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User_Removed 2 10 4 United Kingdom
22 Dec 2013 9:03PM
I looked at the image before I read the description, I thought it looked like the corner of someone's eye ;0) the mono makes it even more interesting

Well done on your instant HC

Di

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MikeBonsall 10 474 3 Guernsey
22 Dec 2013 9:11PM
Thanks Di and Pete for the HC. Made my Sunday evening Smile
LesF Plus
9 182 9
22 Dec 2013 9:32PM
Very creative image Mike.

LesF
BlueRoom Plus
9 73 20 United Kingdom
22 Dec 2013 10:00PM
What a wonderful image. Familiar and mysterious, both at the same time.

Eric
IanFlindt 11 740 21 United Kingdom
22 Dec 2013 10:03PM
So well seen and captured, Mike. It reminds me a little of a shot by Shinzo Maeda, in which the elements of snow and water combine to form a fascinating abstract. I love it.
MikeBonsall 10 474 3 Guernsey
23 Dec 2013 12:09AM
I didn't recognise the name Shinzo Maeda but when I googled him I immediately saw the picture you were referring to Ian. I actually know it well and think that maybe it did play a part in inspiring this image. Well spotted!

Before I took this shot I'd actually been trying to capture lines of white sea foam left by the retreating tide against the dark sand. I really like the black and white Icelandic images of Bill Schwab and was still thinking about that kind of look when I took this shot.
jaktis Plus
12 84 Sweden
23 Dec 2013 7:48AM
Lovely form

Peter
AnnChown Plus
6 197 1 United Kingdom
23 Dec 2013 10:50AM
Inspirational! Smile
Andysnapper 7 109 25 England
23 Dec 2013 11:00AM
Superb, a perfect example of a great mono shot. The composition is perfect as well.

Andy
MikeBonsall 10 474 3 Guernsey
23 Dec 2013 11:28AM
Wow Photo of the week!! I had to do a double take when I saw it.

That's brilliant, cheers Pete. Christmas has come early Smile

Thanks for the other great comments. It really means a lot when an image like this connects with people.

Mike
martinl Plus
12 263 2 United Kingdom
23 Dec 2013 11:36AM
Have an RC to add to the burgeoning awards Mike, and well deserved they are too.
Smile
Must be unique this, as I've never seen a Photo of the Week given for an HC before!
SWMahy Plus
7 21 2 United Kingdom
23 Dec 2013 11:46AM
Wow, congratulations on POW, Mike! Such beautiful textures in this.
23 Dec 2013 11:49AM
Simple but great composition. Superb.
HowieR 4 20 3 United Kingdom
23 Dec 2013 2:02PM
Wonderful - minimalistic but so powerful
Howie
Maybe I'm going against the grain here I have looked and looked at this photo and I just can not see why it has won any award's. Let's be honest a child of 6 could have taken this photo I just don't see any skill involved.
Pete.
MikeBonsall 10 474 3 Guernsey
23 Dec 2013 9:53PM

Quote:Maybe I'm going against the grain here I have looked and looked at this photo and I just can not see why it has won any award's. Let's be honest a child of 6 could have taken this photo I just don't see any skill involved.
Pete.



Hi Pete

I know this kind of image isn't everyone's cup of tea and I agree that from a technical perspective the actual manufacture of this image at the capture stage was pretty straight forward. Where I see the real challenge and also where I get real pleasure is actually seeing the image in the first place. For me it's all about seeing the extraordinary in the ordinary. I also like playing with things like scale and perspective in these fairly abstract images. For example, exactly how big is this sand pool?

My Dad has a similar picture that I took hung on his lounge wall. He was telling me recently that he had some friends around and one of them commented on the picture. Dad explained that it was taken by his son. 'So how does he make the lines in the sand around the pool, does he use a rake' one of them asked. This person had lived on Guernsey all their life and must have been to the beach a thousand times. Had they never noticed this phenomena or had they just stopped looking?

