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under an umbrella

under an umbrella
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Copyright: Teresat Teresat (Teresat) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3410 W: 96 N: 3821] (15934)
Genre: People
Medium: Black & White
Date Taken: 2009-06
Categories: Daily Life, Mood
Camera: Panasonic FZ18
Exposure: f/3.6, 1/400 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2009-07-02 8:02
Viewed: 3407
Favorites: 1 [view]
Points: 88
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
It was 8 pm...and once more, Prague was visited by rain.
This lady was walking, alone, over the bridge with her umbrella. ...Suddenly, for seconds, Prague has come to me, as a city like all the others in the world.

"We live, as we dream—alone. . . .” Joseph Conrad


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Ciao Teresat

A imagem tem uma forte sensação de day life,
e de boas informações, impressionante nitidez em todos os detalhes ...
Eu gosto de teu humor aqui neste dia chuvoso, e
o bom B&W sempre perfeito nestas situações cinzas.
De muito bom gosto e bem composto!


Boa tarde Teresa,
The glimpse and semi-silhouette of the person holding the umbrella adds greatly to the mood. I do like how you incorporated some yellow tints in the sky providing just a bit of color in this well thought composition. There are some good ornate details in the bridge. 'Tis another soulful posting. My best regards dear...

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  • nicou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2777 W: 0 N: 5194] (50772)
  • [2009-07-02 8:26]
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Grandioe image quel effet ce personnage couvert, un superbe capture, très recherche et très bien cadrée.

bravoe t amitié


Ciao Teresa, fascinating B&W composition with wonderful silhouette, very well done, ciao Silvio

hello Teresat
interesting light and wonderful PP work
nice symbolic shot
i hope you must have got different POv's of this same shot.
you have created a mood here, nice texture of the wall.
fine tone

Manuj Mehta

ciao Teresa
great mood here
well composed image even I will cutted more on the right..or may be on the left
Is it grained or is an effect you added?
Please help me because I do not know, may be my eyes becoming tired.
Good black and white work and great soul.

Yasou Teresat!
Wonderful capture,nicely composed.
Perfect lighting and pov,fine contrast,
magical atmosphere,in a moody image!
Regards and tfs

Hello Teresat,
Minimalistic capture perfectly created moody atmosphere...as usual
Selahattin E

Bonjour Teresat,
Great composition in black in white, excellent Point of view and details, nice perpective and sharpness, he lovely presentation..
My compliments

Olá Teresa,
Esse é o retrato da solidão - nem sempre penosa! Gosto muito da foto e, mais, do seu seco, curto e dramático texto, sob a sombra de Conrad.
Parabéns e meus respeitos,

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  • moli Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1349 W: 256 N: 2110] (13344)
  • [2009-07-02 11:57]
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Hello Terestat.
Well spotted and presented.
Good to see that you have a good memories from Prague.
All the pictures are great proofs for that.
Janek Kloss

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  • mbrito Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1929 W: 117 N: 3017] (13240)
  • [2009-07-02 12:33]

Hi T.,
Wonderful moody image, very well composed, with a great capture of the wall, a very beautiful angle made by the umbrella, and a very pleasant and arty monochrome presentation with a very good and rich grey scale.
Great work again, mb

Interesting shot Teresat.

I think the composition would be much more powerful if the subject was further to the left within the Golden Zone of the frame.

Thank you for NOT keeping the umbrella in colour! :)


are you sure you were in the same Prague as Jose'? =)
first the lonely little girl, now the lonely woman - why do I always have the impression that women tend to realize more than men the fundamental loneliness of life?
I like the strong contrast between light and shadow, her nose and that tiny fluff of hair visible under the umbrella.
maybe a shift to the left would have distributed the space better, as Rew says. but ultimately is the light that makes this photo special.
un abbraccio.

Ci stupisci ancora una volta con una geniale e profonda composizione resa ancor più intresessante dal viraggio che hai scelto. Grande Teresa!


Hi Teresat
Very beautiful B&W image vith great daily life shot.TFS.


Hi Teresat..I love you shots and your explanations...nice work.


I love this great experssion of sadness.
Intense as usual; chapeau !

Please don't be mad on me but I've felt the need to "touch" it, too feel it closer and so I've played abit with it . See ws, for another version

thanks for everything,

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  • chrisJ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4430 W: 637 N: 9632] (55124)
  • [2009-07-03 5:30]

Hi Teresat

I like the warm sepia tone & minimalist composition here. Good sharpness & tonal range. The umbrella & obscured pedestrain holding it make a good focal point. Tfs, & have a nice weekend!

Hi Teresat!
nice capture
moody with grate tones
good semi silhouettes and texture of the wall!

My best wishes and thank you!


Brilliant! I love the feel of this simple composition - the umbrella is pulled down tight over her head and she is hunched in the wet evening. Fantastic tones. You really know how to convey emotions in your photos, Teresa. Well done!

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  • suzy Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 420 W: 36 N: 1214] (4355)
  • [2009-07-04 0:47]

dear Teresa

I am always attracted to the mood in your
photos, So deep, so expressive, emotional
Whether through the colors, or lighting, or the
Subject like here for example… the mood and
The woman with the umbrella against the yellowish
tone and even the fine texture on the wall, it
attracts my eyes strongly, as if living that moment
in Prague…lots of emotions in this shot and great effect
to add more to it…
really inspiring..

best regards always my friend..

