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Had a bit of a play with one of my recent Dark hedges photos and came up with this. Its supposed to be a sinister figure holding a knife. Is this what you feel when looking at it ?
Opinions appreciated. Smile

Thanks
Gary

edit : ive uploaded the reaper version following suggestions and made it a bit moodier.

Camera:Canon EOS 5D
Lens:Canon 17-40L
Recording media:RAW (digital)
Title:Sinister
Username:Codiac Codiac
Uploaded:21 Jan 2010 - 2:29 PM
Tags:Digital art, Digitally manipulated, General
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Sconz
Sconz  7 Ireland1 Constructive Critique Points
21 Jan 2010 - 2:39 PM

If it's you Gary, then indeed it's sinister!!!!!!!Wink

SeanSmile

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SueTurner
SueTurner  981 forum posts England3 Constructive Critique Points
21 Jan 2010 - 2:39 PM

very sinister - work a treat.
If I were being a bit picky - could you take out the puddle, bit too bright for the rest of the shot, apart from that - love it

Sue

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graceland
graceland  92378 forum posts United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
21 Jan 2010 - 2:40 PM

I like this one well done !!

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DaveU
DaveU e2 Member 81339 forum postsDaveU vcard England121 Constructive Critique Points
21 Jan 2010 - 2:44 PMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 

Leaving the figure out of the discussion for a second Gary, that really is a superb image. The quality of light, the trees receding into the distance, the reflection in the puddle .... marvellous.

I like the figure and I like the shadow, but sinister no ... not for me, intriguing would be a better description. Difficult at this size to see that it's a knife. Maybe a scythe, easier to see, and call it The Reaper. Or move the figure to the side of the lane and rename "The Hitcher".

Whatever we're niggling now .... I've not typed this much in a while so I must like it Smile

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Mynett
Mynett e2 Member 6137 forum postsMynett vcard United Kingdom6 Constructive Critique Points
21 Jan 2010 - 2:45 PM

it like a film set .... wonderfully manipulated to give exactly what you wanted to show.

Linda

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User_Removed
21 Jan 2010 - 2:47 PM

I thought this photo stands out and really catches my eye. I didn' paticularly think t was sinister, but maybe that 's just my way of thinking. I do think it's a great and unusual composition.
The puddle in the foeground helps to balance the composition.
Nice shot

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JouŠo
JouŠo  1056 forum posts Finland
21 Jan 2010 - 2:51 PM

MAGICAL IMAGE!

Accept my UA...

Jouko

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Sean_Dillon
21 Jan 2010 - 3:07 PM

Sinister to me - if I saw this Sillhouette on the road infront of me in the middle of a wood - I`d turn around and walk the other way!
The image itself is spot on - great work.

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Image123  5 United Kingdom
21 Jan 2010 - 3:10 PM

great comp
Gareth

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LesF
LesF e2 Member 7176 forum postsLesF vcard 8 Constructive Critique Points
21 Jan 2010 - 3:14 PM

One of those that comes along now and again that takes your breath away and this is one of those, superb work

LesF

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IOWAndy
IOWAndy  5 United Kingdom
21 Jan 2010 - 3:28 PM

Must admit the first thing I thought when I looked at it was ... should have had a scythe ... but that being said a lovely atmospheric shot ... perhaps a little too light from the side to be called "sinister" but perhaps it would work in B & W???

Andy

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Codiac
Codiac  7310 forum posts Northern Ireland3 Constructive Critique Points
21 Jan 2010 - 3:29 PM

Thanks very much for all the comments guys Smile

Quote: Maybe a scythe, easier to see, and call it The Reaper.

I like that one Dave, why didnt i think of that. might have a go at that later if you dont mind me stealing the idea Wink

Gary

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Codiac  7310 forum posts Northern Ireland3 Constructive Critique Points
21 Jan 2010 - 3:33 PM

Just noticed your UA Jouco, thank you very much, very pleased Smile

Gary

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rpba18205 e2 Member 4rpba18205 vcard United Kingdom4 Constructive Critique Points
21 Jan 2010 - 3:37 PM

Artwork personified. Brilliantly done.

