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  #71 The human element
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It's Christmas in the City       ©2009 Jade O.
Panasonic DMC-FZ30       8th place, 71 points
1/20s, f2.8, ISO 200, 35mm, Normal Program, Pattern, no flash
Post-Processing: Resized.       Extra Info: Christmas in the City,
Ain't no place I'd rather be,
Out of all
(Out of all)
The places I could be
I'd rather be
(Here and), chilly....
(Lyrics from Christmas in the City, Mary J. Blige)
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Dec 23, 2009
    WOW - Jade - thank you so much for that. I LOVE Christmas music but am bombarded with garbage. That was a fantastic duet, I will be looking for that CD. By the way; nice shot of her in the convertible. Coincidentally I was just showing my m-i-law how to access Youtube this morning and played Bocelli and Sarah Brightman for her as an example.

And to your other point -it's a hobby horse of mine - our preconceptions and perceptions and how they hamper us and hold us back. You nailed me beautifully on the 1600 ft forum - I'm banging my head against the wall []-( actually I'm laughing at myself.

Jade O.
Dec 23, 2009
    Thanks, Lo, Mepo! I understand now! Of course what you are saying makes perfect sense and of course, there is no obvious cue in the photo that this is a skating rink- funny how our perceptions colour our judgments! Thank you both for a very helpful commentary.

(And for Mepo, the lyrics are fine, but the song not so much. She has a nice enough voice and you may like this one better --
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MSf_39DxoVQ )

Dec 23, 2009
    Jade, I must admit, I had the same idea as Mepo when I first looked at the photo. I wondered how many people who are not familiar with Toronto would twig to the fact that this was a rink, and downgrade it because of that.

Dec 23, 2009
    That's the problem with making comments - they get misunderstood. So that makes me realize that I have to be more precise. To me the ice surface did not look like a skating rink, it hit me as a vertical wall. To you having taken the photo it would look exactly as you observed it and you might think that any other appreciation would be far fetched. I had to wonder how many people realized that the blurred figures were skating. I knew it because I have been there but even then I had to force my mind to accept it but others may not have realized that was a rink in the middle of the city. Anyhow, as I said, I liked the view of City Hall and have filed it away as another of your Toronto locations for me to copy. That's the sincerest form of flattery isn't it?? p.s. I listened to the song - it was terrible LOL

Dec 21, 2009
    Well Jade. I think this was my #1. Perhaps it is because I see the world in geometric patterns and the geometry of this shot is very appealing. Whatever the reason I like it a lot.

Jade O.
Dec 21, 2009
    raf, what do I know! LOL!

Thank you all for your votes and most especially your comments! I consider myself fortunate to have finished in the top ten with this one in such a fine field.

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Jade O.
Dec 21, 2009
    raf Thanks but I really do not think this one will rate highly given the excellent quality of the other entries. I think this image will not have wide appeal. I tried for a unique perspective and the sitting skater really drew me in to grab this shot.

Lo Thanks. I thought the perspective was uncommon to those familiar with the place.

Alby Me too! But these are the only colours they had on at this time.

Mepo I appreciate your commenting but honestly have no idea what you are seeing; maybe it is my monitor (or my eyes!)
Edited on Dec 21, 2009

Dec 21, 2009
    When I look at this I see the ice surface as a vertical element - I know that sounds weird but that's the way it appears to me. I also see a lot of horizontal lines in the sky area that are puzzling. On the plus side, it's a nice view of City Hall and is on theme. In my tt

Dec 21, 2009
    Great caption for the theme...
...But I really dislike colors...(only my opinion!)

Dec 20, 2009
    A nice idea for an unusual shot of City Hall.

Dec 19, 2009
    Some images just grab you. This is one. What's not to like here. OK two minor things:1. the perspective tilt of the building on the right bugs me a little (just a very little) as it a little too pronounced, and the flare from the light on the building could be a little lessened.. But all the other elements strike me very well. The mix of architectural elements, the still and moving people. Yes perfectly on theme it would be striking without people but stunning with. Gotta be top three material I think.
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