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Is monster or friend?

Is monster or friend?
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Copyright: Rodolfo Serra (redol) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Silver Note Writer [C: 260 W: 33 N: 12] (2254)
Genre: People
Medium: Black & White
Date Taken: 2007-10-12
Categories: Nature
Camera: Olympus E-500, Zuiko Digital 14-45mm F3.5-F5.6, 58mm circular polarizer
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/50 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-10-21 7:43
Viewed: 4437
Favorites: 10 [view]
Points: 80
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Sure it is a monster.
But with the innocence becomes kind and loving. As is Frankenstein.
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Wow great perspective! Lovely old tree good contrast with person and tree so we can see how big the tree really are. Good shot in B/W here Rodolfo. Nice...one.

Hahaha!!! I could see the friendly expression in his body posture. And with the kid beside him, this monster must really be friendly... :)

Thanks for sharing,

A very beautiful compo.. I like very much.. Bravo! TFS.

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  • bazsa Gold Star Critiquer [C: 90 W: 0 N: 3] (2936)
  • [2007-10-21 7:53]

Hi Rodolfo,
Beautiful photo! Great composition. I like it very much. Congrats.
Best Regards. -bazsa

Great moody shot. Nice picture for the month of October. Love the BW tones and details are great!!
Very well taken.

Hi Rodolfo,

This does look like a strange tree, but with the little kid it looks like the tree is protecting it.
Great B/W shot with good perspective, I like it.

Greetings, Nel

Hi Rodolfo..wonderful shot...great job on the composition and the exception clarity of the foreground...


Excellent framing, good choice of B&W. Great perspective.
Well done. TFS
Manuel F.

Excellent compo and perfect B&W conversion. I would have cloned the white stripe in the top (might be from a plane) as it catches my eye all the time.

Witaj Rodolfo,

Great capture! Lovely composition with this old tree and young child. Nice B/W tones and lighting. Landing to my favourites :] Well done & TFS :]

Pozdrowienia z Polski,
(Greetings from Poland)

Rally nice shot Rodolfo. his tree is amizing: great catch woth comparison and scale with this little, and as you say, innocent girl behind. B&W conversion is great but for sure, the compo is extra!

a perfect black and white image that has all the right elements a true winner in my opinion. tell me what do you think of the olympus e-500.

Hello Rodolfo,

Well spotted! This is almost like the illustration for a children's fantasy story!
I agree with you! It is a monster! Only the next chapter will tell us whether it was friendly or not!

Kind regards,
Bev :-)

Excellent compo and vertical framing, I like the b&w approach. Well seen. Impressive tree.



great composition and nice white and black colours.

Not a monster, not a friend...its a piece of art. This is so well captured. Superbly composed B & W shot. You got yourself a winner here. Good job.

Excellent and original shot
well done

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  • Suna Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 38 W: 5 N: 22] (490)
  • [2007-10-21 10:04]

It depends how you are looking to the life.

For my idea he is a good friend of lil girl,
he collected all the rocks from the field because he never wants her fall down and injures

I hope you can understand my bad english :))

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  • krzesz Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 662 W: 5 N: 15] (5459)
  • [2007-10-21 10:13]

..This monster doesn't look,on it from the good fairy tale...great atmosphere..
..beautiful work!!!

a very nice composition Rod, i like the appearance of the tree , really a fairytale photo with the child on the background.well done of a masterpiece.

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  • jitro Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 70 W: 0 N: 38] (536)
  • [2007-10-21 10:44]

Hello Rodolfo,
this is beautiful tree! I like the compo, sharpness and b&w.
Great job.

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  • eBirdy Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 184 W: 1 N: 60] (1528)
  • [2007-10-21 11:24]

Hermosa!!!! Perfecto B&W... Marta

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  • Beger Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3311 W: 1066 N: 5188] (23042)
  • [2007-10-21 11:27]

Hi Rodolfo,
It is a great idea this B&W! The dramatic and terrific aspect of the tree is enhanced with this conversion. I like your concept getting an interaction with the obscure forces and childhood's innocence.
Genial composition and great qualities of highlight and shadows. Bravo! Annie

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  • Jan Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 451 W: 139 N: 813] (5358)
  • [2007-10-21 11:32]

Beautiful!!!! Really beautiful!! Great B&W!!
I love it!!


Hello Rodolfo.
Beautiful picture. Really outstanding composition with a kid playing under this scary-looking tree.
Great choice of B&W and good use of light.

A superb image Rodolfo. The tonality is excellent and the composition and inclusion of the child is likewise.

Hello Rodolfo,
Monsters can be friends... ;o).
Your framing makes the suggestive shape of the tree really pop out. Good idea to include the child: like a touch of innocence wich gives the tree silhouette a less frightening look. You could even say the tree bends itself to protect the child.
Good choice of B&W and good contrasts. Just a pity you couldn't avoid the straight line of the "plane cloud". Difficult to get ideal circumstances.
Anyway, you achieved an artistic picture.
TFS & kind regards,

Hola Rodolfo,
What a superb B&W composition.Great sharp, light and POV.Well done.TFS.


Hola Rodolfo:

Una imagen muy lograda, el contraste que has conseguido entre el niño y esa forma fantasmagórica es genial. El B/W genial.


Hello Rodolfo,
A picturesque and mysterious scene!
The wonderful old tree contrasts so well with the child...
Excellent B&W tonality, and attractive composition!
Pablo -

Hello Rodolfo,

I really like this pOV alot well composed and captured photo excllent details very crisp well balaced photo

TFS Kyle

Great photo!
Great atmosphere, good choice of b/w.
"Plane cloud" could be removed...

Hola Rodolfo,

Son excelentes estas fotografías, menudas formas tienen estos arboles, y la composición es excelente, el tono en B/N le da mas fuerza si cabe. Buen disparo.



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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1977 W: 301 N: 3060] (26902)
  • [2007-10-22 10:11]

Hello Rodolfo ! Fantastic composition, great B&W shot with very nice lighting and exposure. Very well done, thanks !


I like trees and your shot is wonderful!
I love it very much, thank you.

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  • aperis Gold Star Critiquer [C: 81 W: 5 N: 31] (1159)
  • [2007-10-22 11:25]

Hola Rodolfo.
Perfecta composición y un soberbio B&N, con una luz exquisita.


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  • pozaru Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3627 W: 881 N: 2607] (21386)
  • [2007-10-23 2:36]

Wonderful B&W phoot; well done !


Hello rodolfo

Fantastic shop

perfect composition and b&w PP



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  • BLR Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 90 W: 1 N: 143] (601)
  • [2007-10-29 23:15]

Hi Rodolfo,

Sorry to be sentimental, but this image makes me incredibly nostalgic. I grew up on a farm, and in the pen where the animals stayed, there was an ugly tree like this, and beside it was the animals feeder... and when I got bored watching my brother fill the feeder with food, I would (as shown in the image) push rocks into the tree... I don't know why I did that... somehow seemed logical back then I guess. ;P

Thank you for this post... the image is wonderfully taken... and a wonderful blend of grays here. TFS.


hi rodolo, just an amazing shot, the tree shape is amazing, the child does give an innocence, such great contrast and balance, the black and white is so good here, well done,

scott-from vancouver, canada

Olá Rodolfo,

Uma belíssima fotografia que bem serviria para ilustrar livros de contos de fadas.
Parabéns e abraços,

Hi Rodolfo, wonderful shot, I think its a friendly monster!
Thanks for sharing,

Impressionnant ! la position de l'enfant face à l'arbre aurait méritée d'être mieux travailée

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