Remembering

by Pierre Falzon
(Pickering, Ontario, Canada)

This was taken at a Remembrance Day ceremony. I chose to show the image in black and white to signify the solemnity of the moment and to keep the poppy red to symbolize the sacrifices made in past wars.

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May 08, 2013
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by: Julie

I think your B&W treatment with red reserved just for the poppy is quite effective. I like the depth of field you've selected too, which allows us to focus on one individual, but have him framed by soldiers who provide context. Thanks for sharing.

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Catch of the Day

by Mabel Au
(Mississauga, Ontario, Canada)

The tern with a distinctive red bill got its catch, captured this shot last week in Lake Ontario.

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May 29, 2013
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by: Pamela Perrault

Hi Mabel. I love your shot. You must have two very strong assets; obviously your eye for amazing composition is one, and your lens is the second. My gosh that bird looks like it's only a few feet above your head, the details are that clear. I love it!! Thank you for sharing your brilliant photograph.

May 29, 2013
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by: Julie

Great catch! -- both you and the bird :-). Very nice shot. Terrific detail and gesture in the bird. Love the splash of red in the beak. Well done!

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Soft Relaxing Flower

by Kenny Wright
(Clearwater, FL.)

Soft and Relaxing

Soft and Relaxing

I saw this flower as a "Soft and Relaxing" The afternoon was warm with a Gentle Florida Breeze.

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May 14, 2013
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by: Anonymous

Beautiful photo. Love the contrasts.

May 09, 2013
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by: KennyWright

I accomplished what I set out to do with this flower. First I gave the entire photo a very soft focus. Then I went all around the flower and softened everything so that it would leave just a hint of color in the background so that the green and other colors would be very muted.

May 09, 2013
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by: Anonymous

You have achieved what you intended,the flowers are certainly soft.Myself I would have liked to have the centre of the flower slightly less soft,a tad more detailed,so that the eye is pulled
towards your main subject.

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Ron

May 07, 2013
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by: Julie

The flower is very soft as a result of your treatment, and I like the look. The bright red against the green is a very vibrant color combination, so not sure that I find it relaxing -- it's more energizing to me! But a very nice image, either way :-). Thanks for sharing.

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Red Abstract

by Harry Cartner
(London, Ontario)

This was taken under black light and I used an Orton effect on it. I was inspired by Julie's Creativity show that she presented at the London Camera Club last Thursday.

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May 11, 2013
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by: Julie

Hi Harry,

Glad to have inspired you :-). This is a great abstract. Not sure what it is, and I don't care :-). I like the triangle of green at the top. It's the perfect complement to the intense red.

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Modelling can be Hazardous

by Ron
(White Rock, Canada)

Be Prepared

Be Prepared

On my last winter break visiting the Monterey Peninsula of California,I had the opportunity to photograph this model, who was on a workshop with a professional photographer in the town of Pacific Grove.I guess they forgot to check the weather or the tide schedule,as the poor model certainly got more than just her portrait taken.I had taken some shots further down the shore earlier, as the sea was quite wild, with waves crashing with lots of power against the rocks,so was not all that surprised when this model got a little wet.Compiled these images into this composition, to show the waves actions on the model.

Ron

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May 14, 2013
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by: Wendy Bradbury

Love all these pictures and I must say made me laugh, glad I am not the Model.

May 07, 2013
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by: Anonymous

To me, both middle pictures as stand alone's are magic, as if she were a water sprite at home with or even directin the spray. Thanks for sharing the great sequence.

May 07, 2013
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by: Julie

Oh my goodness! I hope she got a bonus for that shoot...

I love how you put the images into a sequence that tells the story. The middle top image is terrific -- I wonder if the model thought it was worth it, though? :-)

Thanks for sharing!

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Red Hot Bakery

by Pamela Perrault
(Cobourg, ON, Canada)

Red Hot Bakery

Red Hot Bakery

We were in Warkworth today, shooting photos for their "50 Shades of Lilac" photography contest. Sadly, there are no Lilacs in bloom just yet. As usually happens when we are on a photography outing, food featured prominently in our day. This bright, happy building is the Warkworth bakery - and they even have Gluten-free treats. Naturally, we had to sample. Naturally, we brought some home with us. If you're in Warkworth, I highly recommend their bakery. As far as this contest is concerned, and in response to Julie's comment, I think the white and navy trim on the building and the Flowering Pear do balance the dominant red very nicely.

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May 14, 2013
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Red Hot Bakery
by: Wendy Bradbury

I am a lover of red brick so this Bakery looks great to me and you can near smell the bread. Pam court the Bakery well and the colours around bring out the red building.

