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A love story in Capri

A love story  in Capri
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Copyright: John van Aarle (JohnTulip) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3349 W: 798 N: 8612] (35303)
Genre: People
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-05-14
Categories: Humorous
Camera: Canon 40D, Canon EF 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 IS DO USM, CF SanDisk III 8 GB, 58mm Kenko MC UV
Exposure: f/13.0, 1/60 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-05-25 6:39
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A love story in Capri
Treklens we are here on the wonderful Island of Capri , Italy

Sitting on a terrace , this Gentleman came passing by .. a little nervous reading and re-reading some notes in his hand..

Than came sit next to me and this his story..:

He .. an 55 year old Italian widower, finally got to know a Lady from the US from Italian descent.

Like him .. free .. a Widow 49 years of age living in Virginia ..US

They got to know each other via Internet..

He went on a special course to master himself the English language ..and also had some help of his friend 'Giuseppe' a Taxi driver in Napoli (Naples ) who speaks a few words of English

Evenmore,Giuseppe has an English dictionary ( a real big help :-) !! )

To be honest , he told me , English is not easy and often he guessed what she was talking about in her emails .. oh dear..

One thing was for sure: Today she would arrive by boat from Naples to Capri and meet him...

How they would recognise each other ?? he had asked and she said (in his words!) if it rains bring an umbrella and wear Blue and Red ..

And so he did .. not himself .. but he bought a blue -red umbrella ..

See here Folks .. a love Story in Capri !

Is it the truth ??
No.. all 'beloni ' I am ..sorry .. {*_*} but sometimes we see people passing by and than our mind - fantasy takes over..

So.. have to say sorry.. no romance but all the other is true ..
I made some snapshots of people passing by .. sipping a beer


Shooting with my new Canon 40D .. plus my 70-300 DO IS USM

ISO 100
F 13
Focal length 200
Exposure 1/60

For new members..
I choosed here 'Spot ' measuring , for a situation of strong lights and shadow ..
you just pick and point what you need as basic..

Adjusted in PS CS3 un-sharpen background.

Thanks for your time Folks

John T

Love is like smiling, it never fades and is contagious.
Paula Dean


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OH!! I love stories like this John! What a miracle! That two people would find each other in this cold world! It's a miracle thing for sure! Really LOVE the bright red umbrella! Superb!

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  • ttreen Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1317 W: 129 N: 3792] (15759)
  • [2008-05-25 6:45]

OH John
YOU HAD ME... all happy and reading fast to get to the end to see if she showed up! LOL
Nice light off the bright umbrella...
Great story ;)


Ahhhhhhh what a beautiful place to sit and photograph and wonder about the stories of the people who cross your lens. The umbrella is a great touch, expression well captured and the BG perfectly adjusted. Bravo


Hi John,

Being that I have met a few people on the internet, your story did have me going.... I know two couples who met and married after meeting on the internet. You are such a good storyteller!!

Any other color umbrella would not have had the same effect! This is terrific with the bright colors, blurry background, etc...

His note says: "The guy with the camera is a secret agent, watch out for him, evade him soon, but buy him a strong expresso first!"

Lisa :D

you tell a very nice story which makes this shot interesting!
Although sharpness seems a bit offset the picture supports your story and gives the viewer a 'deeper knowledge'.




Funny and sweet little story and presentation John!
What a fabulous imagination you have.
Great red and blue geometry. Very cool shot.
- Vincent

Hello Johnny,
I want that umbrella :D
Excellent story...and imagination.
Very nice composition, and tight crop.
Good BG blurr.
Well done dear.

Zucht - het was zo'n mooi verhaal - ik zat er helemaal in and then you spoiled it all by writing an unhappy end!
John prachtige foto - doe in het vervolg maar een sprookje en laat ons lekker raden naar de waarheid.


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  • cinca Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 323 W: 2 N: 143] (4456)
  • [2008-05-25 13:40]

Hi John, great imagination, great shot! I like the sharpness and colours of man and his umbrella in contrast with the blurred bg.
Perhaps your funny story is the reality, why not?
Ciao, Cinzia

Hallo John.
Very Lovely story, haha
I was expecting, you as a Hair'designer', was more interested in good looking Ladies with the latest Hair dressing.
Well, I am.
John, you wrote you wanted to do something different with your hobby ? (photographing)
What about, putting series on picasawebalbums?
Every photographer like to show the world their pictures, i do.
Have a look at http://picasaweb.google.nl/janvanderklugt. (cant get it linked in 'blue') sniff.!
I've uploaded there 3 series of Malaysia pictures, aswel 1 serie with Swans at front door.
Its easy to upload and to see it in large format slideshows.
I do have series on other sites (snapfish), like from Suid Afrika, but this one from Google is much better.
Please have a look at it. Sit and enjoy.
Groeten van Jan

OK, first guys in skirts and pompom shoes and now a guy with an umbrella.
What the HECK happened on that cruise??????
Good capture anyways :-).

