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Plucking up Courage!

NIKON D40 1/2000 second F/11.0 ISO 200 187 mm (35mm equiv.)

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Ana Lúcia from Leiria, Portugal

Fantastic composition!

15 Apr 2008 7:42am

@Ana Lúcia: Thanks Ana.....this is a new telephoto lens that i got just before going to France for the Easter break so I'm still very much in the early learning stages with it exploring a whole lot of new compositional possibilities.

Alun Lambert from Cheshire, United Kingdom

I like this, nice image

15 Apr 2008 8:21am

@Alun Lambert: Thanks Alun!

Putter from Belgium

Very good indeed! Great compo and I like how the people add some color to the picture.

15 Apr 2008 9:03am

@Putter: Thanks Putter.....it's a new lens and I'm relearning evrything I thought I knew about composition with it!

GJC from Kyoto, Japan

You are very good at these shots of ski trails, able to see in them some graceful lines and the snow as a canvas. Moreover, the placement of figures is very powerful, helping us get a sense both of the scale, and of the interaction between mountain and people.

15 Apr 2008 9:42am

@GJC: Thanks GJC....this is my first true telephoto zoom lens (nikon 70-300vr) and i'm relearning all that I thought I knew about composition!

IanSmith from London, United Kingdom

Movement from stillness - it reminds me of an old artist technique to show the essence of motion (the ski trails) from a stationary scene of unmoving people.. Nicely composed. Ian.

15 Apr 2008 11:04am

@IanSmith: Hi Ian.....that's very kind of you.

This was one of my first photos with a new telephoto lens and it's meant exploring composition from afresh.....frustrating and rewarding in almost equal measure!

amy from Rocky Mountain House, Canada

FANtasTIC scale, Ian!! Brilliant!!

15 Apr 2008 2:13pm

@amy: Thanks very much Amy!

hugo poon from Hong Kong

Very nice composition!

15 Apr 2008 2:39pm

@hugo poon: Hi Hugo....thanks very much!

Guillermina from Buenos Aires, Argentina

It's as if you've taken snow as a gigantic canvas and placed the little people there to mess with it... Well, they have embossed something almost surreal!

15 Apr 2008 3:08pm

@Guillermina: Hi Guillermina.....it's been fascinating yet frustrating using this new telephoto lens. This is the first time I've been able to try photos like this but I still feel like I've got a lot to learn about the best ways of composing photos with it!

Lorraine from Gatineau, Canada

Gorgeous view and comp even if snow right now is not on my top ten...still what a wonderful atmoshpere to photograph :)

15 Apr 2008 4:23pm

@Lorraine: Hi Lorraine....sorry about the snow but i took a fair few while I was away as it was the first time I'd seen it this winter - although I can imagine how hard you'll find that to believe!

Viewfinder from Bradenton, United States

Super photo; and for the snow-starved (forgive me Lorraine), this looks a bit like heaven.

15 Apr 2008 4:56pm

@Viewfinder: Thanks for that.....it was the first snow of the year for me so I've got a few shots with the fluffy white stuff in :-)

Observing from Chester, United Kingdom

Great image, I like the tracks coming down.

15 Apr 2008 11:26pm

@Observing: Thanks very much!

Michael Rawluk from Prince George, Canada

The gentle sweeping lines that skiers make are always wonderful. Very nicely composed.

16 Apr 2008 12:30am

@Michael Rawluk: Thanks Michael.....I'm really pleased that you liked the photo!

Pouhou from Apeldoorn, Netherlands

nice usage of the empty space

18 Apr 2008 8:06am

Alexandros from Kefalonia, Greece

Amazing composition! The ski tracks are making the shot.

19 Apr 2008 7:01am

NIKON D40
1/2000 second
F/11.0
ISO 200
187 mm (35mm equiv.)