A young fairy princess was waiting for her prince to arrive. She sat impatiently outside her castle, missing him more with each passing moment...
At least that's what it looked like to me. ;-)
This is actually a lovely spot called Bethesda Terrace in the middle of Central Park. Outside is the main part of the terrace, which overlooks the largest lake in the park. There is a view to the boathouse, and a lovely fountain and statue.
The terrace is on two levels, which are united by two large staircases on the sides, and a smaller one in the center. There are also beautiful ceramic tiles on the ceiling. This location was one of the first structures built in Central Park.
The arcade under the main staircase, which you see in this photo, has a very European feeling to it. It's easy to forget that you are even in NYC, and to imagine that you have been carried away to another place and time.
This young woman is actually a performer who was waiting for her partner, a gentleman dressed in a very exotic-looking costume, who was taking a short break. I have seen them in the park before.
I was happy to spend some time in Central Park with Serghei (serp2000) on the day this photo was taken. I look forward to seeing more of his NYC shots soon. :-)
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goodwill (4879) 2013-09-29 13:09
The dress plays a great role in their dance performances. This is done consciously and with a purpose.
Does your camera allow manual settings, as f/3.5 is turning the image into a bright image, as such the tones and the colour contrast is lesser.
However the presence of Ballerina is enough...........
serp2000 (33405) 2013-09-29 14:03
Amazing capture of a missing ballerina. I did not see this view, excellent composition and very nice details of architecture. Unfortunately, I don't have a time for processing of my pictures. Hope to show them very soon.
Best wishes from Phoenix!
macjake (45832) 2013-09-29 15:50
this is certainly one of those cases where i have to admit that Gert is correct - its best to have people in the photo sometimes (he'll say ALL the time lol)
take the performer out of the scene, and it loses so much human interest, and its much easier to miss the scene.
put the performer IN, and it skyrockets up the charts!
love seeing Central Park like this, and yes, We didn't get to see this area of the Park sigh....lol
hope to see more from your TE meeting
daddo (20669) 2013-09-29 16:45
Hi Brenda. A delicately rendered image, enigmatic and dreamlike. The watercolour tints give the whole thing a fairytale aspect. Regards. Klaudio.
emka (64492) 2013-09-29 23:54
Hello brenda, The Bethesda Terrace is something that i missed in NYC. What a pity that I didn;'t know you when I was in new York! I have read that you met lately Srghei. We also met in Warsaw, together with cr aig, it was fun.
Amazing shot and you note fits so well. It looks like a scene from a ballet. marvelous scene.
mjw364 (6142) 2013-09-30 1:45
I was looking at your Coney Island shots (in my mind I always think of Coney Island Baby - Lou Reed when I hear the name) and then saw this and decided to comment on this instead.
I love the way all the shapes are arranged in the scene; the arch on the left mirrored by the arch on the right with the smaller one framed inside the larger arch giving it depth. And of course the lone performer who is posed so aptly to give a sense of having fallen from some emotional height spurned by her lover perhaps. Forlorn and lonely she contemplates her abandonment. Like a scene from a fairy tale ballet. Really well captured Brenda, many thanks - I enjoyed this image a lot.
Romano46 (11871) 2013-09-30 2:54
una foto eccellente per la composizione con la contrapposizione tra la fine successione delle arcate dello sfondo, ricche di dettagli e di delicati colori che si contrappongono alla figura umana che per la posizione assume il significato che tu giustamente gli hai dato.
Una fine intuizione che hai realizzato ottimamente.
Ciao e buona giornata
CLODO (26616) 2013-09-30 9:05
I like this kind of picture where the human presence is essential not to be a common picture, giving another sense to the scene.
Noel_Byrne (13666) 2013-09-30 10:40
This is a brilliant catch, this is truly like a scene from a fairytale, and the whole image is so delicate and fragile. I think perhaps this is because of the sad pose of the princess, but this truly looks like her castle behind with all its magical colors. A wonderful composition and moment with superb colors and clarity, really nicely done!
All the best
SnapRJW (23982) 2013-09-30 11:15
This is so special Brenda. The young lady really does look like a fairy princess whose prince has forgotten her! The composition here is very good with the lone figure looking so small and alone in her wonderful courtyard. Delicate colours and soft light give your work the right dreamy look here. Very lovely! Warm regards rosemary
abmdsudi (32717) 2013-10-01 8:16
Needless to mention, quite a challenging shot as far as lighting is concerned but you've balanced the warm light really well achieving a very even and appealing effect. There is sufficient details around pleasantly viewable and we can enjoy the bigger perspective with the sense of depth and three dee feel in muted colour tones. The symmetry reveals the splendour of this magnificent hall, the eye grabbing sweetie little prince provides a strong pointer whilst waiting for the arrival of prince charming. It looks like you've discovered America's next top model Brenda!! Well done shot,, Congrats
holmertz (31552) 2013-10-03 11:19
This is an excellent photo and a very surprising one. I would never associate this view with NYC. Like Craig says, there should be people included in each and every photo, and for once he is absolutely right ;-).
