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NDODS 11 5.2k 127 United Kingdom
25 Sep 2016 7:22PM
In today's climate it is very difficult to find true friendship and to trust those amongst us.

Great work with many clear messages,

Thanks for sharing Tanya

Regards Nathan GrinGrinGrin
fotobee 8 4 3 South Africa
25 Sep 2016 8:19PM
Really, really good indeed ! Regards Martin
25 Sep 2016 9:20PM
Beautiful gives a real sense of the plight elephants are going through thanks for sharing Grin
DaveU 15 1.4k 127 England
26 Sep 2016 7:18AM
Very well worked and a nice feel to this image ..... better in mono without the jarring hints of colour though.
Nikonuser1 Plus
9 170 16 United Kingdom
26 Sep 2016 7:20AM
A great imageGrinGrinGrin

Diggeo 8 13 Greece
26 Sep 2016 7:43AM
Surreal and beautiful!
bluesandtwos 12 531 1 England
26 Sep 2016 7:54AM
Oh that is sooo good and I have no award to give. Sad Have a virtual Lardy cake instead! Smile

That is beautifully done, realistically blended and great imagination. ( I bet you were a daydreamer at school Grin) The one and only bit I would change would be the orange Sun, I don't feel qualified to mention it Blush but if I cover it up with my fingers it seems even better.

This is really cleverly done, so now it's all round to your house for tea,cake and lessons!!! Nice one.

TanyaH Plus
18 1.3k 411 United Kingdom
26 Sep 2016 10:33AM
Nathan, Martin and Dennis - thank you for liking it enough to award it.

DaveU - I did try mono along the way, but it somehow killed something of the feeling for me.

Dave (no. 1) - odd you should say about the sun. It never even entered my mind that the image would be better without it! I think I got fixated on having 'something' to account for the shadows I'd tried to put in Grin

Ah well, it's all a learning curve. Not bad for a couple of models from the toy shop! Wink

bliba Plus
16 2 Austria
26 Sep 2016 11:46AM
very well manipulated
TrevBatWCC Plus
13 13 19 England
26 Sep 2016 12:25PM
Great shot Tanya, and go for the lead image as my fave - with it's sun! Wink
Trev Smile
TanyaH Plus
18 1.3k 411 United Kingdom
26 Sep 2016 1:06PM
I caved and did a mono version (without sun) ... not sure now which one I prefer! Blush
bluesandtwos 12 531 1 England
26 Sep 2016 1:43PM
I like the colour one best......make of that what you will! WinkGrin

Toy shop, you got them from a toy shop! I have spent the last 24 hours at Whipsnade trying to persuade them to lend me an elephant and a snake so I could have a practice at this!

saltireblue Plus
11 12.4k 78 Norway
26 Sep 2016 2:16PM
The mono version works better for me as we see the bird on the creature's back better than in the original. It's easier to see that it is a bird, not just a shape.

TanyaH Plus
18 1.3k 411 United Kingdom
26 Sep 2016 3:18PM
I'm with you on that one, Malc. They always upload darker on EPZ than on my screen ... *sigh* ... I never remember to compensate for that, sadly Sad

Dave - yep, models from the toy shop Grin Do you know how weird I felt, standing there with an elephant and a cobra in one hand, a StormTrooper in the other, and some lovely young man asking me whether I needed any help in choosing ... ? I mean, c'mon on - how do you answer a question like that?!

BTW - look up "Schleich" animal figures. They're wonderfully realistic for a toy animal Wink

DaveU 15 1.4k 127 England
27 Sep 2016 7:18AM
I think on balance I prefer the mono version without the sun. Seems to me it's a little bit brighter, easier to see the detail and the various elements seem to gel more into a coherent image without the colour distractions. That said I do quite like the sepia tinged colour of the original so you could maybe play with a toned version rather than straight black and white? The problem is you can fiddle with an image till the cows come home and still not quite decide if it's truly "finished", as I know to my cost from many of my images which I still revisit from time to time to tweak them. Ah the pain of being a perfectionist Sad
TanyaH Plus
18 1.3k 411 United Kingdom
27 Sep 2016 11:34AM
Thanks Dave, really appreciate that input Grin I'm a perpetual fiddler by nature, so not sure I've ever truly had a 'finished' piece!
29 Sep 2016 3:50PM
I'd like to read the book of the photo.
Such skillful work.
29 Sep 2016 9:38PM
Stunning work..Lin

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