RJ

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BillyGoatGruff
BillyGoatGruff e2 Member 7191 forum postsBillyGoatGruff vcard England199 Constructive Critique Points
21 Jan 2010 - 3:38 PMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 

That's beautifully done, Gary.

As Dave say, however, I'm not sure that sinister is quite the right word! Mysterious; eerie; intriguing .... all spring to mind.

I think the ethereal effect you have develeoped would benefit from being considerably darker and also that much, much less colour would really suit this well. Even a completely mono or toned treatment (greenish seems to be foremost in my mind) would work very well, imo. Perhaps even with some added monochromatic noise, to accentuate the fogginess.
Oh, and a MUCH bigger knife.
Or a scythe, as has been already said!
An opinion, for what it's worth!

I like it a lot!

Cheers

Bill

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fotosphere
21 Jan 2010 - 3:39 PM

Excellent Image, very nicely done
Tony

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C_Daniels
C_Daniels  9399 forum posts England10 Constructive Critique Points
21 Jan 2010 - 3:43 PM

I think the surreal trees make this image even without the figure,

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DeSilver
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21 Jan 2010 - 3:49 PM

Looks like the entrance to the underworld. You feel that you have no other choice but to carry on past the guardian if you can. Sad Nice one Gary.


David.

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andrejD
andrejD  5 Germany1 Constructive Critique Points
21 Jan 2010 - 4:05 PM

These trees with this light and a silhouette going away would be priceless. Here the strong light on the earth and the shadow somehow contradict each other. Nevertheless an attracting image.

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picturistic
21 Jan 2010 - 4:10 PM

reminds me of John Carpenters the fog as they come through the lit fog brandishing their swords....scared me anyway, well done its ace

Adrian

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21 Jan 2010 - 4:35 PM

Awesome shot.
Ty

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RonnieAG
RonnieAG e2 Member 4139 forum postsRonnieAG vcard Scotland112 Constructive Critique Points
21 Jan 2010 - 4:49 PM

Very cleverly manufactured image. Excellent work.
Ronnie.

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kenraw
kenraw  5 United Kingdom
21 Jan 2010 - 5:04 PM

superb. I love sinister photos, and love the word sinister.
Ken

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Richsr
Richsr e2 Member 790 forum postsRichsr vcard England209 Constructive Critique Points
21 Jan 2010 - 5:11 PM

Cracking light and details Gary, good work with the figure and shadow. But not really sinister as you can see what the person is holding.
Regards Richard

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zed
zed  10551 forum posts United Kingdom
21 Jan 2010 - 5:16 PM

Tis creepy, I wouldn't want to be down there!
zed
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Scottishlandscapes
Scottishlandscapes e2 Member 1068 forum postsScottishlandscapes vcard Scotland35 Constructive Critique Points
21 Jan 2010 - 5:20 PMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 

It's a well crafted image my friend, great place and the light you've organised is, tremendous. Now the buts, I agree with Sue about the puddle take the colour out or blur it a little, but my main comment get shot of the knife.
You don't need it, and it's the object of misery for so many families around the country with kids carrying the cursed things and killing other kids, we need to be responsible too and lets not glamorize them in any way.
I think the image looks good and spooky and I would be looking for a chippie if I was seeing this myself.

Dougie
No vote for the obvious reason.

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JanieB43
JanieB43  647 forum posts England6 Constructive Critique Points
21 Jan 2010 - 5:58 PM

It's creepy but I like it - though I do agree with Dougie I still give it vote for artistic impact.
Jane

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Paree
Paree  9594 forum posts3 Constructive Critique Points
21 Jan 2010 - 6:45 PM

brilliant very different
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Codiac
Codiac  7310 forum posts Northern Ireland3 Constructive Critique Points
21 Jan 2010 - 7:13 PM

Thanks for all the input on this one. Smile

Just want to say that in no way was i trying to glamourise carrying knives. I understand where you are coming from Dougie but it was really a spooky cinematic feel i was going for. I despise the knife wielding yobs as much as anyone.
I actually prefer Daves idea of the reaper so ill have a go and upload that version too.

Cheers, Gary Smile

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iansnowdon
21 Jan 2010 - 7:38 PM

Stunning image... The title hits the nail on the head.
Regards
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motorsportpictures

Simply amazing shot, wowowowowowwow.

