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TanyaH

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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  • The Non Comformist

    Dave (not U-Dave) is not sensible in any way, shape or form, as beautifully evidenced by this wonderfully surreal image Grin
    I'm proud of you, mate - this is class!
    No. 2 of 2
    • 1 Dec 2016 10:06AM
  • weevil

    Ugly little mother, isn't he?! Fab image though Grin If a weevil could be said to have 'character', this is it ...
    • 23 Nov 2016 1:32PM
  • November woods

    *sigh* ... a perfect rhapsody in blue Wink Maybe not Gershwin's style, but definitely mine Grin
    • 23 Nov 2016 1:30PM
  • Frail

    Top notch mood and atmosphere! Wonderful stuff Smile
    Tanya
    • 23 Nov 2016 1:28PM
  • Illusions

    Absolutely gorgeous Smile It's one of those images that combine magic and mystery, the mundane and a healthy dose of something 'else' ... definitely my kind of image!
    • 21 Nov 2016 9:22AM
  • Big Tree Little Tree

    And another welcome for you, Eric Smile I hope you're enjoying the site and what it has to offer?

    I like this - I like the composition and the contrast between the trees. Ordinarily, having something going horizontally across your image like these trees do can inhibit the viewer's eyes from going deeper into the image and can often be seen as a barrier, but luckily your trees don't have that effect here.

    The eye moves easily across the scene, from the big tree on the left, across to the smaller tree, and then on to the distant scene on the right, so it's got a nice feeling of progression and movement and doesn't feel static.

    I think your mono conversion is good, but also feel that there are too many lighter tones - the foreground vegetation, the rocks and those fluffy white clouds in the sky. That kind of approach can work, but here I think there needs to be a touch more contrast and drama. I've done you a quick mod (which you can access along with others' by clicking on the blue 'Modifications' box under your image above) where I've added a Levels adjustment layer in Photoshop, and moved the midtones over to the right a bit. I've then just brought back some of the details on the tree trunks by using a soft black brush on a layer mask.

    Have a look and see if that added contrast makes a difference for you Smile

    Tanya
    • 18 Nov 2016 2:49PM
  • Feral Pidgeon

    I'm sure I've seen this chap before?!
    • 17 Nov 2016 6:20PM
  • 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

    Tanya
  • 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.