May 13, 2013
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by: Jeanie Mossop

Very well done Pam, as a fellow photographer I can see that you've really captured the contrast in colour. I'll have to watch out, I've got competition!

May 12, 2013
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Pam's Pic
by: Selena

Magnificent! Has all the qualities of a winnner.
XXX>>>selena

May 12, 2013
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Red Hot Bakery
by: Lyn Storie

Hi Pam
You have taken a lovely photo the colours of the bakery stand out and the snow looks like its just fallen great photo.

May 11, 2013
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I'm getting hungry!
by: Pam Whitton

This building look very inviting. It makes my mouth start watering - a friendly,cosy looking bakery. I want to visit there and sample some treats, please!

May 11, 2013
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I'm getting hungry!
by: Pam Whitton

This building look very inviting. It makes my mouth start watering - a friendly,cosy looking bakery. I want to visit there and sample some treats, please!

May 11, 2013
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I'm getting hungry!
by: Pam Whitton

This building look very inviting. It makes my mouth start watering - a friendly,cosy looking bakery. I want to visit there and sample some treats, please!

May 11, 2013
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Lovely Picture, Pam
by: Eleanor

Great photograph Pam

Colours are lovely and expressive.

May 11, 2013
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Lovely Picture, Pam
by: Eleanor

Great photograph Pam

Colours are lovely and expressive.

May 11, 2013
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Great Picture
by: Sandy

A wonderful composition as usual my friend

May 11, 2013
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WOW!
by: LINDA :)

PAM........WHAT A WONDERFUL SHOT. YOU HAVE CAPTURED THE COUNTRY FEEL IN THIS BUILDING, MAKING TIME STAND STILL.THE WARMTH OF THE COLOURS AND THE DYNAMICS OF THE BAKERY IT'S SELF DRAW YOU IN. BEST OF LUCK WITH THIS CONTEST....I THINK YOU HAVE A WINNER!

May 11, 2013
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Truly a lesson
by: Marg Dennis

Great work Pam, the lesson in how effective contrast can be in a photo

May 11, 2013
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Balance of colour
by: Julie

I see from one of your comments that you're a quilter. I'm always interested in how artists in other media like painting or quilting transfer their knowledge of colour into photography. I think that as photographers, we can learn a lot from other kinds of art.

In this shot, I think the blue and white of the stairs, roof, windows and trees very nicely breaks up the intensity of the red. Nicely captured!

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Australian Native Tree

by Jude
(Australia)

Red Fire

Red Fire

The flowers of the tree were too high to conveniently photograph so I picked a stem and took the shot indoors.

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May 09, 2013
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by: Julie

Such a spectacular flower! I think your choice to take it inside was a god one. The black background you used adds a lot of drama, and you created beautiful lighting. I like your composition too - moves me nicely through the frame. My only nitpick is a very minor one -- the green vertical line in the top left corner is a bit distracting because it's right at the edge and against black -- could be easily cloned. Beautiful shot of a beautiful flower!

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Clay-O-Genetically Modified Flower

by Vlodek Tydor
(Wallenstein, Ontario, Canada)

This is ceramic flower sculpture which I am creating, during "free" time from photography..??

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May 09, 2013
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by: Julie

...you got me :-)

May 08, 2013
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by: Anonymous

This sculpture looks like a classy alternative to otherwise boring artificial flowers retailed in other stores. Keep up your creativity!

May 08, 2013
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by: Anonymous

This sculpture looks like a classy alternative to otherwise boring artificial flowers retailed in other stores. Keep up your creativity!

May 07, 2013
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Yes I do have some pare time, just bught on sale Last year in Walmart for $2.99/hr ....ha ha
Thanks for the comment

Vlodek

May 07, 2013
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by: Julie

Very creative! Glad you have all that spare time ;-) But it looks like you are combining the clay and the photography. I like that! You can photograph any flower you can imagine now. It's beautiful!

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i CARDINAL

by Luis A Vera
(Laflin, PA, USA)

I AM CARDINAL

I AM CARDINAL

Red is my favorite color and my photography tends to have many representatives of this color.

Cardinals are my favorite birds and I have decided to play a little bit of digital magic with this one.

Thank you for looking and the opportunity to share my photos with all of you

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May 10, 2013
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by: Pamela Perrault

Ohmigosh, that image is abfab! I bow to your creativity. Well-done you! Thank you for sharing.

May 09, 2013
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by: Ron

I like the originality of your image,an artistic viewpoint well thought out.

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Ron

May 06, 2013
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by: Julie

This is a fun interpretation, Luis! The red is very dramatic against the black. I think I'd like the original too -- looks like you got a good shot of the cardinal with lots of feather detail.

