A special day today indeed ....
For Hindus: Diwali, the festival of light !
Christians: All Saints'Day !
For myself: My birthday !
So if you will excuse me for one day ..... ?
Having only one wish for now,
that all religion leaders would come once together,
to ban terrorisme.
Wishing you all a Happy Diwali, let the light shine in you !
Taken at the Meenakshi Temple in Madurai.
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patcras (14) 2005-11-01 3:17
Proficiat met uw verjaardag, taart voor alle TE-leden?
Mooie compositie en haarscherp (zie arm).
Bien (4745) 2005-11-01 3:19
Gelukkige verjaardag Henk! I very much like your wish to let the light shine in yourself, it's beautifully put and I think it's very well symbolised by the image. I like the hand over the candles, touching the light. Personally I think I would have cropped the praying hands - but I'm not sure if it would be better. Anyhow best wishes and hope you'll have a happy birthday! Sabine
tars (882) 2005-11-01 3:20
vooreerst mijn oprechte wensen voor jou verjaardag,Henk, maak er een mooie dag van.
Zeer speciale foto met heel bijzondere kleuren. Ongelooflijk scherpe weergave bij deze kaarsverlichting. Uitzonderlijk mooi.
Mooie dag verder
RGatward (20062) 2005-11-01 3:22
And one from you, excelent PoV, the hand very expressive.
entrelec (8328) 2005-11-01 3:25
So happy birthday, Henk, and thanks for your always honests comments.
Nice moment you captured here, amazing quality for the high sensibility.
I know in this special day, I would have to write only good things, but I have one regret: I would have liked to have more of the hands on right.May be I am wrong about this...
It's a little bit an anniversary for me today, 150e post!
Happy birthday again
arnabchat (7233) 2005-11-01 3:26
nice image -- nicer note!
gaby (19819) 2005-11-01 3:31
Hi Henk happy birthday and thanks for all your wonderful pics during all the year - this one is a very great one with fantastice light, tones and sharp.
KevRyan (22956) 2005-11-01 3:37
Morning Henk - of all the birthday wishes may this one come true - today I will light a diwali light for you! As lovely low light image you have made here - I like the minimal human elements!
A very happy Diwali and a very Happy Birthday ....and well done all you Saints!
best wishes Kev
Rinie_Hoff (9340) 2005-11-01 3:38
Hi Henk, Congratulations!
I would like to experience Diwali once, it seems a very nice festival to me.
i love the hand stretching out to the lights, Henk, it's a very symbolic picture that way.
And of course i garee with you on banning terrorism.
Enjoy your day!
ChrisJ (102831) 2005-11-01 3:53
Hi Henk & HAPPY BIRTHDAY!
I like the mood & atmosphere. Good use of available light, with excellent sharpness. Well done!
gelor (3229) 2005-11-01 3:56
Bon anniversaire. Oui, toutes les religions devraient prôner la tolérance et bannir le terrorisme ! Si tous les pays appliquaient la laïcité dans toute sa noblesse, en respectant chacun, nous aurions peut-être la chance de voir cela. Toutes ces flammes sur ta photo sont autant de lueurs d'espoir. Puissions-nous aller vers la lumière et continuer à partager nos passions dans le respect de chacun et l'amour de son prochain. Merci pour le partage. Gérard
Luan (12971) 2005-11-01 4:07
Happy Birthday to you Henk and Happy Diwali too.
A very nice picture, the light is beautiful, you have wel done to include these hands.
A moving message also.
huynt (5079) 2005-11-01 4:12
Happy birthday to you in the meaingful shot.Bravo. For all great events along with Happy birthday. Best wishes. Huy
AmiBe (6042) 2005-11-01 4:19
great picture with a great devotion atmosphere.
I like the way you managed the light and the cropped hand.
Happy birthday, and continue to post nice pictures ! ;-)
starbug (6924) 2005-11-01 4:55
Beautiful image, with great light, especially that the fire has a triple meaning here. I like the hand that tends the fire, it's very symbolical... Happy birthday!
rowanb (864) 2005-11-01 6:03
nice colours and lighting here, good sharp detail, i like the arm in the frame too
happy birthday =)
jhm (142884) 2005-11-01 6:14
Een passende foto voor deze bijzondere dag vandaag, en als ik dan lees dat u vandaag jarig bent, van harte proficiat, en mogen er nog vele jaren komen in goede omstandigheden.
Wij zouden samenkomen en welk geloof het ook zou zijn, wij willen met zijn allen vrede, maar enkele heethoofden zien dit spijtig genoeg anders.
Uw foto Henk, hij bestaat precies uit een bijzonder leder soort. Mooi werk.
