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Alone with my thoughts

Posted by
Curly (South Shields, United Kingdom) on 10 November 2009 in Documentary & Street and Portfolio.

Modern day hero at the Remembrance Sunday service held at Westoe Cenotaph, South Shields

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Anina from Auckland, New Zealand

WOW!!! Fantastic shot! GREAT comp and selective focus. The selective colouring is gorgeous. Very well done. 5 stars from me! :)

10 Nov 2009 7:09am

mascha from kootstertille, Netherlands

Beautiful composition in black and white, that beautiful red rose on the beret of the man, it makes the picture exciting to watch.

10 Nov 2009 7:21am

kaveh Sadeghi-Azad from TEHRAN, Iran

great b&w. well done

10 Nov 2009 7:31am

Anthony Morgan Lambert from Bielefeld, Germany

Very good processing.
Could you maybe explain to Mascha from the Netherlands about the meaning of the "Poppy", Cheers !!

10 Nov 2009 7:57am

Zeinab from Tehran, Iran

Impressive shot once more. Lovely red rose that is a remembrance of pas soldiers in the world war. Well done Curly

10 Nov 2009 8:40am

Eric Rousset from Grasse, France

Perfect focus n DOF, nice duotone applied

10 Nov 2009 8:48am

Sarito from Basingstoke, United Kingdom

Excellent shot.. like the processing.

10 Nov 2009 9:08am

MrsAmber from West Wickham, United Kingdom

Perfect shot for Rememberance week.

10 Nov 2009 10:17am

Vitor Martins from Lisboa, Portugal

Beautiful photo.

10 Nov 2009 10:45am

Ian Bramham from Manchester, United Kingdom

If there was ever a time to use selective colour in a mono photo this is it....lovely work!

10 Nov 2009 10:59am

grouser from Ludlow, United Kingdom

Top class use of selective colour

10 Nov 2009 11:22am

Vachel from Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia

beautiful lighting and well composed with DOF..

10 Nov 2009 12:06pm

Eric Fry from Houston, TX, United States

I really like this a lot, and agree with Ian completely. I'm not a big fan of selective saturation, but it fits the scene and mood of this photo perfectly. Very well done!

10 Nov 2009 12:07pm

Stephanie from Texas, United States

Love the selective focus. Very nice.

10 Nov 2009 12:27pm

Hiro from Kyoto, Japan

Nice capture. I like the composition. But I don't know selective saturation in this picture is effective or not.

10 Nov 2009 12:35pm

Nazzareno from Rome, Italy

Amazing and beautiful lighting and composition!

10 Nov 2009 1:52pm

Alun from cheshire, United Kingdom

Really good image, the focus point is great

10 Nov 2009 2:06pm

bigezbear from New Orleans, United States

Is that a poppy? You never see poppies in the States anymore, although I still remember oldish men and women in my small home town in Louisiana passing them out when I was a child. So many people today would have no inkling of their meaning.

A heartfelt image.

10 Nov 2009 2:18pm

John from Geneva, United States

I guess I'll be the lone wolf in this crowd, but first...
The shot is fantastic. It represents him as standing resolute while the crowd swirls around him. Stirring image.
The selective coloring detracts from him, and this photo. If I'm reading right, the poppy is about the event, and the selective coloring makes the photo more about the event than the subject.
I could have sworn I got off this soapbox after yammering at Mandy about it..... :->

10 Nov 2009 2:31pm

Philippe from Bangkok, Thailand

hehe, nice shoot, very funy guy .. ! ;)

10 Nov 2009 3:38pm

Saeed Rasoulof from Tehran, Iran

Very Nice shot . Good DOF & focus :)

10 Nov 2009 4:01pm

Rags from Plano, United States

Cool selective coloring.

10 Nov 2009 4:03pm

Nigel from Avening, United Kingdom

This a wonderful portrait Curly.

10 Nov 2009 4:13pm

Willem from Noord-Scharwoude, Netherlands

Verry good focus point, a fantastic shot Curly

10 Nov 2009 4:21pm

Twinklestamper from Oklahoma, United States

great focal point, nice image....

10 Nov 2009 4:52pm

Pawn from Den Haag, Netherlands

It is an excellent shot - but I agree with John from Geneva. The red distracts from the quality. I tried out; downloaded the photo and processed it differently; making it 'plain' (quite hard) black and white, with more contrast. Made it better I think, because afterwards there was more accent on the officer and his decorations. But of course it is largely a question of taste as well. I enjoyed it.

10 Nov 2009 5:06pm

David Nos from Barcelona, Spain

Nice and interesting picture, very well taken and processed!!

10 Nov 2009 5:35pm

Loner from Wörgl, Austria

A very nice image with this red point !

10 Nov 2009 5:43pm

Amanda from Jersey City, United States

I love the selective coloring here--and the depth of field and tones are perfectly suited.

