Wednesday, January 23, 2013


How is your late January going? 

I've been playing on a website called Streamzoo. 
It is also an app for smartphones 
(is this a no-brainer?)

What you see above are three photos of mine 
that I've shared on that site. 
I'm trying to improve my game. 
Do you know everybody is a photographer
these days? 

I've called the top photo, 
Midnight at the Oasis.
It was taken at ten a.m. 

I want your input! 
Critique each one for me. 
Be honest, now...I need you to be. 
They will all enlarge when clicked on!


koralee said...

I love your beautiful. I have never heard of this website..will have to take a peek.
I am very impressed with your spider image!
Thank you for your sweet comment you left me about my are such an ecourager!

Kelly said...

Hi Phyllis, I tried posting on your Blessed event post but there was no comment box so I refreshed the page and your new posting popped up!
How awesome to have meet with another blogger! It is on my wish list for sure!
Now for your photos, I am entranced with the first one as it pulls at my heartstrings. The next two are nice but that Midnight at the Oasis is my favorite!!! I love the colors you have captured against the reflections on the pond and calmness of the trees dressed for winter and the duck as it wades.
The rose amongst the rose garden beaming in the suns rays is very pretty and is my next favorite. I am not a photographer and so I'm without the terminology and only my uneducated eye. I have to say the spider shot is interesting with its intricate web pattern you captured.
You just keep shooting and having fun! I will live vicariously thru your photos! <3

see you there! said...

I like them all and enlarged them all/ Here's my critique for what it is worth.

1) my favorite, the spot of white created by the bird in the water is the perfect accent/balance

2) great detail of spider, good overall color

3) the rose doesn't stand out enough from the background for me, even when enlarged. Colors to closely matched?

Take this with a grain of salt since it is the opinion of someone who can barely use a point and shoot.


JoAnn ( Scene Through My Eyes) said...

Honestly? You want honestly? Well, to tell the truth, honestly, I love them all. The top one gives such a feeling of peace. When I look at photos I rarely look for technique - I look for the emotional impact - and this one has it!!!! The stories that picture could tell.

The middle one - just perfect - the little bits of blue light accents and the spider so prominent - again - the emotional impact is strong.

And the bottom one - what is not to like in that one? I like the rose that stands alone in the front - but not alone enough to depict sadness or separateness - and the out of focus other flowers give a feeling of softness and suport - we're all in this together. And the bit of light from above - just completes the feeling of serenity.

I think you've got it - three completely different types of photos and three different messages. Great work.

Isn't it fun that so many of us have access to cameras and programs that allow us to enjoy photography as almost a completely free activity (we do have to buy the camera and compute) but after that - free and freedom. Keep taking pictures - these are great!

Elizabeth Maxson said...

Hi Phyllis,

Thank you for stopping by and blessing me with much healing. I am slow lately at posting comments and just came across yours. Made me smile so I had to jump over here and visit. I really liked all three photos very much for different reasons. Here are my comments.

I loved the blueness in the first one - the shadow on the pond is great, but the color is perfect.

The spider - again the colors are super. I would have liked to seen the spider just a tad more sharp in focus to really pop. But again, the colors are perfect

The flower is grand. I like it centered like you have it. I would have just made the main flower larger in in the photo - maybe cropped it closer? Not sure. But again - your are very good with color - I loved the colors.

You capture colors just beautifully and seem know how to capture moments in nature as well - not easy thing to do. :-)

Thanks for sharing and keep on clicking,
Big hugs

Lea said...

Phyl, thanks for sharing your photo site! I hadn't heard of it before. I am totally loving photography and although I'm not an expert... I have two eyes to see and this is what I saw in your photos. I too enlarged.
The top photo of the barn grabs my heart! I love barns so I liked it from the start... -- while the photo is kind of dark... it totally reflects light on that pond and best of all... the beautiful light that shines right through the barnwood walls. The whole thing says: HOME sweet HOME.
The spider photo is so interesting! It makes me praise God outloud. The web so intricate and spider beautiful! I loved the lines ... in the web. Look how many directions it went! She is a hard worker! The roses photo is beautiful but I think the brightness faded the colors of the flowers a little much. Just my own ridiculous opinion. :) HAPPY photo shooting! xoxo

susan@avintagefarmwife said...

I have been trying to remember the name of this app, so I am so glad you referenced it. We have been swamped with our basement woes so I still haven't written about our meet up , but I plan to tomorrow morning. On to the pics......they are absolutely beautiful! What type of camera do you use?

susan@avintagefarmwife said...

It's me again! I wasn't finished with my comments, but for some reason this ipad wouldn't let me type any more! I absolutely couldn't give you any tips, but I can tell you that I LOVE all three of these photos. If I were forced to pick just one fav, I would choose the one of the spider....that web and the background colors are AMAZING!

nancygrayce said...

Love the spider photo, but Midnight is my favorite! I can't critique because I'm not a great photographer! Love them all and I'll have to check out that website.

Kathleen Grace said...

I think your photos are beautiful, I even tried to set the rose as my backdrop but it's not big enough:>(
Spiders squick me out so I admit I didn't look too closely at that one. But the rose and the pond are lovely:>)

Jojo Caramel said...

I love your photos! You know it! They are very sensitive and poetic..