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Hindering Plot Device by ThomClyma
Hindering Plot Device
I want to get out of my usual way of writing and test myself so I made this to randomly generate story ideas using keywords and different categories. Figured that I could upload it here because it turned out pretty well. 

There will be more things added to it overtime but there're already plenty of things. 

The key is to use it once and go with what you're given but do it in a unique way to avoid the standard.
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As I told you earlier, this has been my favorite of this monthly challenge so far and might be one of my favorites from you in a long time. I figured that rather tackling the piece as a whole, I'd go picture by picture.

With the first one, what really makes the shot is the right timing and the coloring overall. From the jacket, to the car interior to the hair, it's all various shades of brown and tans. It creates this feeling of the season without actually showing the season, he almost embodies fall.

For the next one, you've perfectly balanced the treeline between te lake and sky, something that feels very natural to the eye. Even with the trees being so far away, you can still see all the individual trees and details of the leaves, something that a lot of photographers don't accomplish with the landscapes.

Then there's the shot of Nicole. It's the radial blur that really makes this shot so beautiful. The blue gives this sense of intense movement and speed but it's juxtaposition with how peaceful and serene Nicole looks gives the illusion that the world is moving around her but completely in control.

The next one is a little iffy just because of the motion blur from being on the move, but because I'm Thom, I can say that it can symbolize how despite out-of-control the world might seem, if you keep your eyes focused on the future, the distance, you'll find a place to take control. That being said, it's possibly the weakest of the set, but still great with the lighting.

It's ironic that one of my favorites isn't one that you actually took but was taken by Nicole. It might be one of my favorites because it's of you, but also because the lighting of the setting sun gives this brilliant exposure and flairs. Plus the redness of your lips is surrounded but the warm and rich colors around you that the viewer can't help but be drawn to them.

This is almost what I picture of when I think of the south. Possible from years of watching old tv shows but the old cabin in an open field is somewhat iconic. Having it be just off center is a good touch to include the cars to create this reminder that places like this still exist in modern times.

This is another one of my favorites, not so much for the guy on the motorcycle, but for the open sideroads lined with cables and raindowed trees. The slight post effects you did for the ghost image and blurs are just the right amount to give hints of motion and importance without taking focus from the scene around the biker.

Lastly, I don't know how I feel about this final shot. The dust on the windshield kind of takes away some from the scene and pulls the viewer from the scene by reminding them "I'm within a car", it's a slight flaw, but that aside, it's a great view.

Overall, it a set that works beautifully together but also separate. Together, there's this overarching idea of the setting sun, with the final shot having the sun completely gone and welcoming the night, but it's more than that. You used the fall weather and lighting to capture some beautiful portraits and landscapes, something that, much like the excitement and joy of being with your friends, is something that should be treasured for it's limited, just like the remaining time of the setting sun.

You used minimal and subtle effects on already gorgeous photos. I can tell the amount of work you did on the post-production to balance everything, and you definitely found the right medium for all of the pictures.

For all of these reasons, this is my favorite of your challenges thus far, and some of the pictures are among my favorites you've ever taken. If this is a sign of how much you've improved, I look forward to seeing more like this from you in the future.
Toxic [6/30] by LashelleValentine
Despite the minimalism with a single prop and no background, you still manage to do something brilliant with this setting, something that seems very you. The way the hair is cascading down over the front of the mask is one of the best things you could've done.

With the hair like that, you've taken a normally unsettling image that comes with a gas mask but adds hints of sultry and alluring to it, which combines with your large eyes to create a shot that has your unique sense of humor and drama into a single shot.

On top of that, I'm definitely loving the use of blackness you've been working with for these daily shots. It's causing you to think more on the foreground and subject matter rather than worrying about what's in the background.
Looking Out [4/30] by LashelleValentine
This is almost what I picked the south to look like in it's iconic state. A wide open lake with a multitude of colored trees.

As for the shot, I would've liked to see that little bit of Ivys legs that's cropped off but it's a slight thing. Other wise, it's a beautiful shot. You really managed to capture a certain smalltown living at the right hour that has turned everything that slight glow of gold over everything while leaving Ivy within the shadows and untouched.

It really is this look into an average day in your town with Ivy.
Reaching [5/30] by LashelleValentine
This image is unsettling for one very specific reason. It's an odd reason but it leaves me with a question. Why are there only three hands...That's something that's both creative and creepy at the same time.

The large area of darkness is nicely used to create this sense of "what else is within the shadows", which is why the piece being so tall plays with the imagination of the unknown.

It's why the three hands works so well, you only see them at the bottom, which can either be symbolically reaching for the light or just a mental game of "what aren't we seeing"
So, I full acknowledge that I don't really update this account much. Despite logging in daily, I don't really produce much work to post on here. Most of my time is spent working on projects for others, whether it's a website for a friend, helping someone with a graphical problem, my own :iconartograph-card: project (which I've spent the last three weeks re-designing to return from the hiatus), and things like that.

It's not that I lack focus, or have some immense writers/art block. I just have too many projects I want to work on, so things like writing short-stories tends to quickly fall to the lowest of priorities. So while I'm trying to write, my mind thinks up new ideas that seem more...enjoyable!

I can't promise I'll update frequently sometime in the near future. There are some short stories I have mapped out that sound amazing in my head that I'll hopefully try to get at least one out by Halloween. 

Gotta love priorities of an adult!

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MADmoiselleMeli Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
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ThomClyma Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2014  Professional Writer
I can't tell if you're a troll, or a jerk, so I'll go with your username and think you're an ass.
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Ass9999 Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2014
I gave you a llama just to piss you off. And what not. Laughing 
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NuwanP Featured By Owner May 13, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks for fav!
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FantaFumino Featured By Owner May 4, 2014   General Artist
Thanks for the watch! ^w^
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