tuffmutt1 - Great work, Uday! I really like the results you achieve in post-processing, it creates a nice feeling. A few of the little imperfections in the original image remain visible, but none are highlight noticeable. I guess because I’m a geek I still notice where the hook the ball hangs from is faceted, and the mysterious yellow area where the cord connects to the back of the light, but this is trivia. The fish image is a classic. It not only has terrific bokeh, it also brings out a feeling of Christmas lights that’s only found in the best holiday photographs. I think you could put the “Christmas Fish” image on a site like Flickr, and it would be highly ranked and viewed and linked to by millions of people.
shoox - That looks great!
jojo1975 - Terrific image! Maybe some of the geometry near to the camera looks too angular. You might need more subdivision or to soften a shadow? The lights on the tree look nice, but it’s a little hard to tell if they are on or they are off, if they are on but dim, then you should see some lighting or at least highlights on them from the sun. Maybe for such a wide-angle image you could use some barrel distortion on the image?
mirmel - Beautiful image! Nice colors and light. Maybe the fireplace could have been better, if you saw flames or the logs were shaded differently, and it could use (even) softer shadows from the fireplace.
Nehak - Beautiful! You’ve crafted some terrific, evocative images in this challenge.
andystopps - Great work! I loke how glass and mirrors can extend the tree into more of the scene.
Andi2008 - Welcome! I think when you have a bright window in the shot, you could aim some lights through the window, to light the edges of the window and the tree branches near it from behind. SOme shadowing or occlusion might help the image in places, for example above the window it almost appears as if light is leaking out from the top of the window frame above the window?
RazorJack - Great work! I think people look at other parts of the image first, before they notice if there’s frost on the windows, but the frost is a nice touch!
withego - Nice scene! Populating the room adds a lot. I don’t see as much inside vs. outside lighting difference as I’d expect. It looks like a cloudy day outside, but still clearly day, so I’d expect the white of the snow outside to get at least as bright, probably brighter, than the white on the interior wall to the left of the tree. I’d think with daylight out there and daylight on the window sill inside that looks good, that we’d see a more back-lit looking tree in places, and maybe the sky reflection in the ground would go brighter than the christmas light reflection. I like the look of the wood floor overall. And thanks for following-up with all that extra info, Alex! We appreciate it!
seminalsoul - Nice image. You might fill in a little more light on some of the walls, but not so much light on the wall to the right of the fireplace, part of that should be shadowed. The blurring looks a little unconvincing (some of the gifts under the tree blurred, some not, etc.)
snoopyBG - Nice scene! That’s an interesting take on the project.
kanooshka - Looks great! Thanks for posting the extra info. The anim-gif with the pass breakdown is a clever idea, I hope everyone saw it load and move in post #473.
ARTECmedia - Great work!
KelvinChen - Welcome! I like the shadow. Maybe on the the table-top the candles could be less bright on the bottom, or the top of the table could reflect them, to better connect them to the rest of the scene. Parts of the tree or firelight could be brighter, too, to help draw attention to other parts. Probably the dresser doesn’t need to be so bright or so evenly lit.
Halford - Nice image.
Wish I had time to say more. Must get ready for work now. Sorry I got so far behind on feedback!