Les Amis

by Cheryl Morris
(Niagara on the Lake, Canada)

Horse Friends

Horse Friends

These two share a small field in the French countryside. I pass them everyday and they are always together. They love carrots but don't seem to mind waiting their turn while the other one munches away. These two are a heart-warming sight.

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by: Julie

So cute! I love the little guy. Thanks for sharing, Cheryl!

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Waiting Angel

by Doug Fairburn
(North Bay, On, Canada)

keeping your loved one company until you return...

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powerful subject NEW
by: Julie

An interesting interpretation of the challenge topic, and a very powerful subject. I like the black and white treatment, and the white vignette fits with the theme of the image. Thanks for sharing.

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Bygone Era

by Ron Chalecki
(Hamilton ON, Canada)

Saw these 2 vintage Fords at a car show and kept my eye on them as I had hoped to capture them without all the distractions and clutter around them. That came as cars began leaving and these 2 were on their own. I figured this image qualifies as a candidate for the challenge.

I opted for a sepia treatment for the sake of providing a dated appearance, then brought the vehicle colours back.

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by: Julie

Your patience in waiting to capture these two cars alone paid off! Great shot. I like your post-procesing treatment; it's definitely in keeping with the subject.

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Two's Company

by Janette Baillie
(Grand Bend, Ontario, Canada)

I was walking along the beach and spotted these two lovely ladies heading out into Lake Huron for a swim on a hot summer day.

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Nice capture! NEW
by: Anonymous

The symmetry, hats and blue at the top make this interesting to me.

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by: Julie

Like two peas in a pod! I love the matching hats :-) Thanks for sharing.

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Buddies

by David Weyman
(Toronto, Ontario, Canada)

Clydesdales at Fort Steele, B.C.

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Buddies NEW
by: Anonymous

They look so innocent, and they seem to be happy to have their picture taken..

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Horses! NEW
by: Julie

I love horses :-). I was a rider for many years. These guys are lovely. I'd like to see them from more of an angle, and maybe with their ears all in, to really see more of their personalities. Thanks for sharing!

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Courtship Dance

by Bobo
(Toronto, ON, Canada)

Captured this special moment of a pair of Tiger Longwing butterflies. The male above was performing a courtship dance to please his girl, the female below stayed still totally attracted by her mate's dance.
I used a slower shutter speed just enough to capture the action of the wings, keeping its legs and body sharp.

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by: YL Yee

You captured a special moment. Very well done and keep up the good work

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by: Adrian

Nice shot with good composition, the blurry wings act a lot of motion to the dance

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by: Adrian Thysse

Nice insect behaviour shot, however,I would like to see it displayed larger to get a better view of the details! Close-ups of this type of action can be difficult, and there seems to be a nice balance between subject sharpness and wing blur to denote movement. Previous comments are right-on...well done!

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looks great!! NEW
by: Arwen

Really wonderful picture!!

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courtship dance NEW
by: Yuet

Sometimes the insect behaviour does not take place in an ideal situation, which presents a challenge for photography. The branch on the left hand side is a bit of a distraction.

Having said that, it's wonderful that you were able to capture the courtship dance of the mating pair. It's hard to show movement and sharpness at the same time and you did it! Kudos.

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by: Julie

Butterflies are hard to photograph at the best of times, but you've done really well to capture this courtship ritual. I like that you've used a shutter speed that shows some motion, because it helps to illustrate the story of what's happening. Thanks for sharing!

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Cute Couple

by John
(Chiang Mai, Thailand)

I went to a garden center near where I'm staying and spotted this cute couple (garden gnomes for sale). I was a bit concerned that the background flowers might detract from the subject, but I've since decided that the flowers add to the "romantic" and "cute" aspect of the story which this photo tells.

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by: Julie

What a colourful scene! I agree with you that the flowers add to the story. None is too demanding of attention, but they do add some context. Cute!

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On Top of the Mosque

by John Stavinoha
(Cairo, Egypt (from USA))

In November of 2010 I took a week long tour of Syria. I think I was really lucky to see this beautiful country only months before it broke down into civil war. One of the first days was spent in Aleppo where you find the Citadel in the middle of the old part of the city. On top of the citadel is a great scenic lookout point where you are actually standing on top of a mosque. I saw these two women sitting and enjoying some quiet company in this beautiful spot as the sun was going down. It was every bit as peaceful as it looks in the picture. I wonder now about this place and what has become of it since the war began.

