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Victor & vanquished

All the best. mal

Victor & vanquished

All the best. mal

comments (63)

  • kay
  • United States
  • 18 Feb 2008, 00:34
Nature always wins, Mal.
smile
Lovely photo. I am wondering how you took this one. Did you have a spare "hand" ready?

Love your image, as always,
Kay
  • Chris Phillips
  • 18 Feb 2008, 00:48
I like this: the silouette of a tree against a grainy brooding sky
Mal this picture is just up my street...perfect mood, composition...very pleasing to the eye...Nice one mate!
I love the drama in the shot. Exquisite with the great grain.
Well seen and taken. This is a really good picture.
  • Ginnie
  • United States
  • 18 Feb 2008, 03:15
Death and resurrection. I feel it, Mal.
It reminds me of a very foggy night.
  • Astrid
  • The Nehterlands
  • 18 Feb 2008, 05:13
The 'hand' is so symbolic, it reaches up to the sky for help, the mood and the composition in this picture is very good, the tree stands proud and strong, love the drama.
Excactly what Laura said
  • Neil J Tandy
  • Johannesburg, South Africa
  • 18 Feb 2008, 06:21
Classic image, "Malsterised" grin Very nice treatment Mal, good use of brain, errr, sorry, graingrin Kind regards, Neil.
  • Paul
  • 18 Feb 2008, 06:54
the graininess adds to the mood here - nice one Mal
  • Tony
  • 18 Feb 2008, 07:13
Another classic Mal production.
  • Mine
  • a very cold home...no heating :(
  • 18 Feb 2008, 07:18
the compostion and the grain creates the mood...a good one!
I'm on my knees.
  • Frank
  • Germany
  • 18 Feb 2008, 08:14
Beautiful silhouettes.
Great shot Mal. The grain emphasizes the dramatic atmosphere here!
  • Kathryn
  • Germany
  • 18 Feb 2008, 08:33
I've been mulling this idea over in my mind for months now and you have expressed it beautifully, Mal.
  • petra
  • 18 Feb 2008, 08:43
It always surprises me....how such a minimalist photo does have a maximum impact!
Great image Mal...
Petra
  • Catalpa
  • Newcastle without heating
  • 18 Feb 2008, 09:07
Good one Mal. The stump on the left looks a bit like a human figure in anguish.
Well seen Mal. It has a real gritty northern look to it.
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 18 Feb 2008, 09:18
A catcher's hand growing from the ground. It must have a special meaning. It seems to be throwing thousand of grainy pebbles at the poor tree smile Opportunistic.

OK - excellent picture and title.
  • SheepLover
  • Pembrokeshire, SW Wales
  • 18 Feb 2008, 10:38
Wow. I've got to hand it to you Mal...
Great shot. Sometimes you have me stumped smile
I'll stop now... Lovely minimalism
  • Ann
  • Sucé sur Erdre - France
  • 18 Feb 2008, 12:11
Nice silhouettes and texture ...
  • pixelpixie
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 18 Feb 2008, 12:19
Great composition. Love the thorniness of the Hawthorn and grittiness of this b&w. What a great metaphor for the nature of mankind. The acquiescent hand shape of a stump speaks volumes.

I've been studying WW1. This image visualises well what the brainless strategy of the Commanders in Chief subjected our British Innocents to in the trenches.
  • Tracy
  • 18 Feb 2008, 12:28
Great moody atmosphere Mal. Real winnersmile
  • Aussie
  • Brisbane
  • 18 Feb 2008, 12:29
Fantastic Mal
Okay going to go against the grain (no pun intended), not one of our favourites from you, don't know why, it does nothing for us, but thats us smile
Great silhouette Mal - simple and effective.
  • tim
  • leeds, uk
  • 18 Feb 2008, 13:03
wonderfully composed and processed Malsmile
  • Gale
  • Cape of Storms
  • 18 Feb 2008, 13:19
Lovely shot Mal.. Looks like a hand coming out of the ground.Love the grainy feel
  • ray
  • Thailand
  • 18 Feb 2008, 13:40
One cannot over-estimate the tactical importance of assuming the high ground.
Telling image, mal, and great to behold.
  • Hywel
  • Chilled Dublin
  • 18 Feb 2008, 13:53
Brilliant work here Mal. Just to my liking with all that dark grain!
It is like the famous scene of "Which the wind took"...

