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photoblog image I Must Go Down to the Sea Again

I Must Go Down to the Sea Again

 

We spent the night on the North Sea in IJmuiden, Netherlands, while at Sail 2010.

I think this gentleman was pining for his long-lost England.

 


 


 


I Must Go Down to the Sea Again

 

We spent the night on the North Sea in IJmuiden, Netherlands, while at Sail 2010.

I think this gentleman was pining for his long-lost England.

 


 


 


comments (54)

  • Leanne
  • Australia
  • 8 Sep 2010, 00:09
I adore the processing. Maybe he was pining, I find the sea is a great place to sit and wander deep into thought.
Ginnie Hart: I do, too, Leanne. It suddenly puts everything into perspective! Thank you.
  • vintage
  • Australia
  • 8 Sep 2010, 00:25
Great work, looks like a painting Ginnie
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, Vintage.
  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 8 Sep 2010, 00:39
Cornish Maid's Man!

[Apologies to John Fowles]
Ginnie Hart: My guess is John Fowles would be much obliged, Ray. smile Thanks.
  • rian
  • United States
  • 8 Sep 2010, 01:06
and that's one cute bike he has there.. that's looks like one of those nifty folding ones.. smile nicely captured.. smile
Ginnie Hart: Yes, Rian, it's a folding bike, which are always fun to see for me. I see a lot of them here in The Netherlands. Thanks.
  • martie
  • United States
  • 8 Sep 2010, 01:12
I find this sot very romantic, Ginnie. My imagination is running wild.

Beautiful!
Ginnie Hart: I know you love the sea, Martie. So do I. It tends to put things into perspective for me! Thanks.
lets hope no dark thoughts, nice processing and shot Ginnie
Ginnie Hart: No dark thoughts, indeed, Derek. Thanks.
  • Peter
  • Canada
  • 8 Sep 2010, 05:48
Love the shot Ginnie and the texture....for an older gentleman he sure has a new shinny bike.....and you made it sparkle...did you have it re-crommed for the shot.....petergrin
Ginnie Hart: I took the time to personally polish it up for this picture...but, of course, got his permission first, without objection. grin Thanks, Peter.
  • Elaine-
  • Germany
  • 8 Sep 2010, 06:40
i love it, esp with the texture!!! yeah he rode his bike down to the sea just to stand there and pine... sniff sniff, nice shot, Ginnie
Ginnie Hart: grin I guess we all need a place for pining, Elaine. This one was excellent for that! Thanks.
  • SAVO
  • United Kingdom
  • 8 Sep 2010, 06:41
He seems deep in thought. Very well seen ginnie. i like
Ginnie Hart: It did make me wonder what was going through his mind, SAVO! Thanks.
It looks like Tiff when he was younger.
Ginnie Hart: Awwww. What a sweet thought, I'm sure, Chad. smile
That bike looks a bit uncomfortable! I like to look at the sea.
Ginnie Hart: It's surprising how many of those bikes we see here in The Netherlands, Bill. I guess they're easy to transport when you can't ride them. I like to look at the sea, too. It somehow puts everything back into perspective!
clever this low perspective.. i love it very nice Ginnie
Ginnie Hart: The same kind of view happens around the dijks here, Fabrizio...especially with bicyclists, cows and sheep. smile Grazie.
Love the unusual composition and the processing. There is a great sense of solitude, and I think he is enjoying a few moments of contemplation. (:o)
Ginnie Hart: It was calming for me just to watch him, Roz, if that makes sense! Thanks.
I love this Ginnie, everything about it.
Ginnie Hart: You're a sweetheart, Sheila. Thank you.
  • Chris
  • England
  • 8 Sep 2010, 08:18
And who can blame him - said as one who is rather fond of hills & valleys etc
Ginnie Hart: I know, Chris. I'd be right up there with him if I didn't live so far away.
sea sex and sun...
Ginnie Hart: Hmmmm. I'll have to think about that, Jojo. grin
He'll never get there on that bike - did you try to disauade him?
Ginnie Hart: He was off in his own world, Tom. I don't think he knew we were anywhere close to him! Sometimes it's best to let sleeping dogs lie. grin
Thank you for your kind words ginnie, kisses..
Ginnie Hart: You, too, Pierrot. smile
Nice composition, you do wonder what he is thinking
Ginnie Hart: Inderdaad, Chantal! Bedankt.
  • Scarlet
  • The Netherlands
  • 8 Sep 2010, 10:28
It's like he's set against a huge blank canvas. Very interesting like Panorama Mesdag smile
Ginnie Hart: I've heard of that panorama, Scarlet. Maybe we can go see it together when we finally visit you!?! Bedankt.
Always faithful to your style, Ginnie. Also see that you are very conveniently using textures
Ginnie Hart: I guess I don't change much, José Angel, for good or bad. smile I do enjoy using textures, though, I must admit. Thanks for stopping by again.
I remember owning a folding bike many years ago. Didn't ride it very far though as, if I remember correctly, it was not very comfortable.

