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Welcome to a small corner of my world Grin

Two photographic thoughts that I'm trying to cement into my head at the moment are (1) "The poor concept, perfectly executed, still makes a poor photograph" (Misha Gordin) and (2) "Technically poor images are like poems written with poor grammar - they may have volumes of insight to convey, but they have difficultly doing it successfully" (Angela Farris Belt). I may have a way to go, but that's what I'm aiming for ...
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A quick view of TanyaH's recent activity.

  • The warlock

    That is just so cool! Grin
    • 6 Feb 2016 4:47PM
  • "where have all the young men gone"

    I love your composition here, Peter. There's such a heavy brooding sense of ... something lost, I think. Very effective indeed.
    • 6 Feb 2016 4:44PM
  • flower close up

    That wide aperture has rewarded you with a beautifully artistic, out of focus background (the second one I've seen today, actually!). It works for me Grin

    What doesn't though is the fact that not one of those flower (seed?) heads are in sharp focus. The right hand head sort of is, but just misses the mark and is therefore slightly unsatisfying (to me, anyway). The point of focus seems to be on that little spider web line running from the middle stem to the supporting stalk of extreme right hand head?

    If that was your intention, then it's worked. If not, then next time it's worth deciding on which head is going to be your main subject, and get critical focus on that. Let the rest of the image do what it wants - if you've got just one thing in perfect focus, then your viewer's eye will quite often forgive anything else Wink

    All I've done in my quick mod is to adjust the black point slightly in Levels (inwards just a touch) and apply some Smart Sharpening at 60% and a 0.8 radius. I cropped in slightly from the left hand side to place the flower cluster a little more to the left of the image and also added a fraction more space at the top of the frame.

    But I do really like the artistic elegance of this one Smile

    • 5 Feb 2016 1:14PM
  • Indian Roller

    Well, in terms of bird photography (which I don't do) I can't see anything wrong with this Smile You've got a beautifully defocussed background of a complementary hue, your bird is beautifully sharp as far as I can tell and I love your composition. The exposure seems just about right and I'm struggling to think of anything sensible to say that would 'improve' this image.

    My only quibble? You say the bird is 'sitting near a farm' and yet I see no farm ... Sad (Mind you, I think that having anything else in that same frame would spoil it, so maybe that's not such a bad thing after all.)

    I'm unsure what other kind of specific feedback you'd like on this, but that's mine for what it's worth.

    • 5 Feb 2016 12:57PM
  • lamplight

    I've never used filters on the lens for colour correction, so can't comment on what I don't know. However, I do know that you can use colour correcting gels on things like flashguns, in order to change the perceived 'colour' within your scene.

    Photographing under artificial light (like that lamp post) will nearly always give you a colour cast of some description. And most photo editing software will give you the option to remove it (or certainly reduce it to the extent where it's not so obvious).

    I'm also assuming that's what you mean when you say that you're "...trying to get a more natural light"?

    In my mod, all I've done (apart from a little bit of CC rotation and noise reduction) is to sample the warmth of the tungsten light, and then add a Photo filter of the opposite hue (so a blue tone). Then I adjusted the density of that so that it retained some warmth, but nowhere near as much as you had. One of the problems with doing that, however, was that the blue tone amplified the blue tones already in the image's shadow areas so I then had to remove those ...

    So as you can see, although software is great and can do many wonderful things, it can be a bit of a balancing act to get it close to right and get the effect you're after. Is it worth it? Oh yeah, without a doubt Smile but it takes practice. If you're willing to put that time in and practice, then you'd reap the benefits of using photo editing software.

    And, if you don't already have any kind of editing software, I'll add my vote for GIMP - as John says, it's good, it's free ... what's not to like?!

    • 5 Feb 2016 12:48PM
  • This is Tenerife

    I'll echo Dudler and say that I'd give this a UA without hesitation, it's that lovely Smile I personally prefer the cooler tones of your original to the warmer mods, but that's just my own preference.

    • 5 Feb 2016 12:16PM

    Yes it does, and very nicely too Grin However, it's also showing me the very tips of the trees at the bottom which is a bit distracting. Crop up from the bottom slightly to remove them, and perhaps in from the right a bit (roughly to where that top power line goes out the top of the image) and you'd have a wonderfully minimalistic, almost surreal image. Just a suggestion though, so feel free to ignore it if you want to Smile
    • 4 Feb 2016 6:33PM
  • Great images! Really enjoying your work Smile
    • Posted on chudzy's profile
    • 21 Jan 2016 6:59PM
  • Thought I'd have a peek at what else you do when not on max strength cold and flu medication and 'atmospheric' music ... Grin
    Glad I did - you do stunning landscape work!
    • Posted on BobShaw's profile
    • 4 Jun 2015 12:04PM
  • Wow, what a portfolio! Inspiring work and I've thoroughly enjoyed having a bimble through it Grin
    • Posted on backbeat's profile
    • 13 Apr 2015 11:19AM
  • Your portfolio's developing rather nicely here Grin I'm thoroughly enjoying what you've done so far, and looking forward to seeing more.
  • I don't think I've actually looked through your portfolio before ... glad I have now, though. I think that you have an amazingly eclectic, bizzare and wonderfully twisted mind. Even better, you've also got the processing and manipulation skills to go along with that imagination.

    It's a visual smorgasbord, with a little bit for everyone and a massive dollop of appeal Grin
  • I can't believe I've never actually left a comment on your portfolio, saying just how much I like your work! Bonkers ... thought I had, but just 'viewed all' and obviously not ...
    So - your stuff is achingly wonderful and I hate you (only kidding on that bit).

    Your creative art is so inspirational and beautiful Smile

  • I've got to say, I love the way you process your images Smile There's a wonderful sense of the primeval about a lot of your shots that I find very appealing indeed. I loved the Bellever Forest image in particular. It's a fantastic portfolio of imagery that is a pleasure to view.
  • I've finally found time to look through your images properly, and I can't believe I've never commented on your portfolio before! Stupid me Grin What a treasure trove of creativity, weirdness and soulful imagery. I am in awe. I love the way the story starts way back at the beginning and it's really interesting to see how the style changes and evolves over time. A truly stunning, inspiring and jaw-dropping collection of images.

  • You certainly don't make it easy to choose a favourite out of your images, do you!? Grin They're all beautifully done and a pleasure to view - your 'camera-craft' is very good too Smile
  • Some wonderfully whacky stuff you've got here - love it Grin