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by: Julie

I love the balance you've created in this image. The large, light shape of the mosque is countered by the similar but smaller and dark shape formed by the women's bodies. Very well executed, and a nice story.

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Two of a kind!

by Betsy Coxwell
(Niceville, FL, USA)

This was a new born photo shoot and the Grandmother was there and this picture was just precious!

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Connection NEW
by: Julie

You've captured a beautiful connection in this photo. Very nice.

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Forever Friends

by Linda Slade
(Guelph, Ontario, Canada)

Meet Dillon the dog and Casey the cat. Unfortunately, Dillon is no longer with us, which makes this twosome all the more special for myself and owners, Sandi and Freeman. I laid out on the floor with my camera, in front of the pair, one afternoon this past summer while they were having an afternoon rest in the sunshine coming through the front door of the cottage. Rest in peace dear Dillon.

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by: Julie

A nice tribute photo! I like that you got down to the level of the pair. Thanks for sharing!

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Come dance with me

by Manfred Meilinger
(Wasaga Beach, ON, Canada)

Two real life teddy bears frolicking at the Toronto Zoo. It was a joy to watch their playful games. They seemed to have a lot of fun with the first snow of the season in 2011.

Cheers
Manfred

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Good Timing NEW
by: Anonymous

You were certainly here at the right time, and framed the bears well, but the image looks flat due to the seemingly overcast conditions.

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Great title! NEW
by: Julie

Well done! You've managed to create a shot that looks like it was taken in the wild, and not a zoo. A great moment between the two bears, and a good capture of the expression on one of the faces. Thanks for sharing!

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Two partners chatting together..

by Denise
(St-Calixte, Qc., Canada)

These two best friends love to go outside and chat.. They are quite confident of each other.. The Arabian horse is my partner's horse and the Quarter horse is mine... They are enjoying the cool air and the beautiful scenery..

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More horses! NEW
by: Julie

I'm loving all the horse shots this month! These guys are just lovely. This one might have worked better as a horizontal, though. There's a lot of extra foreground, and you clipped just a touch on the right side. Thanks for sharing, and thanks for resubmitting, Denise!

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Dead Trees Dancing

by Paddy
(South Africa)

***DECEMBER 2012 WINNER***

These 2 dead trees have danced together in the wind for ever, at a beautiful place called Dead vlei .Sossusvlei Namib desert Namibia. To capture the light like this you have to be there VERY early in the morning, as it creeps over the huge dune at the back. It had just rained hence the green fuzz on the red sand.

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DEAD TREES DANCING NEW
by: Anonymous

This should be printed in large.. Wow !

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by: Chandra

A great picture captured in almost perfect lighting conditions.
Thanks for sharing

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Dead trees dancing NEW
by: Alida van Halderen

Wow!! This is just so exceptional. I have seen this scene many times, however never ever with this light on it. This should be printed in a large format!

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by: Ron

Hats off to this superbly composed image; an absolute terrific capture.

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fabulous! NEW
by: Julie

A fabulous spot, and a fabulous photo! I've seen a few photos of this are from friends who have travelled there. It looks like an extraordinary place. Thanks for sharing your image!

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Shadow of Love

by Gary A. Wiesner
(Hillsborough, NJ USA)

Shadow of Love

Shadow of Love

While walking at Grounds for Sculpture in NJ, I saw the reflection of my wife and I on the wall. With no one around to take our photo I figured I would attempt to create this image. We are married for 21 years and this image has become a favorite of friends and family alike. Unique yet simple.

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by: Ron

A great idea that produced a splendid image; plus your compositional skills. Kudos.

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Framing NEW
by: Brian

I agree with Julie on this one. Moving yourselves and the shadow to the right would improve the already beautiful image. That way the subject, the shadows, would be framed by the strong diagonal that at present cuts through the subject and the small branches at the right that point toward the shadows.

I would also consider cropping out the vine to the right. It is almost a photo in itself with the intricate intertwining of the branches. It distracts from the main subject because the small branches point away from the subject.

It is easy for me to sit here and think of ways the photo might have been improved but the reality is, you got the photo and I did not. The photo, the way you made it is captivating. remains

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Montage NEW
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A lovely shot! It almost has the look of a montage. I think I'd be a little happier if you'd placed yourselves slightly off-center and to the right so you were framed by those branches. What do others think? Am I nit-picking? I certainly like the effect! Thanks for sharing, and congratulations on 21 years together!