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Weathered Hydrant

by Gary Wiesner
(Hillsborough, NJ USA)

While walking in the trails of the Duke Estate in Hillsborough NJ, I cam across this weathered fire hydrant. This is one of many such hydrants located along the paths of this almost 3000 acre estate that was once the home of Doris Duke. As all the trees and flowers are beginning to bloom, this weathered hydrant with weeds growing at it's base has probably "witnessed" these occurrences for many years.

It is so easy to get lost in all the splendor of nature that it is so easy to be overlooked. Thanks to this months challenge, I purposely went for this walk to find something red. I thought it would be some flowers as they have a beautiful orchid greenhouse, yet it was this weathered hydrant that stood out and I wanted to share it.

Since I took it with a new macro lens, when enlarged there are all sorts of textures, colors and even a couple spiders residing here.

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May 06, 2013
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by: Juliee

Thanks, Gary. Glad to know you find the critique useful.

May 06, 2013
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Julie I Agree NEW
by: Anonymous

I agree with your comment about the right side of the photo. I hesitated about submitting it because of this. My reasons for entering your contest are for the critics that you provide. For me they have made a difference, thanks.

May 06, 2013
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by: Julie

I'm delighted to hear that you went shooting with this challenge in mind!

The red really pops against the green grass. Although the hydrant is past its glory days, the red is still very vibrant.

As a nitpick, I'd prefer a hair more breathing room on the right side so that the hydrant is fully in the frame.

I'm also not sure how I feel about the magenta of the flowering trees (I'm guessing that's what they are?). I'll bet they looked magnificent, but in this photo, I think they pull some attention away from the red. What do others think?

Overall great shot, though! Love the red, and I'm glad that you caught lots of texture with the macro lens (but also glad I can't see the spiders ;-))

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Red socks

by Coralie Smith
(Motueka, New Zealand)

shocking socks

shocking socks

Spotted at the Community Gardens scaring off the birds but sitting down on the job was this red socked scarecrow

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May 20, 2013
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by: Julie

Another shot that made me smile! This is a great story. I think the scarecrow needs a bit more stuffing -- he looks pretty skinny! :-)

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Gloriosa Lilly

by Gaile Douglas
(Motueka, New Zealand)

One of the many beautiful flowers growing in our garden. I love the way it seems to be floating.

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May 29, 2013
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by: Julie

What a spectacular flower! I love how dramatic you've made it look with a black background and a nice, simple composition; that fits with the drama of the flower. The top left, and to some extent the bottom right corners are a little distracting. Perhaps adding a vignette in post-processing would take care of darkening them down a little. Really beautiful! Wish I had one of those in my garden :)

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red flower

by darlene davidson
(thorold, ON, Canada)

recently went to a greenhouse with camera club and took this picture. so many beautiful flowers to enjoy.

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May 23, 2013
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by: Anonymous

one of a "million bells", calibrachoa, flowers

May 23, 2013
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by: Julie

A lovely flower! Given the great detail in the petals, it might be nice to have a bit more depth of field. Perhaps you could focus on the edge closest to the lens so that it's sharp, and then choose an aperture to get the rest in focus too. I'm not sure how large the flower is, or how close you are; it's possible that you simply couldn't get more DOF. Also, watch the petal at the very top of the frame. It's quite close to the edge, which creates a lot of tension.

My nitpicks aside, it's a lovely shot with really interesting detail in the middle, and a nice division of space between red and green. Thanks for sharing.

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A Touch of Red

by David Weyman
(Toronto, Ontario, Canada)

What a relief on a gloomy February day at the Louvre in Paris contrasting Old and New.

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May 13, 2013
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by: David Weyman

Thanks, Julie, Pamela and Ron. Your comments are appreciated.

David

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by: Ron

This looks like it should be hanging in the Louvre David,a very painterish mood indeed.It does show how a small amount of red colour,can immediately draw ones eye towards it & perhaps at times could be competing with ones main subject for attention,but not in this case,well taken IMHO.Your POV made for a strong & interesting composition.

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Ron

May 10, 2013
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by: Pamela Perrault

Very Currier and Ives-ish. This would make a very appealing and beautiful Christmas card. Thank you for sharing.

May 10, 2013
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by: Julie

I love your composition, and the juxtaposition of old and new. The little dots of red stand out against the rest of the neutral colour palette to give some interest. Nicely done!

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Red Rules

by Dan Berd
(Miami, FL, USA)

I found this web site and the creative challenge very interesting. This challenge represent a good opportunity for learning. One morning, I saw this flower hiding in the bush branches and I could not stop admiring the bright red it cast. I'd appreciate positive and negative criticism.

