#1 - Looks much better from this angle! A couple things, the wash on the left side is cut off a little bit. And the rocks are off center enough to bug me. I'd either make them center shot or if you get a chance, recompose them to the left or to the right. Hard to say which way since I don't know what else was around there.
#2 - Looks great! You did a great job keeping the midtones sharp for that time of day. I always like it when people defy the common myth that the only time you get great colors is the morning or evening.
#3 - I'd still crop out the top 1/4 of the shot. And I'd have to say that you made the right choice with B&W on this one.
Overall, great shots for that time of day!
I like these shots--they're beautiful desert landscapes--but I would prefer less noise reduction and more sharpening.
Thanks so much for your comments.
NoFlash, something strange is going on here, because on my monitor all three shots are tack sharp, and I didn't use any noise reduction on them. BobF noted that sometimes the Flickr-to-PopPhoto transfer softens images. Perhaps so.
As for the volcanic dike shot (#1), 3rdDraft, I did a lot of positioning and repositioning the camera while I took shots of this very interesting formation. I, too, am not real happy with the results. I'll go back sometime next summer and see what I can do differently. Because it's such an interesting locale, an accomplished shooter like myself (coff, coff), ought to be able to come up with a shot that does justice to the area.
I like the last in color, even to say that while it is nice in B&W, the color gives it more of a being there feel. The first seems rather centered. Maybe a much wider view could do this place justice. As is it seems static and a bit dull. The color would improve if you converted the shot to sRGB. My favorite is the second. I like the foreground colors and the sky, enough to find a composition with just those two elements.
ars longa vita brevis
Janos: Of course, of course. I totally forgot about converting to sRGB. Oh, well, gettin' older, I guess.
And thanks so much for the suggestions, everyone. I truly appreciate them.