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PlayPhotography Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 174 W: 49 N: 63] (213) [2008-02-19 4:57]

Amazing photograph! I tend to look at photos on TL more for their quality as a piece of visual art and less for what they show in nature. This photograph is beautiful. I love the deep, dark background and the contrasting wings. The detail is so crisp and sharp. Very, very beautiful photo!

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juanjo Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 167 W: 8 N: 27] (1142)

Great

PlayPhotography Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 174 W: 49 N: 63] (213) [2007-03-05 19:20] [+]

Beautiful picture and REALLY beautiful lighting! How did you get such a dark background? Please tell!

PlayPhotography Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 174 W: 49 N: 63] (213) [2007-03-05 19:19]

From a graphic standpoint, I think you could've tried to balance the 3 elements of the photo together better. In other words, less sand, more sky... then you would have closer equal parts of earth, water, and sky. Other than that, it's not a bad picture... the horizon line is nice and straight, the colors aren't bad...

Although you should really change the info for the photo that claims you took this picture in Kansas. If I know my geography, and I don't, there ain't no ocean in Kansas, buddy. ;)

PlayPhotography Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 174 W: 49 N: 63] (213) [2006-08-27 15:58]

Superb picture. I'm not sure what you mean with your note, but I absolutely love the color and composition of this picture. The red hues are so beautiful!

PlayPhotography Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 174 W: 49 N: 63] (213) [2006-08-16 21:53]

Beautiful photo here. I think a different POV with a different lens could make a big difference (although I realize that one can only afford so many lenses!). The way I see this picture working out best, would be to move a bit closer to the opening of the cave and then use a fisheye lens to really accentuate the feeling of openess that the cave entrance gives off. On the other hand, moving closer to the entrance might crop out the pool of water which is my favorite part of this photo. Nice shot!

PlayPhotography Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 174 W: 49 N: 63] (213) [2006-08-14 15:43] [+]

This is what I love about photography... at first glace, I thought... "shame on her for making that water such a fake orange." But you say that it's the real color, and I believe you.. but you captured it in such a way that there's magic in it. It's not just a picture... it's something that draws you in and makes you stop for a moment to look at it and enjoy it. Great job capturing one of those rare, beautiful moments in nature!

PlayPhotography Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 174 W: 49 N: 63] (213) [2006-08-04 7:25]

Although I think you're right about this being the most photographed geyser, I don't think I've ever seen a picture of it that's this good. Honestly!

The other pictures I've seen of the geyser look like way too much work was put into the shot, but in the end, something was missing. Your picture helps me to feel as if I'm really there, watching it happen. It's taken from a great enough distance that I can actually feel how far away the geyser is--and because it's so tall in the picture, I feel overwhelmed by the size and power of it! Having the trees in the shot are a perfect touch, again adding a great sense of perspective and scale. The sky in the background is beautiful, and I love the gradual tonal differences in the shades of blue. I also love the way you can see the water shooting up, and then watch as the water turns into steam, and eventually ends up looking like beautiful clouds.

Really great shot!

PlayPhotography Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 174 W: 49 N: 63] (213) [2006-08-03 7:21]

Nice shot here. The lighting and focus are great! I think it would've been more dramatic if you would've rotated your camera so that the leaf would've been completely vertical, instead of sloping down to the right. I think the DOF could've been a little longer, because it looks like the leaflets at the top of the stem are very crisply focused, but the leaves at the very bottom of the steam are a little bit soft.

Overall, the shot is beautiful, and I can't wait to see more of your work!

PlayPhotography Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 174 W: 49 N: 63] (213) [2006-07-31 8:34] - [workshop] [compare] [+]

Good picture here! It almost looks a bit like the top right edge should be raised up a bit, as if the image isn't perfectly straight... but maybe it's just me. I think the arragement of the lilly pads is great. It really gives the picture a ton of perspective and depth. The colors are soft.. you could probably increase the saturation levels a bit without making them too strong. I also think the frame is distracting. All around great shot!

PlayPhotography Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 174 W: 49 N: 63] (213) [2006-07-30 16:12]

The colors here are too much. If you zoom in really closely to see detail in your picture and then add saturation, you'll notice that when you reach a certain increased level of saturation, detail will start to be lost and what was once a flower petal with pollen specks and veins in it is now a solid color, void of any detail.

I think the composition of the picture is nice... a bit messy, but I think that works well for it since the focus is a bit soft. It gives it an abstract feeling.