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No unwilling snail here... she couldn't wait. Little Ludovica off for her first day at school. Moral support was offered by her little dogs, one on a leash and the other in her satchel.

Title:Off To School
Username:david deveson david deveson
Uploaded:23 Mar 2005 - 11:36 PM
Tags:Portraits / people
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jimyoung
jimyoung  9
23 Mar 2005 - 11:36 PM

So cute

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Boyd
Boyd  1011213 forum posts Wales11 Constructive Critique Points
23 Mar 2005 - 11:40 PM

Really good image of a landmark occasion.
Lovely shot.

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janehewitt
janehewitt  10215 forum posts United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
23 Mar 2005 - 11:46 PM

What a beautiful shot! Jane

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Nic_WA
Nic_WA  9179 forum posts Australia2 Constructive Critique Points
23 Mar 2005 - 11:52 PM

Perfect. Just perfect.
Nic

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UserRemoved
24 Mar 2005 - 12:00 AM

awwww......superb!
wish my 15 yr old son was as eager to go to school!

Lizzie

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gill f
gill f  10115 forum posts England
24 Mar 2005 - 12:01 AM

Nice shot, wonderful memory.

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david deveson
24 Mar 2005 - 12:02 AM

I know the feeling Lizzie but then again you have to remember this was Ludovica's FIRST day.... the proof of the pudding will be later...
David

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beverleymiddleton

Lovely image - well captured.

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Redbarron
Redbarron  9
24 Mar 2005 - 12:07 AM

Very nice David. Echoes of "The Walk to paradise garden" by W. Eugene Smith from "Time" in regard to framing of the subject and lightsource. My only criticism (and not that I know anything) is that the background to focused, to much DOF. But still a nice shot - would work in B/W. Matt

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andytvcams
andytvcams  1110396 forum posts United Kingdom
24 Mar 2005 - 12:20 AM

Bloody hell David,how on earth did you get this shot,

if i could give an award this would be it,

beautiful lighting and composition,and so very emotive,

A real pleasure to view.

Andy...

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dannyk
dannyk  9 United Kingdom
24 Mar 2005 - 12:20 AM

oh the memories..brilliant shot

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AngelaR
AngelaR  9155 forum posts United Kingdom
24 Mar 2005 - 12:26 AM

Beautiful capture and lovely framing by the doorway.

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firzhugh
firzhugh  9 New Zealand
24 Mar 2005 - 12:27 AM

nice composition, beautiful shot

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david deveson
24 Mar 2005 - 12:29 AM

Hi Andy.... I was lucky, this is our courtyard and also where Ludovica lives... I was leaving with my camera (as is my wont) and there she was... I admit I ordered her to stay there and not to move while I fiddled around... but this was the result.
David

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claret
claret  949 forum posts England
24 Mar 2005 - 12:39 AM

Outstanding shot.
Iain

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andytvcams
andytvcams  1110396 forum posts United Kingdom
24 Mar 2005 - 12:43 AM

I'm sitting having my first coffee of the morning,just enjoying viewing this David.

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shane
shane  9 United Kingdom
24 Mar 2005 - 12:45 AM

Brilliant capture

Love it

click
shane

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jennialexander
jennialexander e2 Member 943 forum postsjennialexander vcard United Kingdom
24 Mar 2005 - 12:47 AM

Lovely sentiment behind this stunning image
Jenni

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lacorsa
lacorsa  9
24 Mar 2005 - 2:44 AM

very, very nice. I like this shot

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ktcam
ktcam  9457 forum posts Scotland
24 Mar 2005 - 3:04 AM

This is beautiful and poignant. It really is a moment captured in time. Everything about it is well done. Gives me a lump in my throat just viewing it.
*click*

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david deveson
24 Mar 2005 - 3:11 AM

Thank you all for your comments and, as Kate says in the comment above, you've given me a lump in my throat...
David

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Nic_WA
Nic_WA  9179 forum posts Australia2 Constructive Critique Points
24 Mar 2005 - 4:06 AM

This one has really stuck in my mind. I keep coming back for another look - if you check your extra statistics and have lots more views than clicks...that's me!!!
Nic

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StuartAt
StuartAt e2 Member 91029 forum postsStuartAt vcard England6 Constructive Critique Points
24 Mar 2005 - 4:20 AM

Fantastic. I love the way this tells a story in a picture. Fantastic composition and the exposure is spot on.

