Taken during a lovely but all too short meeting with some TE friends in West Sussex, here near the legendary beauty spot of Devil's Dyke where, at the hilltop, people of all ages were enjoying a walk, the fine views and some were flying kites in the stiff breeze.
Here I was looking north from the South Downs over the little village of Poynings (pronounced Punnings) which lies about a mile away and about 400 feet below. The young boy and his father seemed to be having fun trying to fly an interesting kite in the shape of a shark.
You can see a larger version of this photograph on "beta" TE here.
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berek (50504) 2014-08-30 7:43
very good daily life view with beaoutiful nature. well framed picture.
have a nice weekend.
holmertz (53488) 2014-08-30 7:48
This is a lovely view of the scenery stretching far below, but of course the brightly dressed boy, his dad and their kite steal the show. This fine combination of human presence and natural beauty is entirely to my taste. It seems to have been a slightly hazy day but the light is good and the colours are perfect.
Silvio1953 (144334) 2014-08-30 10:29
Ciao John, lovely composition with nice couple, excellent clarity, wonderful colors and splendid light, very well done, my friend, have a good week end, ciao Silvio
macjake (68458) 2014-08-30 11:21
I have to admit, flying a kite is something i didn't do alot of as a child...i wonder why?
Living and growing up in Newfoundland we certainly had the wind! :)
you've set up the scene smartly John. Having placed the boy in the fg and the father in the bg, creates a good sense of depth and dof.
Same could be said for the landscape in the far bg. Its sort of like a 3-zone photograph.
Our eyes view the scene in 3 steps.
makes me want to buy a Kite :)
but here in Vancouver the trees hardly ever move! Not much wind around here.
always fun to see a new photo from you John
willperrett (10894) 2014-08-30 12:48
What were you doing in West Sussex without coming down to see me in Gosport?? In fact I thought the meeting was off, though originally I'd been invited. Never mind. This is a really strong image, with great depth, a result of the atmospheric haze in the distance. Beautifully framed as well: a crop of course, but why not? Nice one.
carlo62 (49175) 2014-08-30 13:55
la foto a questo aquilone è un ottimo pretesto per mostrarci lo splendido paesaggio sullo sfondo.
Le persone e l'aquilone aggiungono colore all'immagine.
CLODO (34546) 2014-08-31 0:51
A well composed and cropped image with the boy and his father trying to fly the kite against the hazy landscape. We feel the movement thanks to the curve of the kite tail.
3, 2, 1, Go!
Have a lovey sunday
Tigerlily (3379) 2014-08-31 4:30
A beautifully captured image. I especially like the way you composed the image. The boy, the father, and the kite .. with typical English landscape as background.. a wonderful summer holiday picture. A forever beautiful memory..
Hope that you are all having a good time there. Are you bring your little toy camera with you?;-)
Noel_Byrne (31418) 2014-08-31 9:17
Picture perfect view of these people flying th kite, envy thing here is so well consider and do well timed. The position of the boy and man in the frame creates amazing depth, and the view behind is superb. The child inside me really likes that kite too, I would love to have a go :)
williewhistler (16398) 2014-08-31 10:57
I do like the connection between the boy and his Dad,that moment of anticipation when take off is near or not...
You have managed to isolate them both nicely by keeping both nicely sharp before the distant hazy, harvested fields.
Best regards Les.
delpeoples (58278) 2014-08-31 22:26
I hope that you had a wonderful meeting with our TE friends. The countryside is quite beautiful and we do not often get to see Sussex here on TE. The daily life part of this photo is very endearing, and I love how sharp and immediate the little boy and his dad seem to be, thanks to the superb sharpness and depth of field. The colours are lifelike and superbly rendered. Thanks for sharing and I wish you a very happy week.
annjackman (21899) 2014-09-01 1:59
I watched you take this photo and didn't get one myself! Well done for getting the two figures spaced apart and the man framed by the kite tails. The shot also shows the Sussex view from the edge of the escarpment - beautifully done.
Kind Regards, Ann
wolf38 (31296) 2014-09-03 0:00
Hello John. The joys of summer. Kite flying is one thing for father and son. A wonderful photo with a lot of atmosphere.
photoray (13981) 2014-09-03 16:30
Fine kite flying exercise on the hilltop with the hazy Poynings valley background, agriculture field sections evident.
I am a kite flyer also, but usually along our windy Pacific coast.
Thanks for sharing,
PS; Pisces but can't swim. I knew astrology doesn't work.
SnapRJW (31629) 2014-09-17 11:20
Hello John - Back home and looking at this brings back wonderful memories of a fine few days spent in the company of what I consider to be lifelong TE friends. Well composed and cropped shot with the boy well positioned within the frame and the line of the kite leads nicely to the dad's action!. The soft background view gives a good feel for both the weather and the distant landscape.
Trust all is well.
- Copyright: John Cannon (tyro) (25286)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2014-08-27
- Categories: Daily Life, Nature, Decisive Moment
- Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark II, Canon 24-70mm f/2.8L USM, Hoya 77mm Pro1D UV(0)
- Exposure: f/9.0, 1/320 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Map: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2014-08-30 7:32