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By garymcparland    
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


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

Tags: General Digitally manipulated Digital art

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Sconz 11 9 1 Ireland
21 Jan 2010 2:39PM
If it's you Gary, then indeed it's sinister!!!!!!!Wink


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SueTurner 13 81 3 England
21 Jan 2010 2:39PM
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

graceland 13 2.5k 2 United Kingdom
21 Jan 2010 2:40PM
I like this one well done !!
DaveU 12 1.4k 125 England
21 Jan 2010 2:44PM
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
Mynett 9 142 6 United Kingdom
21 Jan 2010 2:45PM
it like a film set .... wonderfully manipulated to give exactly what you wanted to show.

User_Removed 11 17 5 United Kingdom
21 Jan 2010 2:47PM
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
JouŠo 14 56 Finland
21 Jan 2010 2:51PM

Accept my UA...

Sean_Dillon 9 2 2 England
21 Jan 2010 3:07PM
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.
21 Jan 2010 3:10PM
great comp
LesF 11 182 9
21 Jan 2010 3:14PM
One of those that comes along now and again that takes your breath away and this is one of those, superb work

IOWAndy 9 19 United Kingdom
21 Jan 2010 3:28PM
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???

garymcparland 11 341 3 United Kingdom
21 Jan 2010 3:29PM
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

garymcparland 11 341 3 United Kingdom
21 Jan 2010 3:33PM
Just noticed your UA Jouco, thank you very much, very pleased Smile

rpba18205 8 1 4 United Kingdom
21 Jan 2010 3:37PM
Artwork personified. Brilliantly done.

BillyGoatGruff 11 191 199 England
21 Jan 2010 3:38PM
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!


21 Jan 2010 3:39PM
Excellent Image, very nicely done
C_Daniels 13 399 10 England
21 Jan 2010 3:43PM
I think the surreal trees make this image even without the figure,
DeSilver Plus
10 14 12 England
21 Jan 2010 3:49PM
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.

andrejD 9 1 Germany
21 Jan 2010 4:05PM
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.
picturistic 8 7 7 Wales
21 Jan 2010 4:10PM
reminds me of John Carpenters the fog as they come through the lit fog brandishing their swords....scared me anyway, well done its ace

TyChee 13 275 1 United States
21 Jan 2010 4:35PM
Awesome shot.
RonnieAG Plus
8 154 118 Scotland
21 Jan 2010 4:49PM
Very cleverly manufactured image. Excellent work.
kenraw 8 2 United Kingdom
21 Jan 2010 5:04PM
superb. I love sinister photos, and love the word sinister.
Richsr 11 91 223 England
21 Jan 2010 5:11PM
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
zed 13 551 United Kingdom
21 Jan 2010 5:16PM
Tis creepy, I wouldn't want to be down there!
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.

No vote for the obvious reason.
JanieB43 9 47 6 England
21 Jan 2010 5:58PM
It's creepy but I like it - though I do agree with Dougie I still give it vote for artistic impact.
Paree 13 616 3
21 Jan 2010 6:45PM
brilliant very different
garymcparland 11 341 3 United Kingdom
21 Jan 2010 7:13PM
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
iansnowdon 8 7 2 United Kingdom
21 Jan 2010 7:38PM
Stunning image... The title hits the nail on the head.
21 Jan 2010 7:44PM
Simply amazing shot, wowowowowowwow.

BigRick 12 2.1k 3 United Kingdom
21 Jan 2010 7:46PM
Fantastic shot, and well manipulated.

Ian-Munro 10 200 15 Wales
21 Jan 2010 7:50PM
love it.
Stewy Plus
11 103 2 England
21 Jan 2010 8:22PM
Fabulous work, both of them.

21 Jan 2010 8:25PM
Very fine creation, the grim reaper version is superb.
derekhansen Plus
9 210 24 United Kingdom
21 Jan 2010 8:31PM
Two excellent images. Love both of them.

jken 11 1.7k 1 United Kingdom
21 Jan 2010 9:35PM
Really excellent piece of work Gary, only ever possible from a fantastic piece of photography....Wink

ironman 9 1
21 Jan 2010 10:10PM
Stunning image.Favour the reaper version slightly.
Biz79 9 2 Scotland
21 Jan 2010 10:24PM
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.

garymcparland 11 341 3 United Kingdom
21 Jan 2010 10:31PM

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

Station Wink
21 Jan 2010 11:07PM
Stunning images, fabulous work.
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.

TeresaH 13 1.1k United Kingdom
22 Jan 2010 11:33AM
The reaper does it for me, that always summons up a sinister image. But the trees are great as they are too.
JouŠo 14 56 Finland
22 Jan 2010 12:36PM
congrats on the EC!

Well deserved!

garymcparland 11 341 3 United Kingdom
22 Jan 2010 1:08PM
Wow an EC thanks Pete Smile didnt expect that.

Thanks everyone Smile

LesF 11 182 9
22 Jan 2010 1:35PM
Congrats on the EC

DaveU 12 1.4k 125 England
22 Jan 2010 1:40PM
Methinks you're a little too modest on the digital manipulation jiggery-pokery front Gary .... well done on the EC.
Eviscera 11 1.1k 149 United Kingdom
22 Jan 2010 5:20PM
Class piece of imagery , love it.
BillyGoatGruff 11 191 199 England
22 Jan 2010 5:32PM

Congrats on the EC, Gary!

The mono works a treat!

