Photographer: Monica Bennett, Bellevue
Photo taken: Dec. 18, from her Bellevue home.
Photographer's description: "I woke up in the morning and shot this from my balcony with my Canon T2i."
Expert says: "Interesting contrast of tones shows highlights, midtones and shadows. Even though the lighting is 'flat' (lacking contrast), layers are created with the varying tones. The composition consists of horizontal lines with the buildings breaking up the continuity. One suggestion: Crop out the tree extending above the others on the right. It distracts from the other vertical elements."
— Kevin Fujii, Seattle Times picture editor