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shades of darkness’s angels

shades of darkness’s angels
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Copyright: Jose m brito e silva (mbrito) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1929 W: 117 N: 3017] (13240)
Genre: Places
Medium: Black & White
Date Taken: 2007
Categories: Artwork, Mood
Camera: Sony DSLR Alpha-100, Sony 18-70mm f/3.5-5.6 Zoom
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/13 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): mbrito back in time, by himself [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-10-02 10:06
Viewed: 1912
Favorites: 1 [view]
Points: 101
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
An angel is a spiritual supernatural being found in many religions (Christianity, Judaism and Islam) where they are usually viewed as emanations of a supreme divine being, sent to do the tasks of that being.

Traditions vary as to whether angels have free will or are merely extensions of the supreme being's will (*). From there angels appears also in literature, art, cinema, comic books, and so on.

With this posting I want to banish some recent shades left for angels of darkness’s, for what I evoke the most important angels I met in my life:
- the guardian angel that my mother had hung over my bed when I was child (1957);but also,
- the angels of stone of Alcobaça Monstery (where these are from, 2007);
- the angels that Gustave Doré drew between 1861-1868 for Dante’s «Divine Comedy»;
- the angels that Alex Raymond drew for is classic «Flash Gordon» (1934);
- the angels of Jimi Hendrix (1971), Fleetwood Mac (1974), & and Pearl Jam (1993); and,
- the angels of Wim Wenders in his film «Winds of Desire» (1987).


(*)elements in the text about «angels» extracted from Wikipedia.

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Destiny was that we posted together
happy to be near you and your beautiful photo
greetings from Bratislava
Ciao Lucio

Boa tarde José!

Adoro a forma como apresentas o B/W, sempre com um misticismo incrivel, e nada melhor do que demonstrar numa foto de anjos :)
"the angels of Jimi Hendrix", podes explicar melhor? O grande Hendrix é um dos meus cantores preferidos..e considero-o como um anjo que não foi feito para este mundo, se calhar é isso que estas a tentar expressar?
Muito obrigado por partilhares mais um excelente trabalho, amigo.

grande abraço.

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  • KrL Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 504 W: 135 N: 502] (7619)
  • [2008-10-02 10:38]

Bonjour José,
Ce que j'aime avec ta composition, c'est qu'on a l'impression que les anges sont vivants.
J'aime beaucoup l'effet d'ombre et lumière sur le drappé.
Bonne soirée


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  • Reflex Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Workshop Editor/Silver Note Writer [C: 639 W: 205 N: 43] (1347)
  • [2008-10-02 10:56]

Original POV and not easy to catch the light in this opposition. Nice composition.

Hi Jose,
Nice presentation of this artwork in black and white from a special POV. Wonderful composition of light ad shadow, it resulted calm and soft tones. Nice note!
Unique shot, TFS!

Hello Jose,
I like this angels in Black and White, nice capture, Thanks for sharing , Good idea to bring angels...
My best Regards

boa noite, josè
i think i have recenly bene adopted by two incredible guardian angels....
I m so lucky!
great image of a place dear to both of uss

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  • milas Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2841 W: 398 N: 3076] (34114)
  • [2008-10-02 13:04]

merhaba dear Jose..
verynice shot and detail..selamlar

When you look beautiful picture, like this
always feel some satisfaction !
great works and note my friends

Ola Jose
I am overjoyed with Your B&W photos. When I have only an analog camera I want to make such photos rich with palette of gray tons. But I didn't find time to do this. Your photos revive my aspirations in very best way. They have enough black, richness of gray tones and wonderful composition. Your idea is always full of broad spectrum of meanings and thoughts and I enjoy looking them and writhing for them.
Ultimately I want to ask You in confidence do You make Your photos in B&W, or in color and after that treat them in B&W
Best wishes my friend

Boa tarde Master
Great capture
Good note
I will present similar angels next week
Take care

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  • zms Gold Star Critiquer [C: 268 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2008-10-03 4:03]

Dear Jose,
Good morning.
Outstanding capture my frien.
Great composition
Have a wonderful day
Friendly Greetings

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  • Dot Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1583 W: 40 N: 3488] (13942)
  • [2008-10-03 6:05]

Hello Jose
Your shot shows us the erosion of time.
Good variation of monochrome tones

Nice artwork in black and white photo!
grande abraço.

Olá, amigo José!

Estou acompanhando seu trabalho, e, após 9
dias de espera, nossos olhos são novamente
agraciados com mais uma apresentação de muito
bom gosto.
Meus parabéns e obrigado também por comentar
minha foto (tv tower), meu amigo.


:) amanhã

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  • Fons Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1165 W: 2 N: 215] (16615)
  • [2008-10-03 9:10]

an angel who us turn the back. beautiful B/W

Ola Jose

Ah!...Anjos, são meus belos companheiros e amigos
eu tenho uma grande admiração por eles e sou
apaixonado por qualquer escultura que eu vejo deles.
Seja eles com asas (os que eu prefiro) e os sem asas.
Todos eles são meus guias.
Belo tiro e bela compo!
Um bonito jogo de luz e sombras neles.


Jose Hi:
Splendid presentation of the angels, wonderful PoV an excellent details.
Wonderfully educational notes, thanks
Congratulations, very nicely done, my friend
I hope you have an excellent weekend.

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  • tibig Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 657 W: 26 N: 681] (7565)
  • [2008-10-03 10:37]

Nice picture , Jose. Good thematic, you could add to the list many others.

