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A Bird in the Hand

 

...is worth two in the bush.

Carpe Diem.

Blists Hill Victorian Town, Ironbridge, England



A Bird in the Hand

 

...is worth two in the bush.

Carpe Diem.

Blists Hill Victorian Town, Ironbridge, England



comments (56)

  • Geoff
  • Australia
  • 16 May 2012, 01:11
Wow ... I think it's the lightplay on the far wall of the window that really makes this one for me ... that and and the delicious toning and silhouette.
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Geoff. I love windows like this, especially with low light. smile
  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 16 May 2012, 01:28
Super! One of your best, Ginnie.

Did you set the bird free when you shouted Carpe Diem?
Ginnie Hart: You're very kind, Ray. Thank you. I set all birds free in my mind's eye, truth be known. smile
  • Jessie
  • New Zealand
  • 16 May 2012, 02:44
Your photos are always so lovely, Ginnie. I really like this one.
Ginnie Hart: You're very kind, Jessie. Thank you.
I love the old thick walls Ginnie... you have lots of room in the window sills for birds...books & baskets... that should cover the B' s... i'll work on the rest of the alphabet later ongrin....petersmile
Ginnie Hart: HA! Enough room for lots of knick-knacks, Peter, for sure. smile Thanks.
  • Anyes
  • Canada
  • 16 May 2012, 05:29
The thickness of those walls is impressive. I also love the toning of your photograph Ginnie smile
Ginnie Hart: I love stuff like this, Anyes! Thank you.
  • Paule
  • United States
  • 16 May 2012, 06:32
Cool photo.
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, Paule.
  • Astrid
  • Netherlands
  • 16 May 2012, 06:38
A fabulous scene from one of the houses. Love the light and the title. Great silhouette of the birdcage. A likey to me.
Ginnie Hart: I'm such a glutton for the windows, for some reason! Hartstikke bedankt, MLMA.
  • Alan
  • United Kingdom
  • 16 May 2012, 07:15
I do like the lighting in this very much; just little hints of colour. The wall is fabulous, though!
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Alan.
  • vintage
  • Australia
  • 16 May 2012, 07:45
I have that saying similar to having your cake and eating it.Great photo Ginnie
Ginnie Hart: I like that quote comparison, Vintage. Thank you. smile
  • Elaine-
  • Canada
  • 16 May 2012, 07:50
oh how i wish i had a window like that, a house like that, where i could feel closer to God, sniff sniff, it's just beautiful, Ginnie!
Ginnie Hart: Maybe that window is somewhere in your soul, Elaine! I bet it is. smile Thanks.
  • Lisl
  • England
  • 16 May 2012, 08:11
As a birder, I am not sure about your first sentence (!), but I support the following phrase with all my heart, Ginnie
Ginnie Hart: HA! Don't you wonder where those quotes come from!! Thanks, Lisl.
Ginnie, to be honest, this is one of your VERY BEST EVER!!! I love it, good lighting girl....
Ginnie Hart: Hartstikke bedankt, Chantal. That's very kind of you.
Wow, very nice... I love this picture!
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, Victoria. Tack.
They have said it all before me Ginnie, it's great, I watched you take this one and am sure you are delighted with the result.
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, Martin. I'm such a glutton for windows like this in low lighting. They must elicit a deep nostalgia in me for some reason. smile
  • Marcie
  • United States
  • 16 May 2012, 09:18
Such a sweet nostalgic image. Love how you've processed this so that it melts into the background. Gorgeous image!
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, dear Marcie. Thank you.
Very nice image Ginnie; knowing you I'm sure the bird is not real smile
Ginnie Hart: HA! Knowing me, Juan Carlos, there may not be a bird there at all. grin Thanks,
This is wonderful, Ginnie. Lots of textures and shapes to discover.
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, Mary. I loved the feel of this when I was in the room.
Love it Ginnie, very atmospheric lighting, emphasising a bygone era smile
Ginnie Hart: Thanks, Martin. That's exactly what I felt and saw.
  • Richard Trim
  • I am in Surrey for a few days
  • 16 May 2012, 10:28
To paint a bird's portrait (Jacque Prevert)

First of all, paint a cage
with an opened little door
then paint something attractive
something simple
something beautiful
something of benefit for the bird
Put the picture on a tree
in a garden
in a wood
or in a forest
hide yourself behind the tree
silent
immovable...