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  • Kiwis Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 0 N: 189] (13118)
  • [2008-05-25 15:30]

Hi John,
J'aimais beaucoup l'histoire et j'étais empressée de lire pour savoir la suite ...... coquin de John :)))) Beautiful composition with this story John. Thanks

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  • Josine Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 922 W: 21 N: 652] (4069)
  • [2008-05-25 17:04]

Jezus John ik deed het in mijn je weet wel van't lachen
Wat een story
Danielle Steel is er een kleuter bij vergeleken :-)
Foto os geweldig, en apart
Bredase knuffel voor jullie


Boa Noite

It´s abeautiful photo and the story is superb.

I always like red umbrellas!

My regards


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  • kross1 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 594 W: 17 N: 1223] (4936)
  • [2008-05-25 19:12]

Hi John,
Great picture with good vivid colors, great sharpness and blurred BG. I like the story. I must admit you had me going on this one.

Hmmm lovely note.
Good for him...to take the risk and meet this lady.
I wish them good luck in this love:)

Very good captured...you can see how nervous he is.


This is a wonderful demonstration of how good PP skills can combine with a well-taken photograph to create something with a very professional look. Nicely done, and thanks for sharing it.

ciao John..
this is a wonderful story.. and it's perfect for Capri.. a place famous for the "love stories"..
your capture has a good combination of colours and good details.. intense expression captured!! many thanks
ciao Marco

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  • azaf1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 733 W: 61 N: 1257] (7137)
  • [2008-05-25 23:41]

Hi John
A lovely play of colors and light. I really like the diagonal of the umbrella and of course the title
Καλη εβδομαδα

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  • dareco Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1672 W: 16 N: 832] (15528)
  • [2008-05-26 0:26]

I had such big crocodile tears by the end of this I could hardly read the ending....OH! You are such a romantic!!! Very well done!!! TFS and have a good week!

What a story John,
i hope this red umbrella brings him luck and of course a big love:) trying to learn english at his age, carrying red umbrella for her....
good story and of course good capture,
with perfect compo, beautiful colours, superb clarity and sharpnes,
welldone and tfs,
:) tomorrow

Because fantasy is a great gift...
To imagine, to write stories...
same for me, my dear John, I often like imagine, sitting in a restaurant, lifes of other people.
Last, but not least, you brought much more things of Capri, of its "idea" than all those "Faraglioni" and "Villa Malaparte" shots!
Thanks a lot!
Ciao, Antonella

Almost had me believing this story John, the internet is how Sandy and I met. Good colour and that metering worked very well. TFS,

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  • chrisJ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4430 W: 637 N: 9632] (55124)
  • [2008-05-26 3:25]

Hi John

The diagonal tilt of the red umbrella, adds fantastic dynamism. Good sharpness & framing. Tfd!

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  • ayse51 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2092 W: 144 N: 2110] (27563)
  • [2008-05-26 3:28]

Merhaba John,
beautiful shot with beautiful note.I like colours so much.TFS.Necla.:)later.

Hello cher Feere, nice to see you back and a lovely story you made up! Could be real :)

Nice portrait of the gent, well done on the blur around the sunbrella. And the constrating colours makes this image strike! Very nice and well done!

I am happy that you like your new camera. And this seems to be a great zoom. What is the smallest aperture of that zoom?

Take care.

Sissy :)

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  • milas Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2841 W: 398 N: 3076] (34114)
  • [2008-05-26 7:27]

Merhaba Myfriend john......
Excellent job with beautiful photo, wonderful colors and a very beautiful portrait..

Hi John,

I read your nice scenery, is plesant to imagine the life of the people walking around, for sure, everybody has an interesting story, a subject for a best seller. :-)
I like your capture, especially the blue-red umbrella created a good effect. TFS
Best regards,


Hi John,

Not only you are a very good photographer, you manage to get interesting and touching stories, and along with your post you give us what is behind the shot! Very sharp,excellent DOF, very good exposure and nice composition.
Very good work!
Greetings to the world reporter!

