Posted by Rick (Toronto, Canada) on 15 September 2012 in Documentary & Street and Portfolio.
("zone 3" is what it says on the tents)
solitude | nighttime | city | toronto
nice mood. well seen.
15 Sep 2012 6:24am
@morgan: Thanks, morgan.
Strange how you could think it's a place of joy and fiesta. The little lights glowing in the dark and this attractive light which glows outside the tent too... but the guy on the bench (his body language says something). A moving image indeed.
15 Sep 2012 7:01am
@Florence: This area is along a vibrant stretch of waterfront and is always filled with people having a great time, which lent a certain context to the sight of this person slumped and weary looking, nobody else around. Thanks for your reading of the image, dear.
Superbe captqage de ces illumination avec le personnage sur le banc sueprbe.
15 Sep 2012 7:14am
@Nicou: Merci beaucoup !
oh ! I love this solitary mood ! excellent composition and exposure at night ! very moving image as Florence says !
@Anna.C: I am doing more evening walks with the camera. Good "steady hand" practice and there are riches of stories out there after dark, as we know. Thank you for your reaction to the image. I really enjoy what I am seeing on YOUR blog, by the way.
great mood and scenery - I like very much the lights and the lone person
15 Sep 2012 7:42am
@yiannis krikis: Yes, the lights and empty tents drew my eye, as normally this place is jammed with life. The lone figure added something that was needed, open to interpretation of course. Thanks !
15 Sep 2012 8:08am
@arvin: Thank you.
As a contradiction between the solitary man and tents in principle for the meeting!
15 Sep 2012 8:10am
@Nina: Yes, exactly ! Thank you.
Nice atmosphere and perfect brightness.
15 Sep 2012 8:19am
@Mowgli: Thanks a lot. I tried to find a balance between actual light conditions and my emotional feeling about the scene.
oh I love those lights, great in b&w ! You certainly did capture the ambiance/atmosphere and he really looks alone...
15 Sep 2012 9:20am
@Abena: This is the suggestive power of photography, which I love. Perhaps he was working here all day and into the evening, and was merely slumping in weariness before heading home... we don't know. His body language and the empty surroundings are suggestive of sadness. I like the ambiguity. I also like your comment :)
'It's my party and I'll cry if I want to
You would cry too
If it happened to you'
Nobody knows where my Johnnie has gone.....'
...and all the other guests apparently :0
A picture with many possible stories here Rick
15 Sep 2012 9:35am
@grouser: Stories and songs, yes. Thank you mister g.
intéressante scène où je me demande vraiment s'il n'avait plutôt l'envie de prendre un bon bol d'air....
15 Sep 2012 9:40am
@L'Angevine: C'est à vous d'écrire le script. Merci.
special shot rick, very special bravo
15 Sep 2012 11:25am
@Melocoton: You are generous :) and I thank you.
moving image but hard to decipher the story here
15 Sep 2012 12:09pm
@Jules: Thanks, Jules. It is wide open to interpretation, really. He slouched forward, head down, and at first glance seemed lonely or depressed but could just as easily have drank way too many beers ;-)
15 Sep 2012 1:07pm
@Khashayar: Glad you like !
The mono working of all these lights is really good !!
15 Sep 2012 2:13pm
@Anthony Morgan Lambert: Not quite the same in color. Thanks, Ant.
An excellent capture of this unique lighting challenge. Exceptionally good night shot with bright lights. Exposure and processing seem right on!
15 Sep 2012 2:48pm
@Don: I began this day's walk in the early afternoon and went deep into the night hours. From a 400 acre park to a lakeside marathon walk back downtown. It was a lot of fun and resulted in some pictures that please me enough to share quite a few. I like the challenges of handheld night shooting, too. Always much to learn ! Thanks a lot, Don.
this seems to be the last person, not really sure to go home, is he able to ..? like the story behind! great seen rick!
15 Sep 2012 3:02pm
@klausZ: The ambiguity of photography... is he drunk? Is he cooling off alone after a big argument with a partner? Is he merely exhausted after working in this tented area for long hours? His posture suggests something to us but we cannot be certain, and so we also have the strings of lights, the trees, the empty tents... these are stories that we each write according to our own emotional responses and past experience. I love that about photography and also the big impersonal settings of our cities. Many thanks, pal.
Beautiful lights, lovely tents, yet the mood is pensive and makes me fell into a strange melancholy! Emotive portraiture!
15 Sep 2012 3:05pm
@hugo poon: Hello and thank you for the comment. The man's posture and energy seemed directly opposed to the festive lights and tents here, where there are usually happy gatherings with food and drink. Open to interpretation, of course, but I found it a touch sad also.
I really like the mood here ... a great capture, Rick.
The party's over but the lights still linger ... did he arrive too late? Or was he not invited? Oh, dear...
15 Sep 2012 5:05pm
@Judy aka L@dybug: ha ha... let's just say he was enjoying some peace and quiet in the normally hectic city ? Thanks, Judy !
At first the dancing lights made me think it was a party going on, but the lone figure catches the eye! Excellent composition of a night scene. The lights form a graceful pattern with the tents!
