Stairs to Nature

by Chuck Abeln
(Champaign, Illinois USA)

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by: Tim

I love how the stairs frame the trees at the top. It looks as though the trees are the final destination.

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by: Julie

That's a great perspective! Draws me right in. Looks like those stairs are slowing being reclaimed by Nature.

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National Museum of the American Indian

by Bill Boswell
(London, Ontario, Canada)

Enjoyed touring this museum while in NYC. While the displays were interesting, it was this staircase on both sides of the lobby that really caught my eye.

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by: Julie

It's a true photographer who is looking at the stairs instead of the displays :-). In this case, I'm not surprised! The spiral shape makes a beautiful geometric image. I like that the photo is in black and white, which emphasises the lines that are most important here. Nicely composed. Thanks for sharing!

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A FEW STEPS TO GREEN

by LUIS A VERA
(LAFLIN, PA USA)

EL YUNQUE, PUERTO RICO

EL YUNQUE, PUERTO RICO

THESE STEPS ARE FROM ONE OF THE SIDE ENTRANCES TO "EL YUNQUE" TROPICAL FOREST, IN PUERTO RICO. THIS IS THE ONLY RAIN FOREST IN THE USA FOREST SYSTEM.(HAWAII'S IS PRIVATE)

ALWAYS WET, WITH ABUNDANT VEGETATION AND FAUNA IT'S A PHOTOGRAPHERS DREAM. WITH WELL MAPPED PATHWAYS EXPLORING THE MOUNTAIN IS RELATIVELY EASY AND A VERY REWARDING EXPERIENCE.

HINT: IF INTERESTED IN A DEEPER LEARNING, MORE FOCUSED, CUSTOM TAILORED, NON RUSHED EXPERIENCE, BOOKING A PRIVATE TOUR WITH THE RIGHT GUIDE IS A MORE WISE INVESTMENT AND LESS TAXING ON YOUR BUDGET.

THANKS FOR LOOKING AND JULIE,FOR THE OPPORTUNITY TO LET US SHARE A BIT OF ART.

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Lush! NEW
by: Julie

The vibrant colours here make the vegetation look extra lush. Looks like you had a fairly soft light, or the canopy gave you shade, which enhanced the colour. I like the way we are led up into the green by the path of the stairs. An appealing image that makes me want to visit! Thanks for sharing.

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Ancient Stairs

by Paddy
(South Africa)

(Zanzibar) I wonder how many people have been up & down these stairs?

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how many? NEW
by: Julie

Quite a few, I'd say :). These are a lovely find. I wonder how old they are? Thanks for sharing, Paddy!

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Stairs with Shadow (abstract)

by Sam Cox
(Loveland, CO, USA)

Stairs with Shadow

Stairs with Shadow

I spotted these concrete stairs and the shadow of the railing at the DCPA (Denver Center for the Performing Arts). I liked the original photo but decided that this abstracted version better suited the subject.

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by: Julie

Just love this one, Sam! It works extremely well as an abstract. The graphic elements are very strong. I almost feel like it's a painting on torn paper. This worked. Thanks for sharing.

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Weather Worn

by Roy Burson
(Ft. Worth, TX USA)

I don't know if it was the rusty metal stairs and the way the shadow fell across the white wall brick wall that first caught my attention or the angles they formed. I think it was a combination of the color and the angles that captivated me. The old stairs will still be there tomorrow but the shadow will be fresh and new.

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weed NEW
by: Janet

I agree with you Julie. I feel like the weed and the ground detracts from the great abstract of the stairs and the shadows

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Nature reclaims NEW
by: Tim

I love the contrasting colors of the rust on the white. I also like the weed at the bottom. The weed and the rust reminds us that eventually all things will deteriorate back into nature.

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by: Julie

The shadow here definitely makes the image. Timing is everything! I love the graphic quality of this photo, however, I'm not sure about the little bit of ground and the weed in the bottom left. It brings me back down to reality, instead of keeping me in the abstract. Of course, that's a personal call, but I think I'd prefer to keep it abstract. What do others think?

Thanks for sharing!

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Old City Hall

by David Weyman
(Toronto, Ontario, Canada)

Old City Hall

Old City Hall

I looked up and there it was!

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And not a cloud in the sky! NEW
by: Anonymous

Thank you Julie.

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Serendipity NEW
by: Julie

This image is one of those "lucky" shots! There's an element of serendipity, in that you looked up and noticed the scene, and then there's the skill it took to create a great composition took advantage of the moment. I like how you used the stairs to lead us up to a clean view of the old building reflected in the new. An intriguing result that's very well executed!