Stuart

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jkcuddihy
jkcuddihy  972 forum posts Ireland1 Constructive Critique Points
24 Mar 2005 - 7:12 AM

It has everything David. I still remember my 1st day at school, nothing as idyllic looking as this, and that's 48 years ago!
Congratulations.
Johnny

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user_absconded
24 Mar 2005 - 7:37 AM

I don't have a lump in my throat - I'm a hard woman, lol. It's a lovely shot though, can't go wrong with children and animals. I like the dof, being able to see all those great textures in the far wall and road.

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david deveson
24 Mar 2005 - 12:52 PM

Lydia, there's no way you're a hard woman, you just see through the cynicism involved in posting pictures of children and animals...
David

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old timer
old timer  955 forum posts Scotland1 Constructive Critique Points
24 Mar 2005 - 12:54 PM

Just a fabulous little pic, David. The dark edges simply focus attention on the important part of the pic.
Jim

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IanFlindt
IanFlindt e2 Member 9739 forum postsIanFlindt vcard United Kingdom21 Constructive Critique Points
24 Mar 2005 - 1:16 PM

Absolutely enchanting, David. A wonderful, touching image. (Damn those graffiti artists!)

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keithh
keithh  1022556 forum posts Wallis and Futuna29 Constructive Critique Points
25 Mar 2005 - 12:24 AM

One of those shots that work a lifetime on a personal level and with everyone else for a damn long time too. Deserves as many 'clicks' as any shot I've seen this week.

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andytvcams
andytvcams  1110396 forum posts United Kingdom
25 Mar 2005 - 6:02 AM

I still have to keep coming back to take another look.

Andy...

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paulcr
paulcr e2 Member 91536 forum postspaulcr vcard Ireland9 Constructive Critique Points
25 Mar 2005 - 6:09 AM

Oh this is just fantastic David. Apart from the technicalities of being perfectly exposed for the light and shadows, it's a super record of her first day. No doubt you'll look back on this one over the years. (maybe clone out the graffitti though). Paul

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croberts
croberts  92160 forum posts Ireland8 Constructive Critique Points
25 Mar 2005 - 6:24 AM

bloomin' 'eck !! this is good. brilliant.

Chris

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david deveson
25 Mar 2005 - 6:25 AM

Never clone out the graffitti.... it's part of the atmosphere... it's a difficult one that... clean it all up and Rome looks sterile like Disney Land, leave it and mucks everything up... oh dear, decisions, decisions...
David

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paulcr
paulcr e2 Member 91536 forum postspaulcr vcard Ireland9 Constructive Critique Points
25 Mar 2005 - 6:31 AM

A point I suppose. I've never been to Rome (would love to though) so I didn't know there was a lot of graffitti there and it was a feature of the streets. If that is the case then leave it in. Try it both ways and make your own artistic decision. Still a fantastic shot though. PAul

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tartanlady
tartanlady  1058 forum posts Scotland
25 Mar 2005 - 6:46 AM

Lovely shot David, excellent balance of light and shadow with little Ludovica standing in the doorway. A perfect way to remember her first day at school.
Louise

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andytvcams
andytvcams  1110396 forum posts United Kingdom
25 Mar 2005 - 6:56 AM

It was there leave it in.

Andy...

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andytvcams
andytvcams  1110396 forum posts United Kingdom
25 Mar 2005 - 6:58 AM

It was there leave it in,I'm so pleased this one has made thirty,so well deserved.

Andy...

