A scene I was lucky to capture on the beach of Gourna, in the west of Leros. I had been trying to take a picture of the parasols against the sea but there were always people interfering. I was lowering my camera when I saw this little girl running into the area I had been trying to shoot. I reacted instinctively but the early afternoon colours weren't so good so I turned the picture into monochrome and discovered that this way it looked much more interesting, at least to me.
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Noel_Byrne (22691) 2014-06-12 8:56
Now that's timing :) What a perfect moment to capture this girl mid cartwheel and with such perfect clarity. With no sense of motion blur at all, it looks almost as if she is walking on her hands out to see! The parasols makes an interesting scene (like them in black and white very much) but like you say, even more interest with this well timed capture of the girl. This could be a scene from an advertisement for so many products!
Thanks as always for sharing
Silvio1953 (119497) 2014-06-12 9:06
Ciao Ourania, gran tempismo nel cogliere l'acrobazia, splendido bianco e nero, brava, ciao Silvio
ikeharel (55200) 2014-06-12 9:11
Rightfully show this in B&W format, and yet - there is a good DOF and sharp details on the beach with a bit of the far slope on the bay.
The kid playing "Gym" added nice action to the scene.
williewhistler (13509) 2014-06-12 10:35
a timeless beach scene in BW that accentuates the texture and graphical elements very well with the gymnast adding a nice dynamic touch.
papagolf21 (84628) 2014-06-12 11:25
Un joli moment de la vie quotidienne. Le personnage est parfaitement placé dans la composition.
Le choix du noir et blanc est bien vu à travers cette composition.
chrislo (4151) 2014-06-12 12:52
The beach is an excellent playing field and you have caught this young gymnast at the precise moment of her acrobatic display. Nice POV along this attractive Greek beach. Good framing to concentrate on the beach and seashore. The black and white treatment gives a timeless feel to this scene. A fine image with great depth.
carlo62 (30441) 2014-06-12 14:59
bella e simpatica questa foto, esprime l'essenza dell'estate, spiaggia, mare e bambini che si divertono.
Originale e bella la scelta del b&w.
elenimavrandoni (14241) 2014-06-12 18:41
Ουρανία μου, ναι αυτη ειναι η χαρά του καλοκαιριου, η ξενοισιά, το παιχνίδι, η παραλία και η ανεμελιά...η νοσταλγία του να ειμαστε παιδιά πάλι ειναι εντονη στην καρδια και η επιθυμία του να γινοταν αυτο αληθινο πιο ζωντανη απ'ολα τα αλλα συναισθήματα...
πάει και η επίσημη πρωτη στο Μουντιάλ, απ'οσα λένε τα μισά να πιστεύεις..σε μια πόλη με εξι εκκατομυρια ανθρώπους ειναι φυσικό να υπάρχουν απ'ολα...
μια απίστευτη εμπειρία που δεν συγρκίνεται με καμία άλλη που εχω ζησει ως τωρα σε διοργάνωση...
σ' ευχαριστω πολύ να εισαι καλά!!
jcpix (13346) 2014-06-12 20:51
I see your instincts serve you well, this is a terrific capture in the blink of an eye. Just when you think people are the problem, they end up being the perfect solution. :) I'm afraid if I'd tried this now I might just break an arm!?
Another fun filled, youthful exuberant type of shot. Something that happens all the time with kids, and you were fortunate enough to grab this moment and have such a wonderful backdrop that makes it all the more happy and playful. Something about the black & white conversion that gives this image a nostalgic feel, I bet this would even look great with some added grain.
So many possibilities at the beach, and you definitely came away with a candid beauty! The joy of summer indeed. Enjoy the new day. All the best.
jhm (137518) 2014-06-13 1:31
I have few seen black and white picture of you.
Of course this is a choice of the photographer, composition and presentation are excellent.
But I am no big fan of black and white, 45 year worked with black and white, for my is over now.
But I can appreciate your picture, and enjoy of the sea and the area.
Very well done, TFS.
Have a nice weekend,
arnie (1779) 2014-06-13 2:50
A great piece of timing. Great detail, with the girl to the side. Works well in Mono.
Have a nice weekend.
Sergiom (57673) 2014-06-13 5:37
J'aime beaucoup la désaturation de l'image qui donne un petit côté documentaire à l'image. Tout est très bien placé dans l'image à partir du jeune qui fait la roue et les parasols très symétriques en arrière plan.
mirosu (13155) 2014-06-13 6:33
You have captured this sea beach side from excellent perspective. Monochrome conversion works very well here. You have captured the exercising girl in golden moment.
Very well done.
Nicou (119347) 2014-06-15 21:13
superbe compo NB quel iamge avec les ombrelles et ce gymnaste très agile sur le sable sueprbe ensemble.
Bravo et amitié
holmertz (39427) 2014-06-16 12:38
You probably did well to convert this picture to B&W. That makes it look timeless, just as children's joy of summer is timeless. It's a lovely spontaneous and joyful shot with the line of sunbeds and umbrellas along the beach making a perfect backdrop.
mjw364 (7270) 2014-06-17 11:54
I love this image - it should be hanging in a gallery. It has everything for me - graphical lines, dynamism, depth, it tells a story of the joy of life. In my mind I immediately thought of a Henri Cartier-Bresson when I saw this - the decisive moment captured so perfectly. For me this is the best photograph in your entire gallery and I would be so excited if I had taken this image myself. Absolutely excellent. I love it.
Graal (96404) 2014-06-17 23:04
nice scenery. Amazing fun on the beach. Good shot. Photo I like.
Have a nice day.
PiotrF (6668) 2014-06-19 15:19
Amazing, great joy of summer.Very well captured and nicely composed shot of a pleasant atmosphere. The light is perfectly managed and b&w are excellent.
mcmtanyel (12017) 2014-06-30 20:50
Sometimes converting to B&W will cover over a multitude of sins, Ourania. I am glad you did not give up on the photo because the composition is just lovely. B&W helps the viewer notice the excellent composition without getting distracted.
adores (35614) 2014-07-06 8:13
You were really lucky to capture such a moment with the girl playing and the two persons in background. Seems like an old photo! A great moment and a very good b&w!
- Copyright: Ourania Karali (ourania) (29309)
- Genre: People
- Medium: Black & White
- Date Taken: 2014-06-10
- Categories: Daily Life, Decisive Moment
- Exposure: f/8, 1/800 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2014-06-12 8:48
- Favorites: 1 [view]