He seems to have raised the handlebars and seat to the max. I wonder if that would make for a more enjoyable ride.

I really like how you've left this image to our imagination, Ginnie, by hinting that he is 'down to the sea again' but not actually showing the water and, as usual, beautifully processed.
Ginnie Hart: Those bikes are more of a novelty to me than anything else, Beverly, but I suppose they do serve a good purpose. I'm guessing they'd need to be a good brand? Thanks for your very kind words. You're a sweetheart.
He has reached the end of the road, now all he needs is his water wings, very peaceful shot Ginnie smile
Ginnie Hart: Water wings, indeed, Linda. I like that idea. Not long before he'd reach your neck of the woods! smile Thanks.
Nice shot.How did you add the texture ion the background
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, Navin. I got the texture for free off the internet and then added it as an overlay layer in PhotoShop...if that makes any sense to you? It's actually easy if you know how to do it.
  • sherri
  • Little Rock, Arkansas, United States of America
  • 8 Sep 2010, 14:44
The first thing I thought of when I saw this was "the old man by the sea". Reminds me of a Norman Rockwell.
Ginnie Hart: Ohhhh. Why didn't I think of that as a title myself, Sherri! It would have been perfect. And thank you for your very gracious compliment.
Seems on canvas - your palette is so subtle, i would see this image in a museum i would not be surprised. Its storytelling mood is deep ! Masterpiece for me*
Ginnie Hart: You're very kind and gracious, Karine. Merci.
Damn! The bloody SatNav has led me up a blind alley again

richard
Ginnie Hart: Those bloody hi-tech devices! I know, Richard.
  • Paule
  • US
  • 8 Sep 2010, 16:07
Very cinematic shot.