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StrayCat
StrayCat  1014199 forum posts Canada2 Constructive Critique Points
25 Mar 2005 - 7:15 AM

This image says it all. Make sure you have one for her in her later years. Our granddaughter is 5, and it's her first year at school. I videotaped her first Christmas concert this winter and happened to put it on a tape containing Christmas when she was 2. She was thrilled to see herself, and hear herself when she was that age.

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david deveson
25 Mar 2005 - 7:44 AM

Hey, hang on everyone... the idea seems to be gaining ground that little Ludovica is mine... now I live in Rome where people tend to have warmer tempers than Brits like myself and if her Father (who lives on the other side of the courtyard) even gets the whiff on idea that I may have been involved in the begetting of his daughter then it's curtains for me. I just happened to be going out with my camera as the scene took place. Honest. Anything else is nothing to do with me... please, please believe me...
David

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davidbailie
davidbailie e2 Member 10428 forum postsdavidbailie vcard United Kingdom5 Constructive Critique Points
25 Mar 2005 - 8:14 AM

Lovely shot - so evocative!

Dave

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paulcr
paulcr e2 Member 91536 forum postspaulcr vcard Ireland9 Constructive Critique Points
25 Mar 2005 - 12:16 PM

So let her parents have a copy of the shot. They'll love it I'm sure. Paul

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david deveson
25 Mar 2005 - 12:34 PM

They already have a copy printed A3 size, framed and hanging on the living room wall... d'you think I'm stupid or wot???!!!
David

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paulcr e2 Member 91536 forum postspaulcr vcard Ireland9 Constructive Critique Points
25 Mar 2005 - 12:43 PM

Good move David... Paul

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conniemayw
25 Mar 2005 - 1:00 PM

renaissance man?
superb portfolio-I love your vision

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david deveson
25 Mar 2005 - 1:09 PM

Definitely a renaissance man... wake up every morning and start all over again...
David

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colin
colin  9697 forum posts Scotland5 Constructive Critique Points
25 Mar 2005 - 1:13 PM

Lovely stuff
*click*
Colin

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stevie
stevie e2 Member 101197 forum postsstevie vcard United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
25 Mar 2005 - 8:38 PM

Che bellissima bambina! Beautiful moment, very nicely photographed.
Steve

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Tom_Charles
26 Mar 2005 - 7:00 AM

Superb image. Larger pic looks fab. Nicely worked.

Tom

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highlander
highlander  1032 forum posts Scotland
26 Mar 2005 - 7:35 AM

Hello David, I went through your portfollio today and must admit that this is one of the finest I have seen...your web site shows so many beautiful shots which humbles me into reasoning that my learning curve is still very steep...this is so well balanced in colour brightness and shadow that it projects an artistic eye which is manifest in this shot and others of your work. Very impressive.
Doug.

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david deveson
26 Mar 2005 - 8:18 AM

Mny thanks Doug for your kind words....
David

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nanpantanman
nanpantanman e2 Member 10nanpantanman vcard England1 Constructive Critique Points
26 Mar 2005 - 12:00 PM

Brilliant. Terrific light and detail. Click. Kevin.

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clevercloggs
8 Apr 2005 - 11:07 AM

great image. Good colours and cute little dogs. Story complements the image. click

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covey
covey  91672 forum posts Ireland
20 Apr 2005 - 9:33 AM

Super capture, it's all been said.

T.

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kinkladze
kinkladze  8
2 Jun 2005 - 8:32 AM

really lovely .wonderfully framed.just catching up with your work-very impressive-
David

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rosie42
rosie42  9 Australia
5 Jun 2005 - 11:45 PM

Love it. Made me smile! *click*
Susie :o))

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Coleslaw
Coleslaw e2 Member 813402 forum postsColeslaw vcard Wales28 Constructive Critique Points
31 Jul 2005 - 3:17 AM

just wonderful

cole

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gilman
gilman  936 forum posts
10 Mar 2006 - 5:25 AM

love the light on the little girl.
so cute!
also looked through your portfolio, loved your work!
yours.
gil.

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