Thank you

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May 08, 2013
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by: Julie

I can see why the flower caught your attention! It's beautiful, and the color is very striking. I like the contrast of red and green, and I like that the light is fairly soft, allowing us to see details in the petals. You've managed to get the flower in the light, and that background shaded, which makes the flower pop even more. You've also managed to keep the flower fully within the frame without clipping any edges, which is good.

I think a slightly more off-center placement of the flower (move it a little further to the right in the frame) could make the image more dynamic. Also, watch out for the highlight that's on the far left just below the very dark green petal. Sometimes you can turn a leaf or bend a stem to hide something like that, if you see it in the field.

If you want to knock it out of the park, carrying a small reflector with you is a good idea. You could bounce a little light back in on the left of the flower to perk up the shadows a bit and match the lighting on the right. Now we're getting picky ;-)

Whew! I wrote a lot on that one ;-). Thanks for sharing your image!

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Owen

by Sam Cox
(Loveland, CO, USA)

Owen, aged 8, wanted a shot of himself touching the bottom of the pool. I'm not sure this is what he had in mind.

***MAY 2013 WINNER***

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May 21, 2013
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by: Julie

Hi Sam,

Good to see you back on the site! I love this image! Well executed, has impact, and best of all, made me laugh! :-) Thanks for sharing.

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Red Wings

by Ella Jeans
(Toronto, ON, Canada)

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Red Wings

This was taken at the Scarborough Bluffs in Toronto, ON. It was overcast and behind the bushes was the lake. It looks like fog rolling in but it's just the grey clouds reflected in the water.

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May 21, 2013
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by: Anonymous

Thanks Pamela

Ron .. you and Julie are right .. I darkened up the branch and it looks much better. I'm not sure I have the skills to remove the other bird without it looking like it's been cropped. Any suggestions on how to do that?

May 10, 2013
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by: Pamela Perrault

They're a favourite of mine. Nice Bokeh.

May 09, 2013
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by: Ron

Goods catch of the small area of colour on the wings.I enjoy seeing & hearing these quick moving birds,they sure like to warble.I agree with Julie re the light branch behind the main bird,it does compete for attention,taking the eye away from your main subject.I also wondered if you were to exclude the second bird from the scene,if it would focus the viewers attention more on the main subject or no

Ron

May 08, 2013
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by: Anonymous

It was very hard to capture those birds .. they were not staying put in any one place for longer than a few seconds. It was the best of the lot. :D

May 07, 2013
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by: Julie

The red feathers have such a great pop of colour, and the soft grey background makes it stand out even more. The overcast day has helped with this photo, to make the colour more saturated, and keep the background neutral. I like the extra touch of more muted red in the branches.

My only wish is that the branch behind the closest bird didn't line up along his back. Picky :-) -- I know how hard it is to capture good bird shots!

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tiptoe through the tulips

by Janet Slater
(Langley, BC Canada)

We were at the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival when this little boy took off from his mother and decided to walk through the tulip field. He was just tall enough that you could see his red hat float through the tulip rows.

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May 28, 2013
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by: Julie

Love the concept of this photo! I like that I can see some of the boy's face, and wish I could see just a little more. The positioning of the boy within the frame is good. Without him, I'd say that the red across the bottom would be more of a distraction, being so close to the edge of the fame. However, with the presence of the boy's red hat, I think that red across the front becomes essential to balance the image. Nice one! Thanks for sharing!

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Eye See You

by Linda Feick
(Woodstock, Ontario Canada)

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We were at the aviary in Niagara Falls Ontario and we saw this little fellow wandering about. He was such an unusual color of blue and red and begged to have his picture taken.

Linda has submitted an updated version based on my cropping suggestion. Nice job, Linda! --Julie

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May 24, 2013
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by: Julie

Wow! That is an unusual shade of blue, and the red eye is captivating! Very nice! I'd be tempted to crop in even tighter (keeping the square format), and make the image perhaps more abstract by eliminating the background. As soon as those bright spots are removed, I find the image even more compelling and dramatic.

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Red Truck

by William Ducklow
(Stratford, Ontario, Canada)

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Red Truck

Taken during a day trip around Tillsonburg area.

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May 14, 2013
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by: Wendy Bradbury

This picture has deepth with the most fantastic sky.

May 09, 2013
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I like how you have filled the foreground with this old trucks image,there is no doubt what is the main subject of this composition.I wonder if a tad more contrast applied to the truck, would
add a bit more drama or not.I thought with this dramatic sky a conversion to a B&W image would also have lots of impact.

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Ron

May 07, 2013
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Great sky! It's interesting how often the complementary red-green colour combination is showing up. This looks like an HFR -- has that slightly surreal look, but I like that it's still within the realms of possibility! Thanks for sharing.

