8 March is International Womens' Day. In Australia, it's not really celebrated, but in Italy, where I have lived for a considerable amount of time over the years, it, like their women, is celebrated and venerated. So, today especially, I want to acknowledge and thank all the wonderful women that have been in my life and the fantastic ladies here on TE.
I should add that the mountains in the background are called the Three Sisters.
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ACL1978 (7511) 2014-02-28 17:44
Hi Lisa - I'm not one of TE's women, but I can certainly appreciate the dedication and the shot. International Women's Day doesn't get much coverage in the US but I'm glad it's being recognized in at least some places.
Great shot to ring in this day - clearly an enterprising woman here, climbing to a high point and contemplating existence from it. Good choice for B&W too. Thanks for the shot and for reminding me of the date!
jemaflor (97305) 2014-02-28 23:39
Good idea and nice composition for this particular day, good presentation in b&w, interesting contribution.
SnapRJW (31629) 2014-03-01 0:28
Thank you Lisa for your wonderful words! Your shot is beautiful in B&W, I like your controlled DOF and use of negative space which allows the woman to 'fill the frame'. Excellent tonal quality and sharp detail and although I cannot see her face there is more than enough information for me to build a quick 'sketchy impression' of this young female. How lovely that she looks so natural, our womanhood is so often hidden behind the artificial.
As to celebrating the TE girls, you, both here and on FB are inspirational. Thank you dear friend
tenretin (2559) 2014-03-01 0:37
It's a nice shot to image the International Women's Day and the black and white suits the subject. You just gave me an idea. Thank you!.
ikeharel (71459) 2014-03-01 1:06
Probably in Australia women have more self-assurance about their place in life, Lisa, so they less celebrate this day - in a more conservative societies women tend to fight for their rights - so claiming a special day for a celebration.
I am not a sexist at all - love women, always have them around me, and appreciate that for a fact.
Nice sneaking behind this beatiful blond, if a man would do this ... what people would say?
Charming tattoo she has.
Enjoy and celebrat, nice weekend,
Sergiom (79721) 2014-03-01 5:21
In Québec, it is Women's week. Probably because we want to give them more and more.
I like this composition because there is a story behind and also because the depth of field that you chose.
Have a great Women's Day
sabermonajati (11239) 2014-03-01 5:39
interesting frame with nice note.
tyro (24828) 2014-03-01 5:45
Ciao cara Lisa,
Well I don't think that International Women's Day is really celebrated here in Brotain either - at least my wife didn't know anything about it! But it is interesting that it's celebrated in Italy - I just wonder if Silvio Berlusconi realises that?
A very fine photograph which works very well in monochrome where you have really brought out come lovely tones and some fine strong contrasts. I'm amazed too that you managed to blur the background so wonderfully well even at such a small aperture as f/13.
A beautifully crisp and sharp picture with good composition, lovely light and tones and exquisite details and clarity.
Silvio1953 (143240) 2014-03-01 7:00
Ciao Lisa, in Italia si festeggia l'8 marzo, ma tanti auguri lo stesso a te e a tutte le donne di TE, gran bel bianco e nero, bravissima, ciao Silvio
photoray (13981) 2014-03-01 8:00
Interesting candid of the female looking towards a landscape unknown to us for your use of shallow depth of field. And I have seen the tattoo symbol before but do not know its meaning.
Frankly speaking, I have worked with far more ethical females than males within government. Perhaps this is why so many male bureaucrats are extremely afraid of Hillary Clinton being elected President?
Thanks for sharing,
krzychu30 (15512) 2014-03-01 8:41
apt picture for this special day.But apart from that,I love the photo for its significance and meaning.
Very peaceful and pensive atmosphere you´ve created here and choice of B&W was a great idea.
And one thing more-the way you´ve coped with DOF is superb and contributes to the success of your composition.
Have a nice weekend
Noel_Byrne (31132) 2014-03-01 9:18
The lady in the scene seems a little forlorn to me for some reason. Even though we cannot see her face to read her emotions, her body language seems a little slumped. The weight of the world on her, and off in the great beyond, the world lies waiting to be viewed, but in a focus that makes us try to look harder. As she must so often try harder, just to be equal. Its a beautiful conversion to black and white and a powerful message.
Then again, perhaps we just see and read things as we ourselves feel. I remember hearing a line before, As we think, so we feel, as we feel, so our body responds. (heard that in hypnotherapy to stop smoking :D)
I visited a very special lady just earlier today. I left her flowers and lit a candle so wherever she is, she knows I still miss her. This is a beautiful and powerful image to view as I arrive home.