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Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Paule.
Love the texture in the sky and great composition!
Ginnie Hart: Thanks for stopping by and commenting again, Will.
  • JJ
  • United States
  • 8 Sep 2010, 17:57
Looks like a fine painting, love the processing
Ginnie Hart: You're a sweetheart, JJ. Thank you.
  • Astrid
  • Netherlands
  • 8 Sep 2010, 18:15
A wonderful treatment and I often think back to that beach and all the shelves that we found.
To this man....it is a long ride to England, even at low water....
Love how the sun is playing magic at the bike.
Ginnie Hart: I loved that beach, MLMA. I loved beachcombing and all the beautiful shells we found. We have such good memories of that day together at the North Sea!
  • Sunder
  • India
  • 8 Sep 2010, 18:36
Lovely shot,well composed and processed...
I am truly amazed at how passionate you are about phototgraphy...I refer to you reply to Peter regarding your polishing up his bike for the picture....Bravo..Thats the way to go indeed...
Ginnie Hart: It's so important to me, Sunder, to enjoy photography, since I do love it so much. Astrid, my wife, helps to keep the humor alive for me. smile Thank you.
  • TM
  • Iran
  • 8 Sep 2010, 19:32
yea..so cool..reminds me the song "Take me down to the paradise city. Where the grass is green. And the girls are pretty. Take me home"
hehehesmilesmile
Ginnie Hart: Awwww. So sweet, TM. smile Thanks for that thought.
  • Max
  • Italy
  • 8 Sep 2010, 19:57
Amazing shot. I love colours!
Ginnie Hart: Thanks a million, Max, for stopping by and commenting! smile
  • oscar
  • Germany
  • 8 Sep 2010, 22:25
an image of a fallout landscape
Ginnie Hart: Yes, indeed, Oscar. I love when that happens and you try to picture what's on the other side. smile
  • CherryPie
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 8 Sep 2010, 22:26
I love the way you have done the textures.
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, dear Cherie.
Great details!
Ginnie Hart: Thanks, Larry. smile
  • virginia
  • United States
  • 9 Sep 2010, 03:08
Oh a fabulous image. Sorry I've not been by lately. I hate it when I miss your wonderful photos.
V
Ginnie Hart: You're a sweetie to say so, Virginia. I've enjoyed looking at your images every Monday when I go through my Google Reader. smile I always appreciate it when you stop by here. Merci. smile
very cool interpretation with your edit.
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, Heather!
This man ask himself, where's the sea ? Well seen Ginnie. A+ VAL smile
Ginnie Hart: And there it is, right in front of his eyes! I have a feeling his bike knew where to take him. smile Merci, dear Valérie.
Very very nice processing. It adds depth to the shot.
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, kind sir.
wow...this is such an awesome shot.
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, Sharon, for stopping by and commenting!
And still those seductive tones that give the image a unique magic! This gentleman is touching and fragile next to the space occupied by the wall! A superb image!
Nice day to you.
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Mathilde. You can see why he caught my eye. Merci.
  • grapf
  • Germany
  • 9 Sep 2010, 08:08
seems like a hard way for a cyclist.
I like the pattern in the sky, just like a curtain.
Ginnie Hart: The ridge he was on extended right off to a drop-off into the North Sea, Ralf. You could see nothing but the sea in that direction! Thank you.
Looking at the sea is so fascinating! Very nicely processed Ginnie.
Ginnie Hart: I agree, Richard, It's hypnotic, to be honest! Merci.
  • lasiate
  • South Africa
  • 9 Sep 2010, 09:42
excellent cadrage et très beau traitement
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Lasiate. Merci.
  • Sidney
  • Philippines
  • 9 Sep 2010, 13:05
Looks like a huge canvass !
Ginnie Hart: Good, Sidney. I thought so, too. smile Thanks.
  • mariana
  • United States
  • 9 Sep 2010, 14:00
beautiful ! this texture used for background looks like a wall, like an obstacle for this man . he cannot go anywhere from this point !
Ginnie Hart: It did look like he had just hit a wall, Mariana. Thanks. smile
A very nice composition, with these warm tones
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Calusarus. Merci.
  • george
  • Ireland
  • 9 Sep 2010, 20:15
A wonderful picture...great composition, lovely atmosphere.
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, kind sir. Maybe he's Irish?
  • Rob
  • United States
  • 9 Sep 2010, 20:25
I like your use of empty space to convey a sense of looking into a great distance. I also like the texture. I should get back to doing more textures.
Ginnie Hart: I love textures, Rob, whenever I can use them appropriately. So satisfying to me. Thanks.
Great composition and processing, a thought provoking image.
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Miles, for stopping by and commenting.
  • Ellie
  • England
  • 9 Sep 2010, 22:18
The background intrigues me Ginnie, is it clouds?
Ginnie Hart: Low clouds near the horizon, Ellie, yes, and then I think the rest is the texture I used.
Very nice and it looks like a painting
Ginnie Hart: You're a sweetheart, Charles. Thanks for back-tracking.

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