Hart & Soul

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Let's leave Bruges for awhile (I still have windmills to show you, saving the best for the last!) and go back to Amsterdam, since I fly back today.

One very sunny day last trip, while on a walk, I saw this lady on her lunch break.  Her hair, let alone everything else, captivated me.  I felt so sneaky crouching down behind her, unbenownst to her, and decided to simply walk on past her, without looking back....

[Today I fly to Amsterdam from Atlanta, arriving tomorrow morning.]


Let's leave Bruges for awhile (I still have windmills to show you, saving the best for the last!) and go back to Amsterdam, since I fly back today.

One very sunny day last trip, while on a walk, I saw this lady on her lunch break.  Her hair, let alone everything else, captivated me.  I felt so sneaky crouching down behind her, unbenownst to her, and decided to simply walk on past her, without looking back....

[Today I fly to Amsterdam from Atlanta, arriving tomorrow morning.]

comments (36)

The sepia makes it so warm!
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Mary.
marvellous shot Ginnie
Ginnie Hart: Thanks a million, Fehinti.
  • Kay
  • Portland, OR
  • 20 Aug 2007, 00:51
I like how you took this picture...it allows the viewers to see what she is seeing. Well done, Ginnie!
Ginnie Hart: I never thought of that, Kay! You're so good at making me see even my own images with new eyes, which is a gift you give. Thanks!
I like your toning skills Granny!:d
Ginnie Hart: Aw, shucks, Nacha. Thanks. smile
  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 20 Aug 2007, 01:04
Lady? What lady?
I see a canal, a bridge, and some lovely old buildings.
Very crisp image, and thoughtful composition here, Ginnie.
Ginnie Hart: HA! Wait till tomorrow, Ray. You won't be saying "what lady?" then! grin

Thanks, as always, for your comment.
Captivating! This is a wonderful shot. I love the tones here too. Lovely!
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Bisola!
  • sara
  • earth
  • 20 Aug 2007, 01:47
your trips are so good ginnie. i wish i could fold up small in your luggage and be free to wander once you arrived... ~S.
Ginnie Hart: I feel very fortunate, Sara, to have all these trips and do not take them for grated for one second. For you and others who have the wanderlust, I would gladly fold you up in my suitcase and set you free to roam!

It's good to see you again!
I love this in the sepia, but I bet it looks good in the original colours too. You're a great stealth photographer. I'm almost always too chicken to do stuff like that.
Ginnie Hart: I'm getting braver and braver, Karen, as you'll see tomorrow. It DOES help to have a 12X optical zoom but in this case, as you can tell by the EXIF, I was actually pretty close. The way she sat there just begged for a pic to be taken! Thanks.
This seems to sum up Amsterdam in a single shot. Very pleasing.
Ginnie Hart: Exactly, Christopher. I totally agree that THIS is Amsterdam. Thanks.
This is very pleasing to the eye. I like the sepia tones and the relaxed, welcoming feel to the photograph. (:o)
Ginnie Hart: You're a sweetheart, Roz. Thanks.
le noir et blanc donne à la photo une saveur particulière, un peu rétro. j'aime beaucoup
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, O-P! I think it IS a timeless image of Amsterdam, indeed.
Love your tones and angle Ginnie.
Ginnie Hart: Thanks, Bridge! smile
Lovely candid shot and nice treatment..
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, kind sir!
Nice composition Ginnie. That looks like a nice place to take in the day.
Ginnie Hart: That's what I thought, Chris! Thanks.
So nice in B&W
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Aussie.
  • Ruth
  • Michigan, USA
  • 20 Aug 2007, 09:37
I agree with Christopher, you've got it all right here, and I especially like the partial bike in the frame. She is very lovely, and your composition is too.
Ginnie Hart: You're very sweet and kind, Ruth. Thanks.
  • Tracy
  • 20 Aug 2007, 09:51
The texture of the water and the tones work very well and the picture is so relaxing. Hope you had a safe trip. smile
Ginnie Hart: As I write this, Tracy, my plane doesn't leave for 7+ more hours, later this afternoon (Atlanta time is 6 hours behind UK time), so I'm still relaxing. smile But thanks for your safe wishes anyway!
I am too loving this capture, Lovely, I really like street shots like this smile Perfect
Ginnie Hart: Thank, S&S. You made my day! smile
love the color tone, sepia is so nice in these shots.
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Chantal.
Sepia well conveys to this peaceful picture, a pause along the canal, a time for lunch and dreams...
Ginnie Hart: Absolutely, Flo. Sometimes experiencing all that alone is what restores the soul! Thanks.
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 20 Aug 2007, 11:37
Excellent shot, detail and the moment of rest here on the canal bank. Excellent mon conversion.

