Challenge #493 - Stones
It is nice to see that the number of participants is a bit larger this week, but not new people really with the exception of heman with his second participation.
A warm welcome to heman, and a welcome back to Needsnow. She is not new to POTN and not new to the challenges either. She won at least once three years ago.
Well, to the point: Comments in the order of appearance:
- northants nin – G12 – Green on a bed of stones
Nice group of small rounded stones showing its texture. Interesting composition with the new green leaves growing in the shadow of the larger stone in the top right.
soft light with almost no shadows. Was it an overcast day?
- Spoco57 – G1X – Clifden beach stones
Nice stones again, this time with a variety of shapes and colors. The shiny splashes of water enhance the texture.
The plants, that look like those that live in salt water, add its special green to the stones too. The angle of the camera makes the overall picture a bit flat.
- hemang – G1X – Looking through a petrified tree trunk
An interesting idea to include the petrified wood in the stones theme. Without the title, I would be thinking of a cave with a sort of chimney, although the texture may be a clue of the presence of wood for an expert.
The large amount of light at the end of the hole seems a challenge for the exposure, but you managed fine with it.
- teekay – G15 – Cold Stones
The weather action has created stones with character. Nice long shadows in the part with more sun shine. Was that nice high contrast achieved in post processing?
Perhaps the path between the two main rows of gravestones is a bit wide, but still it is a beautiful image.
- Raven – G12 – And moss grows fat on a rolling stone....
The photo is very interesting with the large amount of rich colors among the mostly gray stones and above them. I like how the moss helps to focus the attention in every stone.
Shooting from the side of the slope creates a enough perspective to avoid a flat image.
- Maureen Souza – Pro1 – Ancient Pueblo Indian Cliff Dwellings: Built in to the Stone
Beautiful picture of an awesome place. It is interesting to see how the bright sun in the open space creates subtle but defined shadows inside the cave giving a fantastic idea of the volumes. The tourists visiting the place allow to see the real size of the complex.
optimizing exposure for the buildings in the shade was a great idea.
- Needsnow – G1X MK II – Nebraska State Capitol Ground Floor
Very interesting construction. The inclusion in the photo of the entrance hall with the door and the row of lamps helps to understand the structure.
There is a lamp in the center? If not, I'm puzzled with the light in the ceiling. Let me know the post processing applied. A bit too much for my taste, perhaps, but very interesting!
- OhLook – G15 – Exploring Yosemite Creek
Including only a small number of huge rocks in the photo was good to show better their shapes, textures and detail. The presence of the little girl with bright clothes is essential to understand the size of the place.
the rule of thirds applied on purpose or intuitively, produces a pleasant composition and gives to the girl, the rock behind her and the unique trunk at left the proper weight in the picture.
- marie – Pro1 – stony silence from the 10th century
Another awesome site. Good exposure and contrast are the key to show how the environment almost naturally blends with the stones of the construction. I think I have said this before: You have a wonderful country and all the ability to show it in pictures.
- 1st - OhLook – G15 – Exploring Yosemite Creek
- 2nd - Maureen Souza – Pro1 – Ancient Pueblo Indian Cliff Dwellings: Built in to the Stone
- 3rd - northants nin – G12 – Green on a bed of stones
Over to you, OhLook, congratulations and good luck with the new challenge #494.
Stones topic description:
Thinking of a new theme, ... I stole one.
Well, It is not too bad. It is my own theme, so think that I picked it from my left pocket and passed it to the right pocket. And some time ago, that challenge got a handful of 12 fresh entries to choose from!
Stones: From small pebbles through gem stones (no jewelry, if you can avoid it) through large rocks or 'rocky mountains'. Show the stones alone or in clusters.
Let stones be the main subject of your picture, show their textures, show them enhanced by clever light angles, show the work of mankind on them or show them as natural as it gets. Be creative.
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