457 comments received ( finished contests only ):
avatar Drivenslush

Upside downy and it makes my eyes warble. LOVE IT!

(3 years and 80 days ago)

Little girl
avatar robvdn
robvdn says:

Clever use of the source the turn it 180.
You could bring the girl a bit out IMHO by making her edges less dark, the light is coming from the front.

(3 years and 81 days ago)

Little girl
avatar photonut
photonut says:

I see where your thought process in this one,i only ment maybe slightly nearer as apposed to right in front in this,or am I alone in my thoughts.

(3 years and 84 days ago)

Since You
avatar still26
still26 says:

I think this world is going to hell in a handbasket ( that phrase describes a situation headed for disaster inescapably). Now nobody talks to each other, everyone is plugged into their mobile. We watched a great movie last night called "Do you trust your computer"....if you can get it do so, it's frightening. Stephen Hawking predicted that mankind will end because of AI....oh dear I think I'm rambling and this has nothing to do with your photo...sorry. If you can get the book INFIDEL by Ayaan Hirsi Ali do so....she became one of your parliamentarians....fascinating journey.

(3 years and 84 days ago)

mosque
avatar still26
still26 says:

Ha, I disagree and here are my two cents worth. The photo matches the title because that feeling of "gone" is prevalent...had this author uploaded a photo of a strong image of person then that feeling of "gone" wouldn't be there because he would be "here" and not "gone". This guy in the blue is going going almost gone! I'm sure there is a joke in here somewhere, I just can't put my finger on it.

(3 years and 84 days ago)

Since You
avatar photonut
photonut says:

I think this would be more emotive had the person been stronger in this.

(3 years and 84 days ago)

Since You
avatar photonut
photonut says:

Yes I also would like to know the reason behind this,good use of perspective,and getting him signing also makes this.

(3 years and 84 days ago)

Signature action
avatar still26
still26 says:

The tonal quality is very lovely and there is a strong emotive pull with this upload,...you romantic you.

(3 years and 84 days ago)

Since You
avatar still26
still26 says:

Very interesting upload and I would love to know what the "signature action" is in aid of. Well seen and nicely composed too bad you cut off his foot but HC BRESSON did the same and worse and look where it got him ! ha.

(3 years and 84 days ago)

Signature action
avatar still26
still26 says:

You are lucky that they allowed you in. We went to a mosque in Sri Lanka and I was not allowed in....female y'know...dirty y'know. I went to shake the hand of a Muslim young man to say thank you for speaking to me and my husband, he shook my husband's hand and refused mine, jerking away as if I was infected with leprosy!

(3 years and 84 days ago)

mosque
avatar Drivenslush

Have no idea why, but this reminded me of "The Man who sold Rope to the Gnoles"... now I'm going to be having nightmares for days.. thanks alot! hehehe

(3 years and 84 days ago)

Dark forest
avatar still26
still26 says:

I really like the low pov (your signature) but do wish that that clump of humanity at the right wouldn't be so amputated it teases the mind.

(3 years and 85 days ago)

mosque
avatar still26
still26 says:

Selective colour? Good one.

(3 years and 85 days ago)

Chocolate Milk
avatar photonut
photonut says:

fair enough

(3 years and 86 days ago)

mosque
avatar Drivenslush

Snorkle

(3 years and 86 days ago)

Arial still waiting on the beach
avatar still26
still26 says:

The bokeh on this really rocks!

(3 years and 86 days ago)

Special bokeh behind Chestnut
avatar photonut
photonut says:

Again with some of your stuff that low perspective,think if you used the worshippers more,would have told more of a story,or maybe that was not possible.

(3 years and 87 days ago)

mosque
avatar skyangel
skyangel says:

A belated congrats to you too.

(3 years and 88 days ago)

moonlit whale
avatar Zizounai
Zizounai says:

Congrats Fred
So you never managed to load your chop for the wheel contest???

(3 years and 90 days ago)

moonlit whale
avatar still26
still26 says:

I do not understand, this is a strong photograph.

(3 years and 90 days ago)

Police in the alley
avatar George55
George55 says:

Congratulations my friend...

(3 years and 90 days ago)

moonlit whale
avatar BWR
BWR says:

Good score LifetimeDamage.

(3 years and 90 days ago)

moonlit whale
avatar Drivenslush

WAKA WAKA WAKA WAKA WAKA WAKA WAKA WAKA.... BOINK! BOINK!

(3 years and 91 days ago)

pac bugs
avatar Drivenslush

Chickens do swim you know.. it's just really pathetic because they don't have web feet (they mainly swim to cool off)... and oh what a smell... anywhoo... that's your animal lesson for today children.. now back to your regularly scheduled program, where we will see Emma Jean Backstop make a 12 bean salad, using only three types of beans and magic markers

(3 years and 94 days ago)

His first swimming lesson
avatar Drivenslush

Author, I find your water droplets highly offensive.. water droplets above the cloud line would be crystallized into little diamonds shaped like space ships from the warriors of the planet Koozvane in the dimension where Zoo-Zuu the emperor princess wanted to take over for her sister because she was a really nice girl and she just thought it would be appropriate to see her face on the coin of Kreplok.

Also you didn't show how a whales ears would pop at such an altitude and his blow hole would be very jealous but since the blow hole has custody of the children she didn't say anything, didn't want to muck up the waters and all that rot you know. A girl has to think about her family. Yeesh and burger crunchies.

