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Cold and alone

It's another self portrait, I really enjoyed the all the comments of the last one, so I would enjoy again any funny comments.

All the best. mal

Cold and alone

It's another self portrait, I really enjoyed the all the comments of the last one, so I would enjoy again any funny comments.

All the best. mal

comments (53)

Your'e getting vainsmile I find the branches distracting cos they're high contrast I guess. You could almost crop the pic in half. The image relects the title well though.
Is this the recent fog? I'm off tomorrow and hoping to make the most of it, I think it could make for some decent opportunities.
  • sk
  • United Kingdom
  • 5 Nov 2007, 01:02
well done on ur self portraits, they are really good and emotive
Mal are you looking for a Wifey..., about cold and alone. You're a joker grin. Very nice shot though.
I like the lighting, mist and general tone of this image...kind of wistful. Nice color treatment... looks a bit different than standard black and white, somehow.
Great shot. Great self-discipline to hold still so long.
  • Martin
  • Houston
  • 5 Nov 2007, 03:57
This does look like a bad place to strike a contemplative pose. Nicely captured atmosphere, Mal!
Mal of the Baskervilles or is it Mal the Ripper?!! grin grin Super shot Malster. I tend to agree with Nig about the branches, but you are caught between a rock and a hard place - crop and you lose the river and the mystery of it. Many regards, Neil.
I know this one!
I think this is a great photograh. I really like the composition and the atmosphere is wonderful. I like the branches - not sure why, but they make me feel as though you are being observed by someone, not just a camera. (:o)
This does it for me ...high fives Mal...
As to why you are out on a cold misty night/early morning? ... Must have had a domestic arguement and about to contemplate the relevance and meaning of life...Nah only kidding...richard.
  • Ian Thompson
  • Newcastle on a Monday morning facing lectures
  • 5 Nov 2007, 08:45
Don't jump!
  • Aussie
  • Brisbane
  • 5 Nov 2007, 08:53
nice shot, but you won't find any company standing alone in the cold damp mist, they will avoid you like the plague.
Ian took my line.

I love this, Mal. I love the moodiness, the purpleness, the branches, the mistiness and the overall feel to it. Something confuses me though - nothing to do with the photo though, I don't think. Just above your hand there is a diagonal line. What is that? It doesn't feel like it should be there but if it is, it is.
  • 10cr
  • France (Paris)
  • 5 Nov 2007, 09:03
Une fois de plus, le traitement de l'image est proche de la perfection smile c'est toujours un plaisir de passer par ici !
  • Frank
  • 5 Nov 2007, 09:18
Very nice light scene.
  • Sheeplover
  • Pembrokeshire, SW Wales, UK
  • 5 Nov 2007, 09:35
Hi Mal. Quite intrigued to know where this is - quite an intricate barrier smile
You look as if you've either dropped your keys / contact lens, or are snooping on a couple making whoopie below (though it looks a bit too cold for all but the seriously lusty!).
I think if you cropped off the branches it would look as though you were contemplating jumping off a cliff.
Like it!
My initial reaction was 'don't do it, she's not worth it!'Great atmospheric pic. I also like the branches cos it gives it a bit of a voyeuristic feel. My only reservation is that I think it is perhaps just a touch overexposed - there's a bit too much glare from the lights and I think it would look even better a bit darker.
Well, you're not cold and alone, the branches create a layer and encourage the viewer to feel voyeuristic so you have company. The shade of mauve/grey and overall softness engenders lyricism but the bare branches stop it being overly so. The thing I like in this one is you and the sign pointing in opposite directions and it is this that underlines your title rather than anything else in the photograph.
  • Kathryn
  • Germany
  • 5 Nov 2007, 12:17
The light is perfect as is the framing and the mood set by the mist. Nicely done!
Has a movie-like feel to it. I like this. Good job.
  • Tracy
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 5 Nov 2007, 12:58
All by myself, you will have us playing violins and crying next. Like the composition of this shot. Put a thicker coat on next time smile
Beautiful shot Mal. I love the lighting.

