almost obligatory to see moose here. I saw two last time I was here. I would have loved a telephoto shot of the mountains in the distance and the fire in the sky (and perhaps a moose or two). But this is also lovely.
Kananaskis by expat1652 (727)
cdmonson (5138) 2014-07-03 14:26
I wanted to do this hike on Canada Day at sunrise, but my wife didn't want me going solo in an area known for grizzlies, so I settled for Wedge Pond (a great consolation prize--pictures to follow in the next few days). Lovely shot. I've seen lots of pictures of this vantage point, but your sunrise view is one of the finest. You're a hard worker, and it shows in your photography. Beautiful shot. Clark[+]
Autumn in Utah by juliettecorvett (1189)
cdmonson (5138) 2014-06-17 8:55
I always find it funny when I see articles about fall colors around the country. Utah is never mentioned. But I've been to New England and Arkansas in the fall, among other places, and I didn't find their colors to be any more brilliant than the best that Utah has to offer. And Utah has red rock, mountains, canyons--a better variety of backgrounds than you'll find in any state other than California. It's a fall color hidden gem. I like this shot here. The cottonwoods are lovely against those beautiful hills.
Dawn Of The Teton Mountains by jpatterson (4)
cdmonson (5138) 2014-05-16 14:48
Hi Jerry: Welcome to TE. I hadn't heard of this spot before. It looks like with the growth of the trees at the Snake River Overlook, this is a far superior choice. Love the soft light and the bluish-green of the valley. Nice work. Clark
Banff Springs Hotel by kwekwekan (1078)
cdmonson (5138) 2014-04-21 10:34
Hi Caleb: I like the different take on the Banff Springs. This is an angle I hadn't seen before. I'll have to try to find it when I'm in Banff next. A general comment about most of your shots--they appear very soft. I suspect it's because they're being resized but not sharpened? I always sharpen my photos after I resize them to make sure the compression doesn't damage the image quality. I don't know if you have Photoshop or Lightroom, but I'd recommend either. If Photoshop is too expensive, Photoshop Elements is quite cheap and does most of what I use Photoshop for.
Alberta Grizzly by hotelfive (71)
cdmonson (5138) 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 (727)
cdmonson (5138) 2014-01-09 15:49
Hi Paul: 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. Clark