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I have previously uploaded this in colour with a band of green grass running right through the middle of the shot. I think this fits the theme better as the eye is not drawn away from the shadow to the colour. Anything in the playground has symmetry, when taken in this direction mid morning. The beauty of this was that the gate was open as children were working in the park with their teacher.
I get so excited when I see special shadows and its the reason why I try to always carry a camera with me
Have a good weekend - I'm off to see the jam on my stall at the Craft Fair SmileSmile
Helen

Brand:CAMERA
Camera:Fujifilm FinePix S9600 Zoom
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Date Taken:26 Jan 2003 - 12:47 AM
Lens Max Aperture:f/2.9
Aperture:f/6.7
Shutter Speed:1/500sec
Exposure Comp:0.0
ISO:100
Exposure Mode:Program AE
Metering Mode:Center-weighted average
Flash:No Flash
White Balance:Auto
Title:The open gate
Username:helenlinda helenlinda
Uploaded:17 Nov 2012 - 8:55 AM
Tags:Black & white, Photo journalism, Saturday shadows, Specialist / abstract
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RobboB
RobboB Plus Member 894 forum postsRobboB vcard United Kingdom
17 Nov 2012 - 8:57 AM

Works really well in mono Helen. Nice one

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helenlinda
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17 Nov 2012 - 9:01 AM

Thanks Rob Smile

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canonfan
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17 Nov 2012 - 9:06 AM

Lovely composition which really works in mono Helen. Good strong shadow here
Jim

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helenlinda
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17 Nov 2012 - 9:07 AM

Thanks Jim Smile

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17 Nov 2012 - 9:08 AM

A great shadow pic with lots of impact. Well seen.

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17 Nov 2012 - 9:08 AM

Thanks Albert Smile

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JohnChambersPhotography

O I'm liking that shadow Helen brings the whole shot life, wonderful comp with the point of the shadow taking me into the shot, plus the two bench supports on each side of the image giving good balance to a very well taken image.

John

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17 Nov 2012 - 9:13 AM

Thanks John Smile

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Hermanus
Hermanus  2 South Africa
17 Nov 2012 - 9:26 AM

Now this is a strong shadow ! Bold, unapologetic and in your face, seducing you with it's beauty Smile Excellent photo Helen ! We were going to go to our Youngberrie festival this morning but it has been cancelled due to the civil unrest in town - the ANC lost control of our town and now they intimidate by looting, burning and stealing to try and get it back - Africa style. We have been kept awake with gunfire and other loud noises combined with shouting and drone singing .

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WhiteRose1
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17 Nov 2012 - 9:43 AM

The wide-angle perspective makes a wonderful exaggerated shape of the shadow, Helen.

Dave

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17 Nov 2012 - 9:44 AM

Fabulous shadows, Helen, the best I have seen, or am likely to see, today. Carol

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17 Nov 2012 - 10:14 AM

What a very welcoming looking gate. I swear it's smiling. Smile
x

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17 Nov 2012 - 10:43 AM

Yes definitely made for mono. - gary

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17 Nov 2012 - 10:46 AM

Well seen and used shadows here Helen
Regards Richard

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achieverswales
17 Nov 2012 - 11:44 AM

The shadows gate and fence make a great abstract Helen, first class capture!


Regards

Trev.

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17 Nov 2012 - 12:08 PM

Wonderful shadows Helen and I'm sure you'll sell all that jam.
If I lived nearby - I'd buy some.
KateGrinGrinGrin

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EMJAYCEE
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17 Nov 2012 - 12:45 PM

Wll balanced shot and a wow of a shadow. Good luck with the jam.Smile
Joan.

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helenlinda
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17 Nov 2012 - 12:53 PM

Thanks everyone for your comments SmileSmile

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Tibetan  2 England
17 Nov 2012 - 1:24 PM

Not short on shadows here! nice one like it well done, regards Leon.GrinGrinGrinGrinGrin

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17 Nov 2012 - 1:26 PM

Thanks Leon Smile

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17 Nov 2012 - 1:28 PM

Great symmetry with the shadows and railings - well taken Helen!
Ann

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17 Nov 2012 - 1:29 PM

Thanks Ann Smile

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Daisymaye
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17 Nov 2012 - 1:42 PM

The shadow just itself makes a wonderful abstract. Do like it in b/w.......Sandy

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Joline
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17 Nov 2012 - 1:43 PM

Elegant!
Good luck with your jam.

