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The open gate

By helenlinda
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

Tags: Photo journalism Black and white Specialist and abstract Saturday shadows

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RobboB Plus
9 111 United Kingdom
17 Nov 2012 8:57AM
Works really well in mono Helen. Nice one

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helenlinda Plus
8 343 22 United Kingdom
17 Nov 2012 9:01AM
Thanks Rob Smile
17 Nov 2012 9:06AM
Lovely composition which really works in mono Helen. Good strong shadow here
Jim
helenlinda Plus
8 343 22 United Kingdom
17 Nov 2012 9:07AM
Thanks Jim Smile
fentiger Plus
14 916 23 England
17 Nov 2012 9:08AM
A great shadow pic with lots of impact. Well seen.

Albert
helenlinda Plus
8 343 22 United Kingdom
17 Nov 2012 9:08AM
Thanks Albert Smile
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
helenlinda Plus
8 343 22 United Kingdom
17 Nov 2012 9:13AM
Thanks John Smile
Hermanus 3 4 South Africa
17 Nov 2012 9:26AM
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 .
WhiteRose1 Plus
6 1.6k 148 England
17 Nov 2012 9:43AM
The wide-angle perspective makes a wonderful exaggerated shape of the shadow, Helen.

Dave
CarolG Plus
9 193 18 Greece
17 Nov 2012 9:44AM
Fabulous shadows, Helen, the best I have seen, or am likely to see, today. Carol
SlowSong Plus
7 6.0k 29 England
17 Nov 2012 10:14AM
What a very welcoming looking gate. I swear it's smiling. Smile
x
gary_d Plus
8 576 13 Wales
17 Nov 2012 10:43AM
Yes definitely made for mono. - gary
Richsr Plus
9 90 220 England
17 Nov 2012 10:46AM
Well seen and used shadows here Helen
Regards Richard
achieverswales 5 8 101 Wales
17 Nov 2012 11:44AM
The shadows gate and fence make a great abstract Helen, first class capture!


Regards

Trev.
Irishkate Plus
5 33 94 United Kingdom
17 Nov 2012 12:08PM
Wonderful shadows Helen and I'm sure you'll sell all that jam.
If I lived nearby - I'd buy some.
KateGrinGrinGrin
EMJAYCEE Plus
7 9 10 England
17 Nov 2012 12:45PM
Wll balanced shot and a wow of a shadow. Good luck with the jam.Smile
Joan.
helenlinda Plus
8 343 22 United Kingdom
17 Nov 2012 12:53PM
Thanks everyone for your comments SmileSmile
Tibetan 3 3 England
17 Nov 2012 1:24PM
Not short on shadows here! nice one like it well done, regards Leon.GrinGrinGrinGrinGrin
helenlinda Plus
8 343 22 United Kingdom
17 Nov 2012 1:26PM
Thanks Leon Smile
AnnChown Plus
6 198 1 United Kingdom
17 Nov 2012 1:28PM
Great symmetry with the shadows and railings - well taken Helen!
Ann
helenlinda Plus
8 343 22 United Kingdom
17 Nov 2012 1:29PM
Thanks Ann Smile
17 Nov 2012 1:42PM
The shadow just itself makes a wonderful abstract. Do like it in b/w.......Sandy
Joline Plus
9 27 52 United States
17 Nov 2012 1:43PM
Elegant!
Good luck with your jam.
17 Nov 2012 1:47PM
This is a excellent shadow and makes a fine photo top shot.
jj
woolybill1 Plus
9 19 66 United Kingdom
17 Nov 2012 1:49PM
Especially felicitous use of b&w for this precise image. Both the near-symmetry and the shadow detail are particularly striking.
Bill
bill33 Plus
5 11 1 Scotland
17 Nov 2012 1:54PM
Wonderful image perfectly suited to mono, I love your composition here Helen, very well done, Bill.
mrswoolybill Plus
9 877 1434 United Kingdom
17 Nov 2012 1:56PM
Ah yes, I remember it well...
I prefer b&w. Harder, darker, colder. Oh dear, what does that say about me??
Moira
helenlinda Plus
8 343 22 United Kingdom
17 Nov 2012 1:59PM
Thanks for your comments everyone SmileSmile
17 Nov 2012 3:32PM
Definitely prefer this mono version, Helen - and again, well timed to get the shadows so perfectly positioned Wink
Trev Smile
franken Plus
13 3.8k 4 Wales
17 Nov 2012 3:43PM
Really works well in mono Helen.

