497 comments received ( finished contests only ):
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Moderator says:

If you're using your own image as source post the original image uncut and unaltered in an SBS (Step By Step) with your entry. Remember to state that it is your own image.

(4 years and 221 days ago)

"Heavy" traffic
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still26 says:

Reddish hues (hot hot hot) in the cold cold cold snow. How simply perfect and the sharpness and technical excellence is seen. POV engaging and dof artistic. Top notch work.

(4 years and 222 days ago)

Snow Covered Grass
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still26 says:

Grass being the secondary focal anchor with flowers stealing the show in this beautifully rendered artistic presentation. A warm day, breezes and happiness abound. Your image buoys our hearts.

(4 years and 222 days ago)

Grass
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still26 says:

This is well done, I'm looking for overexposure on white and can't find any. Nice one.

(4 years and 222 days ago)

Goose
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still26 says:

This is a grand environmental portrait and I love the warmth that the colours generate and the warmth of that face. Good one. Have you considered a portrait format?

(4 years and 222 days ago)

Gondolier
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patty says:

Congrats on 1st and 2nd, great photos

(4 years and 227 days ago)

Sunny Day
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still26 says:

Hey, you got 1st and 2nd...BIG CONGRATS!

(4 years and 227 days ago)

Sunny Day
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photonut says:

Congrats for 1 and 2,well done

(4 years and 227 days ago)

Sunny Day
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friiskiwi says:

Congratulations on 1st and second.

(4 years and 227 days ago)

Sunny Day
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kyricom says:

Congrats, Dmitry. Nice shots

(4 years and 227 days ago)

Sunny Day
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Congrats Dmitry, 1 & 2 well done

(4 years and 227 days ago)

Sunny Day
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still26 says:

You are venturing into another genre of photography, that of shrinking with tilt shift effect and I take my hat off to you. You have taken this delightful shot from above which one is supposed to do, but not directly overhead, good shooting or POV for tilt shift. It is also strong because the scene is not a complicated one. I can see your focal point is sharp as a pin and this is so critical...again, you nailed it. People are small and they too are sharp. The lighting is really nice and all I can say is kudos to you. The only bothering element is the obelisk. You have inspired me to try something like this and I would like to thank you very much.

(4 years and 229 days ago)

Gondolas (tilted)
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friiskiwi says:

Beautiful

(4 years and 229 days ago)

Grass
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still26 says:

This looks to me like photographic art at it's best. A large canvas incorporating shades of magenta and purples which soothe the soul Purple has long been accepted as the colour of soul (or in Japan of nobility). The orange hues warm us and we dance through the sky through the striations of colour. Simply delightful, top notch.

(4 years and 229 days ago)

Orange Sunset (panorama)
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still26 says:

Very nice to see the sun and all that snow makes for a visually stimulating image.

(4 years and 229 days ago)

Sunny Day
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still26 says:

Hot and cold ....this image has great visual impact and is well composed keeping the rules of photography in mind.

(4 years and 229 days ago)

Frosty Sunset
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still26 says:

Thanks for that info. Very good shot.

(4 years and 229 days ago)

Fluffy head
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still26 says:

Love that peeking in feel to this compositional style. Very nice handling of dof.

(4 years and 229 days ago)

Mediterranean pebbles
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still26 says:

My hair this morning! I love this, the detail caught is exquisite and fill the frame was the only way to go. Nice compositional style. What are you shooting with?...and lens?

(4 years and 229 days ago)

Fluffy head
avatar TheWinningStar

Wonderful. Congratulations.

(4 years and 234 days ago)

Nautic Spirit
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photonut says:

Congrats on winning this

(4 years and 234 days ago)

Cross
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friiskiwi says:

Great macro

(4 years and 234 days ago)

Fluffy head
avatar still26
still26 says:

Congrats on this win Dmitry.

(4 years and 234 days ago)

Cross
avatar finnphotography

Congratulations!

(4 years and 234 days ago)

Nautic Spirit
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friiskiwi says:

Congratulations, a beautiful photo.

(4 years and 234 days ago)

Cross
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photonut says:

well good dof in this and a piece of nature turned almost into an abstract,nice one this

(4 years and 236 days ago)

Fluffy head
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photonut says:

really interesting photo of this church window

(4 years and 236 days ago)

Prague Church
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photonut says:

You have managed to get a cityscape combined with a full natural floral display,unique this one

(4 years and 236 days ago)

Red Square in Flowers
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still26 says:

WOW, really lovely shot. Great landscape with lead lines that take us inward and we feel the coldness in the distance.

