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  • Ginnie
  • United States
  • 13 Nov 2007, 03:30
Whoa! It's like you can cut it, Jose-Ann! I love the graininess, the B&W, the composition, all of it.
pixelpixie: Cheers Ginnie. Strange as it seems, I remember the sun being warm to my face when I shot this.
Ditto to what Ginnie said. Forme, the composition is the most amazing part.
pixelpixie: Thanks Michael, I'm delighted - I thought perhaps it was too simplistic so that's lovely for you to say so.
  • Martin
  • Houston
  • 13 Nov 2007, 04:32
Very good shot! I like the composition very much, but could do without the grain, which looks artificial to me.
pixelpixie: Thanks Martin. The grain is genuine, no artifical photoshopping going on here. It was shot on Ilford XP2 Super iso 400 and although it is supposed to be fine grain, this was the result.
Lovely composition. However, I have now got the song `All by myself` going round in my head, and it will stay with me all day. lol! (:o)
pixelpixie: You've got it going round in my head now!
  • Mal
  • 13 Nov 2007, 08:48
fantastic Pixie, simplistic, clean composition and a lovely mood. what film were you using? mal
pixelpixie: Thank-you Mal, glad you like it. I used Ilford XP2 Super. It's supposed to be fine grain as well as good for contrast but this is how this one came out.
I think this is great. I just love it and it has got to go in my likeys.
pixelpixie: Thank-you Bill. I like this likey thing!
Love the composition and the way the sun catches the top of the lamppost. The grain is ok with me too. I think it might have been better without the lens flare, but there probably wasn't much you could do about that.
pixelpixie: Thanks Ingrid, lol, I wanted the lensflare - this man was actually sunning himself on this cold and frosty day!
composition is perfect & those glints of light on the lamp-post & the man's head are a nice touch!
  • Ellie
  • United Kingdom
  • 13 Nov 2007, 21:15
I dooo like the grain in this picture, it adds something special to the 'feel'. And yes, it does look cold.
pixelpixie: Thank-you Ellie, can't beat old fashioned black and white 35mm film!
  • Petra
  • Netherlands
  • 13 Nov 2007, 21:26
Everything has been said....excellent photo Jose!
pixelpixie: Thank-you Petra, your visits are valued too.
  • chris
  • United Kingdom
  • 13 Nov 2007, 22:30
Super shot smile
pixelpixie: Cheers Chris!
  • Kathryn
  • Germany
  • 13 Nov 2007, 23:25
The graininess adds an element of heaviness in the air that often accompanies snow as does the lens flair. The composition is simple and powerful. Love the silhouetted feel to the man,, bench, and light in contrast to the patterns on the ground. Nicely done!
pixelpixie: You see this just as I do!
Back to the front, nice sillouette and the grain adds to the cold wintery feel.
pixelpixie: The front is part of my every day - don't always have a camera with me though. Pleased you like it, thanks.
  • David from Skye
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 13 Nov 2007, 23:59
Sorry, getting round to blogging very late tonight, and everyone has said it for me! I especially love the lens flair and yes, it's extraordinary how important that wee glint of light on the lamp top is! Goes into my personal "best-of-Jose" file!
pixelpixie: lol, the lens flare was a deliberate mistake! I wanted the sun's presence in that photo and I liked the three elements together. Didn't know you had a 'best-of-jose ' file! Thank-you!
  • Saxi
  • Germany
  • 15 Nov 2007, 14:49
yeah! incredible image! love it!
pixelpixie: Thanks very much Saxi and thanks for the visit.
A familiar, favourite scene of mine which I have photographed on many an occasion. The pose of the seated person makes this image for me. You get the impression that despite the frost on the ground he is laying back drinking in the warm rays of the early morning sun. The touch of flare compounds the impression.
pixelpixie: That was exactly it!

How did yesterday go?
  • Helen
  • Albuquerque, NM, United States
  • 18 Nov 2007, 07:16
I love the graininess here and I think the B&W makes this shot work.
pixelpixie: Thanks very much Helen and thanks fro dropping by smile
Ah a film user, wonderful. Know what you mean about the grain - I used to get similar problems with HP5 which was supposed to be low grain. Very susceptible to temperature in development I think. Still I think the grain works well here, and I love the image. I am a big fan of lonely benches, and this silouette with the asymmetrial sitter and the lamp post and ring works a treat. Great shot. Mike
pixelpixie: Thanks for your lovely comment Mike. Someone has just given me some darkroom equipment and I've got the bug again to do it the old fashioned way - just need to find somewhere in my little house to get going on it.
great image. wonderful.
pixelpixie: Thank-you very much! And thank-you for your visit.
  • Kay Martin
  • on vacation in the San Francisco Bay Area
  • 26 Nov 2007, 01:14
Jose-Ann, you are truly a master photographer. This is inspirational.
pixelpixie: Thanks Kay - not sure about that but it's something to aspire to!
pixelpixie: Cheers Nigel. I'm liking these dandelion shots of yours.
I like the way the light makes the whole scene look dark -- that adds to the "cold" feeling.
pixelpixie: Thank-you very much Elizabeth, I'd not thought of that but you're right!
  • nev
  • Australia
  • 29 Nov 2007, 15:50
absolutely beautiful shot. grain the way it should be.
pixelpixie: This is a real compliment coming from you! Thank-you!
  • deji77
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 11 Dec 2007, 12:48
Very nice Jose. I like it a lot smile
  • pops
  • 15 Dec 2007, 18:33
The composition is stunning.
The guy on the seat I visualise as being angry and aggressive.
Arms folded, legs stuck out saying 'disturb me at your peril'
The lens flare I'm not keen on and find it disturbs that wonderful grain

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