January Challenge: Your Best Shot… Entry #7 Beauty in Pink

It seems I have thrown Tess a curve ball making her decide on just one photo to send.

“The first time you told us if what is going to be this month’s challenge, I find it so hard to decide. I have changed my mind so many times, but chose the Beauty in Pink in the end; although, I wanted to change it again. LOL! The reason I like this picture is how natural it came up without even trying hard. I did not even notice it until I downloaded it in the computer. I wish I can submit more than one. LMAO.”

Beauty in Pink (Photo by Tess)

Beauty in Pink
(Photo by Tess)

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January Challenge: Your Best Shot… Entry #6 Made in the Mist

It’s good to have Donna joining in again with the challenges!

“Of all the pictures I took when my Mom and I visited Niagara Falls last year, this picture was my best photo!
This was taken when we were on our own tour of the boat following behind us. There were so many seagulls and the mist made a great background to silhouette  this classic Niagara Falls tourist attraction.”

Made in the Mist (Photo by Donna)

Made in the Mist
(Photo by Donna)

Did You Hear the News?

We interrupt this challenge to wish CrAzY woman, Lily, a very HAPPY BIRTHDAY!

Lily, though I know you are at a distance, I hope you will join in the challenges again to help us all learn from your expertise! Hope you have a wonderful day!

Happy Birthday Lily!

Happy Birthday Lily!

January Challenge: Your Best Shot… Entry #4 Archer

This next photo is submitted by one of our newest members, Venus. It was nice to get to meet Venus at the January meeting and I am so pleased to have you as a member of the club.

Venus sent this comment… “I was in the right place at the right time for this one.”

I very much agree and this statue is one of my favorites at Fair Park! I have taken photos of this statue but yours has retained the rich colors that I like.

Archer (Photo by Venus)

Archer
(Photo by Venus)

As I had said at the beginning of the year at our first actual meeting, this year we are going to concentrate more on learning and with this in mind, I encourage everyone to feel free to offer suggestions if there is something that you feel could improve a photo so that we all may learn and discuss our photography. Our meetings will focus on specific lessons that we will be applying to our photos. So… with that in mind, I would like to take the liberty of reviewing what I like and also what I might like to change about this image.

The lighting of this statue is superb! It is beautifully exposed and I see in reviewing the properties that you underexposed by 1/3 stop which really makes the colors pop and prevents the statue itself from being overexposed. The focus is very sharp and the colors are excellent but my only complaint is the white matte edge and the bits of building intruding into the photo. My eye keeps being distracted by these, taking me away from the statue itself, so I took the liberty of playing with your photo to see what it would look like without those diversions by cropping a bit from all sides.

Cropped Image

Cropped Image

I may be off base and if so, please tell me so. I am interested in hearing everyone’s viewpoint on this. Should this image be cropped or should it not?

January Challenge: Your Best Shot… Entry #3 Afternoon Snack

This next entry is from Linda. She is an avid gardener so it does not surprise me that she talks with the critters she finds out there!

“The squirrels in my yard and I do enthusiastic battle over my flower beds. I plant flowers; they dig them up to hide pecans. I scold them, but it doesn’t seem to help. When they aren’t digging and are just watching me work in the yard, I talk to them. They always seem very interested in what I have to say. So, you can see I have a hate/love relationship with these little creatures. Last summer I saw one walk the fence and reach down to have a snack of crape myrtle blooms. First time I had seen that. I took a series of shots because the squirrel didn’t mind at all, but I’m only sending two of them. Aren’t you glad?”

Afternoon Snack (Photo by Linda)

Afternoon Snack
(Photo by Linda)

January Challenge: Your Best Shot… Entry #2 Sweeter Than Sugar

Liz has submitted this as her best shot…

“The American Kestral, the smallest American falcon;  Scarlett is her name.   I love this beautiful creation of God.  I loved the opportunity to see it up close and personal at the BPRC and  appreciate what they do for our wildlife.

My 50mm prime was the right choice to get the falcon as the focal point with the
softness around it, showing off that sweet as sugar expression. That’s what I wanted and it turned out okay!”

Sweeter Than Sugar American Kestral (Photo by Liz)

Sweeter Than Sugar
American Kestral
(Photo by Liz)