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Painting the Town

If ever there were a city to paint, it would definitely be Amsterdam!

[Which is where I am today!]

Painting the Town

If ever there were a city to paint, it would definitely be Amsterdam!

[Which is where I am today!]

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Very nice quiet mood shot.
Ginnie Hart: Yes, Mary, on a Sunday around noon as we were walking to a cafe with friends for lunch. Thanks.
  • Kay
  • United States
  • 4 Sep 2007, 02:02
Likeys time, Ginnie. I love what you've done here. What a beautiful spot to paint. smile
Ginnie Hart: Awww, you're a sweetheart, Kay. BTW, where do we find the Likeys button on our new template!!!
  • Ted
  • 4 Sep 2007, 02:32
Wonderful, Ginnie! Again, I really like people shots. I think architectural shots alone don't give the full picture (no pun intended) of a place. It's the people that really give a place its personality.
Ginnie Hart: Yes, I would say I agree with you, Ted. I see that I'm taking more and more shots with people in them. Thanks for the input.
Nice Toning Granny!
Ginnie Hart: Thanks, NaCha.
This town always looks stunning in sepia. You've done it proud yet again, Ginnie.
Ginnie Hart: You're so very kind, Karen. Thank you.
  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 4 Sep 2007, 04:20
One of your best pictures, Ginnie.

Love the inclusion of the young painter in what would have already been a fine capture. He has an enormous palette; shades, which must play hell with his colours; iPod to keep his boredom at bay; footwork that indicates he has just thrown a right hook at the canvas....

I love it!
Ginnie Hart: I take that as an honor and compliment, Ray. Thank you very much.

And believe it or not, this was taken around noon a couple Sundays ago. Wonder if he never went to bed the night before?
Love the tone Ginnie
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Etomi.
wow! magnifique cette photo. et t'as-t-il peint aussi?
Ginnie Hart: I'm not sure what you're asking, O-P. The translation tool doesn't make sense to me. But yes, there were colored paints he was using, if that's what you're asking. Thanks, as always, for your comments. I usually totally understand them. smile
I agree with all the comments. I think this is a wonderful photograph. (:o)
Ginnie Hart: Thank you ever so much, Roz! smile
It could have been great to play a partial desaturation on his palette Ginnie... You're right, Amsterdam is really a nice town.
Ginnie Hart: Believe it or not, Flo, I first did this with selective coloring on his palette and canvas but did not like the effect. The canvas had a weird look to it, so I changed it back to just sepia. So great minds and all are still alive and well. grin Thanks.
  • shakara
  • Nigeria
  • 4 Sep 2007, 08:01
Lovely capture Ginnie..
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Shakara.
  • Scarlet
  • Holland
  • 4 Sep 2007, 08:29
This is a very lovely photo. His canvas alone is a photo of kind in itself.
Ginnie Hart: What was so strange about this, Scarlet, is that he was painting the architecture of the buildings on the left and not the canal! Thanks.
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 4 Sep 2007, 09:34
Very much excellent - and it is true that when you include people the rest of the picture comes to life. Especially with someone busy with some job like in this case. If I could find the likey button on this new template it would have gone there for sure.

PS. I thought there was something wrong with this guy's mouth, but then saw that the ballustrade in the background was the cause.

Someone should tell him about cameras as the easy way to capture the scene.
Ginnie Hart: I think I'm seeing more and more people in my photos now, Louis. Have you noticed that as well? smile I appreciate your encouragement, which means a lot, of course!

I actually think I found the Likey button once last week but I can't for the life of me find it again. WHERE IS IT???
Lovely photo Ginnie. Very relaxed.
Ginnie Hart: It was a very lazy Sunday around noon a couple weekends ago, Sanchita. Thanks.
  • Magnus
  • Norway
  • 4 Sep 2007, 10:43
When looking on a picture,
click on my account button and you will see likeys
Very nice capture Ginnie, i like that you can see the house facades on both sides of the canal in this shot. No need for a wide angle lens smile
Ginnie Hart: Aha! Now I remember, Magnus. Not too intuitive, so hopefully I won't forget! smile

Thanks for your very kind comment.
Now do you believe me ? People make the world go round, nope that's another saying but true none the less.

