RESULTS: Mini-Challenge #317: Signs of Spring

sarasphotossarasphotos Major grinsAugsburg, GermanyRegistered Users Posts: 3,538 Major grins
edited May 5, 2021 in The Dgrin Challenges

This was a really fun mini - I loved the variety of the entries and the different takes on springtime experiences. I'll make my comments in the order that the entries were posted.

@JAG your photos were a great and unique start, seeing as how Spring in Alaska is different than what most of us experience. Your set told a good story, from the patch of sunshine in the "Moving snow line" to the vivid green on the birch trees in #2 and the road construction in the third.

@pegelli a lovely set - reminiscent of what I experience, from the forest pathway in #1 to the blossoming trees in #2 and the nesting swan in #3. I must say though, that your swan made a much tidier nest than the swan family that I've been watching and photographing for the past couple of years. :-)

@shawnc I had a good chuckle at your first shot "Love is in the air" a great capture of the pigs, with nice detail. Although I really liked the subject matter and crop and framing of pictures 2 & 3, for my taste (on my monitor?) they were both a bit on the dark side - perhaps too much vibrance or saturation?

@grandmaR all of yours brought a smile to my face, especially #1 "King's Day". Your #3 "Easter Egg hunt" was another photo that for me really captured the Spring spirit.

@Cavalier What nice choices you made. I really like how you captured the mist hovering over the thundering river (Toulumne? American? Merced?) water - I could practically hear the water rushing by. For me your stand-out shot was #3 - the poppies in full bloom. Wow - they look like an orange carpet!

@bfluegie What can I say - these three shots pushed all the right buttons for me. Well composed, nicely exposed, screaming "SPRING!". In the second shot I was very slightly bugged by the dark green branches intruding in the foreground, but I don't suppose that could be helped...

@lkbart Another part of the country, another perspective - I love it! In the first shot I might have liked to see a bit more sky to enhance the sense of space. Photo #3 was impressive - I love how the drape of the egret's feathers mirrors the moss (?) hanging from the trees.

@DavidRGillespie Three great expressions of the season. #1 with the red alder is lovely and peaceful and the "Easter Bunny" in #2 is just a wonderful, joyful composition with the purple and pink popping out of the pale green of early spring. #3 is breathtaking - great capture at just the right moment (and this year we had way too many April showers where I live!).

Now for the difficult part... there were winners galore here but I had to make a choice, so here goes...

3rd Place: TIED
@pegelli "A walk in the woods" I could smell the forest.

@shawnc "Love is in the air" awww...

2nd Place
@bfluegie "Pond loop trail" Uplifting!

1st Place
@DavidRGillespie "April showers" I could feel my feet getting wet in the grass.

Thank you all for making the judging difficult - there were so many fine entries it was really a tough choice.

David, I'll hand it over to you - looking forward to the next challenge.


  • JAGJAG Photomaniac Wasilla, AKSuper Moderators Posts: 8,846 moderator

    @sarasphotos Great job of running this challenge! Kudos to David and all the runner ups!

  • CavalierCavalier Life is a Bokeh Foresthill, CaliforniaRegistered Users Posts: 2,930 Major grins

    Great mini, Sara. Congrats to David and 2nd and 3rd place entries. (and the river is the Merced - good eye!)

  • shawncshawnc shawnc Registered Users Posts: 659 Major grins

    Awesome Mini. Thank you for the tied mention. Some wonderful images.

  • bfluegiebfluegie Big grins IndianaRegistered Users Posts: 683 Major grins

    Sara, what a great mini. I really enjoyed seeing everyone's spring photos. Congrats to @DavidRGillespie for the win and the third place entries. And many thanks for the second place finish.

  • DavidRGillespieDavidRGillespie Chilliwack, British Columbia, CanadaRegistered Users Posts: 819 Many Grins

    Thank you, Sara for first place and your kind comments. Congratulations to Barbara, Shawn and Pieter on second and third. This was a great mini, with tons of inspirational images. I am certainly glad I was not judging!

    Now to come up with something for the next challenge. It will take a day or so.

  • pegellipegelli Major grins BelgiumRegistered Users Posts: 8,116 Major grins

    Congratulations David, great image showing the variable spring weather and also congrats to Barbara and Shawn for 2nd and 3rd place.

    And thanks Sara for a great mini, all the detailed comments and giving my image a third place among so many great entries.

    Pieter, aka pegelli
    My SmugMug
  • grandmaRgrandmaR Major grins Southern Maryland Registered Users Posts: 1,890 Major grins

    Thank you Sara - for setting a mini which was both exclusive and non-specific. For making us think about spring that wasn't just close-ups of flowers (however pretty they are). And thank you also for your kind comments.
    Congratulations to the winners - I wouldn't have wanted to try to pick one.

    “" adventure is an inconvenience rightly considered." G.K. Chesterton”
  • lkbartlkbart Wandering in left field~ Derby, KansasRegistered Users Posts: 1,912 Major grins

    Wonderful mini Sara, with great commenting, and an awesome shot for a winner! Lots of great and varied shots in this challenge. Congrats to Dave for the win! And to Barbara for 2nd, and Shawn & Pieter for 3rd!

    A photograph is an artistic expression of life, captured one moment at a time . . .
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