When I arrived in Poland on my recent journey, and the first few days that I spent in Warsaw, it was very hot. When I proceeded north the weather changed, and when I reached Gdańsk on the Baltic coast the temperature had dropped from 32 °C to 9 °C in just a couple of days. It was cold, windy and rainy and generally unpleasant.
The city looked dark and dull, in spite of the beauty of most buildings in the restored historical centre. However, the many groups of children from schools or kindergartens always brightened any dull view.
In 20th century history Gdańsk is mainly known as the city where the first shots were fired in WW2, and as the birthplace of the Solidarity (Solidarność) movement, the trade union that eventually indirectly tore down the Iron curtain and overthrew the Soviet Union.
There are more bright kids from Gdańsk in a workshop.
Here is a larger version.
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jhm (142920) 2014-08-02 6:28
Brightness on a dull day, but you took a very nice picture with all these children with a rain jacket.
Through the floor get we a good perspective picture.
Excellent composition, nice presentation too.
Very well done, TFS.
Have a nice weekend,
ourania (35164) 2014-08-02 6:46
I like both of your pictures very much, this one a little more because the view is richer and contains more stories. It's so interesting that, although we are viewing only a tiny portion of the city, it feels like we are observing a good slice of its daily life. The colourful group looks so cute, it brings dynamism and energy into the gloomy scenery. The contrast created by the movement and mood of the other passers by is striking. All the people are placed perfectly, you extracted the essence of this casual scene very skillfully. Congratulations and thank you!
All the best, have a great weekend,
siudzi (34131) 2014-08-02 6:48
Sorry to hear that you met such a bad weather in Gdansk:( Indeed, this is very beautiful city with lovely old town and lots opportunities for photographers. Even the rainy day you were able to take an interesting and attractive shot. I like it! I found something special in this scene...
rbassin (19485) 2014-08-02 7:58
Le groupe d'enfants avec les habits de couleurs apporté de la gaieté dans ce jour terne.
C'est bien vu, une scène agréable.
tyro (21634) 2014-08-02 8:00
This is a photograph which reinforces the view that one shouldn't immediately put away one's camera as soon as it starts to rain. Because the soft diffuse light and the wetness does quite often bring a wonderful vibrance to colours, as it certainly has here.
We can really appreciate that it's raining, the children and others in the queue well wrapped up in their brightly coloured plastic coats and with the man in the foreground stooped in an attempt to avoid the worst of the rain. In fact, the only person not making any real effort to avoid the rain is the lone lady on the left whose desire for nicotine makes her quite immune to a soaking.
A well captured shot with lovely soft light, fine vibrant colours, good composition and excellent details and sharpness.
mohammad_H (9706) 2014-08-02 8:03
Rain is always nice, but we do not like, it's raining in Travel Charming atmosphere, cool summer weather Eye-catching and pleasant Excellent clarity and sharpness Goodnight
dta (70387) 2014-08-02 8:31
Hello Gert ,
Your right , the colorul jackets of the children , and wet pavement , provide some brightness to this interesing street scene , by this dul rainy day .
Well done .
rychem (26860) 2014-08-02 8:40
I like rainy photos, the contrast is not so strong, and the wet pavement offers nice reflections, the day was dark but the group of children is very colorful, well done
photographer_sg (4410) 2014-08-02 9:15
The group of children in their colourful raincoats makes a great subject that would definitely brighten up any dull scenario. Here of course, the wet road with the lovely old building has great atmosphere too. The composition as always is spot on.
Thanks for sharing this beautiful daily life shot.
Have a nice Sunday
Nicou (127964) 2014-08-02 9:27
sous la pluie ave la brillance au sol quelle scène de rue d'un coté le personnage de l'autre ce groupe d'enfant bien alignées tout en couleur superbe.
Bravo et amitié
pajaran (54203) 2014-08-02 9:32
Dobar dan, popodne.
Interesantan tekst o gradu i trenutku sa opisom.
Lep pogled na decu sa kisnim kabanicama ...
Dobar trenutak snimka, kontrast i perspektiva, lepo pokazano mesto i deca na kisi.
