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Window to my mind

Window to my mind
Photo Information
Copyright: David Gumprich (Refugee) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3317 W: 415 N: 7009] (25554)
Genre: People
Medium: Black & White
Date Taken: 2008-02-13
Categories: Artwork, HPP [Heavily Post-Processed], Portrait
Camera: Olympus C-760 UZ
Exposure: f/3.7, 1/250 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): Black and White or Sepia, Friday Themes, Friday Theme 2008/06/20 "Windows,window" [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-06-19 11:31
Viewed: 2200
Points: 76
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The same gentleman I captured here and taken the same day, I have a surfeit of window photos of all shapes and sizes including many similar to this one. In the end I decided upon this image and treatment for this week’s theme. Once again thanks to Helen for organising the themes. The ‘from camera’ version can be found in the workshop.

PP Work - PSP X
Selection - Rounded Rectangle - Invert
Adjust Colour - Channel Mixer - Output channel - grey - Red (90%), Green (0%), Blue (0%) - Contrast (-15%)
Invert selection
Adjust Colour - Channel Mixer - Output channel - grey - Red (90%), Green (0%), Blue (0%) - Contrast (0%)
Adjust - Soft focus - Remove wrinkles
Effects - 3D Effects - Buttonize
Added frame and resized
Re opened and added the text

Maturity is that time when the mirrors in our mind turn to windows and instead of seeing the reflection of ourselves we see others ~ Unknown

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Windows to you mind! A scary place eh?? HAHA! just kidding! Very nice work here David! I love this in BW! It works well here. The quote is super nice too....I agree!

Hi David,

Good idea to do that shot by this way. But I would do the inner frame a little bit bigger to have some more air over his head, on the left of his legs and behind his back.


Hey David
I have study on Gogle Earth your Laucestown and i like this city and country.Hobart,Perth ....are lovely to
The old man have nice place for thinking and rest ....
Good shot for friday theme
PS is Tasmania complete under Australia goverment??? I mean she belong Australia,right?

Hello David,

This shot really made me think, not only about the photograph but the meaning!

Great concept! Are the the thoughts locked in his mind, is he reflecting, does he have a narrow mind, ... The small window gives the impression of confinement!
Am I digging too deeply? !!!!

Kind regards,
Bev :-)

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  • Silke Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2572 W: 237 N: 6132] (24044)
  • [2008-06-19 15:08]

Very fine window effect here. I understand the reason for the soft focus effect, of course and yet I do prefer the crisp version in your workshop

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3204 W: 262 N: 7964] (34497)
  • [2008-06-19 16:27]

Good PP work David. I like how you have treated both segments in a different way.
Well done

hi david, nice view, an old man reflecting on life is a nice image, i like the frame within a frame and also the black and white, nice work,

Love the work you did on this.
Very appropriate.

  • Teresat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3410 W: 96 N: 3821] (15934)
  • [2008-06-19 18:23]

Hello david

In french " remarcable". Great mood. Thanks.

Have a good We

Hey David
Congrats on being so creative.
Excellent capture from a wonderful perspective.
Excellent photoshop editing.
Great Job
Gets your point across very well.

Hi David,
Nice composition and well presented for in Black in white, nice contrast and light, nice work and good for the theme,,
My compliments

window to your mind? hmm.. hehe.. different perception of window. ah the gentleman from your previous post.. this one make me look deeper not just at the photo..

nice work, David.. well done.

regards, terry

hello David
nice window effect
nice idea for the theme
your idea of converting it to black and white is relating to your title
nice post.
Manuj Mehta

  • pozaru Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3627 W: 881 N: 2607] (21386)
  • [2008-06-19 23:41]

Wonderful work, dear David; congrats !


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  • mbrito Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1929 W: 117 N: 3017] (13240)
  • [2008-06-20 4:47]

Hello David,
A very beautiful and poetic capture. The composition and the atmosphere is fantastic ; the b/w works as any colour would do. A great photo. Congrats, my friend, you have the «eye».
Have a nice «we», mb

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  • WMcK Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 663 W: 11 N: 1718] (6837)
  • [2008-06-20 6:05]

I love the thought of this picture in any form, my friend of many faces. It is such a though provoking image with the desire to know what is happening in his mind. Is he thinking happy thoughts, sad thoughts, just enjoying the view. A picture should make you think and you sure do that with this wonderful one. Great idea for the theme.
Warm Regards

Hi David

I liked your work here.
interesting the form of the windows.
window on window.
A beautiful creative and original post.
Good shot for friday theme
and good use of the b/w.


