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*Our Dreamland of the West*

*Our Dreamland of the West*
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Copyright: Carol Dorion (CAROL50) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 853 W: 113 N: 2287] (8960)
Genre: People
Medium: Black & White
Date Taken: 1999-12
Categories: Nature, Friends/Family, Mood
Camera: Minolta X700
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2011-01-23 9:48
Viewed: 3274
Points: 14
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Nananu-I-Ra is a small triangular-shaped island a few kms off of the north coast of Vitu Levu, Fiji . . The island was/still is actually home to very few resorts and some backpacker cottages , one of the latter we rented for a few days in 1999 .
The island's name means " Dreamland of the West " , legend has it that a young chief from the island of 'Vanua Levu' fell in love with a girl from the island of 'Veti Levu' but their association was frowned upon by their elders , they escaped to Nananu-I-Ra sutuated between their two native islands to live together in their dreamland , isn't that cute ?
We thought we had found our own Dreamland of the West when we ended here on this lonely beach , not a soul in sight it was pure magic just being there ! Meet my mermaid Gisèle enjoying the warmest of water , of course after this shot i was invited to join in but i was quick to reply " Honey ,i think we better hurry back to the cottage now , something's brewing up there " , we made it in time .
Fiji's wet season extends from November to April but it can rain at other times , the rain comes down in short heavy downpours and it did occur following that climatic pattern for most of our three week tour of the islands.
Thanks for the peek ,

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A nice shot from happy holidays, Carol!

Great mood and well thought color treatment to the overall scenario in the picture make this work eyecatching.
I like the chraming expressions on the face of the woman.
The sharpness and POv are well chosen.
Good work!


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  • fransx Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2938 W: 134 N: 7397] (41704)
  • [2011-01-23 10:55]

Hi Carol,
A nice family shot in this moody presentation. I like the B&W version here. It gives more impact to the ambient! Great gray scales while contrast is at the trees side. A rather cloudy and dull day while the water looks warm enough that your wife seems to be enjoying heartily!
A nice smile from her behalf!
My best regards,

Francis Xavier

Hi Carol
I like this old style B&W photo. reminds me a scene from an old movie.
good capture of pleasant mood.
fine pov for keeping the rule of thirds in the composition.

Aw Carol, this is really nice. It makes me smile.
Photographically speaking, it's also really great. The B&W tones are spectacular, and your composition with Gisele off to the right, the tree line from the top corner, and that ominous looking sky in the background. All fantastico!!
I've always wanted to go to Fiji. 1999 huh? That's a few years ago.
Have a great week

  • Teresat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3410 W: 96 N: 3821] (15934)
  • [2011-01-24 16:03]

Boa noite Carol
You take good photos for many years already...You made a delicious portrait of Gisèle and a good perspective of the beauty of the palce...gisèle helps the harmony and pleasure of the place and make it unique...I am always impressed for the number of yourb travellers...you must have thousands of photos, of good photos.
Um abraço

  • mbrito Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1929 W: 117 N: 3017] (13240)
  • [2011-01-26 10:02]

Hi Carol
I love the depth and the light of this image, but specially the contrast between the dramatic sky obscured by clouds and the smile of genuine hapiness of the lady in the water... I imagine it was warm...
Beautiful image.
My compliments, mb

The tones and contrast are phantastic in this scan though I would't photograph the tropics in B+W myself[except of course to record some social injustice or other human suffering].The X700 is a great camera,have one myself.Best of wishes Otto.

Very nice capture especially that it is in B&W. Yes, I grow up in the Philippines and rain comes in bucket. Great pov and good contrast. Well done, tfs.

This image is really powerful, looks like a unreal place... the cloudy-foggy sky, the absence of accessory elements (just the well placed on frame model, the shore and the boat), the b/w, and the POV from the water.
Really a great one, i love it.

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