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Ever since I was a child I have been fascinated by the essential unreality of the mind.
(Not my words - generated by Artybollocks ... but they fit my world view perfectly, so what the hell - I thought I'd add them!)

Follow your own path; following someone else's path will only lead you to their destination or where they want you to go.
(Those are my words - thought of them the other morning, and it seems appropriate for the photographic journey Smile)

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.

  • Beth

    That's probably the most creative use I've ever seen a flexible flue pipe put to!
    It certainly makes an incredibly eye-catching portrait addition Grin
    • 27 Sep 2016 12:19PM
  • The Wild Blue Yonder...

    There's something so wonderfully eerie and melancholic about this, though it's probably the blue tint that's making me think that!
    Beautiful image though, and definitely something I could see hanging on a wall.
    • 27 Sep 2016 12:15PM
  • Evzones, Athens

    Fantastic colours, and a beautifully balanced composition Smile
    • 27 Sep 2016 11:47AM
  • The biggest coffee morning .

    Good job, ladies! That chocolate cake has now got me salivating ...
    • 27 Sep 2016 11:46AM
  • Hubble 2.0: Dark Matters

    Absolutely love the feeling here!
    • 27 Sep 2016 11:32AM
  • Eddie out sniffing

    I think the 50mm lens is under-rated - it produces beautifully sharp, even images at large apertures.

    This is a great example too ... and while I agree with Paul about the lead creating a line for the eye to disappear up out of the image, there's another aspect to including it, in that it creates a visual (though incomplete) link to a human. Would a hand in the image have strengthened that relationship? Perhaps. It might have also spoilt it, as this one's all about the dog.

    My mod removes the lead, for the sake of comparison. I've also cloned out the litle bits of grass coming into the frame from the right hand side, and those little bits going across the dog's chest. I've also sharpened a touch.

    It genuinely doesn't need anything more than that doing to it, and even then those tweaks are a personal preference (well, perhaps not the sharpening side of it, but the rest certainly!).

    • 26 Sep 2016 5:38PM
  • Lola

    I love this - you can almost see the longing in the dog's face Smile As a pet portrait, it's beautiful. I'm amazed at the distinct lack of noise at that ISO. Assuming that this is hand-held, you've done very well to get the sharpness you have, although a touch more on the eye itself would have been the icing on the cake.

    While I really like the harmony of the colour of the coat and the door behind her, one thing I'm not so keen on is that carpet (sorry!). The pink hues pull my away from that lovely soulful face, so I've gone black and white in my mod. I've also cropped quite closely, to put the eye roughly on one thirds intersection and the nose on the opposite thirds intersection. (I say 'roughly' because to get them exact would have meant losing more of that face than I'd have liked.)

    All I've done is take the image (after a touch of sharpening) into Nik's SilverEfex pro and used the 'Neutral' preset as the starting point. I changed the Colour filter options to red, to lighten that coat a bit and try and give a lighter feeling.


    • 26 Sep 2016 5:25PM
  • I finally got round to having a proper look at your stuff, and yeah ... I really do like it! Love the art nude stuff too - the lighting on some of those is utterly sublime and definitely something I want to try and emulate Smile
  • Loving your work, Gill, very inspiring Smile
    • Posted on GillyB's profile
    • 5 Apr 2016 1:56PM
  • One of the lovely things about this site is discovering portfolios that you never realised existed ... and I've just discovered yours Grin
    I'm blown away - really enjoyable and inspiring work!
  • 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.