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Red-Crowned Amazon Parrots eating Coral Tree blossoms

by David Colton
(San Diego, CA, USA)

Taken near San Diego Bay. These are wild birds that have a small colony in the area. Sorry about the background. They're quite alert and wary so I feel thrilled to get any clear pictures at all.

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May 09, 2013
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by: Julie

Enjoy your visit to Toronto! We've been having wonderful weather lately, and everything is in bloom.

There are a few camera shops downtown that you may want to visit: Henry's, Vistek, and Downtown Camera are the big ones.

May 09, 2013
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I would have liked to have viewed these two colourful parrots shot from an angle that would have omitted the area of sky,I think perhaps they could have been a tad more sharper to.

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Ron

May 07, 2013
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by: Anonymous

The personality of these birds is amazing. Their eyes are bright and lively with intelligence.

They were talking parrotese to each other non stop so we heard them long before we saw them. After I took 4 rapid shots the one to the left in the picture said something different from their chatter to that point, maybe "I don't like the looks of that cyclops eye...let's split now!", and they flew off, leaving me thrilled.

We'll be visiting Toronto for two weeks from May 15 - 29. Do you have a camera shop? We are very looking forward to being in your beautiful city.

May 07, 2013
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It is a shame about the background, because this could otherwise be a jungle paradise! The red-green contrast is great; both colors really pop. Thanks for sharing your "catch" with us, and keep hunting!

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Pollinator Stop Sign

by Keith Carlson
(San Diego, CA, USA)

Overcast day in San Diego.

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May 21, 2013
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by: Julie

I like your title :-). Overcast days are the best for photographing flowers -- no glare off the petals. This looks like a Sweet William. If I'm right, you must have been close with a macro --- those are small flowers!

I like your central placement here. The symmetry that you've found in the background elements makes it work. Nice shot! Thanks for sharing.

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Sew So Red

by Lorna
(Saskatchewan, Canada/Jalisco, Mexico)

This month's challenge was filled with photo opportunities, both indoors and outdoors. I chose indoors and dug through my sewing basket to find several red spools of thread; something I'd rarely consider as the subject of a photo. Thanks Julie, for the chance to look a little deeper for unique objects!

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May 11, 2013
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Hi. I am a quilter and have tons of spools of thread, but it didn't occur to me to use them as a photography subject. Great idea. I am a novice photographer, so please don't give my comment much credit. I confess, though, I disagree with Julie over the black spool... Its placement leads my eye back thus giving your image a greater depth of field (for me). Also, and perhaps this is more quilting-related than photography-related, but I find tri-coloured images much more impactful and pleasing than duo/monotone images. Mostly, though, I applaud your creativity; I went out looking for red but you created it. Well-done you! Thank you for sharing your image.

May 10, 2013
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by: Julie

Hi Lorna! I love your red threads. I'm always happy to hear when someone uses this challenge to go and look for new subjects. This was a great idea. You've lit the spools nicely, and got them against a neutral dark background so they really stand out.

My instinct would be to remove the black spool on the top left. It seems a little heavy with the black against black, and it's a bit close to the edge of the frame, making the composition look cramped. Without it, you have a nice triangle going on with the white spools. i don't think you need to fill all the negative space.

What do others think?

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Red and delicious.

by Manfred Meilinger
(Wasaga Beach, ON)

Here are two seriously red buddies. This was a bit tricky, since I don't have a light box. I made do with a large piece of mat curled up. Love to eat my red peppers raw. These two guys ended up in the goulash pot :-) Cheers Manfred

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May 13, 2013
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by: Ron

definately fits the theme,I like the different red hues of the vegetables,as well as your arrangement of them,it makes for an interesting & vibrant composition.

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Ron

May 13, 2013
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by: Julie

Mmmm - these are nice-looking peppers! I can almost imagine these peppers as people! Your composition has given them personality. I like that your lighting has produced a bit of shine on the tops. It livens the image up and makes the peppers look even more fresh. Thanks for sharing! (Will you share the goulash too? :-)

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Abandoned

by Wendy Reeve
(Motueka, NZ)

The grandchildren had finished their game and gone inside. Left on the lawn was this little red teddy.

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May 20, 2013
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by: Wendy

That is funny Julie.You can come to NZ and feel quite safe. These red furry animals only frequent toy shops and toy boxes - with the occasional one escaping to the lawn. But quite harmless.

May 20, 2013
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by: Wendy

Thanks for your comments and I see what you mean. Perhaps I should change the title:)

May 20, 2013
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by: Brian in Whitby

I love the photo and the low point of view. It makes for an interesting photo. However, I think the title, "Abandoned" might call for a different type of shot.

