Pics of the Week (4/5/10)

Fin - Autopsea
At first glance, I was drawn to the colors and detail in this shot. The photographer captured a great moment here, showing a Clown Fish hiding inside an anemone.


Looking for the Light - andywon
The mood of this photo is fantastic.  I love the cool tranquility of this shot. I am also left curious, waiting, because it's almost as though someone or something should appear from the mist at the end of the path.


CeCy Young
The creativity here is great. I love her take on Alice and Wonderland.


untitled - moucri
Beautifully simple and slightly abstract. I love the depth of field, especially when it comes to the waterdrops.


Changes - murdokibz
Great colors and framing of the moving water between the rocks on the left and right. The synonymous motion of the clouds and water works well together.


Dunes - Thierry Hennet
This photo has beautiful curves and lines that vanish nicely into the left corner of the frame. Nice subtle abstract feel to the shot.


Anchor and Chain - AGrinberg
Great composition, colors and textures. I love the touch of water in the left corner of the frame, giving the photo a little more context. Beautiful!


Wedge Dunes Sunset - jeffiebrown
This place looks so peaceful and serene. I love the clouds and lines in the sand. Gorgeous detail!


even ovals - Mor.gan
I've always been captivated by waves since I was a kid. I can sit at the beach and watch them break on the shore for hours and never get bored. This shot demonstrates that curiosity and fascination very well. Beautiful wave, blue water and blue skies.


Sardes, 2003 - nuri bilge ceylan
This is a truly unique photograph, as it's a cinemascope, the format of shooting widescreen from the 50's-60's. I love that this photographer has gone back to this format. There is no useless space in this photo. Every inch of this photo captures an important element of the scene. I love how the person is framed in the right portion of the photo. Great setting and composition here. 

Pics of the Week (2/8/10)

Langjokull Glacier, Iceland - Tyler Stableford
To me, this photo tells an incredible story of courage, strength and determination while it captures the incredible details and colors of this ice environment. The framing is stellar and I love the contrast of the red jacket against the ice.


Jasper Sunset - Chip Philips
This photo has a lot of really beautiful tones, especially in the sky & reflection. There's a nice depth to it, the way the trees lead to the mountain in the deeper background. Stunning!


bus Stop - Chocolate-Milk
I like the combination of nature & urban decay here, especially with the snow on the ground. I think the photographer chose a great color for the lighting inside the bus and did a great job with the exposure, especially with the sky.


Maligne Starry Sky - Dominic Kamp
I love the composition and framing of this photograph; the vertically offset composition works beautifully. The exposure is wonderfully done. I also love the overall cold feeling of the image, which pairs nicely with the starry night.


In Heaven - Dominic Kamp
I first saw this photo and thought it was a reflection in the sand at a beach, until I saw the tree in the center of the frame on the far right. (You missed it too, didn't you?) I love how subtle the horizon reference is and how the brightest light is coming from behind that "cloud-like" tree. The title of this photo definitely resembles it's feel, heavenly. 


The Boss is Pissed - takenpictures
I love how Mike Hows gave this car such character with the lighting and angle of the photo; the car definitely looks angry and upset. He did a nice job differenciating this car from the ones in the background, by using the lighting to make it stand out.


Not so Golden Gate: Marin Headlands California - Ivan Sohrakoff
There's a few different vantage points for Golden Gate Bridge photos, but most of the photos I've seen from each spot look very similar. I love how the photographer got a slightly different take on the bridge in this shot. I like the vertical composition, the way the fog desaturates the orange of the bridge and the fact that I can't see the city in the background.


Fog wars - sparth
This photo has a fantastic two-toned processing and subtle touches, the fog and birds flying low to the water, giving it fantasy feel. It almost feels like a fairy tale. Very well done!


Aurora Boealis, Tromvik - antonyspencer
The cool tones in this image work well together, complimenting one another nicely. I love how the lights in the sky wrap from the top center of the frame down to the right then into the center near the peaks. It's a beautiful shape, mirroring the hills/mountains.


Blast Lock - Scott Haefner
The strongest elements in this photo are the light painting and depth it gives the photo. The different colors of light help seperate the three sections of the photo, giving the viewer a great POV. The subject is incredible significant (this is inside a Titan II missile silo), but even to an unknowledgable eye the photo is still interesting.



Pics of the Week (12/14/09)

Titan II Missile - Scott Haefner
There photo definitely caught my eye for the "cool factor," but I also love the colors, processing and depth of the photo. The yellow hue and the shaded area in the center of the frame help give the subject perspective and depth.

Eastern Screech Owl - BigBrotherBear
This is a very nice use of bokeh and colors behind the owl. I am also impressed by how the photographer framed the photo. Beautiful!


Pinsetter - rustyjaw
What beautiful, gritty processing! The vast amount of detail is such a nice touch to this shot, especially on the pin. The lighting helps my eye focus on the subject while slightly illuminating the rest of the frame.


