This is the frozen St. Lawrence river in the winter of 1986, the city of Montreal in the background. I took my gloves off for the shot and I could hardly take the shot, as the temperature was extremely cold and without the city back there I would have felt like in the North Pole.
The current condition of the 20-year old print is really horrible, I can't blame the scanner. But after conversion to B&W and playing a little bit with some of the parameters - it has somehow the flavor of the original composition; I hope that the result is decent, at least for those that like this kind of pictures.
The blur and the vague contrast are hopefully appropriate for a "memory" shot, and also they may somehow make the city to look like a distant mirage.
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emjleclercq (15780) 2006-05-21 10:05
I think we are both digging in old memories sometimes. The baxckground is the best part in my mind, that foggy line of buildings and skyscrapers on the horizon. A bit as if you were just arriving from the frozen wastelands and were discovering the city you were travelling to and now it is upon reach, at last...
Besides that : yes, the picture shows its age.
All the best,
pierrefonds (63270) 2006-05-21 11:00
Usually, the month of February is the coldest of the year. A good capture of the frozen St-Lawrence river and the city in the background, the blur is giving a special effect to the photo.
Robbienight (621) 2006-05-21 14:00
very nice image, especially for the composition, with great space for nature and the upper part of the shot dedicated to the city, which seems to be hidden behind a light fog.
TeresaT (10806) 2006-05-21 16:12
Hi My friend Daniel,
I see that you are bringing out old memories.
What I like most here is the skyscrapers on the horizon line and the fact that you put them in the uper part of the composition.
Davidwh (3662) 2006-05-21 16:32
I like the idea, it is something different and I think quite special.You have managed to give it the emotion you seeked and it seems that it was chosen by you for a reason...a pleasant memory I hope.TFS.
leo61 (0) 2006-05-21 16:50
A verry diferent shot in your gallery.
Nice b&w composition.I like how the natural foreground is dominating the urban landscape at the horizon.
Thanks and regards,
Angshu (56748) 2006-05-22 3:27
Quite a bleak landscape here Daniel...I seem to like the grains here..the choice of B&W is good considering the lack of colours anyway...Well done friend!
pranab (5354) 2006-05-22 3:42
for a 20 year old print you have recovered quite a bit of detail and depth here. this particular texture does give out a sense of time which passed by us.
feather (51130) 2006-05-22 5:55
Good choice of title as the building do appear as if a mirage across the desolate foreground. You seem to be enjoying a trip of nostalgia at the moment.
alvaraalto (6397) 2006-05-22 16:51
This kind of not perfect pictures often give a much better idea and representation of these extreme circumstances and special atmosphere.
saguzar (862) 2006-05-30 18:44
Is not so bad the pic´s condition.
For me is an excelent posting, show the severity of cold in this latitudes, and gives lonely sensation.
- Copyright: daniel yoffe (pastadog) (13111)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Black & White
- Date Taken: 1986-02-00
- Categories: Nature, Architecture
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Theme(s): 18 years old +, My Monochrome [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2006-05-21 8:33