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The Darkest Moment

By saltireblue    
At some point during a long-distance run, they say you meet the wall. Perhaps this is what it feels like, when every nerve and sinew is screaming for respite, yet something deep, deep in the inner depths of your soul doesn't allow you to give up, and suddenly you are emerging again into the light...

Is this what it is like?
I do not know.
I have never been there.
Do I want to go there?........Tjaa....

V2 as a b&w version...

Many thanks for all your recent comments and your great uploads.

Thanks for bothering.


From Monday I have the task of being Guest Editor....pleasure and pain???

Tags: Norway Oslo Portraits and people Athletes Long distance running

Voters: mrswoolybill, Jasper87, jasonrwl and 34 more

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mrswoolybill Plus
11 1.2k 1929 United Kingdom
5 May 2012 7:51PM
I want V2 for a) the frames of his glasses and b) the flying mud comes over better. But V2 would make a fabulous poster.
I covet this one, it's a sport I'd dearly love to photograph. You've captured the isolation of personal struggle.

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Jasper87 Plus
8 2.0k 150 England
5 May 2012 8:00PM
Been there, done that .... I can feel his pain which you've captured so well.

jasonrwl Plus
8 1.1k 10 United Kingdom
5 May 2012 8:17PM
Really interesting image this Malc. Can't decide which I like best. I think I might have been tempted to crop it into more of a portrait format becasue not sure whether the space on the left adds that much. Just a thought.
Great image though.
saeidNL 8 3 Netherlands
5 May 2012 8:32PM
Two stunning and fantastic capture,very well done,
franken Plus
15 4.6k 4 United Kingdom
5 May 2012 9:27PM
Version 2 is superb!

mrswoolybill Plus
11 1.2k 1929 United Kingdom
5 May 2012 9:43PM

Quote:I think I might have been tempted to crop it into more of a portrait format becasue not sure whether the space on the left adds that much. Just a thought.
No way! The space on the left is his dark torment, he's looking into the abyss. Plus the fact that he is moving right to left adds to the depressive feel. I'm getting to like this one more and more.
mrswoolybill Plus
11 1.2k 1929 United Kingdom
5 May 2012 9:46PM
PS Just noticed what you are doing next week. Be prepared for an awful lot of birds of the feathered variety... Wink
woolybill1 Plus
11 23 72 United Kingdom
5 May 2012 9:53PM
The mono for me, Malc. Reduces all the other emotional possibilities to a minimum to focus on the torment.
Keeping the space on the left gives the runner space to move into, ensuring the torment continues.

I was considered a reasonable athlete at school (school athletics captain, not that it involved anything other than glory Wink) But I couldn't cope with any race longer than about 400metres, so in a cross-country race I would be 200m ahead of the field after the first 400m only to spend the rest of the course on my knees. Cruelty to dumb animals it was.

Have just reviewed the two versions. V2 it is. Excellent.

AnnChown Plus
8 207 1 United Kingdom
5 May 2012 10:07PM
These are excellent Malcolm! I like both but slightly prefer v1. Good luck next week - I'm going to be away so will miss your awards.
taggart Plus
13 47 13 United States
5 May 2012 10:15PM
Looks like how i would feel if I were to try to do the!
2 excellent images.. V1 speaks for itself,.. V2 opens up to more interpretation.. Great execution
mikbee 11 3 8 Scotland
5 May 2012 11:50PM
My only claim to athletic fame Malc was an egg and spoon race.
And it is to my eternal shame that 48 years later I will admit I cheated !!
Good luck with your GE week.
I think I would rather do a long distance run blindfolded.
(Mind you,I would make sure the blindfold was see through !!)
SlowSong Plus
9 7.4k 30 England
6 May 2012 7:09AM
Pure pain. Not for me. Excellent moment in time.
6 May 2012 9:45AM
Great work Malc, I like both versions, but V1 just makes the winning post for me.

John Smile
woolybill1 Plus
11 23 72 United Kingdom
6 May 2012 11:13AM
I've just had this and No pain, no gain on-screen side by side. Much as I like the latter, this one says more by saying less. Brilliant photo, I'd be proud to have it in my pf.
MrsW has it shortlisted too but I got there first!
TrevBatWCC Plus
9 12 12 England
6 May 2012 2:10PM
A great use of light here, Malc, and really captures the moment Smile Both versions work well, but it's V1 for me Wink
Trev Smile
LexEquine 12 19 United States
6 May 2012 6:22PM
'It is a really Tough decision, for me,' Today, Malc, I have to give "1/2 Vote" to each Image~~ Smile

Artistic photographic Work,...indeed~

~ Peter
imagio 11 12 1 England
6 May 2012 8:40PM
Both work for me Malc..
annettep38 Plus
7 218 40 Costa Rica
6 May 2012 11:22PM
very interesting.
I like no 2 for the brutal, raw force shown in it.
helenlinda Plus
11 360 22 United Kingdom
7 May 2012 4:50PM
For me this works best in v2 - very dramatic. Hopefully you will look in better shape than this at the end of your marathon week WinkWinkWink
Glostopcat 12 255 2 England
7 May 2012 9:16PM
The grit and determination he's showing to complete the event comes across superbly in these. You'd do well to heed Helen's warning, it will be a marathon task looking through all those uploads each day, rather you than me!Wink
Richsr 11 91 223 England
11 May 2012 8:23AM
Well isolated here Malc, both version work.
Regards Richard
AnneWorner 10 620 43 United States
12 May 2012 9:17AM
Han venter nok på annen runde av adrenalinet - kom det eller gikk han virkelig rett i veggen. To forskjellige følelser ved disse. Mer smerte og utmattelse synes i v1, men den liker egentlig virkningen i v2 best - den er rå!

NeilWigan Plus
7 17 16 England
13 May 2012 9:27PM
I will take your word for it ,maybe.
14 May 2012 3:36PM
Brilliant images, v1 for me.
ElmsArt 11 82 1 Scotland
15 May 2012 9:04AM
Cannot choose, both say so much about what he is gong through. Have not been there physically, but mentally, yes have been there. You captured the pain perfectly.

1881 6 India
16 May 2012 6:47PM
Fantastic image.

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