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The table

By helenlinda
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

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?"

Tags: Mono Specialist and abstract Raddlebarn junior playground The picnic table Shadoe School gates May 08

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proz 16 205 United States
1 May 2008 5:17PM
this is terrific, really need to see it large
paulbroad 13 131 1289 United Kingdom
1 May 2008 5:30PM
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.

helenlinda Plus
13 367 22 United Kingdom
1 May 2008 5:34PM
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
taggart Plus
16 47 14 United States
1 May 2008 5:37PM
Superb graphic shadow-- Good eyes and good to follow up!

jaktis 16 84 Sweden
1 May 2008 5:38PM
Great use off the shadows and well captured

Bodiewil 13 46 Wales
1 May 2008 5:48PM
Great work You it really works for me.

mikbee 13 3 8 Scotland
1 May 2008 6:21PM
Super line,shape and pattern here Helen.Has a good geometry to it.Nice one.
pamelajean Plus
14 1.4k 2161 United Kingdom
1 May 2008 6:27PM
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!
mrswoolybill Plus
13 2.3k 2276 United Kingdom
1 May 2008 6:28PM
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.
woolybill1 Plus
14 34 76 United Kingdom
1 May 2008 7:23PM
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.
climbing_orchid 15 321 1 United Kingdom
1 May 2008 8:04PM
Superb - very striking image
Liz x
Rende 13 38 4 Netherlands
1 May 2008 8:51PM
Wonderful shot with great patterns; very well seen and taken.
pascalg Plus
13 37 1 France
1 May 2008 9:20PM
excellent composition, shadows & processing !
impressive mono...
phototime 14 8 United Kingdom
1 May 2008 10:16PM
Agree with everyone here Helen,a very special image and works very well in B&W you have a very good eye.Well done.

BlueRoom 14 73 20 United Kingdom
2 May 2008 12:28AM
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.

RobboB Plus
13 133 United Kingdom
2 May 2008 8:40AM
Works very well. Nice one
FeatherFriend 12 38 217 England
2 May 2008 6:08PM
akw 13 341 3 England
3 May 2008 5:13PM
Good abstract image
photophantom 12 108 3 Philippines
4 May 2008 8:50PM
Intriguing image. Very well done Helen and congrats.
ericfaragh 17 149 5 United Kingdom
6 May 2008 12:22AM
I like the stark impact of the bw.

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