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Contemplation


I fell in love with this man's persona while walking around Barcelona, Spain, before our cruise.

[Today I'm in Amsterdam.]


Contemplation


I fell in love with this man's persona while walking around Barcelona, Spain, before our cruise.

[Today I'm in Amsterdam.]


comments (41)

  • ray
  • Thailand
  • 10 Dec 2007, 00:20
Forget the persona....he is a handsome looking senior citzen, and caressed very nicely by your lens, Ginnie. [grin]
Ginnie Hart: HA! I agree, Ray. A very handsome dude for those who might be looking. grin Thanks.
LOL! I have seen those chairs and immediately I am thinking about Barcelona, so that? A very fine work of observation by your part, Ginnie! Thanks to return to my city!
Ginnie Hart: I will return to your fair and glorious city over and over again, José-Angel. I can't get enough of it! Thank you.
I love him too.
Ginnie Hart: Like-minded souls, Mary. smile Thanks.
  • Martin
  • United States
  • 10 Dec 2007, 00:52
I want to know what he is reading. It is probably worth picking up. Great character study!
Ginnie Hart: Me, too, Martin. And then I wondered if he was thinking about the book or whatever he was looking at? smile Thanks.
  • johnnyg
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 10 Dec 2007, 01:16
Gin, Gin, your shot selection and pp is coming on by leaps and bounds.

J
Ginnie Hart: Awww. You're such a sweetheart, Johnny! A real encourager. Thank you.
  • Aussie
  • on the night shift
  • 10 Dec 2007, 02:56
Lovely use of DOF. Terrific capture Ginnie
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Aussie.
  • Astrid
  • Netherlands
  • 10 Dec 2007, 04:58
Geweldige foto, this is a very magnificent shot, I think he just finished an intersting book or he has a lot on his mind wink nicely captured, as always Ginnie.
Ginnie Hart: I guess we'll never know for sure, Astrid, but it sure is fun to imagine what's going through his mind. smile Thank you!
I can see why he caught your eye, Ginnie. He looks elegant, cultured and thoughtful. I realise that appearances can be deceiving, and he could be a grumpy old down and out, who shops well at the thrift shops,but I think not. Your photograph certainly gives him dignity and gravitas. (:o)
Ginnie Hart: I so totally agree, Roz. He comes through as having class! How fun to imagine his story. smile Thanks.
  • VZ
  • United States
  • 10 Dec 2007, 05:50
I'd hug you for this image, Ginnie, but you too far away. Once more I have to say, you are a master of a composition. The rhythm of chairs on the background is such a nice nuance.
Z
Ginnie Hart: Your words humble me, Viktor. Thank you very much!
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 10 Dec 2007, 06:31
I can understand why this man caught your eye.. (see Rosalyn's comment), or may it be possible that Gustav Aschenbach (Thomas Mann, The Death in Venice) or Fernando Pessoa (Lisboa) have risen.. (sorry, my literary reminiscences)?
Ginnie Hart: HA! You're way beyond me with those remembrances, Philine, but I'll take your word for it! Thank you kindly, as always.
  • Roland
  • France
  • 10 Dec 2007, 07:04
That's a good dhot Ginnie. I like the look of this man lost in his mind
Ginnie Hart: I do, too, Roland. smile Thank you!
Cracking candid and a Ilove the treatment !!
Ginnie Hart: Always a sweetheart, Shakara. Thanks!
  • Tracy
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 10 Dec 2007, 07:53
A very elegant and interlectual man in a world of his own. Just finished his book and contemplating what to do next.
Nice thoughtful shot Ginniesmile
Ginnie Hart: It's fun to imagine what all's going on, isn't it, Tracy. smile Thanks.
About the shot ...'yummy' collects together the six superlatives that I had in mind.
About the guy ... rich, retired, pensive, time filling, posturing, waiting for his lo--r er ... oops maybe I should have collected the six descriptors under 'stylish'! ;-)
Ginnie this is my type of photograph. richard
Ginnie Hart: I like "yummy," Richard. Stylish is also true, for sure. You've given me quite the smile. smile Thanks.
  • Volker
  • Germany
  • 10 Dec 2007, 08:05
Great shot and good PP.
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Volker, for stopping by and commenting.
Great capture Ginnie. This handsome man's attitude reminds me of my grand father who used to spend most of his time reading wherever he was. Thanks Ginnie
Ginnie Hart: What a nice memory to have of your grandfather, Richard! I think this fella would make a great grandfather figure for us all! Thanks.
  • Ann
  • 10 Dec 2007, 08:20
I love sepia and here it makes me want to go and talk to this man ... Nice photo !!! Ann
Ginnie Hart: I just told your dad that I think he'd make a great grandfather figure for us all! Someone we'd all like to go talk to! Thanks, Ann.
  • ChaCha
  • NYC
  • 10 Dec 2007, 10:05
Nice Catch Granny smile
Ginnie Hart: Thanks, NaCha! Glad to see you again. smile
  • Scarlet
  • The Netherlands
  • 10 Dec 2007, 12:06
I say you made his day Ginnie! Very nice.
Ginnie Hart: At least he made mine, Scarlet! I don't think he ever noticed me at all, or paid attention. smile Thks.
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 10 Dec 2007, 12:11
You can always learn to speak spanish more fluently. smile