Actually a child is far more likely to notice the beauty in something as simple as a pool of water in the sand, so I take your observation that a 6 year old could have taken this picture as a complement Smile

From a post-capture perspective, in a traditional wet darkroom to get a final print to this stage would have taken some considerable skill and time. Today, for better or worse, it probably took me about an hour using photoshop and Efex Pro. The idea and the vision still had to come from me though.

Mike
23 Dec 2013 10:50PM

Quote:Maybe I'm going against the grain here I have looked and looked at this photo and I just can not see why it has won any award's. Let's be honest a child of 6 could have taken this photo I just don't see any skill involved.
Pete.

Hi Pete

I know this kind of image isn't everyone's cup of tea and I agree that from a technical perspective the actual manufacture of this image at the capture stage was pretty straight forward. Where I see the real challenge and also where I get real pleasure is actually seeing the image in the first place. For me it's all about seeing the extraordinary in the ordinary. I also like playing with things like scale and perspective in these fairly abstract images. For example, exactly how big is this sand pool?

My Dad has a similar picture that I took hung on his lounge wall. He was telling me recently that he had some friends around and one of them commented on the picture. Dad explained that it was taken by his son. 'So how does he make the lines in the sand around the pool, does he use a rake' one of them asked. This person had lived on Guernsey all their life and must have been to the beach a thousand times. Had they never noticed this phenomena or had they just stopped looking?

Actually a child is far more likely to notice the beauty in something as simple as a pool of water in the sand, so I take your observation that a 6 year old could have taken this picture as a complement Smile

From a post-capture perspective, in a traditional wet darkroom to get a final print to this stage would have taken some considerable skill and time. Today, for better or worse, it probably took me about an hour using photoshop and Efex Pro. The idea and the vision still had to come from me though.

Mike[/quote

Hi Mike.
Like you said this kind of image isn't everyone's cup of tea I think you can see from the lack of UA on this one and as I said I just can not see why it has won any award's. Sorry I just don't see it.

Pete.

fazzer Plus
6 50 7 United Kingdom
24 Dec 2013 6:58AM
A very clever shot Mike , wish I had taken it , it's a beauty SmileSmileSmile
nice shot
WillieH 10 2 Scotland
24 Dec 2013 9:22AM
Hi,

This image appeals to my taste and it certainly caught my eye, I think you could crop this image several ways and it would still be appealing. Overall I like the lighting and the tone of the image its very well produced. I agree maybe not everyone's cup of tea but how boring would it be if we all liked the same stuff. Well done.

Kind Regards Willie
derekhansen Plus
7 210 24 United Kingdom
24 Dec 2013 1:24PM
This one seems to be stirring up a bit of controversy Mike. I like abstract landscapes so its certainly to my taste. Congratulations on the awards and POTW.
Derek
24 Dec 2013 6:17PM
I like the way the curved line starts to take you into the image and then it takes you out of the image also, magical.
Dave.
pheonix 11
26 Dec 2013 1:58AM
ignore bluetitblue - his? gripe is that there are no birds or butterflies in it. In the end seeing an image is the skill and that is why this one is so memorable.
John
BURNBLUE Plus
9 12 1 United Kingdom
26 Dec 2013 6:53PM
Think this is a great shot personally, and think it is just plain rude when people say that this shot does not deserve so many awards, just rudeness.

Simon.
radfog 2 Canada
26 Dec 2013 9:06PM
I didn't even come close to guessing it was a beach when I first viewed it. Outstanding image! -Gary
Suehh 9 39 6 England
27 Dec 2013 10:12AM
Well, I have to say I think this has the FAB-U-LOUS factor - you had the presence of mind to look, to see and then release the button at just the right moment - and with the post capture work, the mono effect fits perfectly...to me it evokes a feeling of wonder. It is a image with vision......Well done you. Grin I would be proud if I had captured this. As much as I love birds, it is great to see a more original capture. Please accept my humble UA - Sue
MikeBonsall 10 474 3 Guernsey
27 Dec 2013 12:40PM
Thanks for the positive comments and support and the award Sue Smile

Hope you're all having a great Christmas and the extreme weather isn't causing you too many problems.

Mike

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