Then my buddy Sean mentioned he was sending in an omnibus comment, which is fine. Once I saw it, the idea for this blog gelled. I've taken the individual comments below and parsed them out to the blog where the comment belongs. That way any future readers can easily match them up.
For Sean's comments below, I've turned the text into a link just in case you want to go back and refresh your memory or (gasp) read it for the first time because you (horrors!) missed it. Then I added any of my comments within parenthesis (like this).
(He has an intro and everything. For the record, these are the first comments with an intro. I await with burning anticipations comments with appendixes.) Here goes.
Well I'm not a fan of omnibus bills - they hide multiple ills. I hope this comment is more appealing than those. Cheers, Sean (It is!)
• As a photo I really like the fish in the parking lot. The bushes can nearly be read as seaweed and there is a very pleasing diagonal from building to fish mouth or eye to car.
• As murals, I am drawn to Albert and the bird. They both invite longer looks.
(I was quite taken with Albert. Remember the one on 14 St that has what looks like dribbles of paint, even though I'm sure it was deliberate? For a time I wondered if the Albert painter had part of the work 'ruined' by rain and then made the best of it.)
• I like the first one for its painterly qualities.
(Me too! I'd done the photos I wanted, and was just playing at that point. I was astonished how it came out. Then I wished I had played more, but it was the end of a long day.)
• Speaking of painterly, I’m not as sold on the rock Pollocks.
• The one I keep returning too is “cooling chocolate”. I think it is the one that is the most successful and achieving an alternate landscape. Lizard skin and rock shards also comes close, especially the bottom left 80%.
(The beach one was almost accidental. I'd walked past that patch a few steps when I realized it was the only part of the beach that looked like that, so I went back.
• The dates remind of Morocco and Mary Pratt (painter)
(I had never heard of Mary Pratt before now. It seems that I am trying to do some of the same things with my photos that she did as paintings.)
• Nicely done.
• Petal edges are quite wonderful, and I find the images with minimal background the more successful ones.
• PS I did notice that your choice of rock and wood compliment the theme.
• As a set I like that the these one as that line marks the boundary ey
(Yes, in fact the choice of rock and wood was done deliberately.)
• Ah wet flowers – so sensual – nicely done!
(I try. There's been so much rain that it's been easy to do, especially since several of the peonies and roses are blooming. No lilies yet.)
• The secret tour looks like it was a great kaleidoscope of opportunities.
(It certainly was! I was hooked when Neil said it was going to places he had never taken people before on a tour, and knowing Neil has been almost everywhere that one can get interesting photos, I had to get in on the action. I was not disappointed.)
• I like the two rock views and it leads me to thoughts of a longer study.
(I am certainly thinking of another trip there, and getting out into the area that I used for that really wide panorama.)
• Excellent petal
• Speaking of petals, I like the first of the 3 rocks for the same reason I like petals – it’s for the edge.
(I was thinking about you as I took the photos. Not because you were there, but rather your previous comment that many of my photos are at a middle distance, and hence lose something. Too close to be a landscape, too far away to truly make the subject the centre of focus. So I tried three specific distances, trying for a closeup, and two landscapes with different foreground attributes.)
• The first photo is a really good beginning. The black and white helps to accentuate how our landscape is stacked and that is mirrored in the geology of the mountains.
(The colour version was so blue! So blue it was gross. I'm a big fan of layers in photographs, and look for them. Always nice when they actually show up in the photo, instead of being just in our vision. Several times I've seen the layers, but the camera didn't.)
• I’m sure you saw a polar bear. I see a great sky fish changing direction.
--Sean's omnibus commenting ends.
In the B&W Extravaganza, Janice commented "It's very neat how the rocks and shells are nestled into the driftwood - not something I've seen before. I like a few of the B&Ws but generally prefer the warmth of the course versions, I think." I'm pretty sure she means 'colour' rather than 'course'.
Several of my buddies enjoy doing photos in various wavelengths of infrared. This leads to odd looking images that aren't at the top of my appealing list. B&W is sort of like that. Where there is colour I like to see it. It's only where there isn't colour, and there is strong lines or patterns that I like B&W.
The rocks pounded into the driftwood quickly became fascinating for me. I'd never really thought about it before. In some cases the rocks are on top and one can sense the transience of it. But in some cases the rocks aren't just nestled, they are pounded in and aren't coming out again without tools. The violence of the log being tossed around in the waves is obvious.
Sean loved the storm image here, quibbling about the amount of foreground. Sean and I often disagree about where the horizon ought to go, which is fine. I think this is one of the images where what I see in Lightroom is not what is seen in the web version. The lines left by the big grass mower are an arc outside the ball diamond. The arc leads to the storm, and I get a sense that diamond and arc mirror the arc of the clouds. I thought there was already enough cloud, and needed some grass to balance it. But that's just me.
Sean had wondered what caught the attention of the ducks on the log in Ducks and assumed it was not a bask of crocodiles. Which reminded me of a video I'd seen, where a guy made or bought a radio controlled boat with a top that looked like an alligator. This was in southern USA where such thingss exist. The video shows him using it to terrify river users. That's my sort of prank.
Here's three similar images from the Sheep River tour. I loved this viewpoint, and played with different lenses and composition.
Rock of the Day
Driftwood of the Day