Ken
helenlinda Plus
8 343 22 United Kingdom
17 Nov 2012 4:48PM
Thanks Trev and Ken SmileSmile
carper123 Plus
4 887 8 United Kingdom
17 Nov 2012 5:18PM
Well spotted and captured, superb shadow detail, well done, Helen.
Nice one.
Darryl. Smile x
helenlinda Plus
8 343 22 United Kingdom
17 Nov 2012 5:19PM
Thanks Darryl Smile
marktc Plus
5 85 14 United Kingdom
17 Nov 2012 5:59PM
Superb Helen... Love it!
helenlinda Plus
8 343 22 United Kingdom
17 Nov 2012 6:10PM
Thanks Mark Smile
17 Nov 2012 6:14PM
Mono really works so well with this one
helenlinda Plus
8 343 22 United Kingdom
17 Nov 2012 6:36PM
Thanks Barbara Smile
morpheus1955 9 3 2 United Kingdom
17 Nov 2012 7:14PM
Superb shot, great composition, really works well as a mono

Hugh
saltireblue Plus
5 5.6k 33 Norway
17 Nov 2012 7:48PM
The strength of those gates is emphasised by the b&w conversion which adds harshness and an uncompromising feel.

Malc
helenlinda Plus
8 343 22 United Kingdom
17 Nov 2012 8:23PM
Thanks Hugh and Malc SmileSmile
pluckyfilly Plus
9 350 33 United Kingdom
17 Nov 2012 8:45PM
Well Helen, this is certainly SPECIAL shadows a really good show and great picture
pdcche 5 4 United Kingdom
17 Nov 2012 10:34PM
Thats a great shadow Helen, well taken and presented, Peter..
18 Nov 2012 12:06AM
A beautiful creative mono
-source
bobsblues 6 10 2 United Kingdom
18 Nov 2012 8:46AM
A shadow of a life time well seen and taken .SmileSmile
Rob
helenlinda Plus
8 343 22 United Kingdom
18 Nov 2012 8:54AM
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
frz67 6 10 32 Italy
18 Nov 2012 10:45AM
excellent, I always like when something breaks a too rigid simmetry.
great eye

francesco
Rende Plus
9 38 4 Netherlands
18 Nov 2012 11:36AM
Wonderfully gritty B&W composition Helen, with great shadow play.
Before & after as per your request Wink
Rende
helenlinda Plus
8 343 22 United Kingdom
18 Nov 2012 1:42PM
Thanks Francesco and Rende SmileSmile
18 Nov 2012 4:31PM
Good tight full frame shot.
Rick
helenlinda Plus
8 343 22 United Kingdom
18 Nov 2012 5:41PM
Thanks Rick Smile
1881 4 India
18 Nov 2012 6:07PM
Good camera control here.


SANJEEV
helenlinda Plus
8 343 22 United Kingdom
18 Nov 2012 7:26PM
Thanks Sanjeev Smile
bricurtis Plus
10 2.0k 49 England
18 Nov 2012 8:24PM
Excellent shadow Helen - great shape.
Brian.
derekhansen Plus
7 210 24 United Kingdom
18 Nov 2012 9:47PM
The symmetry is lovely here Helen and this works particularly in mono.
Derek
helenlinda Plus
8 343 22 United Kingdom
18 Nov 2012 10:11PM
Thanks Brian and Derek SmileSmile
19 Nov 2012 11:47AM
knew it was yours Smile
helenlinda Plus
8 343 22 United Kingdom
19 Nov 2012 3:24PM
Thanks Pascal Smile
annettep38 Plus
4 217 38 Costa Rica
24 Nov 2012 8:22AM
Excellent geometric composition.
helenlinda Plus
8 343 22 United Kingdom
24 Nov 2012 8:22AM
Thanks Annette Smile

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