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Hitch Your Wagon to a Star


Back to Zürich, Switzerland, from last November!

Amsterdam taught me to love bicycles.
Now I collect them everywhere I go.



Hitch Your Wagon to a Star


Back to Zürich, Switzerland, from last November!

Amsterdam taught me to love bicycles.
Now I collect them everywhere I go.



comments (45)

  • Larry Bliss
  • Raleigh, North Carolina, USA
  • 30 Mar 2009, 01:53
Looks like a very civilized place...
Ginnie Hart: That's Switzerland for you, Larry! smile
  • vintage
  • Australia
  • 30 Mar 2009, 02:16
I think I would need a well padded seat to ride on the cobble stones lol
Ginnie Hart: Me, too, Vintage. You're not alone! grin
  • alex
  • United States
  • 30 Mar 2009, 03:38
love the pattern in the cobblestones.
funny, when i saw the thumbnail of this image, i thought to myself, "I spot a bicycle!"
Ginnie Hart: You did indeed, Alex, if not more than one! I like the cobblestones pattern, too. So different from our concrete sidewalks, right?!
  • EYES WIDE SHUT
  • Wherever the winds of fate find me
  • 30 Mar 2009, 04:26
A wonderful compositionand processing, Ginnie. The cobblestones and architecture, the bicycles and shadow play combine to create a lovely atmosphere. Great work
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Paul. I love the structures of Europe!
  • sherri
  • United States
  • 30 Mar 2009, 04:29
Such a pretty stucture and the bicycle is always an bonus in a shot like this. Lovely tones.
Ginnie Hart: I really do like bicycles, Sherri, now that I have seen them all over Europe. They are so sensible! Thanks.
  • Chris
  • England
  • 30 Mar 2009, 04:38
Very serene Ginnie: no cars
Ginnie Hart: Exactly, Chris!
  • Sidney
  • Philippines
  • 30 Mar 2009, 05:20
lovely place... sunny and clean !
Ginnie Hart: Sunny and clean is very right, Sidney. That was what I saw of Zurich (even if not always sunny). Thanks for stopping by and commenting.
  • Martin
  • United States
  • 30 Mar 2009, 05:20
Interesting light! It emphasizes the angular structure of this environment.
Ginnie Hart: This was a very hilly part of the city, Martin, just outside the Grossmunster church. I would walk there every day and then walk back downhill through the city. I'll never forget it.
  • Astrid
  • Netherlands
  • 30 Mar 2009, 05:30
Let just grab two and go for a ride....one day we will do the tour around AMS, I still have the map you gave me....one day...
This picture has a big WOW factor for me, stunning!!
Ik heb er een likey van gemaakt, dank je wel, ik dacht even dat het Utrecht was, waar we samen geweest zijn, geweldige foto.
Ginnie Hart: I am so ready for a bike ride samen, lieve vriend, vooral in Utrecht. And yes, we still need to take that ride behind Centraal Station in AMS. It's waiting for us. I had almost forgotten. Eén dag spoedig....
  • Rian
  • United Statese
  • 30 Mar 2009, 05:30
capturing these parked bicycles make for an interesting subject.. I'll make sure to remember tuat and keep my eyes peeled too.. great shot! smile
Ginnie Hart: Every bicycle represents a person, Rian, so i come up with all these stories about where they are and what they're doing. smile
You are very consistent with the tones you use Ginnie.
Ginnie Hart: I guess sometimes consistency is good, Chad, as long as people don't get too bored???
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 30 Mar 2009, 06:45
Lol at your 'confession' ( not that of Zwingli!) - but it might be a little strenuous to bicycle in Switzerland- up and down, up and down! A nice corner with som Swiss elements- for example the "Fensterlädli", the cobblestones- fine shadows- I like the pic although I miss the colour green (?) of the window shutters!
Ginnie Hart: You got my curiosity, Philine, so I went back to the original image and was surprised at how little color even the shutters had. Maybe it was the time of the day and the shadow-play? Tomorrow's image will have a bit more color for you, I hope. smile
  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 30 Mar 2009, 07:24
Nice!

