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Marching To Orders

By david deveson  
A Coldstream Guard would have been proud of her, left, right, left right towards this crumbling wall, would she look up? No! Click....

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Voters: RobDougall, janehewitt, AlleyCatz and 147 more

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1 Sep 2004 5:39AM
Nice work, David. Well seen.

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rosie42 13 7 Australia
1 Sep 2004 5:40AM
Hello David ... I like the colours and the composition here, whilst the patterns on the wall provide extra interest. *click*
Susie :o)
nigelsharman 15 30 England
1 Sep 2004 5:40AM
Wonderfull shot David, love the wall and the way the Nun blends in with

rogues 14 4 India
1 Sep 2004 5:42AM
brilliant shot David ! Click**
andrewfyfe 14 64
1 Sep 2004 5:54AM
Very nice shot, I love the colours and the angle

david deveson 13 62 2 Italy
1 Sep 2004 5:57AM
Thanks folks... there's more nuns to come, I spent the day at St. Peters yesterday waiting for miracles to happen... three or four did
sugarbird 14 223 South Africa
1 Sep 2004 6:10AM
EC material David, I love Nuns and this is a noble gentle image of one,
User_Removed 15 39 6 Scotland
1 Sep 2004 6:11AM
Well David be proud, very proud this is a wonderful photo full of atmosphere, great texture and mood.
Regards, Victor
1 Sep 2004 6:13AM
Brilliant, what a composition, what a wall, what colours, I love it.
shane 13 7 United Kingdom
1 Sep 2004 6:26AM
Great candid shot...Click
old timer 13 55 1 Scotland
1 Sep 2004 6:27AM
Said I wouldn't comment, as we're about to leave on hols, but this is great, David!

See you in 2 weeks.
stevie Plus
14 1.2k 2 United Kingdom
1 Sep 2004 6:29AM
Very good shot, the nun is in just the right place in the frame and the typical Italian wall has great textures. Well done.
nanpantanman 14 24 1 England
1 Sep 2004 6:30AM
Brilliant. Fantastic textures and matching colours. Great composition. Click.
1 Sep 2004 7:04AM
Very well captured. I don't think you could've had a better background.

keithh Plus
14 25.4k 33 Wallis And Futuna
1 Sep 2004 7:20AM
an absolute, no questions, straight out of the top drawer, cracker.
agmcbride 15 3
1 Sep 2004 7:23AM
A great image,love the colours

Pete Plus
16 18.8k 97 England
1 Sep 2004 8:07AM
I really like this. Subject fits well with background.
brian1208 Plus
14 11.3k 12 United Kingdom
1 Sep 2004 8:32AM
Its the angle that makes the difference to this shot in my view. Lower down it would just be a Nun against a Peeling Wall. This adds a strange perspective to the image. A nice touch of motion blur in the raised foot too.

well seen

billydo Plus
14 79 United Kingdom
1 Sep 2004 8:37AM
Cracking natural image. Well done.
LourensdB 13 2 South Africa
1 Sep 2004 8:43AM
Brilliant David - it is great. Lourens
clarkycat 14 89
1 Sep 2004 8:44AM
Very well caught. Aidan
StevenHanna 15 296 United Kingdom
1 Sep 2004 8:46AM
Well caught!
IanA 14 3.0k 12 England
1 Sep 2004 8:56AM
Well done David.
Ian (clicked)
Excellent shot David, congratulations.
sugarbird 14 223 South Africa
1 Sep 2004 9:04AM
Told you so David!! Am soo pleased for you, this one I would buy! (And treasure)
david deveson 13 62 2 Italy
1 Sep 2004 10:01AM
Thank you everyone.... comments on the wall are interesting since for me it's the background and the angle that really make it.
I spotted the position and sat there for about an hour waiting for something to happen... as you can all see, it did.
Origami_Owl 14 786
1 Sep 2004 10:15AM
beautiful picture David, the exposure is perfect, the composition, colours, well everything! great work.

ericfaragh Plus
14 149 4 United Kingdom
1 Sep 2004 10:43AM
Excellent image, the echo of colour in the wall and the nun's habit seem to hint a the age and decay of the Church. Well done and congrats on the EC.
mrarth 13 12
1 Sep 2004 10:44AM
Great shot.
davidbailie 14 457 7 United Kingdom
1 Sep 2004 11:21AM
This is excellent - love the effect of the old wall against her neatness - as opposed to other interpretations it could symbolise the good striving amidst decay

Well done on your patience and the EC

teepee 15 1.3k England
1 Sep 2004 11:33AM
Great composition,Lovely coloration..ahh the e20p.....nice work!
User_Removed 14 239 7 England
1 Sep 2004 12:02PM
Beautiful an outstanding image & deserves the merit.

gajj 14 32
1 Sep 2004 12:54PM
Fabulous photo, the crumbling old wall as backdrop for her intensity is wonderful! Congrats on well deserved EC.
suraj 14 India
1 Sep 2004 1:01PM
wow.. so cool Smile I love this photo.
Great Work !!! and Congrats

eafy 14 9 Australia
1 Sep 2004 1:23PM
Superb, great composition.
jules41 14 197 United Kingdom
1 Sep 2004 2:36PM
Fabulous shot David and such a well deserved EC for your wonderful work,congratulations*click*
xenija 15 4 Montenegro
1 Sep 2004 2:47PM
Excellent image.Well done.
1 Sep 2004 3:36PM
Not much else I can say. Beautiful.