Furachan (0) 2005-11-01 6:18
Excellent idea - close cncentration on the devotinal hand movement. I really like the tremendous variety of hots you're are regaling us with these days - biy, you've got a LOT f tricks up your sleevs, Henk, eh?
everlasting (14698) 2005-11-01 6:26
Gefeliciteerd Henk and Happy Diwali.
May your wish come true.
Beautiful light eminatign from the candles and great to include the hands in various poses.
carper (96) 2005-11-01 6:41
prachtig in beeld gebracht Henk.
Prachtige kleuren,goede sfeer,deze foto ademt wat uit. Erg goed werk. en van harte gefeliciteerd met Uw verjaardag.
anesugur (18789) 2005-11-01 7:14
Very well done. Uğur
tinamunk3 (6408) 2005-11-01 7:24
Happy birhday Henk - hope you will have a nice day :-)
Beautiful shot too.
PixelTerror (0) 2005-11-01 7:32
Well, happy birthday and Diwali to you !!!
I find it more than appropriate to celebrate the festival of light with such a luminous photo, its clarity and sharpness leave me speechless. I'm not sure to know how to interpret this scene, does touching the light with the hand has a special meaning ? Also I can't figure out what are the two green elements to the left but they add an extra touch of color.
Have a nice day,
jmdaoudal (82) 2005-11-01 8:03
Pour la qualité, de la couleur, du "satiné cuivré" et encore de la lumière;
J'aime bien cette image d'intèrieur composée avec ce qu'il faut déléments et de manière très équilibrée.
Un plus avec les mains qui prient, l'objet et l'action sont très forts, une grande image (encore!)
Michael_Gan (2776) 2005-11-01 8:08
First of all: HAPPY BIRTHDAY Henk!!! It surely must be special to celebrate both your birthday and Diwali at the same time. You chose a good picture from your archives for this special day. I like the inclusion of the arm and the light that's shining on it. It makes us realize that these flames are placed there by individual people, reflecting their own wishes and thoughts.
Didi (58440) 2005-11-01 9:11
Ce n'est pas en France que je trouverai de si beaux sujets de la vie quotidienne.
Avec vos photos ont se sent complètement dépaysé de la vie moderne.
Composition très appréciable.
arindam_thokder (3987) 2005-11-01 9:13
HAPPY BIRTH DAY HENK.
A great picture indeed, those two Prying hands in the top corner are excellent. I also like the way the picture is framed, one hand from the left on those Bright lamps and a vertical pillar in the right. Great DOF too. Leaving those technical details the mood you captured here is excellent.
bnallama (3763) 2005-11-01 9:23
Wonderful thought Henk and Happy birthday... Bala
p.s. BTW malaysia we call it Deepavali. :-)
partha (14020) 2005-11-01 9:46
What a pic full of colour,it may be an example of the colour balancing in a pic.
The expression of both two hands are well taken.
The sharpness is excellant.
HOPE THIS DAY COME TO YOUR LIFE AT LEAST 100 TIMES.
Emile (20350) 2005-11-01 11:04
Happy Birthday Henk.
Very special moment you captured here celebrating the festival day of light with an excellent picture.Very good composition and lighting. Good sharpnesss. Well done.
Fixfocus (9385) 2005-11-01 11:39
Gefeliciteerd met je verjaardag,Henk!
Excellent picture to celebrate,I like the atmosphere and the lightmood here a lot.The tight framing works very well,colors are just great.
michel_r (1118) 2005-11-01 13:42
happy birthday Henk
I like a lot these gestures/captures, and these 2 joint hands taht you do not quite see at first. The colors are just fanastic (taken inside Sri Meemakshi?), ansd this piece of green fits perfectly well...
sandip (3492) 2005-11-01 13:49
HAPPY BIRTHDAY Henk,
this is a perfect and timely post from you.. which we always see from your Gallery.. The right corner hand is for prayer, an well health for you and a good time for the others arround the world.. the finger touches the fire (light ).. the strength of all...
a good one..
leonorkuhn (16235) 2005-11-01 14:37
Happy birthday! Felicitations! Long healthy life for you.
Very nice image. Good light balance, nice colors, textures and good details.
MiguelP (14470) 2005-11-01 14:38
I join you about the religion leaders, I join you in your birthday, I join you in this diwalli I wanst lucky enough to enjoy in none of my four travels to India (hopefully the next one in 2007). Finally I join you in this photo so sensitive and touchfull with a magic light. Thanks Henk.
lestans (17138) 2005-11-01 15:02
Ooooh! Happy birthday dear Henk!! I see that you posted something like a chocolate cake with candles! (I am joking of course about this holy light...!)
avigur_11 (22081) 2005-11-01 18:12
Your picture is a festival of light too, Henk. The candle lights produce so many hues of red and brown. The jands on the upper rght corner ad a lot, I am glad that you didn't crop them.
