Thank you all for your helpful responses.. I will work on a flickr set tonight when I get home.
I was going to get rid of ‘Alternate Reality’ anyway as it wasn’t making sense to me anymore either.
@nairbynairb I put the black and white separately as I originally thought there would be more going in there than there has been. The painted are photoshopped – and as soon as I posted the link to my site here I thought to myself “oh gawd that is SO faux, it needs to GO..”) Although I do have a canvas of one of them hanging in my house, and I do really like it (as I couldn’t paint something like that for real to save my life).
@cameraclicker thanks so much for taking time out of your day for some great critique! I agree with so much of what you said..
I actually find train tracks interesting – although I have a different shot that I do like better from a later shoot that I finally got around to processing. Will post in flickr set tonight.
That arch. We had mediocre weather almost that whole two week vacation. The skies were maddening and I knew we wouldn’t be back out west for a looooong time. The other memory card of this location was stolen (or rather, my purse was stolen and the full, 16gb card was in there – ALL of Bryce Canyon shots, gone.. ACK). So there is a lot of emotion wrapped up with this pic. I can see now that doesn’t mean it belongs in my ‘portfolio’.
Will try the additional crop – perhaps I am too obsessed with rule of thirds? As I recall this was taken in traffic, out the car window and may already have significant crop on the bottom.. can’t remember right at the moment.
I have to be honest, I never saw that stick until you mentioned it! I had to edit out some yellow spray paint on one of the rocks.. that must have drained my focus. I should have taken this horizontal, from farther down the hill – but didn’t. May be too obsessed with vertical shots… and thinking it would be a cool line.
On the cross-eyed waterfall – I guess I am sick of every single water fall now being so smooth with virtually no detail. But after your comment – I can also see the ‘cross-eyed’ effect.
This is about as light as I could make it without problems. Might be able to go a little more as I have been learning and getting better in PS.
As far as the flowers go – I was kind of going for a ‘there can be beauty in imperfection’ idea (am an avid gardener so most of the flowers I shoot, I grow – and they are some of my fav subjects).. but I get what Kelby is saying also. The more I look at the rose the more I agree.
I love black & white. I love the contrast. I will try a few things with the power line shot. I may have gone way overboard on the noise reduction initially (done in lightroom so reversible thank goodness) as again, continuously learning and I processed this one quite a while ago. If that doesn’t work I will try the layer mask.
Will post the color Niagara shot in the flickr set later.
Good point about the lack of focal point. For some reason I find bare trees fascinating. Will need to explore that in a different way.
The last shot is in Petrified Forest NP. I have the color one on flickr as well, will add it to the set.
I have neglected the website for a while, and clearly have lots of work to do! Again thank you for the time and honest comments – they are appreciated more than you know.