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johnjones
johnjones  5 England
17 Nov 2012 - 1:47 PM

This is a excellent shadow and makes a fine photo top shot.
jj

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17 Nov 2012 - 1:49 PM

Especially felicitous use of b&w for this precise image. Both the near-symmetry and the shadow detail are particularly striking.
Bill

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bill33
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17 Nov 2012 - 1:54 PM

Wonderful image perfectly suited to mono, I love your composition here Helen, very well done, Bill.

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17 Nov 2012 - 1:56 PM

Ah yes, I remember it well...
I prefer b&w. Harder, darker, colder. Oh dear, what does that say about me??
Moira

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17 Nov 2012 - 1:59 PM

Thanks for your comments everyone SmileSmile

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TrevBatWCC
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17 Nov 2012 - 3:32 PM

Definitely prefer this mono version, Helen - and again, well timed to get the shadows so perfectly positioned Wink
Trev Smile

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17 Nov 2012 - 3:43 PM

Really works well in mono Helen.

Ken

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17 Nov 2012 - 4:48 PM

Thanks Trev and Ken SmileSmile

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17 Nov 2012 - 5:18 PM

Well spotted and captured, superb shadow detail, well done, Helen.
Nice one.
Darryl. Smile x

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17 Nov 2012 - 5:19 PM

Thanks Darryl Smile

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17 Nov 2012 - 5:59 PM

Superb Helen... Love it!

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helenlinda
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17 Nov 2012 - 6:10 PM

Thanks Mark Smile

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17 Nov 2012 - 6:14 PM

Mono really works so well with this one

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helenlinda
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17 Nov 2012 - 6:36 PM

Thanks Barbara Smile

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morpheus1955
17 Nov 2012 - 7:14 PM

Superb shot, great composition, really works well as a mono

Hugh

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saltireblue
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17 Nov 2012 - 7:48 PM

The strength of those gates is emphasised by the b&w conversion which adds harshness and an uncompromising feel.

Malc

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17 Nov 2012 - 8:23 PM

Thanks Hugh and Malc SmileSmile

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17 Nov 2012 - 8:45 PM

Well Helen, this is certainly SPECIAL shadows a really good show and great picture

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pdcche
pdcche  4 United Kingdom
17 Nov 2012 - 10:34 PM

Thats a great shadow Helen, well taken and presented, Peter..

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18 Nov 2012 - 12:06 AM

A beautiful creative mono
-source

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bobsblues  5 United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
18 Nov 2012 - 8:46 AM

A shadow of a life time well seen and taken .SmileSmile
Rob

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18 Nov 2012 - 8:54 AM

Many thanks Ann, Peter, Source and Rob for your comments SmileSmileSmileSmileSmile

A lovely surprise to receive Ann's User Award - which I am thrilled to receive - thank you SmileSmile

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frz67
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18 Nov 2012 - 10:45 AM

excellent, I always like when something breaks a too rigid simmetry.
great eye

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18 Nov 2012 - 11:36 AM

Wonderfully gritty B&W composition Helen, with great shadow play.
Before & after as per your request Wink
Rende

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18 Nov 2012 - 1:42 PM

Thanks Francesco and Rende SmileSmile

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headskiesfly
18 Nov 2012 - 4:31 PM

Good tight full frame shot.
Rick

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18 Nov 2012 - 5:41 PM

Thanks Rick Smile

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1881  3 India
18 Nov 2012 - 6:07 PM

Good camera control here.


SANJEEV

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18 Nov 2012 - 7:26 PM

Thanks Sanjeev Smile

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18 Nov 2012 - 8:24 PM

Excellent shadow Helen - great shape.
Brian.

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18 Nov 2012 - 9:47 PM

The symmetry is lovely here Helen and this works particularly in mono.
Derek

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18 Nov 2012 - 10:11 PM

Thanks Brian and Derek SmileSmile

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19 Nov 2012 - 11:47 AM

knew it was yours Smile

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19 Nov 2012 - 3:24 PM

Thanks Pascal Smile

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24 Nov 2012 - 8:22 AM

Excellent geometric composition.

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24 Nov 2012 - 8:22 AM

Thanks Annette Smile

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