DGrin Mini-Challenge #263 - Pastoral Landscapes ***RESULTS***
Thanks to everyone for putting together such a strong set of images for this mini-challenge. I have truly enjoyed seeing such a diversity of great landscapes around the pastoral theme. And I have been scrolling through the set for the last few, trying to find the winner in a sea of winners. I especially liked the way Pieter (@pegelli) summarized the set of images in mini #262, and I am going to try to emulate his good example.
@JAG - A nice set. I especially like the drama of the near silhouette of the irrigation equipment against the smoky orange sky in #2. The curve of the equipment pulls the eye into the image.
@lkbart - I like the range and transition of colours in #2, buzzing bluebells. There are two nice triangles of colour in the foreground, set against a dramatic sky.
@pegelli - Your set contains three great images. #2 Tuscany, with the backlighting on the curving rows of grapes in Tuscany is good, but I really liked the simplicity in #3, Machelen, with the converging lines and the tower on the horizon slightly offset from the vanishing point. This image is also interesting because of the portrait orientation, which provides an interesting perspective on the subject.
@grandmaR - #3, the aerial view, is quite striking, and is a neat way to look at a landscape. The image that you shared in your discussion with Pieter is even more striking.
@kurzvorzwoelf - You shared three images with lovely composition and great lighting in all the images. #3 the house behind the sunflowers is especially nice.
@Cavalier - I envy anyone who has an opportunity to shoot landscapes in the Palouse region of eastern Washington State. Your set of three is very strong. More about that below.
@sarasphotos - I love #2 wheat and hopfields in Bavaria. Such a diversity of crops, nicely positioned in the frame. A great foreground and the cyclist entering the scene adds a nice touch.
@sapphire73. Yours is a pretty diverse set - Kenya, Colorado and the Netherlands. #2, seen in Colorado, is a very dramatic scene with the antique farm equipment in the foreground and dramatic sky and mountains. There is a neat story there too, with fields returning to forest.
@CHANDLERJA - Image #1 is really striking. The plane of the sky and the plane of the field produce converging lines on the horizon, which focuses the eye on the sunlit patch and snow covered hills. Placing the horizon at the midline works really well in this image. I love the curve of the road moving into the image and out again. There is some mystery there.
@bfluegie - The placement of the fence in the foreground in #3 Farmyard, makes a lovely pastoral scene. This produces a great triangle of green pastures, with horses for interest, and a beautiful blue sky.
On to the decisions. So many great images, so many choices...
Third place @pegelli image #3 Machelen.
As I said above, there is a lot to love about this image. The simple lines, a simple colour palette, and mystery.
Second place @kurzvorzwoelf - #3 the house behind the sunflowers.
The foreground of bright yellow sunflowers and highlights on the foliage contrasts nicely with the more somber mid -ground. The mist rising off the field creates drama, and the house is placed in exactly the right spot in the frame to draw your eye into the picture.
First place - @Cavalier. #3, Just fields (wheat and canola), is a wonderful capture.
The image is very painterly, almost abstract. The flowing curves and large blocks of colours make a great effect. The lines in the field from tilling and harvesting tell a great story, and the track to the top of the hill in the distance makes me wish I could see what was there.
Thanks again to everyone for such creative images of pastoral landscapes. Congratulations to @Cavalier for the first place capture. I am looking forward to the next challenge.