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The Nelson Touch


Since I've been in London this weekend for the SC meet-up (returning late this morning to Amsterdam), this makes a good day to queue up Lord Nelson

I took this photo back in February when Donica and I were in London for the weekend (and when we went to Windsor Castle, Stonehenge and Bath, for those of you who saw my pics back then).   I remember being intrigued by his right arm when I transfered the pic and later found out it had to be amputated after a battle.  He also lost his right eye in another battle.

This particular column in Trafalgar Square will always be special to me because of Nelson.  My maternal grandma's maiden name was Nelson.  My mother's middle name was Nelson.  And the oldest of the 8 kids in my family is Nelson, who is 3 years older than I. 

Maybe I'm related to this famous Lord Nelson.  You think?  If not, there is certainly the Nelson Touch in my family heritage!


[Today I fly back to Amsterdam from London.]

The Nelson Touch


Since I've been in London this weekend for the SC meet-up (returning late this morning to Amsterdam), this makes a good day to queue up Lord Nelson

I took this photo back in February when Donica and I were in London for the weekend (and when we went to Windsor Castle, Stonehenge and Bath, for those of you who saw my pics back then).   I remember being intrigued by his right arm when I transfered the pic and later found out it had to be amputated after a battle.  He also lost his right eye in another battle.

This particular column in Trafalgar Square will always be special to me because of Nelson.  My maternal grandma's maiden name was Nelson.  My mother's middle name was Nelson.  And the oldest of the 8 kids in my family is Nelson, who is 3 years older than I. 

Maybe I'm related to this famous Lord Nelson.  You think?  If not, there is certainly the Nelson Touch in my family heritage!


[Today I fly back to Amsterdam from London.]

comments (22)

  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 9 Sep 2007, 02:44
Oh! So this is nelson's column? I thought the expression referred to something else.

It's a very nice, crisp shot, Ginnie.

Do you have any idea about why the pigeons seem to shun this statue?
Ginnie Hart: Yes, Nelson's Column it is, Ray. I think the pigeons aren't way up on top because that would be too far away for any potential crumbs! grin
  • Roger
  • United States
  • 9 Sep 2007, 03:21
I have a shot of this guy somewhere. You have a great one.
Ginnie Hart: Wouldn't it be fun to get all our shots together of the same thing and make a composite! smile Thanks, Roger.
  • Philine
  • Germany, Münster
  • 9 Sep 2007, 08:18
Good morning, Ginnie, and always ready for work- this is the Nelson touch and activity indeed, but now in a very peaceful way! Thanks! Moi is right, how it is possible to get the rather high statue as nearly as you...? I think the lost eye and the amputated arm belong to the myth/legend of a famous, successful general, but they be real/historical too.
Ginnie Hart: My little Canon Powershot has a wonderful 12x optical zoom, Philine, which never disappoints me. I'll miss it with my new camera, I'm sure.

I was never very good at history unless I could make a connection somehow, so this one piece is now stamped forever in my mind!
Nice picture of the greatest naval commander this country has ever produced.
Ginnie Hart: Wow! Glad to get that added piece of info, Bill!
Good composition... sorry I haven't been round this week... too much issues to deal with... no time left... hope this week will be better, have a nice sunday!!
Ginnie Hart: I hope you'll have an easier week as well, Chantal. Thanks.
  • Tracy
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 9 Sep 2007, 12:20
He stands very proud and in control. Lovely shot Ginnie and a sunny day at that how lucky were you!! Hope the weekend was a blast. smile
Ginnie Hart: It was chock full of wonderful things, Tracy, so I'll never forget it. You can be proud of what you have there in the UK! smile Thanks.
Hi Ginnie,

So there you are!!! I told your sis R. that you look (in behavior) 10 years younger than me...I feel old (when I'm sick) but its getting slow a bit better.

The poor man on the photo....Was LONDON as you expected? Have you meet nice people?

Some news:


I awarded YOU/Your blog with the 'excellent photography n inspirational blog" award, go and pick it up from my blog and paste it on yours. My congratulations !

smileJoAnn
Ginnie Hart: We all feel old when we're sick, JoAnn. Hopefully this week will be a winner for you!

My flight over the weekend went in and out of Luton, outside London, so I never felt I was actually in London at all. It was a weekend of people this time and not about places! So in that regard it was quite unusual. I'll be writing about it all week, I'm sure. smile
  • Ruth
  • Michigan, USA
  • 9 Sep 2007, 15:24
I like your treatment here a lot. Did you do less processing than usual? I like it, maybe you did less sharpening?