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Old Savannah Stairway

by Linda
(Delray Beach FL, USA)

While visiting Savannah GA

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Stairs NEW
by: Anonymous

Love the history of Savannah.

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Fire Escape

by Wendy Reeve
(Motueka, NZ)

I spotted this fire escape behind one of the shops in town and was fascinated by all the lines formed by the building itself, the building material, the staircase and the shadows.

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trying it NEW
by: Julie

It's hard to tell until you actually try. Sometimes when you do, it immediately looks "wrong." Go with your gut!

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Re flipping fire escape NEW
by: Wendy

Thanks Julie. I did try flipping it but I didn't like the result. It just didn't feel right - (although that was probably because it no longer resembled the original)

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shadows NEW
by: Julie

It's interesting that quite a few of the stairs photos entered this month have had shadows as a major component. The shadows definitely add interest here. I love all the lines of the image. For fun, have you tried flipping the image horizontally? Since we often "read" an image from bottom left to top right, I thought the main lines might work better if there image were flipped. Worth a try! Thanks for sharing.

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Black Beauty

by Lorna
(Saskatchewan, Canada/Jalisco, Mexico)

A mystery stairway I noticed on my morning walk.

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Simply Gorgeous NEW
by: Anonymous

This photo is dramatic! The black against the green is unusual and luscious. Love it!

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Filigree NEW
by: Julie

This is exquisite! I love the delicacy of the stairs, and you've created a perfect composition with no clutter at all - just a clean background to show off the details of the stairs. The vibrant green gives a real energy to the image, and tells us something about where the stairs are located. Very nice!!

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A View from the Bottom

by Tim Burson
(Azle, TX USA)

A View from the Bottom

A View from the Bottom

My father asked me to go do a guys day out/photo shoot with him. When he mentioned this contest, I started taking him to places in Fort Worth that I knew had some interesting stairs. One of these locations was the stairs from Trinity Park up to the top of the Lancaster Street bridge. The black of the stairs contrasting with the silver of the bridge grabbed my attention. The geometric patterns created by all of the angles move my eyes from the bottom to the top.

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Love it. NEW
by: Terrill

Great picture. The dark stairs contrasting aganist the light underbelly of the bridge along with the different angles make for a very compelling photo. I can almost anticipate someone stepping on the stairs at any moment. Love it.

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Back Alley Stairs

by Harry Cartner
(London, Ontario, Canada)

Shot this today while roaming around downtown London (Canada) shooting images for an A/V that I'm putting together. Converted it using NIK Silver Effect Pro.

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Very nice! NEW
by: Julie

I like your treatment of this -- creates a real mood. The tones are very nice. Thanks for sharing, Harry!

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A Long Way to Underground

by Mabel Au
(Mississauga, Ontario, Canada)

The long stairs leading to the underground trains, taken in Hong Kong.

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Time travel NEW
by: Anonymous

Very interesting composition, the motion of the ceiling and walls gave a feel of time travel. Love it, thanks for sharing.

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Great perspective NEW
by: Mike

That's a very tall escalator, my eyes were drawn to its very end and left me wonder what it looks like when reaching the bottom. Great perspective with motion!

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A long Way to Underground NEW
by: Ron K.

Definately a great angle for this subject,I like the feel of motion you gave it, with the blurred posters on the wall.I may have waited for a person to be visible on the stairs,so as to add a better visual for the depth,but that's just my point of view,& takes nothing away from this clear
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Regards

Ron

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Motion NEW
by: Julie

Super photo! I just love how you've created a sense of motion using a long shutter speed on the escalator. That worked very well! It really enhances the sense of depth too. Well done!

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Old Train Car Stairs

by Gloria Rosner
(Irvington, NY, USA)

Picture taken in Shelburne Falls, MA.

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Looking through NEW
by: Julie

I like the feel of this photo. I especially like that we can look right through the train car to the scene beyond. The colours of the scene blend will with the faded colours on the train. Thanks for sharing!

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beach house stairs

by Coralie Smith
(Motueka, New Zealand)

No story- the only stairs I could find

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by: Julie

The division of space here is good, and I like your square crop. Looks like there was a large dynamic range in the scene. You've captured the dark areas well, but the highlights are a bit blown out. Not much you can do about that other than photograph at a different time of day, or shoot several exposures and combine them into an HDR image. As for the story, it does leave me wondering, since I can see a life preserver, but no water! Thanks for sharing!

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Stairs in Portugal

I took this in Portugal. I liked how the red and blue painting on the buildings lead to the yellow line on the house in the distance. The cobblestones and unevenness of the stairs were unique to my eyes.

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by: Anonymous

I agree with you, Julie. I thought the blue vertical line helped frame the picture, but when I took it out, my eye was drawn toward the building in the back. Thanks for your comments!!