Dobar rad sa lepim fotografijama u radionici.
Lepo popodne i sve najbolje za vikend, srecno.
Good afternoon, this afternoon.
An interesting article about the city and the moment the description.
Nice view of the children with raincoats ...
Good time recording, contrast and perspective, nice place and showed the children in the rain.
Good work with the beautiful photographs in the workshop.
Nice afternoon and all the best for the weekend, good luck.
lousat (81158) 2014-08-02 10:00
Hi Gert,it looks to be in northern Italy during the last weeks,very bad weather and cold wind too..ehehe..very very nice capture of this sad rainy day in Gdanks,i like the architechture of the facades,and the guys go to school are the right touch of colors to the dark composition! Have a nice evening and thanks,Luciano
kasianowak (7421) 2014-08-02 10:54
These kids are ever so colourful! The little waterproof jackets look like uniforms designed specifically to brighten dull days. :-)
I think there is something photogenic about rain - I like the reflections in the wet pavement here.
saxo042 (37602) 2014-08-02 11:55
Det finns mängder med detaljer i den här bilden men det är väl främst mannen i de mörka kläderna som hukar sig för vädret som präglar hela bilden. Det ser ju verkligen dyster och otrivsamt ut här även om de färgglada barnen lyser upp scenen.
abmdsudi (45748) 2014-08-02 20:13
This places the figures in an urban scene with the fluid sense of motion and its sense of time passing as we watch, and from a photographic pov, its perfect, as it captures the essence of the scene enhancing what was there. Brightly coloured accessories are always good value with sharp element in the background as a contrast and to create a stable frame to hold the eye. The wet floor adds a good overall effect. Fun street shot, well done, Congrats.
emka (84305) 2014-08-03 0:04
Hello Gert, I was waiting impatiently :) for photos from Gdansk. What a pity with the rain although you used it well for a nice shot. Really you had bad luck with the weather in Poland. I remember these Soprano ice cream. Very colourful group of kids and nice architecture in the background. Excellent photo in this dull rainy day.
I was a guide again yesterday (third day in a week :)), it was hot day, 32 grad.
have a great Sunday
macjake (60048) 2014-08-03 6:20
yes, we certainly get a sense of that cold weather from the man in the fg - he looks like he wants to go inside as soon as possible.
too bad the weather changed that drastically. Was it like this for your entire time in Gdansk?
At least it allowed for the children to put on colorful rain jackets - otherwise that wouldn't have happened for you.
nobody out on the patios eating lunch today!
fun shot though.
Silvio1953 (128528) 2014-08-03 6:31
Ciao Gert, lovely composition with nice people,despite rain wonderful bright colors, excellent clarity and splendid light, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio
eldancer1 (30873) 2014-08-03 7:29
Nice to see ordinary people doing their daily routine in this famous city. The rain did you a favor, it added texture or shine to the image. Good lighting in spite of the cloudy and good details. Well done, tfs.
Fis2 (88885) 2014-08-03 8:49
Curious scene from street in Gdansk.
I like frame and colors.
Photo has interesting climate.
Good reportage shot.
SnapRJW (31625) 2014-08-03 12:17
Hello dear Gert - The man walking into the FG makes a sharp contrast to the colourfully dressed school children .... he looks so glum and downcast. Is this a visual comment on the innocence and joy of the young and the cynicism of maturity I wonder? The youngsters remind me of colourful spring and summer flowers, the more mature man heralds the approach of winter.
A shot that raises questions for me.
As an aside, I love the man who watches the scene from his sheltered doorway. Human stories and fascinating ones too!
mesutilgim (88220) 2014-08-03 14:16
Hello dear Gert,
Allhough quite wet and rainy the scenery, those kids with their colorfull raincoats creates a perfect eyecatcing effect.
TFS and best regards
Tigerlily (3107) 2014-08-04 2:45
A very observant image, and a lovely one as well..children always bring something new to the surrounds. I like the colours of the kids' raincoats and the reflections on the wet ground as well. Yes, they brightened the dull miserable day.. Further more, the man on the foreground made a perfect contrast.
trevormoffiet (3112) 2014-08-04 3:38
Även om arkitekturen är intressant det är uppenbart att ditt fotografi är av folket. Jag tycker att det är meningsfullt att de färgglada barn är rör sig i en riktning, medan den gamle mannen klädd i mörka kläder är rör sig i motsatt riktning.
