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photoblog image Mourning the Loss of Summer

Mourning the Loss of Summer

for Jennifer

Mourning the Loss of Summer

for Jennifer

comments (23)

  • Helen
  • United States
  • 11 Nov 2007, 00:36
Awesome macro! I think the B&W helps to make this photo!
Kathryn: Thank you, Helen. I'm glad you agree on the B&W.
  • Ginnie
  • United States
  • 11 Nov 2007, 01:49
What a fitting title, Kathryn, for these tears.
Kathryn: Ginnie, my daughter, Jennifer, looked at it and said, "The tree is mourning the loss of summer." The credit goes to her.
  • Jewlya
  • United States
  • 11 Nov 2007, 04:33
Wow Kathryn, this is lovely. You are doing such a nice job with these understated photos.
Kathryn: Thanks, Jewlya. Maybe understated photos are just as much a statement as overstated? Who knows...certainly not me.
All I can say is the ubiquitous ''Wow''!. But said with admiration. richard.
Kathryn: You'll be happy to know that your comment yesterday about "not being able to take pictures because of the overcast and gloom" inspired me to go out in the rain. Thanks, R, for the cold wet feet smile and the ubiquitous "wow."
  • Aussie
  • Brisbane
  • 11 Nov 2007, 08:40
Very nice macro.
Kathryn: Thank you, kindly.
  • Tracy
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 11 Nov 2007, 09:58
Fantastic shot Kathryn and credit to your daughter, as this is how I feel.(only we did not have much of a summer!!).smile
Kathryn: You and me too, Tracy. Let's fly south for the winter, wanna? I'll pass on Jennifer that you give credit where credit is due.
Fantastic shot Kathryn - this works really well in b/w. So simple yet so effective. My only (very tiny) criticism is that I think the branch is a fraction too high in the frame - it perhaps would benefit from including a bit more space on top.
Ingrid
Kathryn: Thanks much, Ingrid. Point well made on the top. For SC I cropped it so that lovely line at the bottom would still be in the shot and the drops would be large enough to be as they are. I am still learning how to best size etc for SC. (any tips would be very appreciated!)
  • ray
  • Thailand
  • 11 Nov 2007, 11:12
Sorrowful tears weighing heavy on the naked twig...very emotive symbolism in this lovely image, Kathryn.
Kathryn: Very perceptive of you, Ray.
Great photo Kathryn - an interesting and creative use of macro. Like the mood but echo comments of AD, it needs a little bit more above the branch. Introduces a tension at variance with the serenity of the image.
Kathryn: Thanks Mike. As I told AD, I am still learning the ropes on how to size and work with images here in SC where things are a bit constrictive. I cropped tight so as not to miss the hint of the other branch at the bottom and to have the drops as big as possible. You know I am one to leave spaces in my photos though and I love a good crop job too! Mind explaining to me what you mean by "a tension at variance?" or should I start googling?
Very nice macro. B&W is essential here
Kathryn: thank you, Richard. We agree about the B&W. The colors did not do the mood justice.
  • PhotoSam
  • United Kingdom
  • 11 Nov 2007, 12:20
this is beyond lovely due to its simplicity...likeyed...
Kathryn: honored Sam.... "Make everything as simple as possible, but not simpler" ( Einstein)
  • Martin
  • Houston
  • 11 Nov 2007, 16:16
This looks so much like a German winter day! Perfect capture.
Kathryn: Martin, I am an American southern belle. German winters and I don't agree! Thanks for your comment.
  • Peet
  • South Africa
  • 11 Nov 2007, 16:35
We just said good bye to winter... boy am i happy 'bout that!!
great shot
Kathryn: Well,Peet, I think you sent winter this way. Now how about sending me a little sunshine? Thanks for your comment and stopping in.
interesting perspective by your daughter. But in some of the hot places in India, the trees would glad to bid goodbye to summer smile.
Kathryn: Sandeep, perhaps my daughter is sympathizing with my "mourning the loss of summer." While I am here in Germany, she is in Florida! Perspective is relative to the context...
I admire this for it's tight framing. It is balanced by the hint of reflection at the bottom edge and it works perfectly. We are too conventional with our compositions a lot of the time and it is your choice here that takes this out of the box and allows it to stand out.

Your daughter is a very perceptive young lady!
Kathryn: Pixelpixie, thank you so much. I do tend to crop pretty tight and I generally have one point of focus in my pictures...or a central point of focus. I could not sacrifice one iota of the hint at the bottom and at the same time wanted my drops to be as big and clear (although admittedly the one on the left lacks a smidge of the focus the others have). And also, I wanted simple and space so that the viewer would have time and space to feel the emotionality of those drops. Glad you like it and thanks for your thoughtful comment. I will tell my young lady (although she is 31!) that you said she is perceptive!
Wonderfully simple shot Kathryn
Kathryn: Much appreciated, Bill.
Kathryn, this is stunning! (:o)
Kathryn: Thanks kindly, Rosalyn.
  • VZ
  • Atlanta, United States of North America
  • 12 Nov 2007, 02:40
I think you daughter outshined you, darling. Her quick remark is a poetic jewel. Wish I could say the same about your image. I'm sorry. On other hand, you should be proud of your girl. How old is she?
Kathryn: 'Tis ok, VZ. I appreciate your honestly and I would appreciate a little feedback as to what you'd do differently (or if you'd just scrape the entire idea). She is 31..hardly a girl, but my girl smile
  • terry
  • Nepal
  • 12 Nov 2007, 13:07
outstanding shot and title. truly one to remember for a very long time.
Kathryn: Terry, thank you much and Jennifer thanks you too!
For my is a Likey, Kathryn! Congratulations to Jennifer by the title! smile
Kathryn: Jose, thank you for your comment. Honored to be a likey. I will tell Jennifer that you love her title.
  • Roland
  • France
  • 14 Nov 2007, 08:48
Wow ! I like this B&W composition Kathryn !
  • Mike
  • Sheffield UK
  • 16 Nov 2007, 20:59
So many lovely pictures here! Waterdroplets are a personal favourite of mine!!
I like your B/W shots. Fantastic

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