Man At Ease

By woolybill1
Sometimes it does one good just to sit and ponder, without reading, writing, watching telly, indulging in conversation, eating, drinking, working on the computer or even taking pictures. During one such peaceful interlude in our French friends' home, sitting in one of my favourite pondering chairs, I slowly – very slowly - became aware of a picture unfolding before me. Slowly – very slowly – I reached for the Lumix to record the occasion for posterity. It's an inaction picture, for which there is no dedicated category on ephotozine Wink

1/8th sec. @ f2.8, ISO 80

Moira's PC packed up last night so she might have to work from my laptop while I take it to the mender. I do have a copy of most of her image files so I expect she will find something to amuse you later.

Tags: Photo journalism Portraits and people Humour and fun

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31 Mar 2009 12:05AM
Love the inaction.....
Diana 15 2.0k 19 Netherlands
31 Mar 2009 12:22AM
we need an inaction category, and you can be the first to use it lol

taking it easy Bill like you should on your hols

spikemoz 15 2
31 Mar 2009 12:25AM

riprap007 17 1.6k 37 England
31 Mar 2009 12:38AM
one for the shortlist Smile
Lou_Pink 13 4 6 Northern Ireland
31 Mar 2009 1:11AM
Nice one, great composition, lovely

jonathanbp 14 99 Thailand
31 Mar 2009 1:46AM
superb unique image - Jonathan
taggart Plus
17 47 15 United States
31 Mar 2009 3:06AM
A lot to ponder in this image and someone knows how to shoe shine well, too

User_Removed 16 7 8 Netherlands
31 Mar 2009 4:44AM
such a wonderful little scene and comment on it at the same time. The photo expreses exactly what you put in words. Wonderful.
zebraboy 17 197 Australia
31 Mar 2009 6:47AM
I like how your shoes vaguely resemble/echo ManRays F-holes!!
Top composition too!!
31 Mar 2009 7:01AM
You can almost feel the energy drain out of this one Bill. I always like to have clean shoes too.


This will slow Moira down some, hope it fixes easily.
VIKI 16 18 1 United Kingdom
31 Mar 2009 7:09AM
I love it!!!!!!!!!!!1
31 Mar 2009 7:24AM
I think I can remember "at ease" ..... just about ... LOL
inventive, and creative shot.

User_Removed 15 485 13 England
31 Mar 2009 7:50AM
now this is cool Bill, love it

danbrann 17 640 17
31 Mar 2009 7:57AM
put your foot in it this time Bill.
Buffalo_Tom Plus
16 2.3k 29 Wales
31 Mar 2009 8:08AM
Fabulous Bill,a gem of a shot.
morpheus1955 15 3 2 United Kingdom
31 Mar 2009 8:53AM
Great image

Nettles 15 England
31 Mar 2009 8:56AM
Nicely polished shoes, it's good to relax.
tigertimb 14 40 66 United Kingdom
31 Mar 2009 8:58AM
Great relaxed shot Bill and impressed with your stalking prowess so that you didn't spook the beast Wink
MickyMc 14 8 United Kingdom
31 Mar 2009 9:03AM
Great imagination
imagio 16 12 1 England
31 Mar 2009 9:12AM
I feel like that today Bill, full of inaction, amusing shot

samsalt 14 24 1 England
31 Mar 2009 9:30AM
"Slowly – very slowly – I reached for the Lumix to record the occasion for posterity." ..... being very careful not to tip over the wine glass too I imagine lol.

Like it ! :o )
woolybill1 Plus
15 38 79 United Kingdom
31 Mar 2009 9:37AM

Quote:being very careful not to tip over the wine glass too I imagine lol.