15 Sep 2012 5:57pm
@Mireille T.: It seems that every party has its aftermath, and its lonely figure... Thanks very much for how you see this.
This person needs a hug and a dancing partner, I think :-)
They will have to settle for some good vibes, though.
Lovely capture, the exposure is perfect!
15 Sep 2012 7:02pm
@Mooie: And the hug and dancing partner can even be two separate people ! Thanks for the comment, Canuck of the west coast :)
Forgotten in zone 3 ...somebody left him after the party ;-(( Nice monochrome shot of this interesting scene !!! Lighting is just superb ...
15 Sep 2012 7:03pm
@Baldwin Vandewalle: I hope not, but everything is possible and plausible. Thanks for the good feedback !
Beautiful composition .
15 Sep 2012 8:32pm
@Mhelene: Thanks very much.
excellent. appropriate title
15 Sep 2012 9:33pm
@john4jack: Thanks, Jack.
This evokes to me the sad joy of circus mood. I love the way you framed both the light bulbs & the heavy back of the man. The empty tents seem like his own thoughts. Very emotional, Rick and beautiful mono.
16 Sep 2012 6:32am
@k@: I like your observation about the empty tents seeming like his thoughts, and that you feel emotion from the image because that was my initial pull when walking past this scene. Many thanks, K.
16 Sep 2012 6:39am
@Nigel: Thanks !
16 Sep 2012 3:57pm
@omid: Thanks, omid.
Yes, the fisherman, sure ! "Equally beautiful" ? No... Much more brilliant.
16 Sep 2012 4:07pm
@Basile Pesso: Ha ! I aspire to "much more" every time I make the shutter say "click" !
Congratulation on the Spotlight !!!
16 Sep 2012 4:47pm
@Baldwin VW: Nice of you : thanks !
happy you got a Spotlight Rick ! even if I also prefer your fisherman, but it's a good surprise anyway ;-)) Congratulations !
16 Sep 2012 5:10pm
@Anna.C: Very kind of you, thanks ! Of course I am *pleasantly* surprised every time it happens, and always fascinated by the endless parameters of subjectivity. It must be quite a challenge to go through hundreds of daily photos with selection criteria in mind. This probably had an emotional impact where the fisherman didn't, but either way it's good to get peer recognition. I see some fantastic images being chosen lately, and it remains truly humbling and enjoyable to contribute my "two cents" !
ps - congratulations. well deserved
16 Sep 2012 5:19pm
16 Sep 2012 5:42pm
@Florence: Thanks, dear Florence.
16 Sep 2012 8:15pm
@Khashayar: Thank you !
Congratulations Rick ! I think a lot of your photos deserved it ! I am really pleased for you!
16 Sep 2012 8:51pm
@Mireille T.: Thank you very much for the nice words, Mireille. I have been thus awarded a few times now and it is always a pleasant happenstance because of the many fine photographers and works posted here every day. Truly I am not motivated by such things as this, but the ongoing interaction and inspiration. I also realize just how subjective the viewing of images can be. Cheers !
I agree the Stars Fisherman may be considered as a better picture, at least for obvious technical reasons. Anyway I find the mood of this one is strongly sad, very evocative of the feeling you get when a place supposed to be full of exuberant life is finally empty and desolated.
For that reason, it's a great picture. Congratulations for the Spotlight, justified to my eyes !
16 Sep 2012 11:38pm
@Gérard Beullac: That is a very fine comment and I appreciate it, thank you! I would love to know how many people who have been Spotlighted thought the image chosen was deserving or as good as another that they perhaps liked much more. It is all a fascinating part of our subjectivity and the way things impact so differently upon others, which I am always keenly interested in. I remain grateful and humble to participate, and that is a great bottom line.
Congrats on your Spotlight, Rick! Superb exposure here. The strings of light bulbs do not overwhelm the scene but give room for the beautiful b&w tones. Your composition with the figure in the shadows creates a powerful image.
17 Sep 2012 6:21am
@Stephen: Thanks a lot, Stephen. I'm doing a lot more handheld night photography lately and it is a lot of fun. Also, as you know, the streets come alive with different types of tales after dark.
...and congratulations on the spotlight !
17 Sep 2012 8:00am
@Mhelene: Thank you !
Congratulations Rick, a very emotive scene.
17 Sep 2012 8:24am
@Curly: Thanks, Curly :)
Superb scene, Rick! A spotlight very well deserved! Very well seen and wonderfully rendered.
17 Sep 2012 2:39pm
@Francisco Romero: Very kind of you : my thanks !
great mood in this poignant night shot - and my compliments on the spotlight !
17 Sep 2012 5:03pm
@franz: Thanks very much, franz. Sometimes the awarding of such falls from the sky and all you can do is smile and say "thank you!"
Cool shot!! Congrats for the spotlight!!!
18 Sep 2012 2:44pm
@Kristiina: Very nice of you , thanks !
Congrats on the Spotlight - it's a very moody scene with lots of emotion. Well done!
19 Sep 2012 12:46am
@Jason Politte: Thanks a lot, Jason !
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