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By Mari    
Taken on a very hot summer day in August 1990 of my Mam. Sadly it turned out to be her last proper summer holiday as she had a stroke a couple of months later and never recovered. This photo is a a very special one to me.

It was a colour shot which I have cropped and monotones using adjustments and contrast and RGB levels in PS Elements

Tags: Portraits and people

Voters: kit-monster, keithh, lovelylindax and 38 more

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mad-dogs 14 2.2k England
10 Mar 2004 7:44AM
Nice toning and a very graphic image. Really stood out in the thumbnails.

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Mari 13 1.8k Wales
10 Mar 2004 7:46AM
Thanks Dave - you can take some of the credit for helping me with the b&w thing.
Timecatcher 12 120 Canada
10 Mar 2004 7:47AM
Really great shot If it was only my decision this would definitely get an EC. AMAZING CAPTURE...Click and many more to come
Mari 13 1.8k Wales
10 Mar 2004 7:49AM
Wow thanks Pat!
geo 12 46 France
10 Mar 2004 8:04AM
Very clever layout, love that pic!
10 Mar 2004 8:05AM
Very evocative and beautifully balanced composition. Excellent work.
trahern 13 863 United Kingdom
10 Mar 2004 8:22AM
Great Picture and obviously special to you.
mad-dogs 14 2.2k England
10 Mar 2004 8:27AM
Agree with Timecatcher on the EC...
keithh Plus
12 25.1k 33 Wallis And Futuna
10 Mar 2004 8:31AM
Striking composition makes this shot one that will never be forgotten.
geegee 12 29 England
10 Mar 2004 8:45AM
Wonderful composition Mari, I love it. So simple yet so effective.

Paddy 13 254 8 England
10 Mar 2004 8:50AM
this is excellent .. love the crop .. very creative work ..
thanks Marie for always caring it nice to have your words, bit of a hard time for me at the moment .. I will get to you when I can .. SmileP
naturenut 13 1.8k England
10 Mar 2004 9:00AM
Excellent work Mari, love it.
Greyheron 14 282 7 England
10 Mar 2004 9:01AM
Photography doesn't come any better than this Mari.
Excellent work!

vince 12 48 United Kingdom
10 Mar 2004 9:27AM
Really nice image Mari love it.


Vince Smile
ken j. Plus
13 374
10 Mar 2004 9:32AM
Top notch shot.
tigertot 13 36 England
10 Mar 2004 9:33AM
Very nice photo Mari, like the simple composition, works very well in B & W too.
ericfaragh 13 132 3 United Kingdom
10 Mar 2004 9:46AM
Great composition to create a graphic image with impact. Black and white a good choice. Well done Mari.
blindpilot 12 69
10 Mar 2004 9:53AM
very nice - everything, comp, crop, grain,...
lovelylindax 12 16
10 Mar 2004 10:01AM
This is really brilliant Mari. I love the shapes and the lines - very eye catching
Your Mum appears very peaceful there although we dont see her face - lovely x
amaryllis 13 120
10 Mar 2004 11:43AM

Your best shot by far.....!! How nice for such a special shot as well...

noseprints 13 576
10 Mar 2004 12:38PM
oh, yeah! classic!
n.towndrow 12 4
10 Mar 2004 12:52PM
Like all the above, especially the composition. Nice one!
luigitoi 13 5 1 Argentina
10 Mar 2004 1:33PM
fantastic!, great composition, lighting, really eye catching and interesting.
kit-monster Plus
13 3.7k 2 Singapore
10 Mar 2004 1:57PM
Beautiful shot,

flossie 13 1.6k
10 Mar 2004 2:01PM
Mari this is fantastic ...and look at all these comments.
I thought is was going to be a trendy high fashion shot from the thumbnail.
What a great picture to have of your Mum, something really different, and I bet the colour version is just as good - very well done.
billma 12 119 United States
10 Mar 2004 2:04PM
Beautiful. Amazed at the composition.
IanA 13 3.0k 12 England
10 Mar 2004 5:14PM
This deserves an EC if ever anything did!
Nothing to do with the story, just a superb picture.
Very very well done Mari.
Best regards
Mari 13 1.8k Wales
10 Mar 2004 6:05PM
Well - have just logged on - what an amazing amount of comments - I am chuffed and thanks all very much indeed for your encouragement.
Rob_Taylor 12 660 5 Wales
10 Mar 2004 8:59PM
Very well thought out shot - the parasol adds so much to the composition....deserves all the praise !!
Mari 13 1.8k Wales
10 Mar 2004 9:11PM
Thanks Rob
maljohns 12 431 Wales
10 Mar 2004 9:18PM
Good shot - and good presentation of it.
Mari 13 1.8k Wales
10 Mar 2004 9:19PM
Thanks Mal
brian13 12 218
10 Mar 2004 9:23PM
Really special Mari. Great eye for detail and something to treasure - lol.
Mavis Plus
14 143 2 England
10 Mar 2004 9:25PM
Well I thought when I saw the thumb print Mari HAS gone up market . What a great image . Yes should be a candidate for EC .

What a precious and wonderful picture . You've done a grand job on your PS work Mari .
Mari 13 1.8k Wales
10 Mar 2004 9:25PM
Thanks Brian - Ok maybe i'll get you a lion bar now!

oops quick edit - we cross posted Mavis. Thanks a lot.
10 Mar 2004 9:26PM
What a brilliant composition of a wonderful precious photo Mari. Very simple and very effective. Lovely monotones. Superb.