10 Nov 2009 5:46pm

Bishop from Houston, United States

Very interesting shot - what is that red thing on the cap?! :)

10 Nov 2009 5:57pm

Amir from dezfoul, Iran

Well done Curly.very very good

10 Nov 2009 6:06pm

Yvonne Simons from Tilburg, Netherlands

Great title, an amazing shot, very good!

10 Nov 2009 6:06pm

Stéphane from Saint-Malo, France

Superbe image!

10 Nov 2009 6:15pm

dideban from mashhad, Iran

Very interesting shot

10 Nov 2009 6:23pm

yiannis krikis from thessaloniki, Greece

nice portrait and color selection

10 Nov 2009 6:29pm

Pepe Cabrera from Cuidad de Antipolo, Philippines

Amazing shot!

10 Nov 2009 6:57pm

Calusarus from St Sorlin en Valloire, France

A very nice portrait. Lost in the crowd

10 Nov 2009 6:59pm

Marlowe from Le Havre, France

Be crazy !

10 Nov 2009 7:00pm

Kiwisa from North Shore, New Zealand

Fantastic processing, really highlighting the poppy is inspired.

10 Nov 2009 7:10pm

Curly from South Shields, United Kingdom

A number of people have mistakenly referred to a red rose, when this is in fact a red poppy. The poppy has been used as a symbol of Remembrance in the UK and the Commonwealth, as well as parts of the USA since 1921, it represents the blood shed during war and is symbolic of Flanders fields in Belgium where many battles were fought.

The main reason why I selectively coloured the poppy is to highlight the event of Remembrance Sunday and to provide an anchor in this short series of pictorial stories surrounding the event.

10 Nov 2009 8:01pm

Marilla from Turku, Finland

Good capture! The title is great and made me laugh...

10 Nov 2009 8:37pm

MARIANA from Waterloo, Canada

Bravo Curly ! This is fabulous portrait / image ! Love it ! So many pictures like this I had of my father.. well I am a general's daughter :))) Thanks so much for wonderful memories of my father .

10 Nov 2009 8:46pm

Philip from Cowbridge, United Kingdom

Wonderful photo. The poppy is a nice touch. I was planning to go to the rememberance day parade in my local town but did not make it. Wish I had now after seeing your photo.

10 Nov 2009 10:05pm

Tofu from Canberra, Australia

Wow, I love the colour contrast and the poignancy of the moment. Superb!

10 Nov 2009 10:21pm

k@ from Paris, France

Super angle, love the crowd around and how you isolated him with the selective color and his solemnity, moving one !

10 Nov 2009 10:26pm

Kate from Guelph, Ontario, Canada

I normally don't like b&w photos with a colour accent, but this one seems very meaningful and I love the red of the poppy. A great shot. Our Remembrance Day is Wednesday. Thanks for posting.

10 Nov 2009 10:27pm

sakshi from Boston, United States

Wonderful and I loved the way you have done the selective colouring..

10 Nov 2009 10:44pm

Veronelle from Lens, France

excellent portrait !

10 Nov 2009 11:34pm

Michael from Shell village, United Kingdom

Selective focus and sepia is just perfect for this image. Superb shot Curly...

11 Nov 2009 12:20am

Ruth from Michigan, United States

Sweet treatment - focus and color.

11 Nov 2009 12:36am

lydia from Paris, France

Great portrait !! I like the red spot here !

11 Nov 2009 12:39am

john4jack from Corvallis, Oregon, United States

Terrific title.

11 Nov 2009 1:07am

Lambspun from Madison, Maine, United States

Incredible candid.....wonderful capture of expression!

11 Nov 2009 1:48am

uvaraj from New Jersey, United States

Great composition and fantastic processing. Nice work :)

11 Nov 2009 2:07am

Susan from Fort Lauderdale, FL, United States

Incredible shot....and reminds me of the little girl, in the red coat, in Schindler's List (in case you didn't see it.....entire sequence was in b&w, and the only color, was the girl's red coat...)

11 Nov 2009 2:59am

Dragonfly Lady from Riverview, United States

Great shot on Rememberance Day.
I love the contrast of colors!

11 Nov 2009 3:57am

flyingwind风飞扬 from Bridgetown, Barbados


11 Nov 2009 7:09pm

@flyingwind风飞扬: The poppy represents the blood that has been wasted/sacrificed in war.

Zing from Hamilton, New Zealand

Great dof!

12 Nov 2009 7:03am

Godo from Barcelona, Spain

Hi Curly,
Funny touch of color for a sad uniform ;o)

13 Nov 2009 11:51am

Sarala from Chicago, United States

Fascinating choice to just leave in the red. I like it.

15 Nov 2009 4:14pm

Faëlle from Lyon, France

great composition

16 Nov 2009 11:41pm

1/350 second
ISO 200
360 mm (35mm equiv.)