Haunted House on Happy Hill - Loren Zemlicka
The processing of this shot caught my eye right away. I love the warm tones of the house and grass, mixed with the slightly grey, cooler sky. I also like the slightly off-centered composition of the photo.


Out Out Outhouse - soundguy20000
The lightpainting of this photos adds such a nice touch. I like how the color of the gelled strobe inside  the shack matches the hues of the lights in the distance. The spilling light coming out of the door and the shadow of the shack from the moon are all great assets to this shot.

Golden Gate Bridge - Jay Tankersley Photography
While I typically am not a fan of square photos, I like the way this one turned out. Every portion of the frame has a detail worth paying attention to. The misty, motioned water and color of the sky helps give this photo a surreal feel.

Underwater Ofu - AndersonImages
This is pure paradise! These are the types of photos that motivate me to travel. They entise my every sense, pulling me in. I feel emersed. I love the split image, giving us a view of two very different worlds and the color contrast between the two halves of the photo are beautiful. I'm very impressed by how the lines in the ocean lead your eye to the "V" in the mountain in the center of the frame. Stunning!


Shark Alley - AndersonImages
The composition of this shot is interesting. I think the coral reef on the lower left half of the frame works because the subjects are in the upper right portion of the frame, creating a nice offset of one another. I like the natural effect of the water, giving farther subjects less color and contrast, which forces the shark in the center of the frame to stand out. Captivating!


Bonsai Rock - Lake Tahoe, Nevada - Jim Patterson Photography
I love the perspective of this photo, giving the feeling as though you are submersed in the lake. The reflection of the sky in the water, in contrast to the rock shadows, is a beautiful touch, making the rocks pop. The colors are beautiful and the composition soothing.



Pics of the Week (11/30/09)

Antelope-Curves - chaybert
The colors of this image are incredibly striking. I love the smooth textures and the way the light creates shadows. The eye has a lot of lines and shapes to play with here.


Garrapata State Park - JT-Photos
Even though the horizon splits this image in two, I see three sections of the photo (land, sea & sky), all containing beautiful detail. The cloud burst and misted water is a really nice touch to this landscape.


China Camp Island - maxxsmart
This photo captures my idea of perfect black and white processing, spanning from true black to true white. The photo is nicely balanced with the dark tones in the light water and light tones in the dark sky. I also love the mystical, fantasy feel to the image.


Under the Sun's Rays - Trevor Anderson
The colors and lighting in this photo are very fairytale-like, conveying a great sense of mystery and beauty. The white flowers are particularly interesting, with their orange tint from the sun working nicely with their orange centers. The small plants in the foreground create a nice silhouette, especially in contrast to the lighter background.


Nightmare - brentbat
The way this photo was lit is incredible and really helps point your eye to the subject, while also leaving her face half in the shadows. The graffiti behind the girls head is a really haunting and an eerie addition to the photo as well as the smoke/dust in the air. I get such a feeling of lonliness and desolation from this photo, but it is still beautiful.


Bursting in the Bristlecone - mm767cap
Beautiful black & white photo with lots of detail, even in the shadows. The sun beam between the branches of the tree is the deal breaker for me, but my eye is satisfied from the foreground to the background.


Alone - Fevi in Cayman
I am probably biased to this photo because I love rays, but I think this shot is simple and beautiful regardless. The gradient of color from desaturated at the bottom of the image to very saturated at the top is beautiful and is a nice contrast to the dark ray.

IIIIIIIIIIII////// - Heilah
When looking at this photograph, I am torn between feeling sad and feeling pleased. In a photographic sense, this image is very interesting; the play between the lines, beautiful. However there is a very lonely feeling conveyed by the zebra in this image that makes me sad; a nice dichotomy for my emotions.


Education Wing - Scott Haefner
The depth and lighting in this image intitially drew my eye to this photograph. The most prominent areas of light are at the doors, which also causes the shadows to fall in the less interesting aspects of the photo in a perfect, yet natural manner.  I also love the contrasting lines between the ceiling lights and the angles of the doors.  What a great grungy feel this photo converys; I can almost smell the murky, musty scent inside this building.

Pics of the Week (11/16/09)

Old Crystal Mill, Colorado - Stephen Oachs
I have seen a few different shots from this location, but this is my favorite. The processing of this shot is stellar. The tones range from true white to true black and the colors are stunning. The composition is spot on and the tall tree in the center of the frame draws your eye nicely to the mill.


Predawn Glow - Sheldon Nalos
I love how the moving water walks the eye to the peak in the background. The added brightness, from the sun on the peak, also helps move your eye that direction without being too bright, distracting from the rest of the photo. The bit of water leading to the bottom left of the frame also helps break up the, what would be, large chunk of snow in the foreground.  