(4 years and 236 days ago)

Autumn in the Arctic
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still26 says:

Good photograph. You have no lean on this image, it is very balanced and solidly presented. Good colour too!

(4 years and 236 days ago)

Prague Church
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still26 says:

Colourful you bet. Good idea to fill in the whole page with these koi. You could pull down on the highlight lever to darken the highlight spots and thereby the colours would have popped out even more.

(4 years and 236 days ago)

Fish
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still26 says:

You really have a great photographic eye. The way you incorporate photographic information to give substance to a photo is a gift you posses. I love how you kept the story of MOSCOW in the image as well as including the colours.

(4 years and 236 days ago)

Red Square in Flowers
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dhoebeke says:

Me too. The wave crashing through the empty cross gives me the feel of Easter.

(4 years and 239 days ago)

Cross
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still26 says:

Nice to see churches being renovated in Russia. This photograph looks like a drawing with soft pencils, it has a very nice gentle quality to it. Straight as a pin, gentle clouds cocooning around the steeple a lovely scene.

(4 years and 240 days ago)

Church
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still26 says:

Did you place this against your computer screen because if you did WOW I love it. WEll composed and the colour palette is through the roof wonderful.

(4 years and 240 days ago)

Nautic Spirit
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still26 says:

I appreciate you telling me this, what a great tip. I think another artist here did the same thing with forks and won, probably you he he he he. Thank you again.

(4 years and 240 days ago)

Blessing Buddha
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dhoebeke says:

Those very minor changes made all the difference from a commercial standpoint. I'd happily use that in an ad campaign. It is exquisite.

(4 years and 240 days ago)

Nautic Spirit
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still26 says:

Your compositional artistry takes this photograph and pushes it to the top of the pile. Mother Russia and blue and yellow, the colours of the Ukrainian flag make me wonder which part of Russia this was taken in. Your post processing rocks (it always does in all of your photographs, you understand tonal gradations well). What a wonderful story this presents.

(4 years and 240 days ago)

19th Century Wood Church
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still26 says:

Your compositional artistry takes this photograph and pushes it to the top of the pile. Mother Russia and blue and yellow, the colours of the Ukrainian flag make me wonder which part of Russia this was taken in. Your post processing rocks (it always does in all of your photographs, you understand tonal gradations well). What a wonderful story this presents.

(4 years and 240 days ago)

19th Century Wood Church
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still26 says:

Ahhh St. Pete's so full of history and beauty. This photograph is sharp and worthy of magazine publication. Please check it to see if there is a slight lean to the right. Rich in colour, and composed with the road leading us into the depth of the photo.

(4 years and 240 days ago)

The Saint Isaac Cathedral in Saint Petersburg
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still26 says:

Isee thought this to be a pipe for some reason but upon closer inspection we good workmanship and nice shadow which makes the image come alive. Close tight crop...yes. Meow and purrrrrrrrrrrrrfect.

(4 years and 240 days ago)

Cat
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still26 says:

I like the background on this well thought out image. Nice centered placement which works. Warm and comfortable to view.

(4 years and 240 days ago)

Blessing Buddha
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dhoebeke says:

Wonderful, elegant display. The colors are spot on. Space is nicely available for the insertion of text. I'd clean up the dots on top.

(4 years and 241 days ago)

Nautic Spirit
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photonut says:

I like the simplistic feel of this

(4 years and 241 days ago)

Cross
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still26 says:

WOW the way you caught this agains the urban background speaks volumes of money and wealth and how some people live. A sharp photograph with a story to tell. You have a keen eye to see beyond a boat , you include substance to this photograph. Top notch.

(4 years and 243 days ago)

Tiger
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still26 says:

I like this one because I found myself holding my breath. You shot this at the peak of emotion, and caught her concentration. I like how you have incorporated the surroundings...just enough to add to the story.

(4 years and 250 days ago)

Shot
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still26 says:

Why do people do this to themselves? Great shutter speed, you caught that action and froze it, image is nice and sharp.

(4 years and 250 days ago)

Upside down
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wedoo2 says:

Intensity

(4 years and 251 days ago)

Shot
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still26 says:

I should have known this was yours. I love how you used the elements of photography to build this photograph. Your lights are not hot, well exposed, the lines pull on our eyes and invite us into the image and it looks to me like it is raining creating a nice mood, and if it isn't raining at least it looks wet! Nice one.

(4 years and 251 days ago)

Night on Board
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still26 says:

Loved this one, congrats on your deserving win.

(4 years and 254 days ago)

... Where have you been?