Click (obviously)

1 Sep 2004 4:14PM
Brilliant shot.Many congratulations on the EC.
mwatkins9801 13 190
1 Sep 2004 4:50PM
awesome image. dark. i would love to have a shot of the wall for my photoshop layering work. clic
1 Sep 2004 5:25PM
Beautiful! Den
MartinWait 14 92 United Kingdom
1 Sep 2004 6:01PM

Denise 16 279
1 Sep 2004 6:19PM
Fantastic image. Well seen and well captured.
cozzie 14 56 Northern Ireland
1 Sep 2004 8:06PM
Love the texture of the wall, great shot
ellavr 13 66
1 Sep 2004 9:12PM
What a great shot, well spotted and taken. Very nicely composed and great colour and texture in the wall. CLICK and congrats on EC

1 Sep 2004 10:23PM
the color is amazing,very warm textures, wow. maybe one day i will be as awsome as you dave. thanks for your comments bro, your work is very inspiring.
2 Sep 2004 12:54AM
Really beautiful and powerful images.
PatriciaWilson 14 615 58 Greece
2 Sep 2004 5:43AM
Hi David, sorry I've been away so long, congrats on the EC fab pic...special. Running as usual, I'm doing nearly 12 hour days at the exhibition but will catch up with you on Monday Grin Sure I'm in for a treat!
nell 13 22
2 Sep 2004 6:26AM
Great shot lovely colours and comp Smile
2 Sep 2004 9:10AM
Congratulations on the EC, well deserved. Not sure how I missed this beauty. K.
tull 14 181 United Kingdom
2 Sep 2004 4:40PM
So sorry I missed this mate,it's beautiful well captured candid.
A well deserved EC my friend.

Best wishes.

ruzzi 14
2 Sep 2004 6:59PM
Wanderful photo,congratulazioni piu' che meritato!!!
paul_indigo 14 259 United Kingdom
2 Sep 2004 10:05PM
Besides the obvious I like the movement in her foot.
banehawi Plus
13 1.8k 3866 Canada
3 Sep 2004 12:06AM
Great photo, - her expression is so determined, reminds me of the nuns who beat me up in school as a kid!

Well done, and congratulations on the EC

jane benge 14 99 United Kingdom
3 Sep 2004 6:47AM
The colours are wonderful.Did you use a filter or warm up the background in some way?
Great shot.
jane benge 14 99 United Kingdom
3 Sep 2004 6:47AM
The colours are wonderful.Did you use a filter or warm up the background in some way?
Great shot.
david deveson 13 62 2 Italy
3 Sep 2004 6:49AM
Jane, I added a touch of warmth with an orange filter in photoshop leving the nun untouched... the main reason for the colour however is playing with the levels in photoshop to give it more 'umph' otherwise the wall is as you see it
Mavis Plus
16 143 2 England
3 Sep 2004 8:44AM
A great capture David . Your patience was rewarded.Congratulations on your EC , so well deserved
park my ferret 14 1.0k United Kingdom
3 Sep 2004 9:58AM
beautiful shot - great texture
deviant 14 3.1k 1 United Kingdom
3 Sep 2004 12:24PM
Superb use of tone/colour. Nice jaunty angle too, sort of fits her walk (I imagine)
agoreira 14 6.0k Wales
3 Sep 2004 3:16PM
Well spotted! And well recorded.

Frank W
cats_123 Plus
14 4.8k 28 Northern Ireland
3 Sep 2004 6:18PM
like the delapidation f the comes across as a great contrast agaisnt the nun's habit..congrats
david deveson 13 62 2 Italy
3 Sep 2004 6:20PM
This one just keeps on rolling and rolling, thank you all very much for your comments all of which are much appreciated.
twygge 13
3 Sep 2004 9:46PM
Nun better. Clicked.
patri 14 3 Italy
4 Sep 2004 10:31PM
Come pu non piacere una foto come questa?
Infatti piace a tutti, sono piuttosto invidiosa, se devo dire la verit, le tue foto hanno una classe ed un certo non so che....
non da tutti, bravo!
andytvcams 15 10.4k 1 United Kingdom
5 Sep 2004 8:47AM
Why am i not surprised this got an EC,one of your best,and such a pleasure to view,congratulations.

