The title, of course, is deceiving but I liked it even more when I realized that the puddle has the shape of a cloud. What we see is a reflection of a statue that stands on the roof of the Primary School of Ayia Marina. The quickly drying puddle lies on the open air basketball court a few metres from the school building that opened in 1890 and bears neoclassical characteristics. There are two more statues on the roof, of Apollo and Pallas Athena. The statue in the reflection shows Calliope, the Muse of epic poetry, daughter of Zeus and mother of Orpheus.
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jemaflor (74128) 2013-09-08 23:50
Good idea and intersting esult with the statue reflection on water, well managed.
mesutilgim (73080) 2013-09-08 23:58
Hello dear Ourania,
Great obserbation and perfect capture !! At first instance I was irritated, bu than after reading your notes I got the message .
I would recommend to try different values of light (on Photoshop) as the material itself is just very good.
I will try and post one, just to give you an idea what I mean.
TFS and have a nice start in the new week.
mirosu (8216) 2013-09-09 0:01
Before reading your introductory note I was studying content of this photo. I'm proud that I've recognized this statue reflection, and your note confirmed this. You are very creative photographer, a very good example that you can produce nice photo from nothing. Well done my friend. Greetings, Miro.
carlo62 (19513) 2013-09-09 0:15
bel colpo d'occhio, dalla miniatura non si capiva un gran che.
Un minimalismo con particolare incorporato.
krzychu30 (12777) 2013-09-09 1:10
Well seen and excellently executed scene Ourania!
Reflections in the puddles are so great fun to take a pictures of them.I enjoy here the outcome of your work!The surface of the basketball court provides here superb backdrop and th elittle puddle and reflected in the water statue are really magnificent addition.
Creative and having strong graphics image!
Have a nice day
saxo042 (33940) 2013-09-09 1:14
A nice observation, you really have to stand at the right place and in the right angle to see this motive. An interesting picture with pleasant blue colours.
ikeharel (44125) 2013-09-09 1:27
Marvelous idea and well spotted the reflection, Ourania.
Even a small puddle can make the photographer as an artist. Nicely employed the opportunity, light and clarity.
snunney (72796) 2013-09-09 2:29
An apt and and inspired title that matches the composition perfectly. Well seen this reflection and nicely presented. Pleasantly lit and with good rendering of the textures.
subhendu_bagchi (21140) 2013-09-09 2:38
hi, an interesting composition here with the reflection in puddle. Love your presentation of it upside down. Excellent clarity. Good contrast with the white statue. Excellent catch. Tfs.
dkmurphys (42597) 2013-09-09 3:49
A true original scene. I like your idea a lot, very well taken. The quality is also good.
Enjoy a fine new week.
jhm (128091) 2013-09-09 4:41
Reflections in the puddles are so great fun to take a pictures of them
Wonderful scene, nice found.
I like your choice of your angle excellent with very fine details.
Excellent composition, nice captured, good presentation.
Very well done, TFS.
Have a nice day,
gojo (1393) 2013-09-09 7:47
Brilliant! Took a while to see what it is. I love it!
lousat (64295) 2013-09-09 9:05
Ciao Ourania,uno dei riflessi piu' originali che si siano mai visti,poi cosi' piccolo e minimalista fa' ancora piu' effetto,davvero magnifica,con grandi dettagli nella miglior esposizione! Buona serata,Luciano
gervaso (9247) 2013-09-09 9:08
Very original picture of the reflection on the puddle, with a beautiful detail on it! The idea of presenting it upside down was great! Wonderful job!
abmdsudi (32529) 2013-09-09 9:19
An interesting point of focus making use of the puddle to get the reflection which leads to fig in almost soft blueish tones. Sincerely I feel that this type of shot work with strong colour breaker to add the vital punch; bright source of light to give you the contrast and sheen on that puddle. Hopefully my honest neg comments are okay with you and dont worry we all make mistakes and still learning. Practice makes perfect. Good attempt nevetherless. Congrats
Have a great day !!
Silvio1953 (105653) 2013-09-09 9:20
Ciao Ourania, gran bella vista di un luogo fantastico, composizione onirica, magnifici colori, brava, ciao Silvio
holmertz (31380) 2013-09-09 10:25
Again you surprise me with a brilliant composition (I shouldn't really be surprised by now) resulting from a very good observation. I have seen the WS made by Mesut, and although it is good I actually prefer your own version with the softer colours. This is similar in style to a painting which I once spent quite a lot of money on, so you should cherish this photo dearly.
Noel_Byrne (13436) 2013-09-09 10:46
I like to try and work out an image from the thumbnail at times, and I looked at this for a while. I was convinced that I was looking at an aerial shot of some kind looking down at a lake with a solitary person standing by it, so you got me on this one :)
Brilliantly seen, the statue reflects perfectly and changes the scene totally from something so everyday as a basketball court. Even the textures of the court itself do not look like I would expect. Brilliantly seen. Hw cool to have a school with such classical design too, sounds like a wonderful building.
All the best
Schnappilic (9088) 2013-09-09 10:57
A spectacular view using an original framing. Congratulations for this beautiful result!
pajaran (41787) 2013-09-09 11:38
Interesantan tekst o mestu i trenutku ...
Dobar ideja i realizacija lepom fotografijom.
Dobar rad, lep refleks i boje.
Prijatno vece i sve najbolje u novoj nedelji koja je pocela.
An interesting article about the place and moment ...
Good idea and realization beautiful photography.
Good work, nice reflection and colors.
Good evening and all the best in the new week that started.
Kugart (1776) 2013-09-09 14:01
I found this a bit puzzling in the beginning but the on reading your note it all became clear.
Well spotted the reflection of the statue in the puddle. It's unbelievably clear against the blue colour of the basketball court. Excellent.
mcmtanyel (5321) 2013-09-09 21:49
This is an excellent idea, very well seen! I would, however, look for a larger puddle or go for tighter framing. I tried a cinemascope aspect ratio (21:9) and will upload it to the ws.
tyro (15729) 2013-09-10 3:00
This is a delightful photograph of a scene which was very well observed by yourself and very well taken too! Most of us just look, but you also see!
I presume that you also inverted this image so that we now see Calliope upright as a reflection in this lovely cloud-shaped puddle?
Lovely light and colours, perfect exposure and excellent details and sharpness.
Very well observed and taken!
P.S. I don't know if you have ever seen an old musical instrument named after this Muse - it's also called a "Calliope" - like an organ, powered by a steam engine and often with moving figures on it. We very occasionally see them at steam fairs and vintage car meetings. Quite interesting!
danos (78144) 2013-09-10 10:46
πολύ όμορφη παρουσίαση της αντανάκλασης με το μπλε τ' ουρανού να δημιουργεί αυτή την ευχάριστη έκληξη στο μάτι του 'ψαγμένου' φωτογράφου.Το επάνω μέρος του αγάλματος συμπληρώνει το όλο σκηνικό.
amaryllis (32065) 2013-09-12 4:22
Non le titre n'est pas decevant, au contraire, c'est une superbe réalisation avec ce reflet de cette statue dans l'eau, une bonne idée de réalisation
Gigidusud (10314) 2013-09-20 13:50
Ben visto la statua nella pozzanghera e buona immaginazione per il titolo. Vedo che hai ancora la macchina fotografica al lavoro! ;)
adores (30855) 2013-10-08 11:20
It's a simple detail, but you got a very nice composition. I like the way you framed the reflection of the statue and the blue sky in the puddle. It works very well. Very well seen!