(Great chop by the way, and I gave you a few extra points on top of everything because I'm a sarcastic old bastard and just can't stop giggling) ^5

(3 years and 95 days ago)

moonlit whale
avatar kyricom
kyricom says:

Nice perspective. I think I might have cropped a bit from the left, and just a little from the right to put it in portrait format. That would emphasis the DOF more. But overall, very nice.

(3 years and 98 days ago)

Hands in acton
avatar still26
still26 says:

Although this is cliche you have done a great job. A strong entry.

(3 years and 98 days ago)

moonlit whale
avatar skyangel
skyangel says:

I remember that fun little pac man game. Your pac bug is very cute. You did a good job of making the balls.
Suggested improvements..... The cloning of the grass and wall areas need some attention because it is too obvious. Good cloning should be almost invisible.
That area where you cut the wall back looks like you cloned from the left wall. I suggest you clone from the right wall of the source image because the cloned lines still need to be vertical not diagonal.

(3 years and 99 days ago)

pac bugs
avatar Dmitry
Dmitry says:

I like the way it shot

(3 years and 99 days ago)

Police in the alley
avatar photonut
photonut says:

Well good one and my first thought was maybe a vertical version would be stronger,but on second thoughts,i like the strong detail of the brickwork,good one.

(3 years and 101 days ago)

Police in the alley
avatar still26
still26 says:

Hey, that is good advertising! You can still take this down and re-upload, but I don't think it matters because most of us don't know you as Fred. (but the secret is out now )

(3 years and 102 days ago)

The smoke effect
avatar still26
still26 says:

Just looked through your website, some lovely images there, Fred. Life in Rotterdam looks anything but boring! I like this upload but wish to know more about it.

(3 years and 102 days ago)

The smoke effect
avatar still26
still26 says:

Your perspective is cracking great! There is a lot of information here for the eyes to take in making it busy. A crop at the very bottom may change the dynamic somewhat.

(3 years and 102 days ago)

Hands in acton
avatar still26
still26 says:

This is a photograph that was not just snapped but a lot of thought went into the creative aspect of giving us something unique. To me, it sings in three-part harmony with shapes and colours that are balanced and tickle the visual pathways. Technically also very nicely accomplished. The focus is GLASSES and I think a bit more of a crop at the right would pull that element closer to us, but that is artistic prerogative and I bow to yours. A photograph made, not taken....good and inspirational.

(3 years and 103 days ago)

reflection
avatar BWR
BWR says:

A little trick to find yuckies that weren't masked properly is to just add a Stroke to that layer. Trust me, it will find them!! I left some garbage on the left, added a Stroke, and you can CLEARLY see them. https://image.ibb.co/d4jVHe/yuckies.jpg

(3 years and 103 days ago)

moonlit whale
avatar BWR
BWR says:

That's possibly a good idea. One the author may want to experiment with. Change the whale to a Smart Object and mess around with some blurs.

(3 years and 103 days ago)

moonlit whale
avatar BWR
BWR says:

I'm not sure I agree. As the author said, "clouds are water". I'm not sure if a whale would have that much water coming off it if it somehow leaped through the clouds as I am not an expert on whales leaping through clouds. Perhaps it would get misty/dewy. Perhaps if it's a rain cloud it would get fairly wet. Perhaps you are right and it would be totally dry. But my final thoughts are that I like the water coming off the whale.

Now we are sending mixed signals to the author and he/she will have to make up their mind.

(3 years and 103 days ago)

moonlit whale
avatar Denlig
Denlig says:

In my opinion the whale and splash are too sharp, it would be good to soften them to better integrate them into the background.

(3 years and 104 days ago)

moonlit whale
avatar photonut
photonut says:

Congrats well deserved

(3 years and 104 days ago)

Misty tunnel
avatar Zizounai
Zizounai says:

Congrats

(3 years and 104 days ago)

Building Petra
avatar Zizounai
Zizounai says:

Congrats, beautiful

(3 years and 104 days ago)

Misty tunnel
avatar still26
still26 says:

arrrggghhh my emoji didn't work

(3 years and 104 days ago)

Misty tunnel
avatar still26
still26 says:

:jumping2: Good for you, this was a winner, I knew it....big congratulations!

(3 years and 104 days ago)

Misty tunnel
avatar still26
still26 says:

I liked this one very much and congrats on number 3!

(3 years and 104 days ago)

Keeping the mystery
avatar CMYK46
CMYK46 says:

If the whale is supposed to be breaching through high clouds, I'd think about eliminating the water drops. He'd get pretty dry getting up there.

(3 years and 104 days ago)

moonlit whale
avatar BWR
BWR says:

good job masking the water drops. there is a long line from the fin to the nose just outside the body.

(3 years and 104 days ago)

moonlit whale
avatar rturnbow
rturnbow says:

Congrats

(3 years and 104 days ago)

Building Petra
avatar kyricom
kyricom says:

I like the leading lines

(3 years and 105 days ago)

to the light
avatar still26
still26 says:

Ahhh cool, we don't have that kind of technology here and just get "shi..." all the time.

(3 years and 106 days ago)

Door makes my day
avatar still26
still26 says:

Like the shadow, the darkness, the monochrome and the mystery.

(3 years and 106 days ago)

Keeping the mystery