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  • Martin
  • Houston
  • 13 Dec 2007, 00:13
I like the tones! How did you do the conversion? This looks great.
Kathryn: Thanks, Martin. I am trying to remember. I think I just used iPhoto, converted to a B&W, bumped up the tones, and a little contrast. The accordion was an interesting one with textures and those little lines.
You know this shot deserves some music. I love this band.
Kathryn: Thanks much, Mary. You know I love music. My old grandfather from what is now the Ukraine played the accordion and a bunch of other instruments too. And my father was a pianist--mostly jazz.
  • Kay
  • Wet and rainy Pacific Northwest
  • 13 Dec 2007, 01:54
Crisp and clean. This is beautiful, Kathryn!
Kathryn: Thanks, Kay. Took it last weekend...some guy playing and singing irish ballads.
amazing detail, such closeness to the sound, beautiful tones, beautiful cmposition
Kathryn: Thanks, Patrick--music is part of who I am...
  • Astrid
  • The Netherlands
  • 13 Dec 2007, 06:42
Awsome picture Kathryn, love the details and the B&W is great, love it.
Kathryn: Thank you, Astrid...glad to know you like it. Are accordions used much in Dutch music?
  • Shakara
  • London
  • 13 Dec 2007, 07:57
Well done ...
Kathryn: Well thanks smile
  • Ann
  • 13 Dec 2007, 08:09
Accordé ... accordé ... accordéon ... a nice song in French ... Very original composition that's a nice tribute to this musical instrument ... B&W has all it's effect here !!! Great !!!
Kathryn: Oh Ann, if only I could hear you say that in French. There was a time in my life that I was fluent in French. Now i am lucky to be fluent in English!
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 13 Dec 2007, 09:28
Excellent lines and conversion. We call it a pensklavier - which can be translated to tummy piano.

Don't you love Mary for filling the site with music?
Kathryn: Yes I do, Louis. I visit her blog for the music and for those lovely relaxing photos of hers.

I did not know that you call this a pensklavier...wonder what the German name for it is. I am going to use LEO to look it up. Most likely in German it is similar because piano is klavier. If only Thomas were around, he could tell me.
  • terry
  • Nepal
  • 13 Dec 2007, 11:04
this shot is mmmmmmmmmmmm on a joyous curve smile
Kathryn: You sweet thing, Terry. I am going to tell you a secret about this image...I don't like it. It is emotionless for me in and of itself. But it reminds me of my old grandfather and being a little girl sitting on the floor listening to him play the accordion and sing in his thick Czechoslovakian accent. And for that reason alone, it found its way here.
  • Chantal
  • Terheijden - The Netherlands
  • 13 Dec 2007, 11:19
very good crop
Kathryn: Thanks, I can crop with the best of them!
  • Ginnie
  • United States
  • 13 Dec 2007, 11:33
You and Louis are on the same page, it seems, Kathryn! smile How fun.
Kathryn: Music..the universal language, Ginnie!
I like the composition very much! well done.
Kathryn: Thanks much, Frank and nice of you to drop by!
I've got one of these at home Kathryn and keep meaning to start playing it again.
Kathryn: Bernie, you can have this image. Print it and tape it up near your computer as a little thing to nag you into starting playing again!
  • ray
  • Thailand
  • 13 Dec 2007, 13:26
Every piano accordian I have seen or seen in pictures has an Italian name...did they invent it, along with other great stuff like:
Kathryn: and the Pope?
Good image. I couldn't work out what it was from the thumbnail or why the writing should be upside down.
Kathryn: Thanks, Ian! Just an accordion and a guy's hand. Glad you like it.
Sweet lines and tones.
Kathryn: Thanks much, the tones did come out nice, didn't they? Overcast day out when I took it--maybe that had something to do with it.
excellent shot. great dof and lines
Kathryn: Thanks so much. The DOF I will take credit for, but I think we are going to have to write the accordion maker to thank them for those lines smile
Very nice composition Kathryn. I like the patterns
Kathryn: Thanks so much, Richard! Nice to know.
You've squeezed pretty well everything positive out of this box K'. There's not much accordian music that really meets my approval. But if you have Piath or Brel singing it makes all the difference. I'm in the groove for black and white at the moment so you must have guessed you'd get a positive from me and not just a bellow. smiles richard.
Kathryn: R, you've got such a way with words, even if you aren't speaking American english smile I'll take your positive marks and your bellows!
  • DrAW!
  • Nigeria
  • 13 Dec 2007, 17:47
lovely composition
glad to see you're still updating your posts kathryn grin
Kathryn: Doc, thank you and yup, for the time being! How's life?
  • Bill Philips
  • Droitwich...still the cold snap continues
  • 13 Dec 2007, 21:29
Fantastic range of tone and sharpness. Another super shot Kathryn
Kathryn: Thanks, Bill....sharpness and my name in the same sentence...WOW!
  • Scarlet
  • Netherlands
  • 13 Dec 2007, 22:06
Love the detail here Kathryn.
Kathryn: Thank you so much, Scarlet.
  • Ellie
  • with frosty
  • 13 Dec 2007, 23:03
These instruments are amazing pieces of engineering and look so complicated to play. I like this mono picture. smile
I like the tone of the this turned and clearness of the clear part. Well done!
This is a really good photograph Kathryn, the only thing I would change would be the title. Perhaps the makers name would have been a better choice. I think the viewer has to earn his crust!

You say emotionless, yet for me it conjures up a lost world (despite the microphone stand)when culture was local and was by association with the group of people you knew rather than a remote and impersonal experience. Then again I had an uncle with an accordian, so perhaps I have a smidge of sentimentality too ;o)

Technically excellent btw. ;o)
Kathryn: Mike! I had thought of that, but I could not read the entire name of the maker! Color me lazy, because I also did not take the time to look for it.

Yup the sentimentality for me too. Although, when I do look at it, I do recognize there are elements of design that are just visually nice.

Thanks for the technically excellent smile Score one for Kathryn.

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