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I sailed away for a year and a day

By malc_c
It's been quite a while since my last upload- life took me on one of her journeys- so here's a silly ditty I took playing about with a couple of new speedlights, just for a bit of fun.
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Tags: Flash Boat Fish Strobist Digital art Flash and lighting

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1 Oct 2010 6:06AM
Pleasant composition, soothing, I don't know for sure but I feel cloud does not go with the subject.

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VIKI Plus
9 18 1 United Kingdom
1 Oct 2010 7:56AM
I'd love to hang this on my wall!
malc_c 9 2 167 England
1 Oct 2010 10:59AM
Thank you Viki, what more fitting compliment could a picture get!
malc
CathR Plus
9 150 564 United Kingdom
1 Oct 2010 11:44AM
Welcome back, Malc!

This brought a smile to my face on this damp and dreary morning. I love the fish and the boat - well positioned, good colours and nice shadows too.

I agree with Nikola about the cloud not quite fitting in. I suppose it's because the fish and the boat are real objects whereas I guess you have put the clouds in after taking the shot. I wonder if it might help is there was more of them? I think it is just the one in the middle which perhaps doesn't quite work.

Good to see you posting and perhaps critting again.

Best wishes

Catherine
malc_c 9 2 167 England
1 Oct 2010 3:07PM
THANK YOU Catherine,
It does ones soul good to be remembered!

I did add the cloud into an otherwise very 'straight' (for me anyway) shot, half to simply fill what I thought was a bit of an empty a space, half to create a visual conundrum.... ie an 'odd feeling', that hopefully needs some thought.

Cheers,
malc
Jestertheclown Plus
7 7.1k 249 England
1 Oct 2010 8:59PM
The shot as a whole works really well for me.

I rather like the idea of the cloud being there but having read what's been said, it entered my head that a "toy" cloud might work better.

Find a seven-year-old and give him some paints and a piece of cardboard. That kind of cloud!

Bren.
SueEley Plus
9 279 96 Wales
9 Oct 2010 7:35PM
The elements are different sizes.... this is true, but the cloud holds it together for me and it is fun.
15 Oct 2010 2:33PM
Glad to see you posting again, Malcolm. I love this image, the bath towel 'sea' really ties the subjects in and for me the cloud fills the space well. Very expressive of the journey you are experiencing, I think.

Look forward to catching up with you at Amersham next week.

Sandra
malc_c 9 2 167 England
16 Oct 2010 7:50AM
Sandra,

It's good to hear from you- I feared we had lost you at APS as I haven't seen you there, so I look forward to catching up on what the two of you have been up to on Monday. Maybe we can convince you to share some of your lovely pictures with us this year...?

Your comment does reveal a core truth- "a year of anniversaries" someone called it, and today is day 111 as it happens which, if you're into spiritual numerology, apparently represents a gateway to a new life. Must rush....Sainsbury's beckons....

malcsx
Diana Plus
9 2.0k 19 Netherlands
27 Oct 2010 11:14AM
love the quirkiness of this piece Malc, I love fishies too

life's a journey hey ?

hope you are keeping well,

I like the meaningful reference to numerology too

Diana

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