Bridget, that apparent discontiuity is one of the reasons why I want to stare at it. One moment I think it might be clever manipulation, the next I can see it as a dune of some sort. You're right, it's great having various points of view between us. No offense at all. --Chris
I keep looking at this photo and the more i look to see what you are all seeing the more intriged i become,i don't often comment on a photo if i am not sure about it but i have to say that in this case i may have been wrong as it seems to hold my attention.And that in itself has to be a good thing in a photo,so my apologies for previous comment and well done
I see that there was no flash used so has the circle or light been added in editing ????
I to am a bit miffed by the picture and yes it does hold your attention but im still not sure if its holding my attention because its a great photo or because im looking for things wrong with it !!!!
i wont rate as im unsure
Thanks everybody so far for taking time to look, consider and comment. Bridget, no offense taken at all . For what's it worth, no objects have been added or subtracted from the original exposure. However, it is fairly obvious that a large amount of editing has occured, including of course the sky. It was not my intent to make this look "real", however after viewing it more and more, the sky is a bit overdone.
p14wry: The bright area was burnt in deliberately, sot center your attention, and to bring it back after your eye wanders around a bit. No flash was used (I really try to stay away from flash if I can, at least until I really learn to use one ).
Again thanks to everyone for the energy they spent looking and commenting, I really do appreciate the feedback.
Very interesting shot, but I do think the sky is overkill. Shading it out and concentrating on the branch partly buried in sand (including the manipulated light) makes a better image in my opinion. Please give us more it makes a fine change from the macros of insects, birds and flowers that seem to abound here.