I can't wait to hear about London!!
Ginnie Hart: Hmm. Interesting comment, Ruth, because I don't remember doing anything different from what I normally do. If I could figure it out for you, I'd defiitely tell you. smile

You'll hear about the SC meet-up all week, I'm quite sure.
Hi there Nelson... Hope you had a great time in London meeting up with some other SC members. Great angle and detail. Regards Gale
Ginnie Hart: Thanks for your comment, Gale. And yes, we all had a great time at the SC meet-up. I'll be telling you about it all week. smile
Nice pose....

Hope the SC meet-up was a success smile
Ginnie Hart: It was a great time, Aksel. I'll be posting about it all week! smile Thanks.
Lovely mellow shot of this famous monument. Now can I just point you a another famous statue? I`m sure you will find it interesting.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/insideout/northeast/series7/collingwood.shtml

This statue stands at the mouth of the river Tyne in the North East of England. It has featured on shutterchance, and is special to me because this is my place of birth.

While Admiral Lord Nelson`s name is synonymous with the Battle of Trafalgar, few people would be able to credit Lord Collingwood with the vital part he played.
Ginnie Hart: Great added info, Roz! Sounds like some people get all the credit!! Thanks.
As a french we remember him smile smile
Nicely done !!
Ginnie Hart: HA! I bet you do, Zeb. smile Thanks.
  • chris
  • south of the border!
  • 9 Sep 2007, 20:34
There has to be some Brit in your family line somewhere Ginnie...if not we'll make you an honorary Anglophile wink
Ginnie Hart: I gladly accept the honor, Chris! smile

I can't tell you how good it is to hear from you again!!! Thanks.
To continue where Paul Gray left off, I was thinking of Ozzie and Harriet. grin

Man, that is a crisp, clear shot of that statue. (But there doesn't seem to be any EXIF data to consult, so whatever processing you did, it was the right thing to do!)
Ginnie Hart: You don't see the EXIF, Karen? I do. Hmm. Anyway, this is where that 12x optimal zoom does its magic, every time. That's one thing I'll miss a lot on my new camera, I'm sure! Thank you for your kind words.
Very nice photography
Ginnie Hart: Thanks for stopping by and commenting, Abe! smile
Rather regal looking fellow. I am surprised the royalty let him get away with that smile
Ginnie Hart: He is definitely regal-looking way up there on his perch, Martin. But he's so high up, you really can't see any of the details until you get a close-up photo. And then you're surprised. Well, at least I was. Thanks.
  • anniedog
  • United Kingdom
  • 9 Sep 2007, 23:18
Very clear shot for such a distance. Am looking forward to hearing about the SC BBQ
Ingrid
Ginnie Hart: I love that zoom feature on my little camera, Ingrid. It never disappoints me. Thanks.

As you start looking around, I'm sure you'll hear all about the meet-up this week. I, for one, will dedicate this week to it.
  • Kay
  • United States
  • 10 Sep 2007, 00:39
You are royalty to everyone at Shutterchance, Ginnie!

This is a wonderful shot smile
Ginnie Hart: Oh, Kay. You have made my day. Everyone needs to be Queen/King for a day! You are such a sweetheart. Thank you.
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 10 Sep 2007, 19:07
Yeah that right arm! Most of his pictures have it appearing as if he is pushing his hand into his tunic. When I was at school, you should have seen what some artistic guys made out of it tongue

Great picture
Ginnie Hart: You are way too funny, Louis. Thanks for backtracking. smile
  • Dudee
  • Purwokerto, Indonesia
  • 11 Sep 2007, 15:00
i've read and often heard about this famous admiral, Horatio Nelson smile he's very great..
Nicely captured in good angle Granny Gin wink
Ginnie Hart: The more I see the more I learn. Thanks, Dudee.
  • Les Auld
  • Southport UK
  • 11 Sep 2007, 23:42
The good Lord Horatio, well captured Ginnie, just the right angle for such a haughty expression.

He lost his eye in Corsica in 1794, his arm in 1797 whilst trying to conquer Santa Cruz de Tenerife and his life in 1805 at Trafalgar. Quite a dangerous life for a sailor in those days.
Ginnie Hart: You're so good with your history, Les. I should have had you write the text for me! smile Thanks for your wonderful addition to the comments.
England expects you to take a good photo; and you have! All the best, Dave.
Ginnie Hart: Awww. That is very kind of you, Dave! Thanks.

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