PiotrF (10656) 2014-08-04 6:54
Excellent observation, interesting street scene with colourful group of kids. Excellent composition, colour and presentation be superb.
Thank you for the interesting notes.
Royaldevon (32681) 2014-08-04 10:51
You are right, a group of infants, out for an exciting day, will brighten any grey day! I just love all their bright waterproofs and wellingtons!
A very well composed shot with strong contrasts: the strongly placed man, dull and braced against the cold, opposed by the bright group of children, all holding hands. I like how their reflected colours almost touch the grim-faced man!
My warm regards,
serp2000 (41700) 2014-08-04 11:41
And I remember very hot and sunny Gdansk of July'2012.
Thanks a lot for this interesting note, Yes, I know these stories from Gdansk history. The architecture of Danzig is just great! Well, not every day could brings us something new, fun and good weather. This man looks like a symbol of this dull day. Amazing comparison. TFS!
stego (24030) 2014-08-04 13:01
You captured very well that atmosphere, too wintry for my taste, but I appreciate the effective way you captured the life on the place, a bit reminiscent of neo-realistic or Nouvelle Vague films — one can wonder what each of those persons are thinking about and imagine the cheerful noise of the children, perhaps in discordance with the grey of the day.
carlo62 (37340) 2014-08-04 14:46
bella composizione, un bel colpo d'occhio i colori dei bambini a passeggio nonostante la pioggia.
La speranza è sempre nelle mani dei più piccoli, ma bisogna essere noi a spiegargli che le guerre fanno solo male.
COSTANTINO (58813) 2014-08-05 1:58
Hello my dear friend
well captured shot with the children under the
rain I like this simplicity with the colorful
dresses and this moody atmosphere
this colorful group looks so cute
have a nice time
Cricri (110295) 2014-08-05 7:00
Belle scène de vie sous la pluie, j'aime la brillance des pavés et les couleurs des vêtements des enfants qui ajoute de la gaité a cette journée maussade
npecanhuk (69208) 2014-08-05 9:01
Interesting street & daily life photograph!
No, rain didn't prevent you from taking an attractive picture, full of eye-catching elements!
Sharpness, exposure, colors, horizontal format, chosen pov and composition are all excellent!
TFS - congrats,
nikkitta (16230) 2014-08-05 12:30
I posted a similar scene of colorful kids at Paris, remember?
Here they put the color note on a rainy day, providing that way, not to despair with rain but search and be creative
Like how you composed the capture people coming, children going
Well done, regards
jcpix (13730) 2014-08-07 19:11
Despite the stormy conditions, you've extracted a lot of color from this scene. I really like the timing of this shot to capture the opposing direction of pedestrians and the school group...a virtual "coming and going" on all accounts. It can undoubtedly be miserable under such conditions, but it also provides some different opportunities, assuming you're hand is steady enough and not shivering from the cold. :) I think the gentleman in the foreground here tells a lot of that side of the story, camera or not...he appears to be on a quick mission to get out of the elements. Glad you didn't put your camera away under the drizzly skies. Enjoy the new day. All the best.
mirosu (15126) 2014-08-08 7:01
Excellent bad weather street photo. Superb arrangement with the pedestrians and the colourful kindergarten group. I like the BG with old building façade and the row of nice street light posts.
Very well done.
imageme (1790) 2014-08-17 10:22
Hi Gert, Nice reflections on the road and the children all in rainy coats are cute. The children are going to the different directions from the adults....quite a moment in the rain. Well managed exposure to have this clarity and details delivered in the rain. Thank for sharing
mkamionka (32043) 2014-09-17 13:48
children indeed add a very nice touch here. I have a little daughter so most photos which I take nowadays are children photos :)
Wet pavement is another very photogenic subject, here it also creates pleasant geometric effect.
It seems you have well covered Polish major cities.
Very well done!