Excellent character picture. It always amazes me that the european gents dress up tie and all with the sole purpose to go read a book somewhere in the sun.
Ginnie Hart: HA! If I do, José-Angel will sure be happy! smile All dressed up and nowhere to go--is that what you're saying, Louis?! I love it. Thanks.
  • Gale
  • Cape of storms
  • 10 Dec 2007, 12:25
Great shot.. looks like a gentle soul. Love it.
Ginnie Hart: That's what I thought, Gale. Thanks.
  • Kathryn
  • Germany
  • 10 Dec 2007, 12:51
He looks full of personality. Did you get to talk to him?
Ginnie Hart: Yes, he does, Kathryn, but NO, I did not even try to talk to him since we were just walking through the plaza. Thanks.
A good one Ginnie. Did he come round to reading his book?
Ginnie Hart: I don't know, Wim, because we were just passing through. I would have loved to stay to find out. smile Thanks.
Great spot Ginnie. You have a wonderful eye. Perfect processing also.
Ginnie Hart: Thank you most kindly, Gail.
  • DrAW!
  • Nigeria
  • 10 Dec 2007, 13:57
well done ginnie

lemme guess, you added some sharpness in pp right?
Ginnie Hart: I always add sharpness, DrAW! smile It's my eyes, you know. They aren't getting any younger! Thanks.
  • Olaide
  • United States
  • 10 Dec 2007, 14:53
This is perfectly done. Good shot too.
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Olaide!
i like this!
the sepia tone helped to draw the focus on the man and contrast it with that empty chair!
great capture!
Ginnie Hart: You're a sweetheart, Kairospix. Thank you kindly.
  • Ruth
  • United States
  • 10 Dec 2007, 17:04
Oh my. You and that camera of yours are moving into new leagues, dear sister. This is just perfection. It takes an eye like yours to see him, frame him so beautifully, and allow him to speak for himself. Bravo, bravo (or is it brava?). My image of the week, hands down.
Ginnie Hart: Oh, Ruth. You've humbled me to tears! Thank you for your kindest of words....
  • petra
  • Netherlands
  • 10 Dec 2007, 17:36
Beautiful Ginnie, i love the way you've toned the photo!
Petra
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Petra! smile Hope you're doing well!
  • blackdog
  • Another World
  • 10 Dec 2007, 18:38
Wonderful Ginnie - composition, tonal quality, interesting subject - empty chair adds interest all adds up to another great street shot. ;o)
Ginnie Hart: You're a sweetheart, as always, Mike. Thanks.
Beautiful chair, beautiful mood, beautiful processingand expression....I like this very much
Ginnie Hart: Thanks a million, Aksel!
  • Michelle M
  • South Africa
  • 10 Dec 2007, 19:30
Awesome shot Ginnie! Love the colouring...
Ginnie Hart: Thanks for stopping by and commenting, Michelle.
Classic. Did he know you were shooting him?
Ginnie Hart: I don't think so, ChiChi! I actually was standing behind a tree, as I recall. smile Thanks.
Very editorial.
Ginnie Hart: Hmmm. I'll take it, David. smile Thanks.
  • Chris
  • frosty tonight!
  • 10 Dec 2007, 21:48
Excellent work Ginnie
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, kind sir.
Great candid Ginnie. Love the strong sepia... sort of brown and white! But the extra is the empty chair. Now there must be a story to be told. Is he waiting or watching someone leave? Love it!!!
Ginnie Hart: Wouldn't we love to hear the stories we see...everywhere we go! Thanks, Bill.
  • Ellie
  • damp and cool
  • 10 Dec 2007, 23:39
To me he looks very much the traditional "English Gentleman Abroad" - happy to carry on wearing what he usually wears, and to have something to keep himself happy - and perhaps avoid having to talk to people in a language he doesn't know. He's also isolated himself from the prospect of company.

Of course, I'm wrong!
Ginnie Hart: You know, Ellie, I agree. He DOES look very English! That gives this new meaning to me. Thanks. smile
  • Helen
  • Albuquerque, NM, USA
  • 11 Dec 2007, 22:49
I wonder what he is thinking about! Like the toning on this photo!
Ginnie Hart: I do, too, Helen! Thank you.
  • Kay
  • Portland, OR
  • 13 Dec 2007, 01:11
He's wonderful, Ginnie! Could he be a poet? A scholar? Or someone who likes to read and contemplate Stephen King's works? smile
Ginnie Hart: HA! I think we'll never know for sure but I do like imagining. Thanks, Kay.
  • L.Reis
  • Portugal
  • 14 Dec 2007, 21:18
All the charm of a lifetime...all the elegance of age, accentuated by this sepia tones... a shot to remember...!
Ginnie Hart: Charm and elegance, exactly, Lina. You have said it perfectly. Thank you.
a very nice candid shot Ginnie and clever choice of sepia tone ! Thumbs up !
Ginnie Hart: Thank a million, Zeb!

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