Someone needs to invent an Inspector Gadget kind of bike that will fold up small enough to carry in one's trouser pocket.

Impeccable composition here, Ginnie...a delight for the eyes.
Ginnie Hart: There ARE bikes that fold up, of course, Ray, but not THAT small. smile Thanks, as always, for your comment.
a lot to look at here Ginnie, I like the tones too.
Ginnie Hart: I find myself always staring while in Europe, Nigel, because there's always a lot to look at for me! Thanks.
  • zed
  • Australia
  • 30 Mar 2009, 08:26
Lovely tones, l am just picturing vintage riding a bike on those unpadded seats over cobblestones tongue
Ginnie Hart: HA!. Me, too, Tony. And all those hills would work up quite a sweat for all us old-fogies. smile
  • Tracy
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 30 Mar 2009, 08:31
I hope you garage is big enough Musketeer LOL grin
Great shot and love the cobblessmile
Have a good week mijn vreind.
Ginnie Hart: LOL, Tracy. I can just Picturit. grin Thanks.
  • Aussie
  • Australia
  • 30 Mar 2009, 08:32
Love the classic Ginnie processing
Ginnie Hart: I hope I never bore you, Aussie, because it is a style I quite enjoy. Thanks.
Ange likes her bike.
Ginnie Hart: I will grow to LOVE mine, Bill! smile
un hobby comme un autre du moins
que l'on puisse voir cela en photo et quel photo je me pose pleins de questions mais cela reste pour moi : ) A+
Ginnie Hart: Merci, as always, Patrick!
  • anniedog
  • United Kingdom
  • 30 Mar 2009, 09:33
Seems to be the most popular method of getting around in Amsterdam. The cyclists are fearless too - I remember almost getting mowed down several times. They don't slow down for pedestrians - just tinkle their bells ferociously! There is a calm but expectant atmosphere here - almost like a stage set.
Ingrid
Ginnie Hart: As I recall, Ingrid, the bicyclists have the right of way in AMS. So everyone has to pay attention to them, cars and pedestrians alike. It wasn't that crazy here in Zurich, but at least I got my appetite whetted! Thanks.
  • Frida
  • Sweden
  • 30 Mar 2009, 09:53
This is a lovely picture. I like the cobblestones, the shadows and light, and the processing. It makes for a timeless image.
Ginnie Hart: I hadn't thought about it in this way, Frida, but almost all of Europe feels timeless to me. Maybe that's why I love it so much.
  • Klaus
  • Germany
  • 30 Mar 2009, 10:03
Ginnie ... like the lightning and composition .. good work as always
Ginnie Hart: You're a sweetheart, Klaus. Danke.
I always love sepia, it has a special touch
Ginnie Hart: I agree, Chantal. It's nice to have another fan.
  • blackdog
  • the third stone from the sun
  • 30 Mar 2009, 10:41
Nice to see you down at street level Ginnie. lovely composition with all the corners. I thought it was the shutters you were collecting, not the bicycles ;o)
Ginnie Hart: HA! Now that's an idea...shutters. I probably AM collecting them, unbenownst to me, Mike. I'm sure I have a book's worth in my files. smile
Your usual lovely tones Ginnie. I like it!
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, as always, kind sir.
  • Marcie
  • United States
  • 30 Mar 2009, 12:57
Excellent composition. Love the texture and pattern in the stone paving..and the shadows. Really nice!!
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Marcie. I LOVE EUROPE!
A nice cosy corner in this town.
Ginnie Hart: And right next to the Grossmunster church, Wim...out on the plaza! smile
I love the tones in this photo, Ginnie. For some weird reason, I am particularly drawn to the windows... smile I did find that in Geneva, there were bicycles everywhere and they were even free to rent!
Ginnie Hart: Maybe I'll start collecting shutters next, Abisola. grin Thank you kindly.
The subtle tint is great ... the tones are delightful ... the structure is powerful ... the shadows create a tingle ... so it's a special photograph from a person who STEALS (collects) bicycles.