Consider the same toy bear in the grass but make the bear only a small part of a large expanse of grass. Position the bear off in the corner with only the grass being the only other element in the photo. Then the bear will look as if it is all alone and forgotten.

I want to emphasize that you have made a wonderful photo but the photo does not do the best job possible of illustrating the title.

May 20, 2013
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by: Julie

This one made me laugh! When I first saw the thumbnail, I thought "what kind of odd creatures do they have down there in NZ with such bright red fur?" :-)

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yellow on red

by Abe
(Markham, ON, Canada)

I took this photo last weekend in High Park. There's really not much of a story behind this - just wanted to take a simple red photo while we were resting after taking lots of pictures of white cherry blossoms.

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May 09, 2013
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by: Julie

I love the red against the green! I also like that you went with a central placement and a square crop. I think that works well here. The tulip and its leaves have enough curvy shape to them to offset the formality of the composition. I think you could crop in even a little tighter, though, to get rid of some of the lighter material near the edges of the frame - it distracts a bit. Alternatively, you could try a subtle vignette to tone that area down. Lovely shot!

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" Big Colourful Dream "

A colourful collage created by a collection of music fans who wanted to express their "inner colours" with the stroke of a brush - it was a celebration of music , art , culture , and community at The Ottawa Folk Festival in 2011 ...

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May 20, 2013
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by: Anonymous

I am a bit confused about this photo and the issue of photographing art. Are the two dark people in the foreground part of the mural or did the photographer use real people in front of the mural and do some creative post processing manipulations?

In my opinion if the people are part of the mural, then the photo is a record shot and cannot really be considered photographic art even if the original has been cropped to show only a part of the mural.

On the other hand, if the people were real and posed or photographed candidly, then the photo can be considered a work of photographic art and well done.

May 20, 2013
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Creating discussion ... NEW
by: Clark

Hi Julie ,

Thank you for your comments on my image " Big Colourful Dream" - I do believe some of the more interesting images around us create thought and discussion.
As you say , my image does bring into question the thought of "photographing art."
In my post , I should have mentioned that the image I captured is in fact a "part" of the larger whole , I have centred the painting for impact , making the "face" the central character (universe) ... as I mentioned in my post , many people contributed to the whole , hundreds of hands created this colourful work in the end , I even added a few strokes ... perhaps the image would be stronger if there was someone in the photograph painting a stroke , giving perspective & context to the work (I do have an image like this , but I thought I might have to consider a "model" release if presenting in a forum such as this ...)

Julie , I appreciate you being "tough," it stirs thought and it inspires me even more to push the boundaries in what I see in the world around me , interpreting moments , and capturing from the soul ...
As always , Julie , I enjoy seeing the work of others through your forum , I appreciate your insight & expertise , and I continue to be inspired by your passion for photography ...

Many thanks ,

"Happy image making,"

C l a r k :-)

May 20, 2013
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by: Julie

Colourful, indeed! It's a striking piece of art work. It's tough to judge a photo like this, rather than the art piece itself, because it appears to fall into that category of "photographing other people's art." That brings up an interesting discussion about what takes a photo of art from a record shot to art in its own right. I would argue that the photographer needs to interpret the art in some way, by photographing just a part of it, or if it's 3D, capturing it with interesting light and shadow, or even juxtaposing it with something else that adds to the story. Am I being too tough? What do others think?

Thanks for sharing the photo, and don't be put off by my comments! The end result, however created, is an impactful photo.

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Red Rocket

by William Ducklow
(Stratford, Ontario, Canada)

The TTC flying by.

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May 30, 2013
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by: Pamela Perrault

Hi William:

I loved your image. You really made it look like a rocket in motion (too bad they don't really travel that fast).

The "Imaging" column in today's "Sidney Morning Herald" is about building distortion and I thought you might be interested to read it. If not, sorry for bothering you.

http://www.smh.com.au/digital-life/cameras/correct-faulty-towers-20130529-2na57.html

May 29, 2013
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by: Alida

It tells the story of a young, modern, ambitious, progressive and economically affluent city, all in one shot.
I personally feel that the little bit of slanting buildings enhances the feel of all of the above.
Not static. It tells more this way than an architectual drawing.

May 29, 2013
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by: Alida

It tells the story of a young, modern, ambitious, progressive and economically affluent city, all in one shot.
I personally feel that the little bit of slanting buildings enhances the feel of all of the above.
Not static. It tells more this way than an architectual drawing.

May 28, 2013
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by: Julie

Great sense of motion and depth! I love the night-time atmosphere. Nicely done! You might try a little perspective correction in a post-processing tool like Lightroom to try and straighten out the buildings a little. Thanks for sharing!

