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Color A On Topic

The Russians Are Coming - Julie S Johnson
Judge: Tiffany Mueller Total Score: 27
Technique: 9 Impact: 9 Composition: 9
The composition deserves a round of applause! I love the angle and positioning of the planes. The planes are also beautifully exposed. One critique would be in the background. The colors, especially beyond the river, start becoming a bit muddy. One thing to consider would be the time of day. A softer, more golden overhead light would help the background.

July 2018 - Trains, Planes or Automobiles - 7/3/2018

Color A On Topic

Challenger - Sara B Boyd
Judge: Tiffany Mueller Total Score: 25
Technique: 8 Impact: 8 Composition: 9
The color palette in this photo is excellent--the contrast among the red, greens, and blues make the image jump off the page. That being said, the clouds and trees are bit oversharpened. The tonal contrast in the clouds give them an unnatural look and somewhat distracts from the car itself. The composition, framing, perspective, and angle work very well together, really showing off the muscles of the car.

July 2018 - Trains, Planes or Automobiles - 7/3/2018

Color A On Topic

Smokin' - Julie S Johnson
Judge: Tiffany Mueller Total Score: 24
Technique: 9 Impact: 7 Composition: 8
Wow, great shot! The colors in this photo stand out immediately--whether planned by the photographer or not, there's a great lesson on color theory in this shot! Also impressed by the sharpness of the shot--something that's not always easy to do when your subject is flying through the air! The composition, with the plane falling in the lower left third, is solid and works well--but isn't necessarily unique. I'd love to see the photographer look for creative ways to create similar, creative compositions, perhaps honing their personal style a touch more.

July 2018 - Trains, Planes or Automobiles - 7/3/2018

Color B On Topic

Ready... Set... - Jim Redding
Judge: Tiffany Mueller Total Score: 29
Technique: 9 Impact: 10 Composition: 10
Absolutely stunning! I love how abstract the composition is, as it immediately grabs the eye and gets the mind thinking about what they're looking at. The tight framing was the perfect choice. On top of that, the colors are bold and powerful. I appreciate the texture it adds to the image, but some of the contrast below the ornament makes it appear as thought the paint is mottling or has some imperfections. But I'm not sure this is necessarily a bad thing, more a matter of preference.

July 2018 - Trains, Planes or Automobiles - 7/3/2018

Mono A On Topic

Restored B-24 - Julie S Johnson
Judge: Tiffany Mueller Total Score: 26
Technique: 9 Impact: 9 Composition: 8
This one really reminds me of an old war photograph. The editing choices work wonderfully with the subject matter. The soldier perched in the window adds a whole new level of interest. The wing protruding from the foreground adds an interesting leading line, but I'm not convinced it's entirely necessary (but perhaps, unavoidable!).

July 2018 - Trains, Planes or Automobiles - 7/3/2018

Mono A On Topic

OMR - Bill Down
Judge: Tiffany Mueller Total Score: 24
Technique: 8 Impact: 8 Composition: 8
What a fun composition! The tilt-shift like effect makes the image stand out and grabs attention. That paired with the black and white really make this capture look like it came from a different era. The downward angle is also appealing and is enhanced by the choice the photographer made while editing. The focus is a hair soft on the nose of the train.

July 2018 - Trains, Planes or Automobiles - 7/3/2018

Mono A On Topic

'64 Ford Galaxie - Bill Down
Judge: Tiffany Mueller Total Score: 22
Technique: 7 Impact: 7 Composition: 8
This composition was made to be mono--the white cars reallys pops off the dark background. I can tell some preparation went into getting this car photo ready and it all translate into a striking image. My recommendation would be to work on using different apertures to create a more natural bokeh in the background.

July 2018 - Trains, Planes or Automobiles - 7/3/2018

Mono B On Topic

Inon Eagles - Tom Murray
Judge: Tiffany Mueller Total Score: 20
Technique: 7 Impact: 5 Composition: 8
They do look like eagles! And I really enjoy how the photographer was able to snag a photo from this angle, which shows off the feathers under the wings. I also love how much the photo offers in terms of interest. I was so attracted to the bird like shape and strong contrast on the feathers, it took me a minute to realize the top plane was upside down! (Which then got a couple more minutes of my time!) Just like a good composition does. The lighting and exposure are well done and balanced, though could benefit from some minor adjustment to the color sliders to brighten/darker specific areas. This is being picky, though. The grain in the sky is bit strong for my taste, but, on the other hand, gives the image a film like quality.