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  • Dingo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2505 W: 368 N: 2626] (11966)
  • [2008-05-26 11:35]

Foei, John, ons zo op het verkeerde been zetten. Maar je hebt gelijk, zo'n situatie schreeuwt gewoon om er een verhaal bij te verzinnen...
Mooi werk op de achtergrond, maar vergis ik me, of heb je tussen z'n beide handen ook een stuk buik geblurred?
Anyway, TFS

simple daily life image but full of impact on this image Jhon,perfect capture, sharp and well seen.

Hi John,

It's another proof that body language is more powerful than just words . .
You should write a script about this story and send to Steven Spielberg . . ha ha . .
What a lovely story and it's a real one . .
Great shot to tell the story . .


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  • Fons Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1165 W: 2 N: 215] (16615)
  • [2008-05-27 0:57]

Capri ..mooie herinnering John
Mooi die rode parasol

Hi John,

You have an incredibly vivid imagination for sure!! :-)
But it is a good story and I would have bought it if you didn't tell me later on that it's all made up ;-).


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  • WMcK Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 663 W: 11 N: 1718] (6837)
  • [2008-05-27 5:30]

I love the story, you had me all misty eyed till the end. I also love the great colour you have shown here. I have saved my pennies and it is the 40D or if I wait long enough the 50D that has held my interest. If I had your talent the decision would be easier. Wonderful presentation.
Warn Regards

Hi John.

Een klasse opname. zowel kleur als compositie en echte topper.
Gr Frans

Hi John, tha man under the vivid red umbrella and with the ideal frame and focus make it excellent.
Have a nice evening my friend.

Hoi John.
How are you my friend. I'm Fine.
Great shot,with lovely colors and excellent
Well done my friend.TFS.

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  • MLINES Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1350 W: 102 N: 1081] (9125)
  • [2008-05-27 18:56]

Hi John, You had me roped in 100% with the story, little sad it is fiction!! Good clear sharp photo. I have seen the 40D and aspire to one one day, only concern is it is a fair bit heavier to lug around than the 400D? Good to hear about Capris,what a lot of lovely places there are in this large, but shrinking world on which we live. TFS. Murray.

More than beautiful. Superb light through umbralla.

Hi Dear My Friend John:)
How are you my friend. I'm Fine.Wonderful shot.Very beautiful colours.Congrats !!!!
Cordial Greetings,

hahahaha JT.. very lovely imagination.. i almost believe it.. must very hot there when he used umbrella.. :) here peoples not only used umbrella for rain but for hot day..

congratulation on your new camera.. :) wonderful shot of your time in Capri.. tfs..

regards, terry

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  • jawa Gold Star Critiquer [C: 1273 W: 0 N: 1] (12005)
  • [2008-06-03 2:05]

Hallo John
Prachtig getroffen op het juiste moment.
Gr Jos

Hello John

I like your post!
you introduce artistically beautiful and original,
an incredible lightness in the treatment of the image and visual.
I find fine and delicate this scene, without any other intention.
A beautiful magic touch and superb post.
I like this!


Some fine photo taken with your new gear.

What love about this one is that superb focus on the man and his umbrella.
All background blurred for extra effect - this is great!

It looks like the man was protected by the umbrella.
Thus it reminds me of a Life Insurance company in the UK, which I think used to have a colour umbrella as their logo... anyone remembers it?

Good job.

Hoi John,
Zeg, ik ken die vent !! Dat is er een van de mafia !!
Ik was daar ook, en in die briefjes stond een afpersing. Hij zat ze nog na te lezen en vroeg mij of ze wel schokkend genoeg waren. Nou, dát waren ze !
Zo zit je maar zo in een mafia-film. Tsja.
Mooie plaat ..... maar ja ..... die scherpte hč .... ;-)

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  • kbeall Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 513 W: 108 N: 902] (3598)
  • [2008-06-06 17:50]

Hello John,
Ha, you really had me going there for a minute . . . might you have some Irish yarn-spinning, story-telling anscestor hanging from your family tree? Way to preserve a common moment, make us click on it, pull us in, then make us laugh.

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  • Mitra Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 1153 W: 70 N: 1116] (16)
  • [2008-06-28 7:43]

Funny and sweet little story and presentation John!
What a fabulous imagination you have. Well done.

Olá John,
No comments is needed after overall.
I say only: very,very beautiful.

Olá john
Nice moment and colors.
Good work

Great photo and story John! Thanks for sharing both with TL.
And..Capri is indeed the place for such a story. :-) I love it there.
This man with his umbrella makes me smile. Nicely done. :-)

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  • lavan Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 710 W: 2 N: 153] (4208)
  • [2011-08-27 5:25]

excellent photography
well done
nice street photography

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