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War of 1812-Battle of Longwoods

by David Feick
(Woodstock, Ontario, Canada)

This was at a re-enactment of the War of 1812 at Longwoods Conservation Area near London Ontario.

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May 31, 2013
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by: Anonymous

Thank you David for explaining how you obtained the effect of selective coloring in your black and white photo. Very well done!

May 29, 2013
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by: David Feick

The editing program I use is Photoshop Elements 11.
First make a duplicate layer. CTRL J
Then convert that duplicate layer to black and white by going to enhance and click on convert to B & W.
Go to top of layers palette on the right. Select layer mask, making sure you have the B & W layer selected.
Click on the layer mask. Choose the paintbrush from the toolbar on the left. Make sure that the small squares on the bottom of the toolbar(at left) are black and white.
Any object that you want to show through in color, you paint on the layer mask in black.
If you make a mistake, switch your foreground color to white and paint over the area again.
Hope this helps.

May 25, 2013
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How Did You Do That? NEW
by: Anonymous

I'm rather new to photo editing and I'm curious as to how you made some of the soldiers appear red while the rest of the photo is in black & white? Thanks!

May 24, 2013
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by: Julie

I like your treatment here, desaturating all colours except the reds. They pop nicely, but the rest of the b&w elements give it an historical look. Your composition works well, too, in conjunction with your treatment. The reds help my eyes move around: from left to right down the line of men, and then those two figures in red at the top right are so important to pull my eye upwards at the end.

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Hats Off...

by John
(Bay Village, OH USA)

Guess which hat stands out from the crowd? This photo was taken at a second hand store last weekend.

I used to work in marketing for a large consumer goods company. The eye is naturally attracted to the colour red before any other colour, which is why so many consumer goods logos (and other logos) in supermarkets use red in their logos. They stand out from the crowd.

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May 10, 2013
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Good Point NEW
by: John

Thanks Julie. The blue does stand out. Live and learn : )

May 09, 2013
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Red! NEW
by: Julie

Yes, our eyes are definitely drawn to red. Add in fire hydrants and fire trucks to the list of things that are red so we'll notice them.

The red hat definitely stands out here. The blue one in the bottom corner does too. Out eye is also drawn to whatever's different, and that cool, bright colour grabs some of our attention too.

I like the subject matter. The repetition of the similar elements, where each one has a bit of different character, is interesting. And the red gives us an anchor to come back to. I would try desaturating the blue a little to tone it down, and let the red shine even more.

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Garden Gnomes

by Steve Ricks
(Pittsburgh, PA U.S.)

Cute garden gnomes at a local garden center.

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May 23, 2013
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by: Julie

Cute. I like your composition; it's nicely balanced. You need that extra space to the right of the figures. The green vegetations is what seems to move my eye through the image. Thanks for sharing!

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red tractor

by mary jane
(wainfleet ontario canada)

I was driving down the road and saw this old red tractor , at first I did not know which looked older the garage or the tractor . I thought it was very rustic and had served many a trip to the field.

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May 18, 2013
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by: Brian in Whitby

This photo has a very large dynamic range. The highlights on the tractor are very bright and the shadows on the engine are very dark. I can't tell whether it is my monitor or if you photo has lost all the details in the shadows. This is a situation where paying close attention to your histogram is important. It is also a situation in which you might consider using flash to fill in the details. By setting your flash to underexpose by about 1 stop, the shadows will have some detail without greatly affecting the overall exposure. I would not worry to much about the highlights on the tractor; they would be seen much the same by the human eye. Other methods that might be used could involve the use of reflectors or choosing a different time of day when the light is softer and the shadows are less harsh. Many photographers avoid shooting in the mid day because of this very problem.

May 18, 2013
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by: Julie

I like the scene here, and the fact that the building in the background gives a bit of context to the image, and adds to the story.

It's quite a tight crop. I'm not sure what else was outside the frame, but a bit more breathing room for the tractor night be nice. Do watch for distraction at the edges of the frame. There's something dark along the left edge, and a cluster of bright dandelions in the bottom right corner. Those are nitpicks, though, and overall, it's a lovely story! Thanks for sharing.

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Red Rocks

RED ROCKS

RED ROCKS

My husband and I were in Utah visiting Canyonlands and Arches National Parks. The day was rather overcast and while at Canyonlands it began to snow...a lot! We drove to Arches in hopes that it wouldn't be snowing quite as much. The snow did quit and we decided to wait until the sun went down. There was the smallest break in the clouds just above the horizon. WOW! We had just minutes, the sun peaked out, lit up the rocks and we snapped away! Definitely worth the wait. I know I have taken artistic liberties using the "seeing red" theme, but the rocks really were RED!

