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I saw this on Monday at 11am when I was on playground duty, so went back the same time on Tuesday in my break to take some shots.
At 11 am the sun came through the gates in line with the picnic table. The shadow it created was almost symmetrical as the table was lined up by the gates. So the pointed top of the gate and the patterns on the fence come through with the shadow of the table.
I'm uploading just the mono today.
Large is worth seeing if you have time.
Thanks for looking

Helen
The yellow flower in my April montage was from a sprout plant.
Andreweverhale was very close with "4 petals - probably in the brassica family - oil-seed rape?"

Camera:Finepix
Title:The table
Username:helenlinda helenlinda
Uploaded:1 May 2008 - 5:04 PM
Tags:May 08, Mono, Raddlebarn junior playground, School gates, Shadoe, Specialist / abstract, The picnic table
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proz
proz  10205 forum posts United States
1 May 2008 - 5:17 PM

this is terrific, really need to see it large

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paulbroad
paulbroad  781 forum posts United Kingdom850 Constructive Critique Points
1 May 2008 - 5:30 PM

Well, yes and no. A real stopper initially as you try and figure it out and there is a lot of impact. I've looked at the large shot and I can't decide if the posterisation in the background is intentional, strange mono conversion or an over attempt to put tone back into the highlights.

Having said this, the image would do well on an exhibition wall because people will stop at it to look and discuss.

Paul

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helenlinda
helenlinda e2 Member 7337 forum postshelenlinda vcard United Kingdom21 Constructive Critique Points
1 May 2008 - 5:34 PM

Thanks Paul and Proz.
Yes everything is intentional, and strange is what I wanted.
I did want impact and took this mono conversion to an extreem maybe, but tomorrow will upload more gentle images from the same shot

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taggart
taggart e2 Member 1042 forum poststaggart vcard United States12 Constructive Critique Points
1 May 2008 - 5:37 PM

Superb graphic shadow-- Good eyes and good to follow up!


Jennnnn

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jaktis
jaktis e2 Member 1081 forum postsjaktis vcard Sweden
1 May 2008 - 5:38 PM

Great use off the shadows and well captured

Peter

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Bodiewil
Bodiewil e2 Member 746 forum postsBodiewil vcard Wales
1 May 2008 - 5:48 PM

Great work You it really works for me.

Dave

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mikbee
mikbee e2 Member 7mikbee vcard Scotland7 Constructive Critique Points
1 May 2008 - 6:21 PM

Super line,shape and pattern here Helen.Has a good geometry to it.Nice one.
Mick.

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pamelajean
pamelajean Critique Team 8763 forum postspamelajean vcard United Kingdom1592 Constructive Critique Points
1 May 2008 - 6:27 PM

Paul is right, I viewed it large for some considerable time. I think that what you saw was something special with great lines and symmetry and I'd personally have liked to see the original as well. Your "extreme" mono version does, however, have a lot of impact and holds the attention, but the danger is that it may be construed as manipulated far more than it is. Your shadow images are very good, and I find it's always right place/right time, but I generally miss it!

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mrswoolybill
mrswoolybill Critique Team 7418 forum postsmrswoolybill vcard United Kingdom1001 Constructive Critique Points
1 May 2008 - 6:28 PM

Quite extraordinary. I can't work all of this out but to be honest I don't think I want to see gentler images or colour for 'explanation', the mystery is too good.
Moira

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woolybill1
woolybill1 e2 Member 7woolybill1 vcard United Kingdom65 Constructive Critique Points
1 May 2008 - 7:23 PM

Reading your description reminded me of the alignment of the sun apparent at Stonehenge at the summer solstice, presumably the same phenomenon that caused the creation of the alignements at Carnac in Brittany.

"April 29th at 11 a.m. (B.S.T.) pecisely, the sun will cast its shadow on the picnic table at Helen's school..." etc. etc.

Powerful observation on your part, as usual, and excellent planning; the prehistoric reference is mine alone, but I do think it justifies your mono treatment.
An exceptional image, Helen.
Bill

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climbing_orchid
climbing_orchid e2 Member 9321 forum postsclimbing_orchid vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
1 May 2008 - 8:04 PM

Superb - very striking image
Liz x

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Rende
Rende e2 Member 737 forum postsRende vcard Netherlands4 Constructive Critique Points
1 May 2008 - 8:51 PM

Wonderful shot with great patterns; very well seen and taken.
Rende

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pascalg
pascalg e2 Member 737 forum postspascalg vcard France
1 May 2008 - 9:20 PM

excellent composition, shadows & processing !
impressive mono...

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phototime
phototime  8 United Kingdom
1 May 2008 - 10:16 PM

Agree with everyone here Helen,a very special image and works very well in B&W you have a very good eye.Well done.

Mo

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BlueRoom
BlueRoom e2 Member 873 forum postsBlueRoom vcard United Kingdom20 Constructive Critique Points
2 May 2008 - 12:28 AM

A very powerful image, almost mystical with the strange symbolic shapes the shadows cast. I think the processing is entirely suitable and adds enormously to the strong feel this has. I am glad you have just posted the single shot as this stands up well on it's own and I feel flipping between versions often detracts from a picture's impact.

Eric

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RobboB
RobboB e2 Member 776 forum postsRobboB vcard United Kingdom
2 May 2008 - 8:40 AM

Works very well. Nice one

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FeatherFriend
FeatherFriend e2 Member 625 forum postsFeatherFriend vcard England216 Constructive Critique Points
2 May 2008 - 6:08 PM

Priceless.
Geoff.

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alwolf
alwolf  7341 forum posts England3 Constructive Critique Points
3 May 2008 - 5:13 PM

Good abstract image
alan

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photophantom
4 May 2008 - 8:50 PM

Intriguing image. Very well done Helen and congrats.
Dennis

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ericfaragh
ericfaragh  10121 forum posts United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
6 May 2008 - 12:22 AM

I like the stark impact of the bw.

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