Dgrin Mini-Challenge #261 - In the bleak mid-Winter ***RESULTS***
With so many top-quality entries you all certainly made judging difficult. Here are my comments and the results:
HMs go to: (in no particular order)
@sapphire73 Gretchen, I know yours weren't official entries but all three were such super representations of the "bleak midwinter" theme I have to give you an HM. I'm not sure which I liked more, the hungry baying elk or the lonely road leading towards the Rockies.
@kurzvorzwoelf 3) a shepherd driving his herd of sheep... I liked the balance of this shot very well although the exposure of the sky was slightly problematic. I think this might be interesting in BW.
@grandmaR 1) Purple Mountains: a great winter landscape with the road leading our eye right into the scene
@DavidRGillespie 1) temporary pond and reflections: I lived in Seattle for 16 years, so I know exactly what that wet PacificNW winter feels like. Ugh. This captures it perfectly! I love the way the reflection provides the only lively spot in this otherwise barren scene.
@lkbart 2)hint of snow: Lillian, I like the way you've framed this one with those lonely branches with just a bit of snow and a little bit of color from the sun in the background
@JAG 1)Cook Inlet, Alaska
Wow Joyce, if this isn't bleak and desolate, I don't know what is! It was a tough choice between the eagle and this one but I found the overall composition better here.
@bfluegie 3)winter cornfield stubble
Barbara, I have a fondness for agricultural landscapes and love how you've captured the sensuous curves of the shorn cornfield.
I also very much liked the snow-covered hydrangea.
another tie, this time for two differing views of winter's silent beauty:
@Cavalier 3)Yosemite meadows
Jo, what I like about this shot is the way you captured the fog hovering above the snowy meadow glimpsed through the bare tree trunks.
@StueveShots 2) Sunrise...
Wow, this is beautiful, almost too beautiful and opulent for what I had in mind. But it definitely says "cold"!
AND THE WINNER IS...
@pegelli 1)Sunrise in the Park
Pieter, I found your set to be photographically the best group of three and this first one was wonderful. The curve of the fence, the hovering fog, the interesting sky all add together to capture the winter mood.
So Pieter, it's your turn to post a mini - I'm looking forward to what you think up.