Thank you Nigel - that's very much appreciated. The pillow is not half as intrusive as it was. I'm starting a photoshop course next week, so will hopefuly be able to manage something similar myself in a few weeks time
Thank you for the feedback. I was in two minds whether to upload this one or the one in colour which has a much stronger contrast between the green of the fields and the colour of the stone. I did increase the contrast, but perhaps not quite enough.
I'm glad you like the other Calder Valley images. I often refer to Fay Godwin's work - i love it!
Thank you for taking to look at this image in such detail - it is appreciated.
I'll have a go at cropping it in the way you have suggested. I know when i took the photo i purposely put the post in that corner so it would anchor the image on that side.
The way i achieved the exposure was by combining a polarising filter with a blue a122 cokin graduated filter. I am yet to get to grips with masks and layers!! Knowing me i will have completely forgotten to alter the number of stops
Thank you for the feed back Moira. I saw it as the way through..............but I will try your suggestion. I'm going back to that pond today to try some different shots, I'll take your suggestion with me.
his face was interesting. He had a gun shot wound beneath his chin which made his face look twisted. Also because it was so cold and he being elderly his eyes watered - but through all this came a warmth................
I also like the way the hump of his shoulders looks a bit like the hillocks in front of him
what i like about this image is the way there is one eye from each owl that is prominent. I donotknow if you did that on purpose but it works. The position of the owl onthe right is helpful because it fames the picture from that side. theone on the left acts as a frame but not as strongly which gives a way out. I like the way it is looking into the centre of the picture which means the eye is guided towards the worm. The fact the middle owl is more or less looking straight at the camera is good. I don't think this image would have worked so well if all three owls a) had a worm and b) were looking straight at the camera. Their positions and expressions give a strong sense of the jealousy about the worm and the sibling rivalry! If i had taken that pciture I would feel very pleased!!