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BigRick
BigRick  92085 forum posts United Kingdom3 Constructive Critique Points
21 Jan 2010 - 7:46 PM

Fantastic shot, and well manipulated.

Rick.

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Ian-Munro
Ian-Munro  6200 forum posts Wales15 Constructive Critique Points
21 Jan 2010 - 7:50 PM

love it.

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Stewy
Stewy e2 Member 7101 forum postsStewy vcard England2 Constructive Critique Points
21 Jan 2010 - 8:22 PM

Fabulous work, both of them.

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chalkhillblue e2 Member 5143 forum postschalkhillblue vcard United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
21 Jan 2010 - 8:25 PM

Very fine creation, the grim reaper version is superb.
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derekhansen
derekhansen e2 Member 5185 forum postsderekhansen vcard United Kingdom23 Constructive Critique Points
21 Jan 2010 - 8:31 PM

Two excellent images. Love both of them.

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jken  81672 forum posts United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
21 Jan 2010 - 9:35 PM

Really excellent piece of work Gary, only ever possible from a fantastic piece of photography....Wink

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ironman  5
21 Jan 2010 - 10:10 PM

Stunning image.Favour the reaper version slightly.

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Biz79  5 Scotland
21 Jan 2010 - 10:24 PM

I really like these images. Class. You may be a king or a little street sweeper but sooner or later you dance with the reaper.

Mark

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Codiac
Codiac  7310 forum posts Northern Ireland3 Constructive Critique Points
21 Jan 2010 - 10:31 PM


Quote: You may be a king or a little street sweeper but sooner or later you dance with the reaper

Station Wink

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bromley-smith
21 Jan 2010 - 11:07 PM

Stunning images, fabulous work.
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Scottishlandscapes e2 Member 1068 forum postsScottishlandscapes vcard Scotland35 Constructive Critique Points
22 Jan 2010 - 5:30 AM

V2 is a much better image for the changes you've made my friend, tremendous use of the shadow and the dark avenue of trees.

Well done.

Dougie

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TeresaH
TeresaH  91116 forum posts United Kingdom
22 Jan 2010 - 11:33 AM

The reaper does it for me, that always summons up a sinister image. But the trees are great as they are too.

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JouŠo
JouŠo  1056 forum posts Finland
22 Jan 2010 - 12:36 PM

congrats on the EC!

Well deserved!

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Codiac
Codiac  7310 forum posts Northern Ireland3 Constructive Critique Points
22 Jan 2010 - 1:08 PM

Wow an EC thanks Pete Smile didnt expect that.

Thanks everyone Smile

Gary

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LesF e2 Member 7176 forum postsLesF vcard 8 Constructive Critique Points
22 Jan 2010 - 1:35 PM

Congrats on the EC

LesF

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DaveU e2 Member 81339 forum postsDaveU vcard England121 Constructive Critique Points
22 Jan 2010 - 1:40 PM

Methinks you're a little too modest on the digital manipulation jiggery-pokery front Gary .... well done on the EC.

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Eviscera
Eviscera e2 Member 81104 forum postsEviscera vcard United Kingdom149 Constructive Critique Points
22 Jan 2010 - 5:20 PM

Class piece of imagery , love it.

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BillyGoatGruff e2 Member 7191 forum postsBillyGoatGruff vcard England199 Constructive Critique Points
22 Jan 2010 - 5:32 PM

Woohoo!

Congrats on the EC, Gary!

The mono works a treat!

Bill

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DouglasLatham
22 Jan 2010 - 5:33 PM

Great set of Images ,But no2 is the one for me Smile

Great Work
Dougie

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beckas
beckas  10 United States1 Constructive Critique Points
23 Jan 2010 - 2:21 AM

Wow!!! This is soooo AMAZING!!!!!

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Codiac
Codiac  7310 forum posts Northern Ireland3 Constructive Critique Points
23 Jan 2010 - 8:51 PM

Thanks very much Dougie and Fran for your user awards, very much appreciated Smile Gary

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Goodun mate...

