Banff National Park by Cafalex (924)
cdmonson (4436) 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 (4436) 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 (6070)
cdmonson (4436) 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 (18359)
cdmonson (4436) 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.
Cirque of Gavarnie by chawax (18359)
cdmonson (4436) 2010-06-17 13:37
Holy Hannah, that's fantastic scenery. The ruggedness of this landscape is fantastic, and I love the contrast between the emerging green of the meadows and the snow covering the mountains. You managed the harsh light very well. In fact, my only complaint about this shot is that it isn't a little wider. Though I'd imagine you were as wide as your lens goes. You might consider taking a couple shots and stitching next time. But in every other respect, great shot.
Geiranger Fjord from Ørnesvingen by slayoo (644)
cdmonson (4436) 2010-06-02 15:38
Four points? Huh? Not sure why it hasn't gotten more. Sure, there are some things I'd change about it. The top of the frame is a bit brighter than I'd like, and the color could be better in the shadows. I also don't care for the tree at the bottom left corner. But otherwise, it's a very nice shot. Just the perspective alone is great, but the dramatic light in the top left adds a further touch. Great job.
Loch Torridon by Bartleby (13472)
cdmonson (4436) 2010-05-29 7:58
Even though you can't see the lake very well, it's a lovely shot. I like the combination of the moody clouds and the litttle bit of bright light breaking through. The colors are also definitely Scottish. Good job.
The Rebel by Nelu_Goia (3116)
cdmonson (4436) 2010-05-14 9:46
I had previously missed this one, but it's great! Just the sheer number of red chairs that you captured--and that one little deviant there. :) Also, composition couldn't be finer with those stairs running perfectly diagonal through the picture.
Sian Ka an lagoon by lestans (16948)
cdmonson (4436) 2010-05-11 16:31
A nice shot of Sian Ka'an, and the first I've seen that really gives me the desire to pay for a tour to see it. Though the shot does seem just a tad on the dark side--maybe it's my monitor? Anyway, thanks for sharing.
P.S. Just as an FYI, Sian Ka'an is in the state of Quintana Roo, rather than Yucatan. It's confusing sometimes, given that it's the Yucatan peninsula.
Chichen Itza by keribar (43841)
cdmonson (4436) 2010-05-11 16:27
Compositionally, the photo is superb. It's hard to come up with an original or eye-catching shot of El Castillo, but you've done it here. There are two things relating to light and composition that I particularly like here. One is the obvious choice to shoot it when the light was only on El Castillo--great call. The other is the way you've utilized the statues here. The snake head (or whatever it is) in the foreground appears to be looking toward the pyramid, but it's your use of the Chaac Mool statue, looking out across the plane to the Pyramid of Kukulcan as it seems, that really helps make the shot. It subconsciously draws the eye toward El Castillo, in addition to the other draws from the light and the placement in the frame. Excellent, excellent work.
You can't get this shot anymore--they don't allow people to climb these structures these days. A shame, but the right call--a million tourists a year would wear them down in a hurry.
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