Gary_Williams 12 38 3 United Kingdom
10 Mar 2004 9:29PM
Great image, striking.
Mari 13 1.8k Wales
10 Mar 2004 9:29PM
Thanks Mary - she was a great lady.

And thanks Gary.
Terry L Plus
13 590 5 England
10 Mar 2004 9:42PM
What a really graphic shot Mari, excellent tones and great composition.

Mari 13 1.8k Wales
10 Mar 2004 9:47PM
Thanks Terry - always grateful for your feedback.

10 Mar 2004 10:10PM
fantastic, love the woven hat too
Mari 13 1.8k Wales
10 Mar 2004 10:16PM
Hi Himiona - thanks for your comment. Great to hear from NZ. My brother in law lives in
Waihi - dont know if thats anywhere near you.

vfr400 14 886
10 Mar 2004 10:52PM
Superb study Mari really deserved an EC had any thought about cropping the top level with the point of the sunshade.
PS i'm sure your mam would have been proud of your ability with a camera.
Mari 13 1.8k Wales
10 Mar 2004 10:56PM
Thanks Chris - I might try that and see what it looks like.

magda_indigo 13 418 England
11 Mar 2004 2:39PM
Fantastic, wow, I looked at it yesterday, got interrupted, sorry. An absolutely fabulous image, click (*:*)
Mari 13 1.8k Wales
11 Mar 2004 6:40PM
Thanks MagdaSmile
cooky Plus
12 6 United Kingdom
11 Mar 2004 10:34PM
Wonderful, well done composition. Thanks for sharing the background Mari, Mums are very special.
Mari 13 1.8k Wales
11 Mar 2004 10:43PM
Thanks Kath - they certainly areSmile
patri 13 3 Italy
11 Mar 2004 11:38PM
This is a wonderful pic of a very special mum, great, I agree with the ones who said it deserves an EC. Bravissima, Patrizia
Mari 13 1.8k Wales
12 Mar 2004 7:25AM
Thanks Patri - downhill from here on in! may never get that EC now! lol
lobsterboy Plus
12 14.7k 13 United Kingdom
12 Mar 2004 9:07AM
I just spotted this - really great shot I'd be chuffed to bits if I had taken it. Click.
Mari 13 1.8k Wales
12 Mar 2004 10:09AM
Thanks ChrisSmile
SuziBlue 13 16.2k 10 Scotland
12 Mar 2004 7:56PM
Mari have just come for a browse in your portfolio and am stunned by this image. It's simply wonderful. Such a great graphic image and the toning is superb. After you saying you needed to move away from landscapes and try new things, you've proved you can do it by producing these wonderful new images. Fantastic!

Mari 13 1.8k Wales
12 Mar 2004 8:00PM
Thanks Suzi - its actually quite an old shot - taken with my old OM20 - I loved that camera Sad - nothing like the old SLRs eh Suzi? I don't find the Digi in the same league - but its probably the workman blaming her tools!! lol

SuziBlue 13 16.2k 10 Scotland
18 Mar 2004 1:11AM
Well Mari like I said on your CdeC pic - it just shows you've always had a good eye. Fantastic pics in your portfolio ..
a2jlp 13 165 Scotland
23 Mar 2004 12:38PM

Don't know how I missed this one, its a cracker. Great composition, the sky area is such an interesting shape too. I might have cloned out the white wispy clouds top right but otherwise - brill. I would never have pegged this as one of yours.

Looks like sucking up to Pete is the only way to get an EC these days Wink

I'm impressed.

ccmole 12 14
23 Mar 2004 12:50PM
missed this as well ..very different and very good
Mari 13 1.8k Wales
23 Mar 2004 6:50PM
Thanks John and Chris. I'm amazed at the response of this one. :+}
g-3 13 4
29 Apr 2004 1:33PM
Fab... enuff said Clik
Mari 13 1.8k Wales
29 Apr 2004 5:20PM
Thanks g3 much appreciated. Its one of my favs

30 Jul 2004 8:05PM
Great Image, prefer this to the colour one. You have some fantastic shots in your gallery. Dennis
Mari 13 1.8k Wales
30 Jul 2004 9:09PM
Thanks Dennis Smile

artyshock 11 9
7 Jan 2005 10:25AM
I like this very much.
Leo 14 46 9 England
9 Jan 2005 3:40AM
Simple, yet so very striking and obviously so important to you Mari. You are very artistic you know! My own shortfall unfortunatelySad
teena40 12 66
10 Jan 2005 11:22AM
Best wishes from myself and Gary for 2005.
Mari 13 1.8k Wales
16 Jan 2005 9:24AM
Thanks Arty, Leo and Teena. Didn't realise that I had my email notification on this switched off so sorry for delay in replying.

carriebugg 12 65 England
22 Feb 2005 10:46AM
Striking - fab image - brilliant and well captured
Nic_WA 11 179 2 Australia
18 Mar 2005 3:52PM
Cleverly composed - a stand-out shot.
Mari 13 1.8k Wales
5 Jun 2005 9:35AM
Thanks Carrie and Nic Smile

User_Removed 10 7 8 Netherlands
24 Jul 2006 11:12AM
Hi Mari,

Just came across this. Although you are a fantastic landscape photographer I am inclined to say that this may be the best photo in your entire portfolio. The composition is perfect, B&W conversion too by the way. Best regards, Bert
Mari 13 1.8k Wales
14 Sep 2007 12:10PM
Thanks Bert, just read your comment about a year too late lol - much appreciated


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