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The Fantastic 3 Versus The Mountain

The Fantastic 3 Versus The Mountain
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Copyright: Ay Da (chiaraluna) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 421 W: 90 N: 411] (1897)
Genre: People
Medium: Black & White
Date Taken: 2005-12-18
Categories: Nature, Friends/Family, Mood
Exposure: f/3.5, 1/1250 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2005-12-20 15:26
Viewed: 3574
Favorites: 1 [view]
Points: 34
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the fantastic 3 being TL's own Edie, Marco and myself and the mountain being the beautiful Monte Subasio which gracefully dominates the skyline in this part of Umbria.. a really lovely day spent amongst friends, laughs, adventures, occasional disasters and wonderful natural beauty.. what more could you ask for? :-)

i'm sorry for my disappearence from you all... it's been a very difficult and stressful time for me and i find myself less able to cope with sometimes even the simplest things... you should see my email inbox with 40+ emails i havent even been able to read let alone reply to... i'm sure anyone who has suffered from depression knows how sometimes you just become emotionally 'phobic' and anything which makes you have to think or feel too much can become terrifying... it's hard to explain but i'm sure many can recognize in some way this feeling... and i guess as photography is also such an emotional thing for me it's been a bit of a raw nerve i've been afraid to touch... but anyway.. with the help of really special people like my fellow 'fantastic 3's' and with wonderful days like this surrounded by beauty which leaves less space in the mind for negative thoughts i'm fighting on and hope to be more fully functional soon :-)

as for this shot.. it is indeed the 3 of us, or our shadows to be exact, as we were all shooting the glorious landscapes and distant mountains while up on the Subasio last sunday.. there's me in the middle with Marco on the left and Edie on the right braving the cold and the wind.. suffering for our art! the shot is exactly as taken with only black & white conversion + contrast & usm added.

hope you enjoy it and hugs and best wishes to everyone ^_^

p.s.. just noticed that the 'contrasts' theme in the current scavenger hunt and thought this would be appropriate.. not just for the obvious contrasts of shadow/light and black/white but for the fact that even when you're freezing on a snowy mountain top.. with good friends and beautiful sights around there you can be a warmth that cuddles you like a blanket :-)

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Hi Ayda,
great shot! good perspective! Well done :)

Hi Ayda,
I really like this, it has good contrasts and composition, but I also like that it conveys a sense that adventure is about to happen.
Kia kaha e hoa ma (in Maori that means 'have strength my friend)

Ayda, I didnt notice before upload my shot that you just posted a very similar one (maybe the same!!!:-). Ok, that's really funny...


PS Great shot;-P

Ah yes, I saw one of their versions of this meeting previously! Great B&W shot, I love the tall shadows.

Welcome back, Ayda and have a wonderful Christmas!


beautiful landscape and moment, it is good to share
take care

hello Ayda,
thank you for this shot, i hope you enjoyed it and thatīs a fantastic shot of the three of you !
Send you all my best wisches and thoughts,
hugs and kisses,

Very nice B&W work with a nice composition. Very graphic, I like it !
I like the frame too with that little moon at the lower right ;)


I saw Marco and Edie his/her photos Ayda...beautiful place to make photos. And you made also a beauty....even with cold feet ;-) I hope you had a hot chocolat when you was back.

Take care my dear friend.


I find this photo very inspiring, Ayda! I'm not seeing anyone, but there is a sense of happiness, probably because I know I would be happy just being there on a nice winter day! Great composition, great realisation. Excellent!

Hello Ayda,

Wonderful composition in B&W. The long shadows in the corner are palced well. The texture of the snow on the field is outstanding, almost can touch it. It is the treeline running to the mountains that really grabs my attention by the shadows pointing towards it. Excellent!!!

Peace and Love to you always!

Very nice photo..WOW..
Thanks a lot.
I like it.

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  • Dingo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2505 W: 368 N: 2626] (11966)
  • [2005-12-21 15:12]

Nice to see some work from you again, Ayda... and a lovely one too. Did your feet get unfrozen already ?? (I looked at Marcos and Edies posts too, LOL).
I wish you - and Sir Bodmin - all the best for 2006, and for Saturday night: a very Merry Christmas!

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  • nova Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2441 W: 250 N: 873] (8693)
  • [2005-12-21 22:46]

Nice winter shot,Ayda! Very well composed! Glad to see the 3`s in good shape! Best regards! Michel

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  • edie Gold Star Critiquer [C: 659 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2005-12-22 10:24]

What an emotional view for me dear...you capture such wonderful scene in a perfect b&w that makes me think to us like friendly pioneers of the mountain...;-))
By this lovely pic that day will remains in my memory forever.
Ti abbraccio

Beautiful shot Ayda. Great composition and bw tones...

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  • galba Gold Star Critiquer [C: 53 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2006-01-18 10:30]

I like so much!
The composition gear up for a very fine result.
this one is the best for me

This is another fantastic shot with another original composition and point of view. Again, great colours and nice sharp image. Keep up the good work!!

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