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Mariposas

by Lorna
(Saskatchewan, Canada/Jalisco, Mexico)

I was relaxing in the backyard today,(camera within reach)when these two pals happened along to share some nectar and entertain me for a while.

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Superb Image NEW
by: Ron

You indeed lucked out being able to capture both these butterflies...and so expertly. I have trouble getting one. lol

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Thank-you both! NEW
by: Lorna

Julie, the butterflies were exceptionally patient with me for a change, although it did take several shots to capture them while they were both fairly still.

Haha, Manfred ... you're right, they do look quite friendly, don't they?

Thanks for your comments :)

Lorna

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Very nice NEW
by: Manfred

You hit the jackpot with these two. Looks like they are smooching.
Cheers
Manfred

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Just beautiful! NEW
by: Julie

What a great shot! Butterflies are tough to capture, and you've done a wonderful job. The butterflies are nice and sharp, and the background is soft, and not distracting. Very nice!

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"I do admire me"

by Wendy Reeve
(Motueka, NZ)

When all else fails, there is always your reflection for company.
A different look at two's company.
A question: does the bottom of the mirror across the photo act as a barrier to the eye or does it work to emphasize that it is a mirror image?

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Virtually Clever NEW
by: Brian

A clever photo. I guess one could say the second cast is a virtual cat. ;-)

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Great idea! NEW
by: Julie

I like the idea of the cat and its reflection for "two's company." I think the bottom of the mirror works in the image. It does divide the space, but in a way that helps you to understand what you're seeing. Thanks for sharing!

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baby swans

by Mary Jane Hall
(Wainfleet Ont., Canada)

These two were settling down for nighttime. Mom was close by keeping an eye on the two of them.

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Cuteness NEW
by: Julie

Hmmm - there's an awful lot of cuteness going on this month :-). These two seem very cozy together! Thanks for sharing.

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Lets move closer

by YL Yee
(Mississauga, ON, Canada)

Just walking in Riverwood Park, Mississauga on a snowy day when I saw this wooden sculpture.

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Beautiful snowy background NEW
by: Anonymous

Beautiful snowy background. The one on the left seems to get annoyed by the snow covering its head. Good angle!

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Lovely sculpture! NEW
by: Julie

That's a lovely sculpture to have found on a walk! A tough exposure to get right, since you have both extremes of the tonal range. Here, I think the snow is a little blown out, but if you had to choose, I think you did right to get the wooden birds exposed properly. A great find! Thanks for sharing.

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Two Old Pals

by Mabel Au
(Mississauga, Ontario, Canada)

I saw these two old ladies chatting at High Park one early morning during the full bloom season of the Cherry Blossoms. I am sure they were having a good time and enjoying each other's company.

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Pleasing Setting NEW
by: Anonymous

Well seen, composed and a great setting, but sharpness seems to be lacking.

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Beautiful story NEW
by: Julie

What a wonderful story, against a beautiful backdrop! Thanks for sharing.

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Two's Company

by Bruce Kennedy
(Mississauga, ON, Canada)

Last year in Oaxaca, Mexico, I spotted this couple out for an evening stroll. Their dress and demeanour seemed to fit the theme perfectly. We all should be so fortunate in our advanced years!

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by: Julie

What a lovely story! It does indeed fit the theme perfectly. Thanks for sharing.

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Friends

by luba Citrin
(Thornhill, Ont., Canada)

Our lab Jasper was very happy with new addition to the family - Roxi.
This photo was taken on a day Roxi arrived. She is a little bigger now and bossing Jasper around, but they are great friends!

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LOL! NEW
by: Julie

So cute! What a pair! Thanks for sharing, Luba.

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THE SAND MEETING

by Luis A Vera
(Laflin, PA USA)

THE SAND MEETING

THE SAND MEETING

THE SANDS OF NORTHWEST PUERTO RICO; ON A WARM JUNE DAY THESE FOOTPRINTS MAKE A STATEMENT AS TO COMPANY.

NO THESE ARE NOT TWO ONE LEGGED WALKERS, I OPTED TO KEEP THE LEFT SIDE OUT.

