OK, OK, I get it--so I'm a little verbose.
You guys are totally cracking me up; I'm almost crying over here. Too funny and richly deserved, I might add.
Talking about vocabulary, Myram, our club president says, "Oh Tom? He's pretty cool, I guess. I only understand about half of what he's saying."
Cjack: I love that music review. It just goes to show with a sufficient amount of education and training, one can learn to write something that literally no one can understand. I can only aspire to such heights. . . .
You had it right to begin with.
Thanks for your critiques! Here is what I would have submitted had I been able to use post processing. I like it better.
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I did take several without the lower round part but in the end liked this better as it helped "anchor" the building and I liked the contrast of the circular form with the triagles of the roof. When I get a shot of this lit up at night I'll post it, it looks really cool peeking up through the tree line as you come up on it north bound on 95.
The magilight has partially re-appeared by the way, so now I have a brake light.
...and a fairly sturdy digestive system (and flashl.....errrr torch).
19 BMWMOA Nationals under my belt, and I have no idea what I am doing.
As we wait with baited breath for the next installment of TomÔÇÖs critique of this weeks entries, IÔÇÖll just put in my two cents worth and put my vote in for the one that really did it for me this week. Without a doubt KbasaÔÇÖs entry is the real stunner. I like it on multiple levels.
First off I like the complete lack of anything in the foreground that gives away his vantage point. He could be (as he claims) on hill but then again it could have been a rock outcropping, or yet he could just as easily have been in an airplane or helicopter. Then again he could have been fortunate enough of have convinced Pegasus to give him a ride or perhaps he has learned the mystic art of levitation. Not knowing lets the viewers imagination run wild, what fun!
Second the wonderful lighting of the ÔÇ£city across the bayÔÇØ liying just above the clouds, the mist and view of the reddish tower of the bridge pushing up through the clouds below accents the colors of the city lighting. He said heÔÇÖd photo shopped it and if I had taken this shot I know I could not have resisted either. Good on ya Dave, you took the shot to a ÔÇ£higherÔÇØ level by doing so.
Third, as I said earlier, it is definitely surrealistic in its portrayal of the subject, with an almost oil painted quality. Even though I have been in this area several times over the years, having never seen it quite like this, it really, really, makes me want to go back and see this bridge from this same vantage point, but since I canÔÇÖt right now this is the next best thing to being there.
Thanks, Tom. I admire your abundant cache of creative bonne bouche and your seemingly boundless lexicon. Thank you for persevering.Grossjohann is back with another compelling image this week. I was really struck by this image when I saw it. I can't decide which orientation I prefer. I chose the horizontal rather arbitrarily. It's really inventive and I love the depth-of-field. The little guitarist and (monitor?) is just out of focus enough to intrigue the viewer. Only by clicking on the image and linking to your site did I realize that this is a Trivial Pursuit game. Interesting. . . . I assumed they were child's toys and I just couldn't figure out the triangles. It's a really fun and interesting photo. I wish it were brighter and the colors a bit more vibrant. Available light? Always a struggle.
This was a low-light situation, and I didn’t take the time I should have to bring in more lighting. My wife has been on my case to add some lighting cans to the living room ceiling…
Thanks. I shot it from the north end of the bridge, from a vantage point on the Marin Headlands. On this map, I was right about where the big C is on Conzelman Road.
The fog was rolling over the top of the hill, so the foreground was obscured by clouds (Pink Floyd fans raise your hands). I had about 5 minutes and managed to get a half dozen exposures before the fog completely obliterated any view from that location.
I didn't really photoshop it, but just ran it through Smugmug's Color correction, selecting auto. The other shots came out noticeably more orange, which I don't really care for, to be honest. I think the light is a golden color, but the correction amped the yellow and red up too much to look realistic. This one seems to have retained enough blue to look more normal. Given the skills, I'd make the bridge tower more orange than it is, since it truly is a very pure orange.
Around here, the Marin Headlands and the road down from Battery Wallace (where I was) are pretty regular spots for taking pictures. This time of year, we have the fog to play with. It seems to sit lower in the spring and the fall and can yield some pretty interesting views. Here's one I shot a couple years ago from the top of Mt. Tamalpais on Easter morning, just before dawn.
If any of you ever get out here, we'll take a ride up there and take some pictures. Even on a clear day it's quite a beautiful view.
Marin County, CA
Some bikes. Some with motors, some without.
I've heard "awesome!" used for tomato sauce. The fact that I know my own name at a check-out is apparently worthy of awe. It was "awesome!" that I was able to select from a menu. The new coat I bought inspired an aghast and agog member of staff to mention it's awesomeness as being of the elevated status of "Well awesome".
I am waiting for the day that Mt Rainier and Mt St Helen errupt in unison and a giant tsunami hits the Pac NW from a tectonic movement out at sea.
On that day, I want to hear how folk express themselves. I suspect they'll just stand around open mouthed and silent...in awe!
So, thanks Tom for the words. They create images equally as important as those captured by cameras.