It takes 365 steps to get to the top of the hill to see the little El Calvari church in Pollenca. One after the other, in the hot sunshine.
Taking in the succulent smell of the pine trees was a joy and looking behind to see the steps I had climbed was a sight to behold.
As I neared the summit a melody could be heard, getting louder with every step. And there, just before the few final steps was a gentleman sat in the shade making sweet, sweet music.
His name was Nicolas Reinoso, a Cuban musician in Mallorca, and the sweet sound of his saxophone made reaching the top so very special!
(taken with a friend's Canon 300D and a 28 to 135mm lens @ 33mm)
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federico (2179) 2010-04-17 16:38
hi casper ,nice portrait, and good back ground also, maybe the subject is to dark, but anyway the saxophone resalt more this way
coco (30439) 2010-04-18 2:22
Difficult exposure. That man is too dark. There is no enough light.
However, the low POV is nice and also I like the composition and subject.
Thanks for sharing.
Glint (6165) 2010-04-18 4:04
excellent pov and I like the blue/gold combo. Pity about the under exposure. I like the bg with the church bell tower.
papera (13930) 2010-04-18 14:20
these are the moments where it really pays to have a good monitor - I was reading the comments about the subject being somehow underexposed, but on my Mac I can see clearly his face :)
I like the way the composition seems to have an imaginary diagonal line separating the player in the shade from the church and the background in the lighter area.
I can imagine that climbing 365 steps under the hot Spanish sun to find a man waiting for you with his saxophone was well worth the fatigue :)
Polonaise (5802) 2010-04-19 7:30
Great theme, great opportunity to produce a good photography.
The man was there, ready and willing, the saxophone and, the most important - the church and the crutch and, you somehow managed to screw up all of it.
Nothing more than a regular snapshot, like gazillions of them. Yet, it could be something good.
Let us see the music, brother. Not to read about the music.
Waylim (25182) 2010-04-24 14:22
Casper, the creature of the night?
I receive a comment from you late yesterday, I was surprise to see you're still up. I was thinking about you, because that is the kind of image that you would respond to, and sure enough, it's like fishing, you bit it as soon as the bait is down :) Hope all is well with you, judging from your recent posts, there are sad undertone and on a darker side, which gives the viewers a bit of a negative impression, and off course the subject matter also is the main contributing factor. Well I guess it was winter in the last few month, and you are in England :)
Well as for this post, the quality of the image is not so great or up to your normal capability. However, I find it rather personal, it was what you experience at the time, and it meant more to you than what we can gather from looking at this image. I can try to imagine being there to share the experience and the moment. So 1 point of that and one point for the effort. Not that you can pay your rent with these two points. I hope this note make you smile.
I hope you sleep better in the night. Take care and itís great to hear from you once in a while. I know most of my landscape posts are not your cup of tea, Iím going to China in October, hopefully I will come back with more interest people and cultural images.
bisok (948) 2010-05-16 21:24
There is a great potential in your photo !
However, I must admit, that Polonaise has "a little" right. By removing the branches from the photo (from over the man's head) and making his face a little lighter, it would be a bit better photo. However, being in your shoes, I would convert it to black and white (removing branches and making the face lighter prior to).
All in all, I like the photo. Good for you.
eldancer1 (26706) 2010-05-30 21:24
Very nice composition, I like the POV. Great colors and details.
jhm (137518) 2011-05-02 2:57
A black people take a picture in shaduw is absolutely not easy.
Certainly with a white light in background, I have also a 300D van Canon, this is a very good camera.
But I like the sharpness of the instrument with the yellow golden color.
Very well done, TFS.