Cannon 40D
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May 28, 2013
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by: Anonymous

Great timing with the lighting... this certainly brought out the lovely colors in the rocks.

May 15, 2013
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Just beautiful! NEW
by: Julie

You took advantage of the perfect light here, and caught this just at the right time. The snow gives you something a little unusual to make the photo unique. "Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity," -- Seneca. You had a bit of both here! Nicely done, and thanks for sharing. I would have loved to see this in person; I'm sure it was magnificent.

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Princess of China!

by Hassan
(Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia)

It happened that i found a rose in the gardens.

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May 16, 2013
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A portrait! NEW
by: Julie

It's nice to see a portrait entered in the challenge! We don't see too many people pictures.

The light is soft and flattering here, and you've cropped to keep her within the frame, albeit a little tightly at the bottom and left. I would suggest cropping some from the top of the image, maybe taking about half the distance from her head to the frame. Because that's such a bright area, it pulls our eye up and away from her. As soon as it's removed, all the attention will come back down to her face.

Thanks for sharing!

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Greta"

by Brenda Campbell
(Dalkeith, ON, Canada)

This is Greta, my little red hen. I wanted her portrait to have a "long ago" appeal

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May 19, 2013
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Anything is possible, but it would be a tricky and time-consuming job. Even with an uncooperative model, a reshoot might be quicker... ;-)

You do have the advantage that the eye is drawn to red. It's just that in this case, the concentrated area of black "weighs" more visually than the red. In Photoshop, you could try lightening up the blacks a little (but don't go too far or it will look unnatural), and increasing the contrast in the rest of the image a bit to try and add more balance, and draw the eye to the bird.

May 19, 2013
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by: Brenda

Thank you for your comments, they're much appreciated. Bread crumbs, and persistence Pamela, hens are not the most willing of models!
Would it be possible, to fill in those missing board bottoms with a bit of photoshop carpentry?

May 18, 2013
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by: Brian in Whitby

I love your idea for your portrait of the little red hen. I have to agree with Julie that the very dark area below the broken boards is distracting.
You might try cropping to a vertical format to include just the right side of the image and just eliminating the dark area. A tighter crop would give more prominence to your subject. The unfortunate side effect is that is would remove most of the beautifully weathered barn boards on the left hand side. It is said that photography is the art of exclusion rather than addition. The hen really is your subject. If it was not for the dark area below the broken boards, the placement you have chosen for the hen is perfect.

May 18, 2013
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by: Pamela Perrault

Oh Brenda, your Greta (the hen and the image) is adorable. I think she's picture perfect - however did you get her to stand on the chair so long? The composition is divine... Couldn't possibly be better. I'd love to have that image hung in my kitchen! If this image doesn't win, you got robbed! Absolutely Fabulous! Thank you for sharing!

May 18, 2013
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What a lovely story! I like how you created this portrait, and included the chair and barn to add to the atmosphere. I do wish that the part of the barn that you'd chosen didn't have the broken boards at the bottom; the problem is that it creates a large area of black that pulls my eye too much, and draws attention away from the lovely hen. Such a charming portrait, though! Thanks for sharing.

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Red flowers in full bloom

by Chuck
(Champaign, Illinois USA)

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May 14, 2013
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by: Wendy Bradbury

I love this you feel like reaching out and touching great. I will try and look at the vidio to see what I can't see in this picture.

May 06, 2013
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by: Julie

I love hibiscus! They're so dramatic! I like that this is set against some green leaves for contrast.

The image is a little over-exposed. It's tough to photograph flowers in bright sunlight, as you can get a lot of reflected highlights. Check out the video tip that I have coming out tomorrow -- it's all about using a diffuser in situations just like this one. A diffuser would help you reduce the contrast, and increase the saturation of the reds here.

Thanks for sharing!

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splash of red light

by Alston
(Kent, New Romney,UK)

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May 09, 2013
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by: Julie

Interesting effect. No comments to tell us how it was done? :-). I don't know if those were oranges, but it makes the slices look like very ruby red grapefruit!! I like the look of the glow. The light that's leaking through from in between the slices is a bit distracting --- not sure what your set up was, and if it could have been avoided. Very creative concept, though! Thanks for sharing.

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Life Saver

by Bobo
(Toronto, ON, Canada)

A touch of red along Toronto lakefront.

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Jun 01, 2013
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by: Julie

Interesting central placement of the main subject. I think it works in this case because there are so many triangles and diagonals to offset it. The colour really stands out! As I guess it should, given its purpose. Nice capture.

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