Woodworker wrote in post #16774499
Well, opinions will be subjective, so the main thing is whether you're satisfied with them yourself.
Personally, I don't like the effect but you really shouldn't care about that. If you alter them to try to please others, they'll cease to be your creations.
Just a little note about that idea: I'd agree in principle, but on a conditional basis. The photograph needs to do whatever it is required to do. There's a functional reason for that image to exist. Now, what is that image's function? It depends. In many cases, the function IS solely for self-satisfaction. But I don't think we can make a blanket rule about that, otherwise there'd be no reason to show off work. If the intended audience is JUST myself, then I'd might as well put the photos in a box and never display them to anyone else. The mere act of displaying the image to someone else sort of makes other people (as in, not the artist) the intended audience (or at least part of the intended audience). In simplest terms, this makes it an act of communication between the artist and other people. And communication breaks down if the "speaker" and the "listener" aren't operating with the same "language". My personal diary is allowed to be just for my satisfaction, because I don't show it to anyone else. But if I write an article or a novel and decide to publish it, then someone else had better appreciate it too. If there's enough of a disconnect between artist satisfaction and viewer satisfaction, then that's indicative of a problem. It might be the artist's problem for failing to communicate effectively, or it might be the audience's problem for being illiterate, but it's still a problem and it needs to be addressed. One needs to either communicate more effectively, or make more of an attempt to reach out to audiences that actually understand the work.
Anyway, I talked way too much about that. I actually have comments about the work. I appreciate what's trying to be done, but I think the images presented are lacking in conceptual focus. The lighting is flat and even and the landscape is kind of busy. My eye has a hard time figuring out where to look. Nothing really stands out. Tonally and color-wise, everything is too similar and just sort of merges together.