Challenge #92 - Stones - WINNERS
Many thanks to all the participants. This week I had the time to follow the submissions one by one as they were posted, and after every entry the difficulty to pick the winners increased.
I will do my best to comment each picture. While I would like to be proficient evaluating photography, some of you, older in these challenges, already know that I am not, so take the following comments mainly as encouraging criticism and as a description of my own thoughts and feelings rather than an absolute scoring of the pictures.
I hope each of you (participants and visitors alike) will comment the entries, so that by the end of this week we will have a better understanding of each photo submitted.
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- Action_Man – Untitled
A wonderful opening.
Although I was criticized before for an out-of-focus foreground on a picture of mine, I think that the slightly blurred stones in the first row help to frame the main group of sharp focused, beautifully textured and colored stones next to them, which are clearly the main subject.
The horizon line high in the picture also helps to draw the attention to the main subject.
The splashes of pale red add life to the picture dominated by the light blue and green tones of most of the stones.
If that was a centered crop, a previous rotation of the image to avoid the slanted buildings of the background would be great for my obsession to keep the vertical lines near to the true vertical.
- AndreyD – Stoned to oblivion
Another horizon line high in the picture to keep the attention toward the ground.
The individual stones are less conspicuous, but it is still a nice shot of the crowd . The stone’s color contrast with the green grass and the bright yellow flowers bring life to the picture and draw some of the attention due to the stones.
The hill side and the large focal length (I think the lens was zoomed-in) make the picture a bit flat, but the trees sunk in the other side counteract that feeling. An interesting capture.
I realized that it was recycled from ‘Abandoned’, which is perfectly legal, and fits this proposed theme quiet well.
- Boutty – brazilian Citrine?
You surprised me twice. I asked for gemstones, and you surprised me with assembled jewels. They are part of the possible subjects, of course.
I thought of clever light angles to enhance the stone’s textures and your shot use the light to enhance the transparency.
There is a pleasant contrast from the upper side with slightly out-of-focus and overexposed gems to the lower side showing warmer tones and slightly underexposed faceted round gems.
The light gray reflective table is the perfect companion for the necklace.
As this is a staged picture, I think these are not coincidences but a deliberate work of the photographer. Nicely done.
Brazilian Citrine? May be, I am pretty far from being an expert jeweler.
- an33sh – "Darkened Brightness"
A beautiful picture with the border between light and shadow mathematically placed within the rule of thirds’ line. The glow of light in the upper side is almost mystic and contrasts with the dark silhouettes of the group of stones outlined by the light with the lower one having an extra brush stroke of light to show its texture.
I think the emphasis is drawn a bit from the stones to the path of light that evades them, as if it is walking in bare feet, and spreads through the leaves that seems to me as new live at the start of the spring, or after a long time without rain, or just growing sparingly below the always present shadow of the trees.
- marie – a helping hand on the stepping stones
A beautiful small river with huge stones it is.
One may think that the hard light from the upper right will darken most of the things facing to the camera that are almost backlit, but the balance between the lighted side and the shadowy side is great. This nicely shapes the tree trunks in the background and the stones all over there, mainly the two foremost stones where the two girls are standing, and enhances with a darker shadow what seems to be a small water fall just bellow scene.
The action catches the attention and the cute young ladies surrounded by crystalline water and wonderful stones become the main subject.
- andrewaaa5 – cruz de piedra
In Spanish the word stone piedra and the word tombstone lápida are phonetically different. It was not a surprise to see your picture though because many tombstones are made of stone.
A cruz de piedra (stone cross) is frequently part of burial monuments in the Christian cultures and your picture has many of them.
It resembles an old scanned print, ‘healed’ cracks and rips included, but I will assume it is all post processing (pp).
I will not dare to guess what is pp and what not or how you made it, but let me say that I like it. The mood created by the tombs, the iron fence, the trees, the snow and those ‘old’ colors, the grain and the blurred parts of the picture enhance the presence of stone (old carved stone?) there. Very well done.
- nvidia5700 – Yellow Diamond Ring, in National Museum of Natural History, DC
As already said to Boutty, I am pretty far from being an expert jeweler.
From a photographic point of view the crystal-like reflections and transparencies are difficult to deal with. As regards to them, I can see a good job: correct exposure with just very small overexposed points, mainly light spots, I guess.
The black background allowed seeing the hidden edges and faces of the diamond and that is another difficult point adequately resolved.
It seems that in an attempt to keep the background as dark as possible some shadow information of the jewel was clipped to black.
Moving the ring to the right and allowing a wider black space on top will make a better composition in my opinion.
I can assume that it is a somewhat special diamond from its size, its color, its shape. The fact that it is owned by a museum, I learned from the title, because the last part of it is almost a description. I would be happier with just ‘Yellow Diamond Ring’ or ‘Yellow reflections’ or whatever you think makes a nice title without providing information impossible to find from the picture alone.
- Japaneezy – Blowhole
A nice picture. I can see attention to detail in the leveled sea’s surface, in the framing of the main objects inside the picture, in the timing with the waves and the blow. It has the sunny background well exposed and has some level of detail in the clouds, with the drawback of darkened rocks in the foreground, which should be the main subject.
I think I like the pole in the place it is in a picture without a specific theme, but it catches the attention more than the water blow and more than the stones.
- teekay – Sculpted By The Sea
Can I describe it as an almost perfect portrait of a stone? Its light color, subtle texture shine over the dark, moistened sand and tiny pebbles. The footprints behind provides a reference for its size and the shape of the stone brings it to life in an attitude similar to a crab that, with his eyes popped up, pays close attention to the camera aiming to him.
- alans220 – Stony Silence
The almost neutral, misty background, the horizon line high in the frame of the picture, the water reflecting the gray sky in the center of the image draw the attention to shallow waters were the colored stones of the bottom are the main subject. Beautiful shot.
I wonder if the motion blur on the static stones produced by the water movement can be avoided.
Is it a picture on the same lake you posted before? or, are you are lucky enough to have more than one beautiful lake near home?
- Reed Goodwin – "The Third Morning"
Another group of tombstones in a quite different cemetery. Certainly the foremost stone is important but I think the flowers behind it are still the main subject.
The warm and rich colors of the right and the long shadows make an interesting picture. It would be even better without so much glow in the sun glare from the left side.
Perhaps I missed something, but the title “The third Morning” has no special meaning to me. Would you mind explaining it?
- IainB – Stony Batter
I have no practice at all with Infra Red (IR) photography, but I really enjoy it in general and your picture in particular.
It seems quiet to me (contrary to your title? Not sure that I fully understand ‘Batter’).
I like the ‘right’ exposure of the stones and how their texture is enhanced by the distorted tonal rendition.
Are those the ‘natural’ colors obtained with the IR filter right from the camera or are they ‘developed’ in post processing?
The small overexposed areas of the grass are not a big problem for me, but the large white and flat cloud bothers me a little.
- http://sites.google.com …t_2/images/premio_oro.jpgFirst place : Action_Man
- http://sites.google.com …2/images/premio_plata.jpgSecond place: teekay
- http://sites.google.com …/images/premio_bronce.jpgThird place : an33sh
It was hard to pick up the winners because of the high quality of each photo entry.
Many thanks to all the participants. Please feel free to post your constructive comments.
Challenge #92 - Stones
From small pebbles passing through gem stones to building rocky blocks or even rocky mountains .
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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