Best wishes.
  • PhotoSam
  • United Kingdom
  • 5 Nov 2007, 13:35
shot is great, like the mistiness etc...but the tone might be more effective if the pic was a bit more desaturated...just my 2 cents...
  • nev
  • Australia
  • 5 Nov 2007, 14:26
you look so lonely u could almost could take up fishing. i like how the trees wrap around, almost enveloping you and puts the focus on the walkway. You should do what steve martin did and buy a fern.
Love it and think that the branches and river need to be there to show where you are. If it was cropped I think it would loose some of the mood.
Got something that might help, had you lost one of these . See it helps when those beta blockers kick in...oh top shot as well old son!
  • chris
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 5 Nov 2007, 15:15
Don't do it Mal! wink
Looks like you were out in the same mist as me - and reached for the duotone controls at the same time! Wouldn't catch me leaving my camera alone like that though - especially if I wasn't looking ;o). Guess you had minder.

Wonderful composition and a great melancholic shot.
  • Pilgrim
  • United Kingdom
  • 5 Nov 2007, 19:55
Yet another cracking image Mal - and I recognise the location from many visits to York (usually in daylight) although did quite a few night visits when gigging in my not too distant past (Old Orleans and Old White Swan). I'm surprised you found yourself alone unless it is the wee small hours. Certainly looks cold and a trip to the soup kitchen looks overdue. David.
  • Roland
  • France
  • 5 Nov 2007, 19:58
Oh, it's a great night picture of you. I do like it all Mal.
Cold and alone?... Hmmm...
It sure looks cold... and the tone is a kind of blue... the photo is beautiful... and another one of your titles that makes me wonder... wink
  • Ellie
  • online without pictures
  • 5 Nov 2007, 22:48
Looks as if you're searching for discarded feathers to make into a lovely warm duvet for the winter!

Nice one though, why did you choose 15 seconds?
Beautiful, but then I mean Extremely beautiful, as alway a LIKEY
your title works well. i really do get the feeling you are cold and alone in this shot. rather depressing actually thanks! lol.
  • Urv
  • United States
  • 6 Nov 2007, 06:44
While I'm loving the shot, I think if someone were to walk by you'd get your ass slapped. It might be interesting to use the same framing but sit against the railing or wall with your legs stretched out; as then you'd get one strong horizontal which would contrast all the other lines in the photo.
Title is perfect. The blueish tone here really brings cold and cold and cold and wet !!
Seems to be a rather isolated place, no ?
  • Paul
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 6 Nov 2007, 14:09
looks like a familiar scene! You were lucky someone didn't make off with your camera smile
  • Otto K.
  • Atlanta, United States
  • 6 Nov 2007, 14:51
Terrific, Mal. Well done.
  • elaine
  • France
  • 6 Nov 2007, 15:03
what a mood! always a pleasure to pop in here
just re-read my comment and it sounds like one of my old college tutors! Sorry!
  • Yẹni
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 7 Nov 2007, 08:07
yes, all liked up
  • david
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 7 Nov 2007, 13:50
we've all been there mate...don't jump, it's not worth it!
I've been waiting to read your comment, on my blog "king of the world", considering you seemed to be in the image.
  • ray
  • Thailand
  • 11 Nov 2007, 11:28
Nope! Sorry!
Can't accept either "cold" or "alone" in this lovely, friendly image.

The character [let's call him "mal"] is not slumped [alone] not hunched [cold].

In this image he is just a set piece, cluttering up a beautifully shot image...clone the bugger out of it, or tell him to stay behind the camera. [grin]
I do not know if my commentary will be amused... but I assure to you that your photography me has left astonished. She is simply precious. This atmosphere has remembered other photos to me of your file. You are great, Mal! aNOTHER LIKEY!
A masterpiece ! Bravissimo !!
(And a likey !)
Gran trabajo.
  • Jon
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 15 Nov 2007, 21:52
Is this York? It's very atmospheric. When are we having a meet up young man?
  • ChaCha
  • N York C
  • 16 Nov 2007, 05:52
nice to meet u again bud :d
  • Sysagent
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 16 Nov 2007, 18:43
Excellent framing by the tree, brilliant Post Process work as well to enhance the mood of the image.

Did you have to run or did you have a remote shutter release?

Congratulations Mal, a "true" picture, which transmits real emotions, as each photo should have to do.

A single doubt: The photo also sends me feeling cold and wet. But I can not understand How did you stop for 15 seconds in those condition smile
  • BeakerSt
  • Shutterchance
  • 27 Nov 2007, 22:32
Looks like you've lost your bike over the edge?!

Lovely backdrop, there's probably a really atmospheric shot there if you could learn to stay on the right side of the camera.
  • grant
  • South Africa
  • 18 Dec 2007, 22:22
aaaah, the details.


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