THANK YOU FOR LOOKING AND LETTING ME SHARE MY PHOTOS WITH YOU.

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Great texture! NEW
by: Cheryl

You can almost feel the grittiness of the sand. Great composition too!

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Clever NEW
by: Ron

A clever idea Luis and a great image.

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by: Julie

A fun shot! The footprints look like they are popping out of the sand. Thanks for sharing, Luis!

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He and she..

by Minu Karthika Ganesan
(Vienna, Austria)

Hand on sword, foot forward..still takes time to lend her an ear!!!

Among hundreds of sculptures at Schonbrunn Palace, Vienna.., this one here captured my mind..and i captured it with my camera!!!

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The sun NEW
by: Julie

It is indeed a lovely statue, and a perfect subject for this month! I like the simple background, and you've lit it so that the elements of the sculpture are nicely defined with shadow. I do find that the sun is quite bright and a bit distracting. I wonder if you had moved over to your left a bit if you could have hidden the sun behind the statue more? Anyway, a lovely subject, and thanks for sharing!

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Just Listen!!!

by Susan
(Fort Erie, Ontario, Canada)

Just love how this beautiful lady is in control!!! She really entertained me.

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Personality! NEW
by: Julie

These two birds both exude personality! The one on the right certainly has a lot to say, and the one on the left seems utterly bored by it all :-). Great shot, and nicely executed to capture detail in the blacks around the eyes and heads of the birds.

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Callie and Zoey "The Girls"

by Jeff Gwynne
(Wellington, FL, USA)

Sisters

Sisters

Callie and Zoey are sisters and playmates. They are golden retrievers and so we refer to them as The Golden Girls. Or, if they are being rascals they are called out as GIRLS! We love our girls because they bring us so much joy.

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Cute, Cute NEW
by: Brian

This is a very cute photo. With tow it is doubly cute.
With such beautiful puppies how could it fail?


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More cuteness :-) NEW
by: Julie

Your dogs are adorable! Thanks for sharing the photo of them.

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Beach buddies

by David Colton
(San Diego, CA, USA)

A sunset stroll at Pacific Beach, San Diego

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by: Anonymous

Thanks. The picture was taken in pretty low light conditions. The dog was clear on my computer screen, but barely shows when reduced in size. Sorry!

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Post processing might help NEW
by: Brian

Beautiful soft colours. Congratulations on getting out there and photographing this beautiful light!

I think a little lightening of the darkest tones in this image might help make the show up a bit better.

The photo looks like it was made at head height. A lower camera position nearer the ground might have raised the figures above the horizon to produce a nice silhouette.

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Sunrise/Sunset NEW
by: David C. Johnson

Sunrise and sunset are my two favorite times to shoot.

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Beautiful! NEW
by: Julie

A beautiful shot! Unfortunately, at this image size (the biggest the site will allow you to post), it's not easy to make out two figures, although I think I see a person and their dog. I do love the colours and shapes that they create in the image. Truly lovely!

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No moa

by Coralie Smith
(Motueka, New Zealand)

Gone but not forgotten

Gone but not forgotten

A local woodcarver has captured the now extinct mother and child moa and made them appear in the present. Thousands pass this way as they start their journey on the Abel Tasman National Park track in New Zealand.
Moa once walked here too but today they just look on with a slightly startled look at the passing parade.

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by: Julie

I think I'd be a little started passing by these two, as well :-). I like the angle you've chosen on the pair, but they do feel a little cramped inside the frame because they are so close at the top and right. An interesting subject! Thanks for sharing.

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Two Halves Make A Heart

by David C. Johnson
(Cairo, Egypt)

Last week we took the 7th grade to Marsa Alam on the coast of the Red Sea for a lesson in biomimicery. The trip included snorkeling and a camp-out in Wadi Gemal (Valley of the Camels), an old trade route through the Middle East. After a five kilometer hike through the desert the kids were ready for some fun so we climbed a near-by hill to watch the sunset.

I believe the above photo is an expression of an unspoken relationship between the world and unadulterated innocence.

After many attempts to enhance this photo (outside of resizing), I decided the original image is better than any altered version. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do. DJ

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Sweetness NEW
by: Phyllis

Wonderful picture .....so sweet. Thanks for sharing.

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<3 NEW
by: Julie

A beautiful sentiment, expressed through a beautiful image! Thanks for sharing.

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