Got it in one, Sam Grin
Rende 15 38 4 Netherlands
31 Mar 2009 10:00AM
Wonderfully quirky image Bill; somehow reminds me of Magritte Wink
photophantom 14 108 3 Philippines
31 Mar 2009 10:09AM
so relaxing!!
Richsr 15 91 223 England
31 Mar 2009 11:29AM
Like the inaction in this one Bill - can also see why you choose that position as the image on the wall has some nice shapes.
Regards Richard
DolphinLady 16 54 1 Wales
31 Mar 2009 3:35PM
I'm with Richard over what's on the wall in front of you Bill.
When I scrolled down to remove both images, it turned out to be a wonderful relaxing image.
The colours of that woodwork is awesome, so very rich in colour.
I like the shine on the shoes as well.
koka 14 United Kingdom
31 Mar 2009 3:48PM
such a wonderful reminder - "what is this life if full of care we have no time to stand and stare." Great shot Katie
pascalg Plus
15 37 1 France
31 Mar 2009 5:44PM
a pity there is no category for this in epz Smile
31 Mar 2009 5:54PM
Cool shot Bill VERY cool shot.

John Smile
tony64 18 204 9 England
31 Mar 2009 6:21PM
'Best Feet Forward' Bill, like it!
glyndwr 15 103 10 Wales
31 Mar 2009 7:29PM
I was wondering if wine had anything to do with this shot, I agree with Sam.

davidhu 16 19 United Kingdom
31 Mar 2009 8:36PM
Good quirky capture Bill, harmonious write-up.
Glostopcat 16 255 2 England
31 Mar 2009 9:20PM
Very quirky and solefull Bill, a shoe in for a RC award if ever i saw one
Lucy_Locket 15 35 England
31 Mar 2009 9:55PM
'Inaction' lol - I think I suffer from that! Nice job.
Lucy Smile
mikbee 15 3 8 Scotland
31 Mar 2009 11:38PM
I got a rocking chair from my sister recently,and with my recent ''events'',I do spend a lot of time in it !! My wife does not like it called a rocking chair.She has too memories of her Mothers final months !! You have given me an excellent description of the said item Biil in ''pondering chair'' !! Nice pic,too nice in fact !!
Where is the grot,grime and gunge !!
RobinF 15 83 1 England
1 Apr 2009 5:55AM
Quirky, unusual and quite wonderful Billl! There;s something slightly surreal about this that really appeals to me.
kind regards
bliba Plus
16 1 2 Austria
1 Apr 2009 8:31AM
an excellent image and write up....very well done ,Bill
Alciabides 13 536 United Kingdom
1 Apr 2009 9:25AM
Quite superb - will linge ron this and come back to it.
jaktis 18 84 Sweden
2 Apr 2009 7:15AM
A great relaxed composition

Sahyadri 14 61 2 India
2 Apr 2009 9:51PM
something I used to love doing and have not been of late... I called it deege ( degerate... just make sure the e stretches as much as you want to for the mood)
brilliant image Bill and you did make it to 'prestigious' and irregular HA award. well, Bert says it all Smile
brownsilent 15 7 2 United Kingdom
5 Apr 2009 10:23PM
Superbly polished shoes - haven't you been out and about Bill? Smile
Very clever image - like it!
lostintime 14 13 6 Germany
6 Apr 2009 9:50PM
Brilliant shot Bill, love the careful arrangement of items and the wonderfully rich colours.
Mavis 20 143 2 England
11 Apr 2009 3:20AM
You've got it right there Bill.

I remember a favourite line from George Platt an old Gardener well into his 80's when Geof Hamilton asked him what he did in his old garden chair , and he said " Sometimes I sits and thinks and sometimes I just Sits" .

Good just to sit Bill occasionally. Love your well polished shoes . Can't bear scruffy shoes Smile
clevercloggs 18 251 15 Netherlands
11 Apr 2009 2:48PM
methinks this is a fun image.

your description of how you were reaching for your camera is full of suspense. great writing there.

kaybee 18 8.3k 27 Scotland
13 Dec 2009 10:43PM
A Man Ray lover then Sir?
8 Jul 2020 8:23PM
ingenious… Smile


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