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  • karith Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1037 W: 55 N: 1262] (7891)
  • [2008-06-20 13:29]

A poignant and meaningful image, with much to consider. I like the concept and pp handling. Great for the theme today, too. Nice work!

Hello David, a thought provoking picture and quotation.
I like the pp work highlighting the gentleman; the b&w treatment is most apt.
Good composition too with space for us to look into.
Tfs, regards Jean.

Hiya David

Alovely capture here, thought provoking and a good idea for the theme,very well presented in B/W with interesting notes too

TFS regards Helen

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  • dareco Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1672 W: 16 N: 832] (15528)
  • [2008-06-20 16:07]

Beautiful!!! Excellent pp work, and I'd like to sit and talk with this old guy awhile, I bet he's got great stories to tell. TFS and have a good day!

beautiful idea.. lovely the frame.. excellent compo!! bravo
ciao Marco

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  • glint Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 593 W: 3 N: 545] (3785)
  • [2008-06-21 12:15]

hello David,
interesting idea, well executed. I am a sucker for people shots like this. They make us wonder about other people's thoughts and lives. The frozen moment in time...as you say the window on the person and their mind is a genre of photography that I like.

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  • tibig Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 657 W: 26 N: 681] (7565)
  • [2008-06-21 12:15]

A thoughtful image and one of the most creatives I've seen in this theme.

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  • eosnut Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 647 W: 285 N: 2085] (13374)
  • [2008-06-22 0:59]

Good one David, the window within the frame is a great idea, it concentrates interest on the gentleman.
There is quite a 'dreamy' quality about 'window' that appeals to me, well done.

Hi David - Imaginative PP work here creating an atmosphere with a nostalgic tough. Looking at the reflection of this gentleman makes me wonder what was going on in his mind. An original contribution to Helen's latest theme. TFS! - Cordelia :)
PS: Am writing from a hotel room i a beautiful Thai beach resort.

Hello David,
The b&w treatment and the Note makes this a compelling image and worthy of a second scrutiny. How I love to do this, sit on a beautiful park and ponder. Have a good Sunday! Danilo

hi David

really good composition and pp work with the frame and different brightness and the glow effect


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  • Beger Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3311 W: 1066 N: 5188] (23042)
  • [2008-06-22 13:03]

Hi David,
Original and creative interpretation of this theme!
Excellent treatment with the emphasize on the thoughtful man! Beautifully done! Annie

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  • puffy Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1540 W: 114 N: 2985] (16653)
  • [2008-06-22 16:53]

Hi David,

great mood shot... I like how you use the "box" to enhance the man... nice lighting and colours, very nice work, :D

Have a great weekend,


:) ltr

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  • wilth Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 374 W: 43 N: 520] (2028)
  • [2008-06-22 18:49]

Hi David,
Very interesting interpretation of the theme and well composed and presented.
Good pp work on this, has a nice and thoughtful feel.
Well done.

Hi dear friend,
I love the idea and PP work in here.
Really very original and effective.
Great choice for the B&W tones.
Have a lovely day.

Hi David,

Good idea to do that shot by B&W way. Nici,but little bit sad mood.
warm regards,val :)

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  • clic Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 728 W: 0 N: 107] (2973)
  • [2008-06-25 9:17]

Hello David
The glow effect suits well to the spirit of the man lost in his thoughts.
A pleasing mix of two artistic works.
Have a g'day.
Again I'll be away for about a week.

Hi David..this is an artistic composition...I like the inside frame in this situation..nicely done.


Hi David,

interesting approach to theme's subject. I like the composition, turning the shot into b/w forces the viewer to focus on meaning rather that on visual aspects. Nice idea of brightening the square frame, but I think that the impact would be even stronger if the square-framed part would be more sharp (not necessarily blade-sharp!) Just my approach to this - the photo is still attracting. tfs


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  • c_rapp Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 933 W: 14 N: 1331] (7535)
  • [2008-06-28 21:25]

Interesting and attractive work I like the 'window'. Love the b/w too. Beautifully created. TFS

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  • dbp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 644 W: 9 N: 92] (4132)
  • [2008-06-30 4:20]

hi David
very interesting pic.
great window composition.
thanks for your kind comment on
"russian look".
best regards

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  • kbeall Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 513 W: 108 N: 902] (3598)
  • [2008-07-01 13:47]

Hi David,
A thoughtful shot, timeless in its B&W treatment, and the gentleman in his hat is nicely highlighted, which overrides the focus on the grasses.

A lovely b&w picture - subject lends itself perfectly to this medium and the inner frame and lighter area works really well. An inventive and creative picture - bravo!
Thanks for sharing

Interesting expression of inner reflection. Cool David.


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