Sometimes the bird arrives quickly
but sometimes it takes years
Don't be discouraged
wait
wait for years if necessary
the rapidity or the slowness of the arrival
doesn't have any relationship
with the result of the picture



When the bird comes
if it comes
keep the deepest silence
wait until the bird enters the cage
and when entered in
Close the door softly with the brush
then remove one by the one all the bars
care not to touch any feather of the bird

Then draw the portrait of the tree
choosing the most beautiful branch
for the bird
paint also the green foliage and the coolness
of the beasts of the grass in the summer's heat
and then, wait that the bird starts singing

If the bird doesn't sing
it's a bad sign
it means that the picture is wrong
but if it sings it's a good sign
it means that you can sign

so you tear with sweetness
a feather from the bird
and write your name in a corner of the painting.
Ginnie Hart: OMG, Richard. That's one of the most beautiful poems I've ever read...and so perfect for this image. THANK YOU!
So beautiful, G!
Both the words and picture.
Sounds like a dialogue between Sylvester and Tweety Bird. wink
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, LC. Sylvester and Tweety Bird would have a heyday with this one. grin
Super shot Ginnie, I took this window looking in,I really like it this way though,wonderful.
Ginnie Hart: Thanks, Frank. I'd love to see yours looking in, and hope you'll show it one day. Wouldn't that be a wonderful two-sides-of-the-coin!
  • Laurette
  • South Africa
  • 16 May 2012, 11:18
A marvelous capture Ginnie with beautiful use of light and a great title. Love the bird cage.
Ginnie Hart: Thanks a million, Laurette. I'm a glutton for these windows. smile
What a beautiful window setting Ginnie! It is so quaint and charming, and the light is wonderful!
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, kind sir.
  • Elsabe
  • South Africa
  • 16 May 2012, 11:47
What excellent composition. Never would have thought that capturing into the light can produce such a stunning photo.I love it !!! Well done.
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, Elsabe. It was such a charming cottage there at Blists Hill!
This is truly a super shot, Ginnie. You've captured the atmosphere of the place brilliantly.
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, dear Beverly.
Very atmospheric Ginnie, nicely captured!
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Fred.
  • sherri
  • Germany
  • 16 May 2012, 14:53
this is so pretty, ginnie. definitely a fav for me. just as i imagine the perfect european setting.
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Sherri. That's very sweet of you.
Chantal isn't far wrong with her comment Ginnie, this has a fantastic atmosphere, real old England.
Ginnie Hart: Old England, indeed, Brian, since it was at Blists Hill. I love this kind of stuff. smile
  • tede
  • France
  • 16 May 2012, 16:07
A superb atmosphere with the light dimmed, splendid composition. Ginnie nice day.
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, kind Tede. Merci.
This image is a pure delight Ginnie! I love it.
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, Richard. Merci.
  • anniedog
  • United Kingdom
  • 16 May 2012, 17:49
Love this Ginnie - all that's missing is the bird! The light coming in through the window is beautiful.
Ginnie Hart: HA! I knew somneone would notice the missing bird, Ingrid. grin Thanks.
Love how the wall makes that great black border wink
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, Aksel. It helps to have the black background, for sure. smile
I'm not sure why Ginnie but I want to know if the curtains were white... lol. Nice window sill shot.
Ginnie Hart: To tell you the truth, Jacquelyn, I have no clue...except for what you see here. We were inside this cottage with other people for only a minute, when I was able to get this unobstructed view. It was later when I saw all the details!
  • CherryPie
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 16 May 2012, 21:25
How lovely smile I totally missed that when we were there!
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, Cherry. It was inside the Squatter Cottage before we saw the tin church. It had huge washtubs outside and laundry hanging (Astrid took a picture of that). I'm very sure I missed a LOT!
that is a wonderful shot ... love the light and setting ...
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, Dennis!
  • Margaret
  • United States
  • 16 May 2012, 22:26
This is.... perfection. I want to touch those cool walls and experience that... peace. Pure poetry, this is. Wow.
Ginnie Hart: You're very generous, Margaret! Thank you.
Very nicely taken and presented, Ginnie.
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Graeme.
  • Rian
  • United States
  • 17 May 2012, 04:32
this is such an epic shot, love it! smile
Ginnie Hart: Thanks a million, Rian.
Fantastic composition! Beautifully done - and look how thick those walls are!
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, Elizabeth. I LOVE those thick walls.
That is gorgeous.
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, Michael.
j'apprécie cette teinte que tu me fais partager depuis que je te suis dans tes clichés et cette ambiance intérieure
Ginnie Hart: You're a sweetheart, l'Angevine. Merci.
This is very cosy and nostalgic. Anyone still living there?
Ginnie Hart: Bedankt, Wim. No one lives there, of course, except during the daytime when the outdoor museum is open...a Victorian town reenactment.
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 17 May 2012, 11:25
A lovely, idyllic scene you captured from quiet olden days!