Untitled - robdobi
I was first drawn to this shot by the lighting. The shadows really help accentuate the details, shape and depth of the tub. This composition also appeals to be me in a lucid, yet interesting way.

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- spacetimecurvature
This shot has very nice lines, leading from the corners of the frame into the center, drawing your eye to the pins and scoreboard. I like the use of lighting, combining the 2 hues to give a sense of depth.

Abandoned House - Jeff McMullin
This shot makes me feel lonely. It appears as though the resident of this house vanished, piquing my curiosity, leaving me wondering why these items were left behind. The details are nice, as is the lighting.

Timeless by Michael Anderson - AndersonImages

This image is inundated with detail, creating a fantastic, straight out of 'National Geographic' feel. The cormorant, with its' wings extended, is the deal breaker for me.  The photographer created such a moment, a sliver in time, by capturing the lighting and motion of the wings in this manner.

Aerosmith! - Todd | ishootshows.com
The 'in-your-face' perspective of this photo is dynamite! I love the reflection in Steven Tyler's glasses and the way he's holding the mic stand. This is the type of concert photo I would love to have in my portfolio.

a sighting - It was the light, it was the angle
My first thought upon glancing at this photo is of snow angels, which is a great contrast to the colors and textures of this abandoned building. I also love the way the blinds are synonymous to her dress in shape and color.

Giraffe Tiles - Zack Schnepf
This photo is interesting to me because it's hard to define a sense of scale, but the detail and texture is incredible and I love the warm/cool color contrast between the sand and sky.

Vilamendhoo and Reef - StormCab
I absolutely love this! What a beautiful example of two different worlds. I love how the color of the blue fish matches the sky, creating a nice tie between the two halves of the photo.

 

Pics of the Week (11/5/09)

Light weaver- Arno Dil

I am terrified of spiders and normally close images of them on the web rather quickly, but I saw this one and didn't close the tab. I was intrigued by the incredibly creative perspective. I love the use of depth of field here and think the way he filled the frame is really interesting.

ID - Zuan
Upon first glance, I assume this photo is a fashion piece showcasing the glove, but this photo also leaves me with questions. Who is this girl? Why that expression? What is she doing with her hand and eye?  I feel as though it leaves the viewer to imagine all of these answers while being fun & quirky.

Dark Alley - Rustyjaw
I absolutely love the processing on this shot. Rustyjaw has one of the finest HDR processing techniques and it shows here. I love the framing, perspective and the orange light in the background drawing your eye into the frame.

DQ - Noel Kerns
I love the cool colors in this shot and the way the roof covers the image frame horizontally. Noel has left me curious about the contents that were left behind when this Dairy Queen was abandoned by his use of a light inside the store.

Buck Hill Inn - Jeff McMullin
When I look at this photo, I am left with a lot of questions and most of them stem from the fact that I know this place is abandoned (based on his flickr tags and his typical subjects). I want to know why the roller skates were left, what the papers on the counter say and I want to see what the rest of this Inn looks like. I like enjoy subtle depth of field and colors.

Have A Meddingly Happy Halloween - Boy_Wonder
I saw this shot in Flickr Explore and couldn't help but smile. Part of it was because I love Alice and Wonderland, but I also think I enjoyed the quirky and fun attitude in this photo. I like the misty forest feel and lighting of the photo as well as his expression.

The Ice Cavern - Michael Anderson
My first reaction to this image was disbelief and awe. I was shocked when I realized this was not a National Geographic image. I was blown away by the use of space within the frame, lighting and processing of this shot. It looks like an incredible place I could only dream of visiting.

Macbeth - NZ Opera - Alexia Sinclair
I typically don't find heavily Photoshopped or unrealistic photos intriguing, but this one caught me eye. I thought the processing was very well done and I love how the models are so involved in the scene, with their positioning and expressions. The ghost of the man and the scarf (acting as blood) are also great elements to this shot.

Leave the lights on for me - Sheldon Nalos
I love the framing of this shot and the star trails definitely make it more interesting. I like the overall darkness of the image (so that you don't see what surrounds the house) with the exception of the house interior. The light falling out the front door is also a really nice touch.

Untitled - Steve Bloom

 What a unique perspective of African Wildlife. The colors are beautiful, but the shadows really make this shot incredible.


 

Pics of the Week (9/18/09)

Work has been a little crazy over the last few weeks, so I haven't had any time to blog. Things are settling down again, so I'm back with some great photos for the week. Enjoy!

"Theatre at Ord" - Tunnelbug


"Glass Corner/Outside HPNS" - henrick kam


"Edgar Allan Poe" - Michael T Regan



"Fallen Roof Ruin" - Stephen Oachs


"spreepark_06b" - spreephoto.de


"Forever... It Will Stay" - maxxsmart

"file away" - rustyjaw


"blue heat" - hkvam