Hi Jose,
Very good job in exposure and in catching the mood. Together with the (great) note it makes a strong combination. The DOF is well chosen, as is the POV.

Ola Jose.
I will almost say your an Angel, haha
Nicely captured, but those Angels are a bit too heavy to carry around on your sholder, Right ?
Have a splendid weekend dear friend.

Hi Jose. We have all need of good guardian angel. And good friends too. I hope to meet you and Teresa next december.


Hola José,
Excellent artwork with beautiful BW colors and

Wonderfully dark mood that you masterfully tease out of this scene José.
I appreciate the verticle composition here,
The tight framing beings us very close.
Artistic rendition as always.
Stay well.
- Vincent

Ola Jose,

beautiful shot of this angel of white light? not dark light? :) nice black and white and interpration of the angel here.. well composed and presentation.. tfs..

regards, terry

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  • chrisJ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4430 W: 637 N: 9632] (55124)
  • [2008-10-03 21:28]

Ola jose

I like the sepia tone on the angel in this superb b&w image. Good tonal range, with excellent sharpness, graphism & texture on the ornate carvings. Tfs!.

Lots of religious symbolism and attractive details here Jose. The b&w rendition suits your image and there is good contrast and tone. My best regards...Danilo

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1977 W: 301 N: 3060] (26902)
  • [2008-10-04 12:19]

Hello José, very good tight frame composition and very good details, a bit OE but it's still good, thanks!


Hello Jose,
Again a masterpiece.
Its your speciality., excellent sepia tones
I liked dance of lightnes with darkness
Selahattin E

Hello Jose. Excellent details in nice framing of this statue. The light and shadow in good contrast and saturation captured well in the frame. well done and best regards. Jusni

Hello Jose,

Thanks for the "angels talking" and sharing this work :) :)

Malik & Mary.

Hi, Jose!

Very interesting note and shot, with nice mood.



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  • trekks Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1995 W: 141 N: 3390] (13665)
  • [2008-10-05 9:37]

hi Jose

Very interesting note. Although the photo has cropped the wing at the left side, I wonder if the angle could still fly in balanced condition.

Light+shadow in this contrasting shot.

tfs, bill

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  • nicou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2777 W: 0 N: 5194] (50772)
  • [2008-10-05 13:13]


quel belles ailes, un ange discutant avec un autre angel, superbe image, NB.

Bravo et amitié


Bonjour Jose,
Very nice presentation and composition in black & White , good contrast and details, nice note and Excellent done and well taken picture..
My compliments

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  • karith Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1037 W: 55 N: 1262] (7891)
  • [2008-10-05 20:26]

An interesting POV and subject, with a simple yet profound b&w impression that creates extra impact. I like the composition and use of light. The wing details and fabric folds are excellent features that turned out very well.

Hi Jose,
The only time one can sneak up on an angel is when they are deep in prayer and the only way to present this dreamy image is in black and white.
Very unique imaginative POV.
Regards, Tom

Hi Jose, fascinating B&W composition with fantastic light, very well done, ciao Silvio

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  • cinca Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 323 W: 2 N: 143] (4456)
  • [2008-10-06 13:59]

Hi Jose, your angels are beautiful! like all people they have a lightful and a dark side, but I think it's always better to see the better one. So, if they are unworkers, send them to me, please!
Compliments, a great image and note too.
Ciao, cinzia

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  • azaf1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 733 W: 61 N: 1257] (7137)
  • [2008-10-06 22:10]
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Good morning Jose
There's always so much deep thought and sensitivity in your presentations that I have no words to comment of those unique posts. Just that I am impressed by the way you think them out and construct them.
My compliments for this talent you were blessed with
best wishes

So very beautiful B&W.so strong and powerful ...great work dear jose:)
my compliments

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  • lele Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 796 W: 48 N: 1708] (11179)
  • [2008-10-07 7:04]

ciao jose...grande composizione..scatto molto suggestivo..bello il pov..ottimo il bianco e nero..grande lavoro

Hi Jose,
What a grea artwork study.Excellent B&W capture vith nice lighting..TFS.


Hi Jose,

Great idea capturing this sculpture . .
Nicely presented in BW . .


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  • clnaef Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Workshop Editor/Silver Note Writer [C: 996 W: 54 N: 31] (5769)
  • [2008-10-09 11:43]

Belle utilisation du noir et blanc.
Bonne journée.

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  • pikas Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 154 W: 9 N: 277] (1105)
  • [2008-10-12 8:24]

Olá José,

Esta foto transmite um ambiente de misticismo incrivel.

Excelente a escolha do B&W, fantástico jogo de luz e sombras.

Parabéns pela angélica fotografia. ;)


Nice tones an textures achieved in the conversion Jose. A good POV and the partial clipping of wings does not faze me. Well done,

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  • gnada Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2538 W: 70 N: 4788] (22221)
  • [2008-10-18 10:49]

Ola Jose...

Beautiful architecture shot and well done.
Beautiful soft colors and lighting.
I love to see your photos.

wonderful idea.. so nice the cut your have chosen! an effective mood indeed! i like so much also your note! thanks
ciao Marco

Hi Mbrito
hi took a photo for you...
hewever wonderful light and shadows of this statues

Salam Jose
A nice capture, great lighting and monocolor.
Great POV and well-matched title.
Regards, ALIREZA!

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