Difficile scegliere una foto tra tutte...sono tutte splendide! Quindi il commento vale anke per le altre.... WONDERFUL PIC!
iscramble 14 90 United Kingdom
5 Sep 2004 11:00PM
Wonderful shot David. Well done on the EC, this deserves it.
ccmole 14 14
6 Sep 2004 4:46AM
v good
faulknerstv 13 421 United Kingdom
6 Sep 2004 5:40AM
Great shot,makes me think through history religion always there.

redfig 13 24 United Kingdom
6 Sep 2004 5:25PM
A winner
Well Done.
Reagrds andrew
gwynann 14 72 United Kingdom
8 Sep 2004 9:51PM
Very well derserved EC, click
old timer 13 55 1 Scotland
15 Sep 2004 3:39PM
Just back from hols, David.
Congrats on the EC!!!
j9 14
16 Sep 2004 7:34AM
wonderful image
eyecon 13
26 Sep 2004 7:18PM
irish 13 227 Ireland
17 Oct 2004 7:03AM
this is a GREAT photo, just amazing

GOLD starSmileSmileSmile*******
jmmd 14 1
26 Oct 2004 10:47AM
Absolutely outstanding David...what a picture. A winner. click
28 Oct 2004 9:34AM
how do you do it? great shot
29 Oct 2004 6:09PM
La fotografia molto buona. Tessuto bello. (Sorry My italian is a bit rusty).. But excellent Photo

david deveson 13 62 2 Italy
29 Oct 2004 6:14PM
Thanks Craig no need to worry about tuo italiano, sono inglese and live in Rome!
Johann 13 Canada
8 Nov 2004 7:10AM
David, Great textures and composition here!
thank you for your comment, your portfolio is great, looking forward to see more of your work Smile
IanFlindt 13 740 21 United Kingdom
12 Dec 2004 7:35AM
A masterpiece, nothing more, nothing less.
himalk 14 4 Sri Lanka
18 Dec 2004 4:37AM
Great work David, a well deserved EC !!
Titi 13 Romania
25 Jan 2005 11:22PM
Absolut superb photo!!!
celestun 14 29 14 United Kingdom
1 Feb 2005 1:01PM
The abstract element alone is outstanding, the tones and blending of colours almost as much, then the timing and composition finally nail it!

Really an incredible shot overall!

AlanMD 13 23
15 Mar 2005 3:02PM
Your work really is outstanding. Alan.
paulcr 13 1.5k 9 Ireland
4 Apr 2005 12:08AM
Missed this one David. Excellent, well deserving of the awards. PAul
Coleslaw 12 13.4k 28 Wales
31 Jul 2005 3:13AM
love it.

funkeldink 14 1.6k 1 Australia
21 Sep 2005 6:46AM
2 Oct 2005 5:48AM
99 ? Now we can't have that, can we Wink
Johann 13 Canada
9 Nov 2005 5:45AM
David, I have seen this image before and I thought It was great, I love the colors and textures, Beautiful! I am flattered by a photographer like you writting a comment on my picture I tru;;y appreciate it. we will keep in touch Smile
andmolliethedog 12 120 11 United Kingdom
29 Nov 2005 4:32AM
I think the tate should hang this!
Gray22 12
10 Dec 2005 12:18AM
Superb.. She looks a bit masculine though!!..
draxwayze 14 74
14 May 2006 11:42PM
I am not religious, but this is full of meaning, especially if you believe in keeping going. The textures are superb.
phototime 12 8 United Kingdom
11 Jun 2006 11:59AM
Wow! what a image incredible.
skeletor 14 1.7k England
20 Aug 2006 4:19PM
Another superb shot (I'm working backwards through your pf) Can't add to what's already been said. Wonderful.

andmolliethedog 12 120 11 United Kingdom
21 Nov 2006 11:01AM
Still superb even after several revisits!
rontear Plus
15 8 8 England
9 Feb 2007 8:31AM
Ariel viewpoint has given this an even stronger message, God watching her David. Ron.
Sahyadri 10 61 2 India
1 Apr 2008 5:36AM
simply superb! i really like your work. so much to learn from them...
Great shot!!!
andmolliethedog 12 120 11 United Kingdom
4 Jun 2009 11:26AM
Just another visit to this one.
17 Jun 2009 1:43PM
David I would quite happily vote on all your images, But the cues to long to get to the bottom of the page,Your good But I know you know that,
Your images are to me a cut above, A marker to try and aim at.
andmolliethedog 12 120 11 United Kingdom
25 Nov 2009 8:52AM
Re visit..!
DonMc 9 United Kingdom
23 Jul 2012 6:59PM
You probably dont need my vote but cant resist this superb image

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