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jules41  10197 forum posts United Kingdom
24 Jan 2010 - 8:48 PM

Gets my vote Gary..what suberb work,love those trees and the composition works so well
Well Captured
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Codiac  7310 forum posts Northern Ireland3 Constructive Critique Points
25 Jan 2010 - 9:39 AM

Cant believe i got POTW. thanks very much Pete. Really unexpected but still overjoyed, made my Mon morning. Smile Thanks for your UA too Colin, very pleased to receive it also Smile

Gary

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BreadandShutter
25 Jan 2010 - 10:20 AM

congrats on an amazing image gary and potw !!!!

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JouŠo  1056 forum posts Finland
25 Jan 2010 - 10:20 AM

Congrats on the POTW award too! Well deserved! I´m sure this will find its place on your livinroom wall...and I bet it will look good on canvas!

Jouko

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MickyMc  6 United Kingdom
25 Jan 2010 - 12:22 PM

Actually I go for No2, I think that is brilliant but You got POTW for No 1 so who am I to talk. Well done.
Mavis

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ambientguitar
25 Jan 2010 - 1:29 PM

Drive down this road quite often and have taken many shots. I like the mono one great and shows imagination. well done!

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KatrienaEmmanuel

fabulous work, it doesnt even look digital - looks real, would make an awesome book cover or movie poster

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User_Removed
25 Jan 2010 - 2:05 PM

How I missed this I will never know.

Superb - and a very worthy winner of all it's awards.

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25 Jan 2010 - 3:18 PM

Photo of the week no less.. well done Gary its another great image.

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Woodlander
25 Jan 2010 - 6:29 PM

Congratulations on photo of the week, well deserved, great image Gary

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Emmog  538 forum posts England1 Constructive Critique Points
25 Jan 2010 - 6:41 PM

Great shot
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Codiac  7310 forum posts Northern Ireland3 Constructive Critique Points
25 Jan 2010 - 6:57 PM

Thanks very much guys Smile

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Ridgeway  7222 forum posts Ireland2 Constructive Critique Points
25 Jan 2010 - 11:29 PM

Brilliant work,like what you have done here but sinister is not what sprang to mind."Hitcher" as someone mentioned above,"Hunted" maybe,love the colour and light,the puddle works for me if a little bright.
Love V2,the light catching the blade,rays of light catching the tree branches,,but this could be good without Mr Reaper,,
Just to be akward how about putting Mr Reaper in no,1 ,,
Like n,o 1 but V2 would my choice,

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andmolliethedog

A superb work.

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patrickb  4 United Kingdom
26 Jan 2010 - 8:43 AM

I love it, great depth! For me it feels very sinister esp nu2. as said before i would run the other way if he was coming toward me.

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drostan  6 Scotland
26 Jan 2010 - 8:58 PM

Ace!

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Dark Dude!

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Outlander
Outlander  573 forum posts
27 Jan 2010 - 8:25 AM

Wow,i`ve seen those hedges shot many many times,but you have certainaly shown them in a new and creative way,well done to you.
Top Notch.

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marco_delvalle1
27 Jan 2010 - 12:52 PM

Amazing shots, really beautiful.
Marco

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backbeat  8134 forum posts United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
27 Jan 2010 - 4:47 PM

well done gary...top work

i think a certain magazine comp might like it.. Wink

phil

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27 Jan 2010 - 6:15 PM

like both versions, superb, slight preference for V1 - Jonathan

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ann_g  10 United Kingdom
27 Jan 2010 - 6:49 PM

Superb

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Mari
Mari  101825 forum posts Wales
27 Jan 2010 - 8:47 PM

Fantastic image, Gary, congrats on all the awards Smile

Mari

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naveen  4 India
27 Jan 2010 - 8:50 PM

Cant believe my eyes...stunnigly amazing photo and a great work...congrats on all the nice compliments!!

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cassiecat  639 forum posts England46 Constructive Critique Points
27 Jan 2010 - 8:52 PM

love the colour in v1 and the grim reaper in v2. congrats on al the awards.lesley

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Skeleton
Skeleton  5 Australia4 Constructive Critique Points
27 Jan 2010 - 9:53 PM

I like both, but the colour version is my pick of the two. Great location, well executed. The long shadow of the person running down the road, the fog and those trees all add immensely to this shot.