We did 'carpe diem' - it was a lovely, interesting meeting with the wonderful three stooges and two of my dear German friends (I'll mail in the afternoon), and your names were often mentioned in a glorious way!
Ginnie Hart: The guys have told us they had a great time with you in Münster, Philine. I know they'll never forget it.

We'll be leaving the house shortly to join you there in Münster today....
  • Oscar
  • Germany
  • 17 May 2012, 12:09
Superframe. excellent ambience
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Oscar. Gracias.
  • Barbro
  • Sweden
  • 17 May 2012, 12:40
This is a truly romantic picture. So lovely!
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, Barbro. I'm a glutton for such things. Tack.
Very lovely shot. I love the lighting in this shot
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, kind sir.
i love this chiaroscuro and this old details
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, Fabrizio. Grazie.
Very nice. Perfectly exposed which can be tricky in these situations. Cheers, Dave.
Ginnie Hart: You're very kind, Dave. Thanks.
  • Frida
  • Sweden
  • 17 May 2012, 19:30
Wow what a adorable window. I wouldn't mind living in a cottage like that smile
Ginnie Hart: It really was adorable, Frida. A little too dark for me if I were to live there but still very cozy. smile Thanks.
  • Emily
  • Canada
  • 18 May 2012, 01:44
This is a great photo. Very antique looking, if that makes any sense. I think photo also gives me mixed feelings. It seems lonely, sad but it also seems peaceful. I can't decide. tongue What mood were you going for?
Ginnie Hart: Thanks, Emily. For me this was a fun place to take photos but I don't think I'd want to live there because of how dark it was. Maybe that's the dichotomy of this image?
  • george
  • Ireland
  • 19 May 2012, 17:32
Reminds me of the bird in the Monty Python Sketch - but with or without - I love the ambience that your images purveys.
Ginnie Hart: Thanks a million, George!
I LOVE this! I had a photographer for the New York Times tell me once to never be afraid to shoot into the light. A perfect example!
Ginnie Hart: You're a sweetheart, Robin. Thanks for your vote of confidence. smile
  • Luiza
  • Germany
  • 20 May 2012, 08:08
Beautiful!
I´m back to the blogospheresmileIt was very hard the last days, i was very busy with my new job. From now the things becomes better and easyier♥

Nice sunday to yousmile
Ginnie Hart: You are really doing some great work, Luiza, so I can imagine how busy you must be! One of these days we'll come to see you there. smile
superb smile
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, kind sir.
this is a great composition in great light
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, kind sir.
I think this is one of my favourites! What a stunning shot! I love everything about it, the light, the contrast, the composition... whow!
Ginnie Hart: You're a sweetheart, Abby. Thank you kindly.

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