Chichen Itza by keribar (43841)
cdmonson (4358) 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.
Spring...at last! by Nelu_Goia (3116)
cdmonson (4358) 2010-04-22 20:35
My, my, you guys are spoiled. That's about the temperatures we've been having here in Dallas! My wife was in Calgary this past weekend and said people at the ski hill were in T-shirts and bikini tops. Global warming for you, I guess. :)
Good shot here. The composition's nicely balanced with the skyline on the right and the flower bed on the left. The only thing I don't really care for is the vignetting in the upper corners. Don't know whether it's intentional or not, but it's not my favorite part of the shot. But otherwise, it's a nice one.
Hairpins - Curves - Switchbacks..... by Paul57 (2217)
cdmonson (4358) 2010-04-21 8:32
I remember driving this road--and hating it. The guy I was driving with would speed up as fast as he could on the straight stretches, then slam on the brakes as he got to the curves. Really dangerous, and not a lot of fun. But it's certainly a vivid memory!
Compositionally it's not bad, though I would have left the flowers in the foreground out. But it's got a very blue cast to it. I can't say I'm a huge fan of the color. Thanks for bringing back a memory of Santiago though. :)
Rugged green valley by Helisa (964)
cdmonson (4358) 2010-04-20 15:51
Compositionally and in terms of colors/exposure, this is superb. Really top-notch work here. The irregularly intersecting lines really create a coherent sense of confusion, if that makes sense. It all jumbles together in a very aesthetically pleasing way. The placement of that little shelter there is a fantastic touch.
The only thing I can find that keeps this image from being absolutely perfect is the f-stop used. The distance is slightly blurred due to the use of f/5.6, and it mars the image somewhat. But only slightly. In every other respect this is really fine work. Thanks for sharing.
Autumn by Ketaka (1191)
cdmonson (4358) 2010-04-13 11:02
Very nice! I can only dream of such colors in Texas. :) I like the cloudy weather, as I think it really brings out the intensity of the colors. And of course you can't beat that reflection. I noticed you've got a bit of light fall-off at the edges, or perhaps that was intentionally added in PS. Either way, it doesn't harm the image. Very well done.
Sunset on Picos de los Cabrones by Roly (2024)
cdmonson (4358) 2010-04-13 8:17
This is pure trivia, but the name of these peaks is rather funny to me, given that the Spanish I speak is Latin American. "Pico" is a fairly crude word in Chile, though it's just fine everywhere else. "Cabron" is a very strong word in Mexico, but in South America it's perfectly acceptable in most places. Rather funny how words have different meanings and connotations in different places.
Anyway, enough about that: on to the photo. This is a nice one. Those peaks are fantastic, especially with the light you caught. I also like that this was taken a little before sunset. As much as I like alpenglow, the sky's not very blue at sunset, and I like this view in a lot of ways. Great job.
green and winter blues by J_Burke (1283)
cdmonson (4358) 2010-04-07 18:17
Like this one a lot. This is the perfect kind of semi-stormy dramatic light that I really like. The placement of the tree to hold back some of the light is perfect both for lighting and for composition. Great job.
The Climb 2 by tweier (44)
cdmonson (4358) 2010-04-06 16:12
It's actually Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming. But it's a pretty nice shot. A couple things I would change--I'd crop that blurry blade of grass in the foreground, and I'd try to darken the sky somewhat--it's a bit washed out.
Along The Mossy Cave Trail by cherryripe (21015)
cdmonson (4358) 2010-04-06 7:20
One of my favorite short trails in Bryce Canyon. I love that little river/irrigation canal running through the area. You got very nice light. The picture does seem to be somewhat oversharpened though--can't put my finger on it, but the hoodoos look somewhat overdone. Otherwise it's quite nice.
'Natural Bridge' by danielswalsh (13591)
cdmonson (4358) 2010-03-25 15:12
I remember when I went here being underwhelmed by the size of the natural bridge (I went to school in Utah, home of the greatest arches and natural bridges in the world), but quite impressed by the scenery and the beauty of the scene. Your shot is great, even though the light doesn't appear to have been ideal. Thanks for sharing.