Ha ... richard
Ginnie Hart: HAHAHA! You just made my day, Richard. grin
Another great shot from you Ginnie and back to that finish you know I like so much. I never did get a finish like this even though you emailed me the instructions, I must be missing something.
Ginnie Hart: I know at least one person who probably won't get bored with my "style," then? Thanks, Brian!
Lovely tones as usual Ginnie..I cannot fault that. Just a great picture.
Ginnie Hart: You're a sweetheart, Ron. Thanks.
Wonderful processing!
We need more bicycles and fewer cars in this world.
Ginnie Hart: Exactly, Michael. Now if only they could build more communities that are bike-friendly here in the States!
  • Nathan
  • United States
  • 30 Mar 2009, 19:01
Lovely shot. I like the toning of the image and the cobblestone pattern.
Ginnie Hart: Thanks a million, Nathan.
Another wonderful work on composition : I like !!
Ginnie Hart: You've always been a great fan, Zeb. That means a lot.
  • Ilan
  • Israel
  • 30 Mar 2009, 21:48
There is something nostalgic and a bit naive in this frame. As if taken in another century, where the only noise on the street were carts (lets call bicycle carts) and not cars.
Great atmosphere. Great sepia tone.
Ginnie Hart: Maybe that's why I like Europe so much, Ilan. I think I must have lived there in a past life. smile
  • Brian
  • United States
  • 31 Mar 2009, 01:25
Very elegant capture! I like the vanilla brown shades here as well as not seeing anyone in the photo.
Ginnie Hart: Thanks a million, Brian.
Love the colors here. Very serene. As a PS to your comment on my blog the other day, what part of ATL do you live in? I am in Alpharetta.
Ginnie Hart: MAN! We're almost neighbors, Christopher. I'm just a handful of miles north of you in Cumming!! Maybe one day we'll have a chance to meet! smile
je le dis a chaque fois, mais les tons que tu utilisent sont vraiment splendides
Ginnie Hart: Repeating it only makes my day, O-P, so merci! smile
You must now have a lot of bicycles, Ginnie. lol
Ginnie Hart: HA! More than you can shake a stick at, Chad. smile
  • Mia
  • United States
  • 31 Mar 2009, 14:12
Excellent use of sepia and I see you're back to tormenting me with more pictures of Zurich! tongue
Ginnie Hart: You'll just have to go there, Mia! smile Then you can take your own pictures to show me!!
A composition where the lines are the protagonists. The bikes also. You care much distortion of the lens! Good job. Ginnie's style wink
Ginnie Hart: Yes, Ginnie's style.... Gracias, José Angel. smile
  • Ellie
  • England
  • 31 Mar 2009, 19:39
Lovely clear picture Ginnie, that's almost crying out for a teeny bit of selective colouring wink
Ginnie Hart: Believe it or not, Ellie, the original really doesn't have much more color than this!
  • Alex
  • Spain
  • 31 Mar 2009, 19:47
Buen encuadre, texturas, composicion y sobretodo me gustaria destacar ese tono que has logrado junto a una buena iluminacion, hacen de si una fotografia de antaño.
Ginnie Hart: Muchas gracias, Alex, por sus palabras!
  • Ian
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 5 Apr 2009, 14:19
Fantastic light in this one, Ginnie. I adore the features of the wall to the right/behind the sign - damn, it's beautiful to study. It would be a treat to sit down and draw, too.
Ginnie Hart: There was a guy nearby who was reading, Ian. But if you draw, you would be in heaven there!
  • KiMeRa
  • Spain
  • 13 May 2009, 15:58
quiet.well composed and good lighting
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, KiMeRa, for stopping by and commenting.

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