Abstract by taffy

Abstract

Following a suggestion by a former 365 contributor (thanks, Ross) to turn one of my reflection landscapes from Lake McDonald at Glacier National Park into an abstract with one vertical 90 degree turn. This was the result. Interested to see what folks think.
I like it, hence the fav
February 21st, 2018  
This is the type of abstract I like with the soft, cool blues, curved lines. It could definitely go on a wall. Well done.
February 21st, 2018  
The reflections are fabulous - it's as if you've used a mirror edit to make it. Abstracts are very personal, individual tastes so it's a bit difficult to comment on. I tend to be a bit anal for symmetry so if it was my abstract I think I would chop about one ruler thickness off the bottom. No doubt there will be other people who will love the asymmetry LOL My only other thought would be maybe not a full 90 degree turn - leave it at an angle?? Good fun anyway!!
February 21st, 2018  
Fantastic ... great colour
February 21st, 2018  
Cool picture.
February 21st, 2018  
Fabulous!
February 21st, 2018  
What a gorgeous shade of blue...but I still want to tilt my head to see the beauty of the scene!
February 21st, 2018  
Great subject
February 21st, 2018  
Not sure about this, to be honest. The colours are great, but maybe you could take a bit more from the sides (less sky) and from the bottom, to make it more hourglass shape ? I think it would look more abstract that way.
February 21st, 2018  
Wow! I like it both ways. Nicely done.
February 21st, 2018  
Unique presentation! Your color shot shows lots of green trees and some snow. I was there this past August, a few days before they shut down the park due to smoke from the forest fires. We could barely see across the lake so most of our photos were disappointing. Glad you were there when it was in its glory.
February 21st, 2018  
Not sure about this Taffy as it’s not quite abstract enough for me and I keep turning my head to see the original wonderful scene. The reflection is magical and looks like you have flipped the shot to give a mirror image. Must have been wonderful to see this landscape!
February 21st, 2018  
Very interesting ... like an egg timer! But, I, like Pam, wanted to turn my head to see the real thing!
February 21st, 2018  
Think its a bit beyond me at this time of night but I appreciate the effort gone into this abstract!
February 21st, 2018  
That is heaps of fun. It feels like I am peeking through a gap in a glacier. I did turn my head to see the original but actually preferred this flip.
February 21st, 2018  
I have to agree with Pam. I want to turn my head all the time to have a look at this fabulously reflected landscape. For me it's not abstact enough for that reason. Maybe it would have been different if I hadn't had the prior knowledge that it was a landscape?
February 21st, 2018  
Interesting idea. Agree with Marloes that if we did not know it was a landscape, we'd have had the fun of figuring it out. I even wonder about cropping at the narrow point to eliminate the trees, leaving a geometrical shape.
February 21st, 2018  
I agree with Marloes and Catherine, the prior knowledge of it being a landscape makes you want to turn it, it's the first thing I did too! A really lovely landscape, by the way :)
February 21st, 2018  
Wooo, it certainly pays with the mind - very effective! It reminds me of what you see in some of those distorting mirrors in a fairground hall of mirrors.
February 21st, 2018  
I have to admit I turned my head too. A few people did this kind of image for the half and half theme a while ago and it didn't work for me then either.
February 21st, 2018  
Neat
February 21st, 2018  
Looks cool. Like Babs I had to turn my head to see the whole picture.
February 21st, 2018  
Ha ha !! you didn't kid me !! I also had to turn my head on its side to see the proper picture !! perhaps the colours had been changed it would make it less recognisable !! In spite of this -I like it very much !
February 21st, 2018  
It is fantastic, I of course believe that you cannot take a bad picture at Glacier, my favorite National Park. After reading the comments I made myself scroll through the photo, looking at it exactly like it is, it could be many things, it is abstract art - “art that does not attempt to represent external reality, but seeks to achieve its effect using shapes, forms, colors and texture.” Your photo nails it!
February 21st, 2018  
This is beautiful, and interesting...
February 21st, 2018  
Beautiful abstract shot.
February 21st, 2018  
I am with the majority on this one. At first glance I started to appreciate it as an abstract but then too quickly recognised it as landscape and found that knowledge to be a distraction from my appreciation of the abstract. I'm wanting to explore those curves and shapes in the abstract but I cant quite do it. Maybe needs a little more blurring or texture to stop the brain from competing with itself when viewing.
February 21st, 2018  
Creative!
February 21st, 2018  
Interesting abstract!
February 21st, 2018  
@robz @helenhall @louannwarren @onewing @inthecloud5 @redandwhite @stimuloog @jamibann @pamknowler @bintal
Thanks for taking the time to think through the abstract-ness of this, the role of prior knowledge from my earlier posts and description, and the range of interpretations in terms of what constitutes an 'abstract.' I had similar thoughts when I posted it and appreciate the conversation in the thread. I like it enough that if I had a long narrow wall, I'd consider hanging it, but in a tighter version with less sky. I'd keep the trees and maybe even elongate (this was cropped) it further to exaggerate the focal content. But, I suspect it will not see the light of day beyond this post!
February 21st, 2018  
This is amazing Taffy. what a brilliant idea. Fav
February 21st, 2018  
Fabulous effect, great reflections. Fav!! 😀
February 21st, 2018  
love it!
big fav
February 21st, 2018  
Clever idea and fabulous result
February 21st, 2018  
Very cool!
February 21st, 2018  
Very clever makes a great abstract, would be fun to print in an ultra large size and frame.
February 22nd, 2018  
LOL. Thanks for trying this, Taffy. I see it got mixed reviews, and that's OK. I enjoyed seeing the result.
February 22nd, 2018  
This puts a whole new slant on things, and makes a very interesting abstract. What a treat idea.
February 22nd, 2018  
The image and the conversation...good one Taffy! Interesting and so personal. I tried turning my head, but feel it works best as presented. I like the top weight with the trees and the image as it is. Like abstracts that make the eyes and brain work. Nifty!
February 22nd, 2018  
I could also see cropping off the top to just below the trees. Fun play and I agree it would be even better with some of the sky gone and long and thin vertical
February 22nd, 2018  
Because Glacier Park is in my backyard and is my playground it really is impossible for me to view this as an abstract. I have to turn it and see it as I know it. It is beautiful either way but I prefer it as a landscape.
February 22nd, 2018  
My first response was to turn my head, but as I studied the image it grew on me. I like the lines made by the trees at the top and the effect of the many shades of blue.
February 22nd, 2018  
@365karly1 So lucky to be living close by! Our friends live outside Whitefish, so that's how I ended up visiting the park.
February 22nd, 2018  
Fabulous, love the hour glass feel!
February 22nd, 2018  
Very cool
February 22nd, 2018  
It makes a very striking abstract! The reflection is almost identical to the other side.
February 22nd, 2018  
What a great idea. Very cool.
February 22nd, 2018  
Creative idea!
February 22nd, 2018  
Wonderful half and half image
February 22nd, 2018  
Interesting perceptive, love the blending of colour working it's way to the center. And if you start from the top it's like the ground bursting forth a massive spray of water. Wow can't look anymore there's too much information and I'll get carried away. LOL. FAV
February 23rd, 2018  
Interesting to turn the shot. Hurts my neck, tho. LOL
February 23rd, 2018  
I thought from the thumbnail that I might be visiting a beuatiful vase
February 24th, 2018  
Kind of like a Rorschach’s test
February 24th, 2018  
I like it this way. The color is subtle and nice. I, too, thought it may be a vase from the thumbnail.
February 28th, 2018  
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