July 2018 - Trains, Planes or Automobiles - 7/3/2018

Novice On Topic

My favorite color - Kristin Schlegel
Judge: Tiffany Mueller Total Score: 28
Technique: 9 Impact: 9 Composition: 10
I like this photo--its like a snapshot from another time. The editing, which lends a slide film look, works well with the subject matter. The more time I spent with this photo, the more I grew to really appreciate the quirky angle. My first impression was to suggest a different angle, but as my eye was drawn in I noticed something that pulled this entire photo together for me. The way the man driving the car has his head angled slightly towards the inside of the car as though he's looking into the rearview mirror--just as curious about what the photographer is doing as the photographer is the driver. If that doesn't convince you it's all in the details, I don't know what will. Being able to capture a subtle human moment like that is like hitting the jackpot. It adds an intimate, emotional moment that a lot of people will relate to. Great capture!

July 2018 - Trains, Planes or Automobiles - 7/3/2018

Novice On Topic

Mendenhall Glacier Landing - Gerald A Wieland
Judge: Tiffany Mueller Total Score: 26
Technique: 8 Impact: 8 Composition: 10
Incredible composition! The choice to leave the gravel ground in the image added the perfect amount of balance among all the layers in the photo. The red chopters are sharp and pop off the screen and I like the choice to have left the gorgeous mountains in focus in the background. Though, there does appear to be some random blurring appearing on the background very close to the tails of the chopters.

July 2018 - Trains, Planes or Automobiles - 7/3/2018

Novice On Topic

First Luxury Airliner - Gerald A Wieland
Judge: Tiffany Mueller Total Score: 18
Technique: 6 Impact: 5 Composition: 7
The shot is wonderfully exposed with the just right amount of shadows and highlights. I do wish the plane was in sharper focus, there's an overall fuzziness to it that detracts from the quality. However, the composition is good, with the plane in a good, balanced location in the image.

July 2018 - Trains, Planes or Automobiles - 7/3/2018

Open Topic

Love Is In The Air - Julie S Johnson
Judge: Tiffany Mueller Total Score: 29
Technique: 9 Impact: 10 Composition: 10
Amazing! What a fun capture that really brightens the viewers day. The combination of colors, all bright and cheery, with the big heart framed right in the middle, taking up the whole screen--it's wonderful! The blues might be saturated to a point they are slightly unrealistic, but the boldness somewhat adds to the photo.

July 2018 - Trains, Planes or Automobiles - 7/3/2018

Open Topic

To the Finish - Joan C Dias
Judge: Tiffany Mueller Total Score: 28
Technique: 9 Impact: 9 Composition: 10
Superb capture! I love everything about it, from the composition, the layers the three horse heads create, and the well executed exposure. If I had to give one critique it would be to have the farthest horses eye a bit more in focus, but again, that's if I was being really picky. Well done!

July 2018 - Trains, Planes or Automobiles - 7/3/2018

Open Topic

Yellow-Crowned Night-Heron - Bill Down
Judge: Tiffany Mueller Total Score: 27
Technique: 9 Impact: 9 Composition: 9
Beautiful exposure! You nailed the depth of field--the bird is crisp and sharp, the background lost to bokeh. That's especially important in this shot given the bird is the same color as the background. Without that blur, the subject would just blend into the back. Great way to take what you're given to work with and making the best of it! The highlights in the background are touch bright and distracting, some very light dodging/burning can bring this already great image a step higher.

July 2018 - Trains, Planes or Automobiles - 7/3/2018

Open Topic

Sunset In The Hood - Julie S Johnson
Judge: Tiffany Mueller Total Score: 24
Technique: 7 Impact: 8 Composition: 9
Now here's a sunset shot you don't see everyday! Kudos to the photographer for thinking outside the box. I would like to see the blacks a little more black, just to make the car pop a little bit more.

July 2018 - Trains, Planes or Automobiles - 7/3/2018

Open Topic

Leading the Pack - Joan C Dias
Judge: Tiffany Mueller Total Score: 24
Technique: 9 Impact: 7 Composition: 8
Great shot! Not easy to snap a sharp photo when the subject is literally racing in front of you. Use burst mode on occasion and experiment with catching shots at different points of the horse's stride. For example, with racehorses, you can really show their grit and determination by using a photo where their legs are fully extended and their necks are stretched out, noses reaching for the wire. Your camera skills are strong, allow yourself some freedom to play around with different timings and assess which one makes the subject more powerful. Still, this is a really great shot!

July 2018 - Trains, Planes or Automobiles - 7/3/2018

Open Topic

Chipmunk - Sara B Boyd
Judge: Tiffany Mueller Total Score: 26
Technique: 9 Impact: 8 Composition: 9
Ahhh, what a cutie! The timing couldn't be more perfect with this shot. The chipmunk looks relaxed, just having a little snack. The quality of light is gorgeous, probably aided by the open shade of some trees or overhead greenery. Great placement! Typically, I'd lean towards having more of the chipmunk in focus, but in this case I like how the shallow depth of field holds the eye to the action--the chipmunk holding the plant in it's paws.

July 2018 - Trains, Planes or Automobiles - 7/3/2018