And I put to God by witness....
  • milou
  • sunny Southampton
  • 18 Feb 2008, 15:26
Intense, brooding. Love it.
  • 10cré
  • France
  • 18 Feb 2008, 15:45
Sublime cette photo smile
You've done alright here youth. richard
  • Martin
  • Houston, TX
  • 18 Feb 2008, 16:10
Clearly there wasn't enough room on that hill top for the both of them. A good symbolic find, Mal!
  • Zeus
  • Sub-tropical London
  • 18 Feb 2008, 16:17
Uh-huh smile Likeyed.
H.
  • anniedog
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 18 Feb 2008, 16:49
Love the ambiguity of this. A great composition and treatment. The grain really adds to the atmosphere.
Ingrid
Terrific atmosphere with the grainy effect Malcolm ! Wild almost mineral...
  • VZ
  • Atlanta, Georgia
  • 18 Feb 2008, 17:05
It always works, when you have a thought behind the shot, not just a pretty picture, doesn't it, Mal?
  • PhotoSam
  • London, U.K.
  • 18 Feb 2008, 17:59
ah, grainy and at a funky angle...liking it...
  • mickyboy
  • North Yorkshire
  • 18 Feb 2008, 18:48
servival of the fittest. what a great bit of work Mal. top marks.
  • Martin
  • France
  • 18 Feb 2008, 19:01
Tout simplement magnifique ...
  • Otto K.
  • United States
  • 18 Feb 2008, 19:20
Gritty and grainy. Wonderful.
  • rhys
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 18 Feb 2008, 19:33
wow! a real stunner Mal, real stunner.
Are you Bill Brandt?
  • Chris
  • Isle of Wight UK
  • 18 Feb 2008, 20:24
Excellent as always Mal.
Gritty, stark & bleak: all the better for it, Mal.
  • BobC
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 18 Feb 2008, 22:32
Great grain.
  • Helen
  • Albuquerque, NM, USA
  • 19 Feb 2008, 01:38
Life and Death. I love the graininess of this image!
great composition mal..like the mood...grainy dramatic
  • Saratu
  • Horley
  • 20 Feb 2008, 09:37
I love the way it blends into the back ground. Nice work.
Great capture. Love the conversion.
And the big one said...."move over..." atmospheric shot. well done.
Not the most original motif, Mal. HOWEVER, fab detail on the tree though, and I love the processing.
  • Ellie
  • at home
  • 23 Feb 2008, 00:02
Cripes Mal, that's creepy
  • Fausto
  • Paramaribo @ Home
  • 23 Feb 2008, 01:32
If the shutterchance technical staff made it possible for us to comment by way of audio I would post " The Imperial March" of John Williams. For those who are to young or to old to remember (which is unlikely) that is the song you keep hearing when Darth Vader enters a scene....
Impressive shot!
Beautiful Mal. Very dark and dreamy. The texture in the sky appears like tissue paper.
  • urban8
  • Stoke-on-the-River-Trent-if-you-can-find-it....
  • 23 Feb 2008, 07:12
Grainy-tastic, mal.
And, wow - 65 comments! Clearly a popular shot!
My friend, Superb BW product! beautiful point of view, tones, exposure and contrast just perfect.
  • Jewlya
  • United States
  • 24 Feb 2008, 05:53
Eerie feel, love the odd angles.
Wow, so heavy atmosphere : A great artistic result - Thumbs up !!
  • claude
  • France
  • 25 Feb 2008, 15:22
Simple and beautiful, Mal!! I like it a lot, really a great atmosphere.

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