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Colours NEW
by: Julie

I definitely like the bold, primary colours. The perspective you've taken does draw us in to the house at the top of the stairs. I'm wondering about the inclusion of the blue vertical on the right. I feel like it's a very strong element, so it pulls my eye a lot. Without it, I'm drawn in much more. What do others think?

If you can, I'd try to add a little fill light to brighten up the foreground. It's a tough exposure to get right because the sky is so bright. Good job If you're shooting in RAW, I think the detail will be there in the file.

Nice job overall! Thanks for sharing!

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Stairway to the monument

by jim greene
(midway, tn usa)

These steps lead to the burial site of President Andrew Johnson. Only part of the monument can be seen from the bottom of the steps.

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Marble Staircase

by Julie Seiler
(Kitchener, Ontario, Canada)

Marble Staircase

Marble Staircase

The (Villa San Michele) was built around the turn of the 20th century by the Swedish physician, Axel Munthe on the Isle of Capri, Italy.

This staircase leads to his personal apartment.

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Marble Staircase NEW
by: Thelma

Excellent use of tones with the symmetry.

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Marble Staircase NEW
by: Keith

Excellent work Julie.

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beautiful Jules NEW
by: Gary paakkonen

Great use of lines and loving the detail in the marble as well

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beautiful Jules NEW
by: Gary paakkonen

Great use of lines and loving the detail in the marble as well

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Great Shot NEW
by: SandraR

Wonderful symmetry and use of lighting, Julie. Good luck.

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Awesome Light NEW
by: Anonymous

Love your beautiful presentation of this great staircase Julie! The light is stunning!

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Wonderful Image Julie NEW
by: Tina

Great leading lines Julie, drawing the viewer up the stairs. Excellent handling of such a difficult lighting situation.

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Terrific NEW
by: "sundawg7"

Wonderful image Julie...a superb capture.

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Marble Staircase NEW
by: Shirley/EdsMum

Lovely presentation of a well balanced picture. The lighting surrounds the staircase and makes it the centre of attention. Well done Julie, ...Shirley

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Pulls Me In NEW
by: Larry Beat

I love to be pulled into photos as this winner certainly pulls me to the top of the stairs. I also love the lighting and the structure of this composition.

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Exquisite, Julie! NEW
by: JB

The lighting really compliments the symmetrically balanced composition!

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Softly Stunning NEW
by: Anonymous

Marvelous art....all elements of a great work so very well done.

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Beautiful NEW
by: Christine M

Beautiful picture...mystical

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Hi julie NEW
by: Wolf Tinz

Well done !!!!!!

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Impressive NEW
by: Paul Albert

Well done Julie, perhaps the most of interesting parts of the elements in composition, is that you captured the moment of standing in the shadows while being drawn in the direction of the inviting light, thus setting it aside and upward as with usage of the mind, eye and vision of the moment, Bravo !

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Beautiful NEW
by: Anonneymouse1

I love the natural light in this shot, it highlights the stairs very well.

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Well done! NEW
by: KvonK

A grand staircase it is Julie! Well done...the gradients of lights and darks works well and the foreground darks frame the light and lines of the stairs!

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So Wonderful NEW
by: Peechez

This is amazing Julie. The lighting is perfect as is the comp. Bravo my friend. I wish there were more then 5 stars available :)

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Outstanding NEW
by: Di....trueblvr

Julie, I am always saying how you have outdone yourself, and I must say it again. The centering and balance, the lighting, the subject matter of going up...it is a lovely, hopeful work.

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Outstanding NEW
by: Di....trueblvr

Julie, I am always saying how you have outdone yourself, and I must say it again. The centering and balance, the lighting, the subject matter of going up...it is a lovely, hopeful work.

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by: Julie

The exposure is just perfect here to bring out the detail in the stairs and the shadows on the walls. I like the symmetrical balance of he image which works with the formality and elegance of the subject. The decision to include the dark top edge to the frame changes the mood of the image quite a bit, and adds some drama and mystery. Thanks for sharing!

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by: Anonymous

Beautiful picture...mystical

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by: Sharon Batdorf

Simply Beautiful !

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Back Alley

by Manfred Meilinger
(Wasaga Beach, ON, Canada)

Last Saturday I had the pleasure of joining the Barrie Photo Club for a Downtown Barrie Back Alley Adventure. This back entrance or fire escape caught my attention. The harsh light produced these great shadow patterns. Lucky me catching this during the midday sun.

Cheers
Manfred

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by: Julie

THe midday sun certainly worked in your favour here! Thos shadows are great. I like how you've framed it so that the stairs leading us on a winding "S-curve" through the image. Good catch! :)

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