Loch 'Mirror' by verswe (7322)
cdmonson (4800) 2011-02-25 10:47
Really nice one, and much nicer in the larger view than the thumbnail shows. You got lucky with both good weather and a completely calm lake. Composition is fantastic, but what I particularly love is the way the hills sweep downward and directly toward that lovely white cottage. It makes the cottage much more prominent than it would otherwise be, and makes it a great focal point for the image.
Glencoe's an awesome place. What I wouldn't give to go back.
Takakkaw falls by Selmik (3190)
cdmonson (4800) 2010-09-21 15:19
Yoho is actually in BC, not Alberta. Other than that, though, this is a nice shot. I like that the waterfall is off center--though it's a bit farther to the left than I'd like, it's a different take from the standard shot. Nice job.
In a Dream by romanaa (7966)
cdmonson (4800) 2010-07-06 15:25
Ah, the Quiraing. I loved this spot, but my wife thought it was ugly--she called it the "Butt Hill" because it was somewhat brown and dead when we were there. I still thought it was beautiful.
You didn't have the best of light, but you've managed it quite well. Scotland almost always seems to look better in cloudy or dramatic weather. I didn't have much of that while I was there. Not that I'm complaining! ;)
Moraine Lake by dcawker (5717)
cdmonson (4800) 2010-06-30 12:38
This is a different perspective of Moraine Lake, and for that I commend you. I really like the perspective, showing how huge these mountains are, and the light is quite nice as well. However, you've got some wicked posterization in the sky. That's the only thing I don't like.
Valley of the Ten Peaks Splendor by stevesaba (8135)
cdmonson (4800) 2010-06-30 11:23
I was looking through the photos of Banff here on TE, thinking to myself, "Okay, Moraine Lake, Moraine Lake, Lake Louise, Two Jack Lake, Moraine Lake, Two Jack Lake, Lake Louise..." and so on with all the standard shots of all the standard places that everyone goes to, when I saw this one and didn't immediately recognize it (not until I opened the picture, at least. ;)). It's a really sad commentary on most "travellers" that they don't just stay on the beaten path--they often never even get on it! You got on the beaten path here, taking aone of the most hiked trails in the Canadian Rockies, and yet you pulled off something very unique and beautiful. It never ceases to amaze me that more of us don't do that.
But about the shot--it's quite excellent. You got a lovely reflection, but you also got fantastic light, great clouds, and skies to die for. Additionally, I like the lower perspective here. And of course who wouldn't love the Ten Peaks in the distance?
Got a question: do you sharpen your shots after you do the resize? I'm trying to figure out what could be improved on your already great shots, and I think that's it--the sharpness.
Banff National Park by Cafalex (924)
cdmonson (4800) 2010-06-22 11:29
This is a nice one, and I think it's quite underrated. Granted, there is a bit of noise in the sky, but that's such a minor issue that I'm really surprised it hasn't gotten more attention. This is an excellent shot. Composition is fantastic, with the stream and the distant mountain running parallel to each other. The light is also fantastic, as you say. Other than the noise, I can't find anything to fault. Thanks for sharing.
P.S. Whereabouts in Banff was this? The view looks vaguely familiar, but I can't quite put my finger on it. I've driven most of Banff National Park's main roads, so I've probably seen this view, but again, can't quite place it. A wonderful view though.
Mexican Street Pharmacy by rlrad (1845)
cdmonson (4800) 2010-06-17 15:06
Most photographers on this site show some improvement as they go, but you may take the cake for most improved. Your original shots were pretty good, but this kind of stuff is fantastic. I only wish I could take people pictures like this. :)
Everything's right on here--the choice of the wide angle, the light, the locations of the three caballeros here, the way the scene is so perfectly composed without appearing deliberate. Fantastic. If I were to be really nitpicky, I'd say I'm not a big fan of the woman's arm at the left of the frame. But there's nothing to be done about that, and it's the only thing I don't like. Everything else is great.
Reflections on Medicine Lake by edge (6287)
cdmonson (4800) 2010-06-17 14:57
Actually, this is Medicine Lake in Jasper National Park, and it's about 165 miles northwest of Lake Louise. But given that you took this shot 39 years ago, I'm impressed that you remembered more or less where it was--I'm just pointing this out for your information. ;) It is, I grant you, a very beautiful spot, and you got here at the right time (closer to the fall, the water level drops dramatically).
The light is nice, and I'm sure the original photo is quite nice too, but this isn't a very good scan. It's very noisy and posterized and lacking in sharpness or detail. The composition is top-notch, colors are very good, and the subject as good as it gets, but I can only give you one point because of the poor quality of the scan. You might try rescanning and reposting, because it really does appear to be a quality image in the original.
Cirque of Gavarnie by chawax (19476)
cdmonson (4800) 2010-06-17 13:38
Okay, this is the one I was looking for. :) You've included the whole cirque now, and what a view it is down to that valley. Is it just me or is there a bit of a reddish tint to the shot? But I'm nitpicking. Great work.
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