Hi Teresa
Wonderful capture and timing
Great mood
Have a nice weekend

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 624 W: 0 N: 993] (4864)
  • [2009-07-04 5:14]

Hi Teresat,
this one looks very isolated and gloomy. As for the rain it actually brings life.
Well shown details of the bridge. Nice coarse texture too.


Bom dia my dear Teresa,

*we live as we dream - alone* excellent choice of words for this image. No matter how many people we have around us, no matter what we do...we go through life alone. Nobody can make our decisions, nobody can dream our dreams, nobody can feel our feelings (and fears)...nobody but us. We are never alone in physical way, but we are alone in our mortality and our...'inner world'.

Wonderful moody atmosphere and great choice of B/W for this image. If there is one thing that I can say about this shot is...this is definitely an image with SOUL.

Um grande abraço,


Hello Teresat!
Great composition with a very interesting light....great work.
My regards

An interesting shot Teresa, not your usual brilliance. I wish the girl was larger in the frame, more off center. But there is lots of mood here, and the viewer is left to decide what she is doing! I like that!

Hi Teresa,
Good perspective and interesting positioning, probably it's a bit tilted, but never mind, still great shot. The mood of the photo is relly lovable, well captured still moment of a big city. Technically great as always, TFS!
Best wishes,

Hi Teresa,

The grace and calm of the last hours of the day with which midnight simply can't compete...
I wake up, my mind is refreshed, a coffee is what I need, and when I turn back I see unread books staring at me..and I feel many of my assignments in this world waiting for my smiles...
Reflections of the day passes off, I love the stillness of the last hours.. and then I wake up in the first hours of the day to see me still holding the umbrella wet in rain, in my armchair..

This is what I feel now, Teresa.
You ignite minds with power..
Take care, live life :)


Ola Teresat! Very original, but minimal composition. Good capture. Mysterious effect. Saude!
Do You know? English writer Joseph Conrad was born in Poland like Jozef Konrad Korzeniowski?

Boa tarde teresa,

Sensibilidade, olhar, bom-gosto, técnica!
Tudo reunido em um só lugar: sua galeria, incluindo essa magnífica apresentação.
Parabéns e um grande abraço,

Hi Teresat,
It's instant like this that makes picture taking interesting , in a way rain is not fun all the time but hey look at what you captured here , this is pure simplicity in composition : a bridge, a woman, an umbrella and a BG suitable for a scene like this , there you go , a rainy day in Prague , right Teresat as you say Prague is a city like others , with its fair amount of rain and sun and its people going about their daily lives as well , yet it's beautiful , hope you enjoyed your visit! Good one,

Salam Teresat
The monocolor tone and soft lighting are from your special style
Sad mood you've captured here. and the rain = new life will born!
Best wishes

Hi Teresat,
Nice ide and great work!
Um grande abraço,

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  • gnada Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2538 W: 70 N: 4788] (22221)
  • [2009-07-31 4:05]

Hi Teresat...

Very interesting viev and beautiful capture, nicely composed..!
I like the style of composition - looking great, bravo...
Best regards,

Hi Teresat,
Great minimalistic shot and its excellent details...
I love it. Congratulations.tfs.
Dr.Seyfettin Güner

Buenos dias Teresa.
Es una hermosa composición, simple, sencilla y para mi llena de sentimientos.
un afectuoso saludo.

hi Teresat,
wonderful mood captured. minimal and as a result of which this looks is so serene. thanks for sharing.


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  • S-moon Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 382 W: 97 N: 457] (2844)
  • [2009-11-09 10:28]

Hi Teresat,

Just love the colours and I realy like the way the details are just enough visible to see what the details are! The POV works very well. A simple moment very well captured. Well done!

TFS Greetings Simone

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1977 W: 301 N: 3060] (26902)
  • [2009-12-04 7:53]

Hello Teresat, lovely composition, good use of the B&W very melancholic mood. Good one, thanks!


Wonderful photograph with a lot of stories that could have been told. Great work!

Again this special mood from you Teresat.
Feeling and heart are are solicited by your work.
Magic moment. Clever timing.
A perfect photo with strong texture.
Excellent b&w light and contrast managed.

Kind regards

Ciao Teresa,

an another of your beautiful shot: good the idea to put or the median line that the subject to the center of the image.

Un abbraccio

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  • solrac Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1103 W: 26 N: 1025] (9012)
  • [2010-06-02 12:03]

Hola Teresa
Original composicion ,con el paragúas como protagonista , buen encuadre y edicion muy apropiada , buenas texturas del puente , una composicion muy interesante , felicidades

buen dia
un saludo

A minimalistic approach where you beautifully add artistic touch to this simple hence appealing shot, dear Teresa!

I like the light where it should be, and the focus is good as well.
The sepia tones worked well to show the amazing mood in the scene.
Well caught drama into the work too.

A well suited note also enhance the overall charm of the picture!

Um abracos,

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