Tue (28264) 2005-11-01 19:59
Hartelijk gefeliciteerd met je verjaardag!Laten we hopen dat je wens uit mag komen. Prachtige foto met een mooie warme kleur. Goed werk.
thaprem (2554) 2005-11-02 2:26
Happy birthday Henk!...
Wish you many more happy returns of the day...
Excellent work...A tryst with lights...Suitable for deepavali. Very promising & direct considering the present turmoils here...
Yes I pray with you & let our prayers come true...
Amirsun (2122) 2005-11-02 7:14
Nice shot with great composition. I think the hands are very good elements in this composition. The details and colours are also great.
Tanks for posting.
john_c (24666) 2005-11-02 13:43
A stunning composition. The exposure level here is ideal and the entire photo is suffused with a soft glow and ambience. The clarity is superb and I really like the symbolism. Well captured.
faubry (35405) 2005-11-03 1:14
hello.... une belle image de la fete diwali ou nous avons assiste... des petrads partout dans la ville... des lumieres comme chez nous a noel.... notre sejour se passe bien, a bientot
gary91 (15348) 2005-11-03 2:26
A very happy birthday to you, Henk.
May all your wishes come true, for you and all of us.
I wish u to have as much happyness as you give yourself to others.
Very best regards. Christian
ukasz (803) 2005-11-03 13:37
hi, very intersting theme... i liek the composition very much, the colours are very strong and the foreground is in nice contrast to subdued background... I like it a lot, greetings :)
sarju (5324) 2005-11-03 19:25
Diwali Mubarak and I hope you had a happy birthday ...
and wow what a day to have your birthday ... I wish you were in India ... you would have celebrated your b'day with the whole country
tfs ... cheers .... sarju
PS: there was also Halloween this weekend that is celebrated with quite a gaiety in North America
rajhema (1871) 2005-11-04 13:16
Happy birthday Henk. Your message is very powerful in this one. I was born in November too. Diwali falls according to Indian calendar and I was born a day after Diwali. So according to Indian calendar My birthday always falls a day after diwali.
Cricri (110295) 2005-11-05 16:09
Bonsoir Henk, Avec un peu de retard, mais qui vient du coeur "Happy birthay Henk"
un joli moment pleine de couleurs et de lumiére.
keribar (43841) 2005-11-06 3:57
Wonderful, and if I had done I would certainly make a poster out of it. I wonder where the light is croming from ? Especially on the leaves ?
You always surpass yourself... When I talk about TE to someone I always mention your name among my favorites.
Keep well - Izzet
Jeppe (18654) 2005-11-06 16:28
Congratulation Henk - with the fine photo - I like the atmosphere - a with you birthday. Thanks for sharing and for your wishes - I fully agree.
chaity (1539) 2005-11-06 23:12
Hai Henk, nice photo and notes to mark this festive day. I was on leave for the past one week.
Quentin (5280) 2005-11-07 10:29
I love this picture and I love Diwali festival. I was so sad to
miss the one of this year because of my work... The
composition of your shot is beautiful and the light is
phantastic. Happy birthday too!! In 3 weeks I'll be in India!!
danielswalsh (13599) 2005-11-07 20:05
Happy (now belated) Birthday Henk,
A nice Diwali posting. The hands in conjunction with the fire make for a good composition. I have to wonder how the shot would have looked if the wall at left was cropped out, and we could see more of the praying hands (and maybe less of the arm- haha). That's just me being idealistic.... if only photography were soo easy. Haha...
A nice posting Henk, all the best!
capthaddock (28790) 2005-11-10 11:46
Hi Henk - a special photo for a special day, it's all been said by others, but perfect timing with the outstretched hand, putting the hands in the upper corner is brilliant, makes it look like one person with 3 arms.
alimo3 (6854) 2005-11-20 18:15
i don't spend much time in TE right now ,and i miss this one from you.
A Pure Beauty !
i appreciate the Creative composition and the great tones.
only a word : Bravo !
Christopherfry (104) 2006-01-08 10:03
An absolutly beatuiful picture! The little bit of green fits beautifully. And you note...there is nothing more to be said I think. Well said
marietom (34609) 2006-11-04 13:20
Je me régale... encore une superbe image.
noborders (1010) 2007-07-13 0:02
The movement of the hands is so beautiful and significant here, there is more austerity in the colours and more restraint too, another very inspired photo...
(NB : I wonder what are the green things (leaves ?) on the right, they add something to the shot)
(Vele bedanken voor gisteren !)
- Copyright: oochappan as (oochappan) (16582)
- Genre: People
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2005-03-10
- Categories: Daily Life, Festivals
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