Ai, you are such a chicken walk up to her and start talking, she may be willing to share her lunch smile
Ginnie Hart: HA! Wait till tomorrow, Louis! grin

And thanks, always, for your kind words.
darling friend, today u are my hero - there's so much soul packed into this shot, the mono conversion amazing!.. at the end of the day G, no one really does soul like you ! well done!
Ginnie Hart: You are too-too kind, dear Ade! But I accept your words as the gift with which you gave them. I'm deeply touched.
Excellent Ginnie, you are so good at these photos with human interest. Wonderful composition with the angle, the bike wheel. the houses etc etc. So Amsterdam and so perfect. Safe flight. Mike
Ginnie Hart: This really IS the epitome of what Amsterdam is all about, as far as I'm concerned, Mike. Thanks for your kind words.
Great shot, Ginnie - I love it. It just has that relaxed, laid-back Amsterdam feel to it. Nice touch with the bike wheel. Enjoy your holiday.
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, Ingrid. Your words are so kind.

As a bit of clarification, I am always on holiday in the sense that I'm retired. But when we go to Amsterdam, it's for Donica's business and is simply our second home (we have an apartment there). It's not a "real" holiday for me until it's also a holiday for her, if that makes sense. But thanks for your kind wishes anyway! smile
  • Roger
  • Denton Texas
  • 20 Aug 2007, 13:28
This makes for a great photo in my opinion. I mean the fact that there are people in it that have no idea what's going on. I do however wish I could see more of the bike for what ever reason
Ginnie Hart: HA! And here I thought you were gonna say you wished you could see more of the lady, Roger! grin

Amsterdam definitely has its bikes and sometimes that's ALL I show in a post. So maybe some day soon I'll show another full bike, just for you. smile smile
I can't put my finger on what it is, but the scene looks idyllic.
Ginnie Hart: I think you must be looking at it through my eyes, Martin! smile
Perfect composition of my city of birth! Nicely done! Makes my think of the times i drove my bike in the streets in search of pigeons to feed.
Ginnie Hart: You can be proud of your birth city, Fausto. I sure am! Next time I see pigeons on the street, I'll think of you! smile Thanks.
Couldn´t you just clone out the lady sitting so we could see more of the canal?.....smilesmile
This is a great picture Ginnie, she looks so relaxed sitting an inch from the canal and i like the tire of her bike, well at least i think it´s her bike smile
Very nice comp and color tone
Ginnie Hart: HaHa! You're too funny, Magnus. smile Thanks.
Hi Ginnie,
Here's my reaction again:

What a great shot, I like all of it;
The colours the girl on het back,
The curls (like mine! smile
The bike on the background..

When you made this with your 'old' camara ....I quess you can make photo's, 'you looks-like proff' I mean that! My compliments. smile

Very well done, smile JoAnn

(PS: Have a sfe trip, when you change your mind you're very welcom to visit me!!! smile bye)
Ginnie Hart: I will definitely be visiting you soon, JoAnn. Our travel plans keep changing almost every minute, which I'll catch you up on later.

But thanks for re-issuing this comment. The first one was very weird, wasn't it!
  • Petra
  • 20 Aug 2007, 23:17
Beautiful capture Ginnie!! Welcome home againgrin
Ginnie Hart: Awww. Thanks, Petra. It always feels like home when we come back to A'dam!
  • alex
  • 21 Aug 2007, 00:37
not a bad place for a lunch break. beats where i sit every day. great shot, ginnie, thanks for sharing it.
Ginnie Hart: HA! Beats where most of us sit for lunch, Alex, I'm sure!

We're in count-down with you and Liberty these days. smile
  • david
  • London
  • 21 Aug 2007, 08:52
like it - a great idea to just dump eveything and sit and chill for lunch.
Ginnie Hart: Yes, indeed, David!
I really enjoy your candids, and this has such lovely architecture on show as well.
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Red Pen!
Love your idea of the before and after - I saw the after before the before, lol, and the before has grabbed all my attention because it's just so beautifully composed and the bike is ace. The sepia tones let the shapes and forms come to the fore. The anonymity of the figure in this image allows you to take in the detail of the whole image whereas her beautiful face in the after image holds your gaze - least that how they strike me!
Ginnie Hart: I love your thoughtful comment, Jose Ann. Thanks for taking the time to write it as you did. smile
I like this one even better because it poses the question; what does she look like? All the best, Dave.
Ginnie Hart: That "feminine mystique!" It'll be with us forever, I'm afraid, Dave. smile Thanks for backtracking so far, BTW. That means a lot.
Excellent shot. Bike and Bird very well placed. What is it about girls and bikes.
Ginnie Hart: Bird?? What bird are you talking about, Busola, or am I senile?!

Girls and bikes. You spot them, too, I see. smile Thanks.

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