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Goggz
Goggz  72301 forum posts Wales72 Constructive Critique Points
27 Jan 2010 - 10:35 PM

Reaper for me, if only for the amazing shadows that have been cast Smile
The Sinister one I thought was a bloke about to get run over! Smile
Well done on the awards! Very well deserved.
Cheers, Goggz

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liparig
liparig  10233 forum posts United States
27 Jan 2010 - 10:37 PM

WOW stunning both are amazing photos, congrats

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LindaPellingPhotography

Brilliant!

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MarkT
MarkT  9119 forum posts England2 Constructive Critique Points
28 Jan 2010 - 2:41 PM

Well done Gary - superb as always Smile

Mark.

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RoyBoy
RoyBoy  9171 forum posts United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
29 Jan 2010 - 7:46 AM

Excellent!

Roy

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neonknight
29 Jan 2010 - 10:44 PM

V" is awesome!!

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fletchphoto
30 Jan 2010 - 11:21 AM

Whilst I like the effect of the first image its the second that really is the master piece! Well done

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Chaitanya
Chaitanya  4 India1 Constructive Critique Points
30 Jan 2010 - 5:51 PM

Amazing, effect captured.

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tripodted
tripodted e2 Member 930 forum poststripodted vcard Northern Ireland1 Constructive Critique Points
31 Jan 2010 - 2:28 AM

Well manipulated image. Congratulations on the EC & Picture of the week.
Ted

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sprock
sprock  1166 forum posts England1 Constructive Critique Points
31 Jan 2010 - 12:40 PM

Very good image, Like the soft focus, contrast etc. Prefer the sinister one to the reaper as its makes it more believable and hence more sinister - great work.

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Hazel
Hazel  8 United States
2 Feb 2010 - 11:16 PM

This is excellent. The canopy of spooky trees, the light & the figure are wonderfully scary. I could see this in a book!

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tommythecat
4 Feb 2010 - 11:26 AM

Excellent - got to say I prefer the overall feel to the reaper pic. Congrats
Tommy

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Mad4WDW
Mad4WDW  5 England
5 Feb 2010 - 12:25 PM

WOW! Superb

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MCRLUCY
MCRLUCY  4 United Kingdom
5 Feb 2010 - 4:02 PM

OH MY WOW! This is such a wonderful shot. Personally, I don't think it needed the figure in there to be sinister. You could have done just that with the darkness of the tree branches and leaving the bright light out. What I would say about the figure is that it certainly draws you further into the picture leaving you with the feeling of wanting to know more/follow him. I would not say the figure looks like they have a knife. Very intriguing and a fantastic composition.

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gregrussell
13 Feb 2010 - 1:15 AM

A wonderful pic. It doesn't feel sinister to me. Its too beautiful an image to be that, I think.

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peterthowe e2 Member 6peterthowe vcard United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
18 Feb 2010 - 9:37 AM

Super picture, can I say more, well done Pete Howe

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POOCHIE  8 United Kingdom6 Constructive Critique Points
22 Feb 2010 - 12:44 PM

Superb!!!!!! wish I'd thought of it love version 2.

Pooch.

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Berni
Berni  4 United Kingdom
3 Mar 2010 - 8:07 PM

This is Lovely-I didn't see 'Sinister' at all until I read your description regarding the figure with the knife

I don't think the figure adds anything to this particular image-It speaks volumes all on it own


Very Well Done

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paulcr  91536 forum posts Ireland9 Constructive Critique Points
3 Mar 2010 - 8:09 PM

Cant decide betweem V1 or V2, both brilliant. Paul

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KoxyKat
KoxyKat  4
6 Mar 2010 - 11:10 PM

Love this! Beautiful photo. Would work as a cover for a horror film for definite.

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SuryaManohar
7 Apr 2010 - 5:15 AM

hats off... great shot.

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bzbee
bzbee  10102 forum posts United Kingdom3 Constructive Critique Points
3 May 2010 - 10:20 PM

oh the grim reaper - what a powerful image!

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pronabk
pronabk  4 India
27 Nov 2010 - 11:16 AM

Good work

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Mirec
Mirec  5 United Kingdom
1 Jan 2011 - 2:44 PM

What is waiting beyond ? I love the tunnel created of trees and light behind the figure, the shadow and the mist. The composition and concept are on spot for me, though the knife (if that is a knife) is a bit cliche for me. Great photo.

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