It's not just the inclusion of the ballerina that makes this photo so great, it's the way she is sitting, like she is performing even when just waiting - maybe a bit bored - for her partner. And the whole place is just perfect for a photo.
I really like this one.
jcpix (6790) 2013-10-03 19:47
What a fantastic shot! I recognized the Terrace from the thumbnail...it alone is impressive, but to have captured this scene with the "lady in waiting" is just superb! This has such an artistic look and feel to it, something reminiscent of the Victorian era. Her pink hair too, it's the icing on the cake...giving that old world appeal a modern twist. :) Amazing what we stumble on sometimes....seemingly mundane for most, but a keen sense and good eye renders this type of result. Very well done. Glad you had a fun time as well with Serghei! Have a nice weekend ahead. Take good care.
Friendly wishes from Az.,
Nicou (106237) 2013-10-05 8:01
Quel personnage assis sueprbe iamge et compo fantastique ces arches et le tons le p^deux plans différents ce tons doux la ballerine tout en blanc toute pensive sueprbe.
Bravo et amitié
boa (4693) 2013-10-06 12:40
it is like Gert says, i would never associate this view with NYC. It looks more like mediterranean Europe. Italy if you like. A rather interesting scene especially when you consider that this is captured in a park in a world metropol..the presence of a ballerina in addition is wonderful. Well seen and captured!
Have a nice evening.
lousat (64563) 2013-10-07 2:24
Hi Brenda,a very artistic pic,no doubts.Magnificent capture of the perfomer waiting the partner,she looks a bit bored..ehehe...the composition is magic whit these pastel colors and fine details,you work very well in the best exposure,i like it! Have a nice week and thanks,Luciano
shevchenko (18725) 2013-10-08 1:22
Nice colourful wall that full with carvings and painting, good capture to an alone dancer at a quite corner that add more artistic feel to the scene, tidy shot, good color and lighting, distinct photo, good shoot.
bona (11212) 2013-10-08 20:27
this photo at Bethesda Terrace is wonderful! Love the woman and her costume sit there and as you said "waiting...". I like the mood you goot and the wonderful colors of these walls. Carolina said here "Oow! Beautiful!".
i9l2y1m8a8t3 (4614) 2013-10-09 23:04
I am very much aware of this place. We actually had a photoshoot here. It looks different during the day, it was actually gloomy when I visited the place. Nice take on here! Hope we could do a photoshoot whenever I'm in the area.
pyffepa (625) 2013-10-13 9:37
What a lovely picture, I appreciate the rich pastel tones on the walls and the view trough the arcades.
The picture could be sufficient without the ballerina but the character clearly bring mood in it.
A very good job, congratulations.
clic (12515) 2013-10-20 15:44
Looks more like Cinderella arrived too early to the castle, so that explains why she looks so disappointed, thinking she has been invited to 'the ball of absentees'!
The lone princess, so located in frame, creates an appealing visual balance to the classy decor.
maloutim (9503) 2013-10-25 17:00
Lovely details of the terrace, with the performer, a dancer I suppose waiting by the arcades adorned by the beautiful ceramic work.
I like the first paragraph of your note. It's exactly the feeling conveyed by your capture.
Thanks for sharing.
carlo62 (19729) 2013-10-29 23:54
direi una foto perfetta sotto ogni punto di vista, inquadratura millimetrica, composizione ineccepibile, esposizione corretta, ottimi colori.
Detto così va tutto bene, ma è una spiegazione tecnica e fredda, quello che trasmette la foto è molto di più, è l'atmosfera romantica, la posa di riflessione della ragazza, è un insieme elegante e passionale che attira l'attenzione dell'osservatore.
Complimenti per lo scatto.
Angshu (52966) 2013-10-31 22:39
A beautiful picture...one which tells a story!
The framing is beautiful with the two arcades covering the frame & two in the BG as well.
But it is the young woman who waits patiently - she is the main attraction in this stage...looks like a 'play'
rigoletto (32842) 2013-11-02 12:07
this is what i call "a hidden corner" of a city... could be rome, maybe vienna, but i would never associate this place with nyc. and that forgotten princess is... ooohh... what a wonderful and different photo from the city of skyscrapers. a loud cheerio for this :)
zoomer (4229) 2013-11-07 14:01
Hi,fantastic setting and composition!Love the atmosphere and colors.Well seen,friendly regards Wolf.
kato (9673) 2013-11-12 22:25
This is a super shot, so I can imagine as a story. It's a good situation there is a combination of a young ballerina, and architecture with elegant decoration and beautiful shapein back. It seems that she is waiting for something. Well composed and excellent tone/clarity.
jadesgran (4035) 2013-11-19 12:35
I think your interpretation is spot-on.
Well composed to include the lovely colourful designs in the many arches.
- Copyright: Brenda Elaine (worldcitizen) (5687)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2013-09-25
- Categories: Daily Life, Architecture, Artwork, Decisive Moment
- Exposure: f/3.9, 1/25 seconds
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- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2013-09-29 12:29
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