No need to apologise Liquid.Your opinion is valued and comments appreciated.I know where your coming from.
They are a bit full on but I personally like the skys for the mountain shots,almost a foreboding,Not the place you want to be, if the weather changes type of feel.It was never meant to look entirely natural.
Everyone Please say what they feel....good or bad.
I'm massively impressed with the technique and can certainly appreciate the results, they've just strayed a bit far from what I normally look for in photos.
I love PP when it is used to tweak a pic and make it a bit more as I would have hoped it to turn out, but these technique disguise the original for me. Sometimes I'd rather see a less than perfect shot than the unnatural look that a turn on Photoshop's more dramatic features can throw up.
All that aside, I do like the Joshua tree. It works well. Would be interested to see a more conventional version though.
Great photos Vulkan. I really like Warden's Watching. The turned wheels on the landy make it almost feel like the landrover is surveying the view. A great shot.
I think your treatments, although unnatural, do make the pictures tell stories which they otherwise might not. Good stuff.