DouglasLatham 12 454 England
22 Jan 2010 5:33PM
Great set of Images ,But no2 is the one for me Smile

Great Work
beckas 14 5 1 United States
23 Jan 2010 2:21AM
Wow!!! This is soooo AMAZING!!!!!
garymcparland 11 341 3 United Kingdom
23 Jan 2010 8:51PM
Thanks very much Dougie and Fran for your user awards, very much appreciated Smile Gary
24 Jan 2010 12:49PM
Goodun mate...
jules41 14 197 United Kingdom
24 Jan 2010 8:48PM
Gets my vote Gary..what suberb work,love those trees and the composition works so well
Well Captured
garymcparland 11 341 3 United Kingdom
25 Jan 2010 9:39AM
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

25 Jan 2010 10:20AM
congrats on an amazing image gary and potw !!!!
JouŠo 14 56 Finland
25 Jan 2010 10:20AM
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!

MickyMc 10 8 United Kingdom
25 Jan 2010 12:22PM
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.
Drive down this road quite often and have taken many shots. I like the mono one great and shows imagination. well done!
fabulous work, it doesnt even look digital - looks real, would make an awesome book cover or movie poster
User_Removed 14 17.9k 8 Norway
25 Jan 2010 2:05PM
How I missed this I will never know.

Superb - and a very worthy winner of all it's awards.
bayliner185 11 16 1 Northern Ireland
25 Jan 2010 3:18PM
Photo of the week no less.. well done Gary its another great image.

Woodlander 11 122 Northern Ireland
25 Jan 2010 6:29PM
Congratulations on photo of the week, well deserved, great image Gary

Emmog 9 38 1 England
25 Jan 2010 6:41PM
Great shot
garymcparland 11 341 3 United Kingdom
25 Jan 2010 6:57PM
Thanks very much guys Smile
Ridgeway 11 222 2 Ireland
25 Jan 2010 11:29PM
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,
andmolliethedog 12 120 11 United Kingdom
26 Jan 2010 8:06AM
A superb work.
patrickb 8 9 United Kingdom
26 Jan 2010 8:43AM
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.
drostan 10 Scotland
26 Jan 2010 8:58PM
knackeredoldman 9 120 7 United Kingdom
26 Jan 2010 9:13PM
Dark Dude!
Outlander 8 78
27 Jan 2010 8:25AM
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.
27 Jan 2010 12:52PM
Amazing shots, really beautiful.
backbeat Plus
12 134 1 United Kingdom
27 Jan 2010 4:47PM
well done work

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

jonathanbp 9 99 Thailand
27 Jan 2010 6:15PM
like both versions, superb, slight preference for V1 - Jonathan
ann_g 14 19 United Kingdom
27 Jan 2010 6:49PM
Mari 14 1.8k United Kingdom
27 Jan 2010 8:47PM
Fantastic image, Gary, congrats on all the awards Smile

naveen 8 2 India
27 Jan 2010 8:50PM
Cant believe my eyes...stunnigly amazing photo and a great work...congrats on all the nice compliments!!
cassiecat 9 39 46 England
27 Jan 2010 8:52PM
love the colour in v1 and the grim reaper in v2. congrats on al the awards.lesley
Skeleton 8 4 Australia
27 Jan 2010 9:53PM
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.
Goggz 11 2.3k 72 Wales
27 Jan 2010 10:35PM
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
liparig 13 233 United States
27 Jan 2010 10:37PM
WOW stunning both are amazing photos, congrats
MarkT 13 119 2 England
28 Jan 2010 2:41PM
Well done Gary - superb as always Smile

RoyBoy 13 287 2 United Kingdom
29 Jan 2010 7:46AM

neonknight 13 1 United Kingdom
29 Jan 2010 10:44PM
V" is awesome!!
fletchphoto 16 97 1 England
30 Jan 2010 11:21AM
Whilst I like the effect of the first image its the second that really is the master piece! Well done
Chaitanya 8 14 1 United Kingdom
30 Jan 2010 5:51PM
Amazing, effect captured.
tripodted 12 32 1 Northern Ireland
31 Jan 2010 2:28AM
Well manipulated image. Congratulations on the EC & Picture of the week.
sprock 14 66 1 United Kingdom
31 Jan 2010 12:40PM
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.
Hazel 11 1 United States
2 Feb 2010 11:16PM
This is excellent. The canopy of spooky trees, the light & the figure are wonderfully scary. I could see this in a book!
tommythecat 11 149 2 United Kingdom
4 Feb 2010 11:26AM
Excellent - got to say I prefer the overall feel to the reaper pic. Congrats
5 Feb 2010 12:25PM
WOW! Superb
5 Feb 2010 4:02PM
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.
13 Feb 2010 1:15AM
A wonderful pic. It doesn't feel sinister to me. Its too beautiful an image to be that, I think.
18 Feb 2010 9:37AM
Super picture, can I say more, well done Pete Howe
POOCHIE 12 21 6 United Kingdom
22 Feb 2010 12:44PM
Superb!!!!!! wish I'd thought of it love version 2.

Berni 8 United Kingdom
3 Mar 2010 8:07PM
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
paulcr 13 1.5k 9 Ireland
3 Mar 2010 8:09PM
Cant decide betweem V1 or V2, both brilliant. Paul
6 Mar 2010 11:10PM
Love this! Beautiful photo. Would work as a cover for a horror film for definite.
hats off... great shot.
bzbee Plus
14 102 3 United Kingdom
3 May 2010 10:20PM
oh the grim reaper - what a powerful image!
27 Nov 2010 11:16AM
Good work
Mirec 8 22 United Kingdom
1 Jan 2011 2:44PM
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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