I like taking pics of buildings and nature like everyone else but when you put people into the mix everything seems to make sense and it comes alive, but that's just the thoughts of an old fart ! smile
Ginnie Hart: HA! You and I are both old farts, Johnny. Makes sense to me. And as you're probably noticing, more and more people are entering my pics, like magic. smile
  • Philine
  • Germany, Münster
  • 4 Sep 2007, 11:10
A (typical) view of Amsterdam as I like it! Louis is right: The picture comes to more life when you include persons, and our visitor-photo-eyes may imagine which colours the painter (with his eyes) is going to choose! It is always a pleasure to complete a picture by our imagination.
Ginnie Hart: I so agree with you, Philine, about letting our imaginations go to town with pics. I need to remember that other people can do that as well and I don't need to explain everything! Thank you so much for your lovely comments!
  • Ruth
  • Michigan, USA
  • 4 Sep 2007, 11:37
Your angle is terrific, with one side of the canal in view, and the painter perfectly framed.

Have you ever tried a straight black and white? I love your sepia, but I'd love to see you do a straight b&w treatment too. Just a thought. smile
Ginnie Hart: HA! Well, yes, I did a straight B&W after NYC when I did the Great Divide between the Yuppie and the street person. Remember? So we know I can do it. I'll do it again just for you oen of these days, Ruth. smile
Hi Ginnie,

Great picture ith also a view of Amsterdam!!!
Amterdam is a great city for photographers and painters and more.....That is definitly true for me also, now I wish I could paint Hahahahasmile

Greetings JoAnn smile

Oww ehhh, now I still laugh but I'm still (trying to) recovering, smile (keep you informed by email) ....so I worked 'late last night, had nothing better to do haha' with PS-7 but my (detailled close-ups) photo's will again NOT enlarge, what a pity that is! Bye smile
Ginnie Hart: Thanks, JoAnn, for your lovely comment. I do hope you're feeling better. Am keeping my fingers crossed for you and your hubby.
  • Aussie
  • Brisbane Australia
  • 4 Sep 2007, 12:25
great shot Ginnie.
Ginnie Hart: Thanks, Aussie!
  • Tracy
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 4 Sep 2007, 13:59
Its a classic Ginnie. Amsterdam at its best. smile smile
Ginnie Hart: It felt like a classic to me as well, Tracy. smile Thanks.
  • Martin
  • Houston
  • 4 Sep 2007, 15:33
The painter's pallet looks so archaic compared to the modern backpack and the earphones. This is an engaging capture!
Ginnie Hart: All I could think of was how cumbersome everything would be to carry once he took everything down! It DOES seem archaic. Maybe he inherited his g'pa's stuff?! smile Thanks, Martin.
we definitely need more people like this in london, excellent excellent street shot...
Ginnie Hart: Thanks a million, Sam.
I like the placement of the painter an the canal leading my eyes to another part of the city smile
Ginnie Hart: Thanks for those kind words, Aksel!
  • Petra
  • Netherlands
  • 4 Sep 2007, 21:31
its a picture in a picture!! Well seen Ginnie! lovely capture...
Ginnie Hart: Yes, it is, Petra. I hadn't thought of that! Thanks. smile
looks very editorial, well done Ginnie.
Ginnie Hart: Well, if you say so, Dotun! smile Thank you much.
  • Yẹni
  • London U.K
  • 4 Sep 2007, 22:37
enjoy amsterdam
Ginnie Hart: Every minute of it, Yeni! Thanks. smile
le noir et blanc se prête à Amsterdam parfaitement, composition sereine et détendue,le photographe qui capte le peintre, l'image dans l'image, j'adore Françoise
Ginnie Hart: Your words are very kind, Françoise. Thank you.

I tried to click to your site several times but it would not take me there. I will try again some time. Thank you for stopping by and commenting.
Another super picture. So much depth and interest.
Ginnie Hart: Thank you most kindly, Bill.
I didn't read through all the other comments, so perhaps someone already said this... but the thing that I like most about this photo is that you captured the environment of the painter, yet did not capture the exact view he is painting. It makes his painting really add to the overall photo. We get to see what is just out of view, but through his eyes. Beautiful picture.
Ginnie Hart: Your comment is very thoughtfully written, Jewlya. Thank you kindly!
Very good choice of sepiatones here, nice composition too !
Ginnie Hart: Thank you most kindly, Zeb.

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