But, I raise a glass and a hearty salute.
Un bambino chiese a sua madre: " Perché piangi ? " "Perché sono una donna , " gli disse .
" Non capisco ", ha detto . La sua mamma appena lo abbracciò e disse: " E tu non lo farà mai . "
In seguito il ragazzo chiese a suo padre: " Perché la madre sembra a piangere senza motivo? "
" Tutte le donne piangono senza ragione », fu tutto suo padre riuscì a dire .
Il bambino crebbe e divenne un uomo , chiedendosi ancora perché le donne piangono .
Infine, ha messo in una chiamata a Dio . Quando Dio ha il telefono , ha chiesto , "Dio , perché le donne piangono così facilmente ? "
Dio disse: " Quando ho fatto la donna doveva essere speciale .
Ho fatto le spalle abbastanza forti per portare il peso del mondo ,ancora abbastanza delicato per dare conforto .
Le ho dato una forza interiore per sopportare il parto e il rifiuto che molte volte viene dai suoi figli .
Le ho dato una durezza che le permette di andare avanti quando tutti gli altri si arrende , e prendersi cura della sua famiglia attraverso la malattia e la fatica senza lamentarsi .
Le ho dato la sensibilità di amare i suoi figli sotto qualsiasi circostanza , anche quando suo figlio le ha fatto male molto male .
Ho dato la forza di portare il marito attraverso le sue colpe e il suo stile dalla sua costola per proteggere il suo cuore.
Ho dato la sua saggezza per sapere che un buon marito non fa mai male la moglie , ma a volte prova la sua forza e la sua volontà di stare accanto a lui senza esitare .
E, infine , ho dato una lacrima da versare. Questo è il suo esclusivo da utilizzare ogni volta che è necessario. "
"Vedi figlio mio », disse Dio , " la bellezza di una donna non è nei vestiti che indossa , la figura che lei porta , o il modo in cui si pettina .
La bellezza di una donna deve essere vista nei suoi occhi , perché quella è la porta del suo cuore - . Il luogo dove l'amore risiede "
Romano46 (18472) 2014-03-01 10:59
un bianco e nero eccellente del quale, a parte i dettagli di carattere tecnico, sempre superbi, mi piace il significato intrinseco della composizione con la figura femminile che sembra guardare il mondo che però appare essere lontano nella sua sfocatura.
Forse un modo di evidenziare che le donne non sono tenute ancora nella considerazione che meritano?
Un abbraccio ed un augurio di una buona domenica
ktanska (27672) 2014-03-01 12:00
I really like the candid idea behind this, it is a clever shot of the four sisters! Well framed and B&W gives better focus on the human sister.
I started thinking why even flower shops didn't seem to advertise Womens' Day here. Checking Wikipedia revealed that it is 8th March. Maybe I should have known that, but I tend to think that only public holidays are worth remembering.
macjake (67806) 2014-03-01 12:02
Can't predict your behavior....you post almost nothing for several days...then you post like you've forgotten to take your Bi-Polar meds!
what's up man!!!
Oh, I guess I should say what up WOMAN! haha
How do you know all of these International Day day's? does your calender have them all written down or something...you often mention these types of days :)
and thats great because it brings awareness.
I certainly didn't know, Tosca doesn't know.
glad you posted this one. Women have come such a long way...its almost impossible to believe that only a few decades ago Women didn't have the right to vote in America, Canada and i'm sure other countries too, same with African Americans..etc...maybe one day in the future the same will be said about the whole Same-Sex-Marriage issues.
lots of thoughts come to mind with this post.
carlo62 (48325) 2014-03-01 14:11
Sulla faccia delle donna
batte quasi sempre il sole
per noi "che se non ci fossero loro"!
A noi basta una parola
anche un gesto solamente
per cambiare il colore di un giorno ....
tra pochi giorni festeggiamo in Italia, ma la cosa assurda è avere un giorno per festeggiarvi, come se ci si ricordasse delle donne una volta all'anno.
Non posso crederlo assolutamente, le donne, nella maggior parte dei casi, vengono festeggiate ogni giorno, ma solo per colpa di pochi, succedono brutte cose e sono quelle a cui facciamo caso.
Ottima condivisione, è sempre un piacere festeggiarvi.
lousat (91424) 2014-03-01 15:38
Ciao Lisa,una scelta davvero originale per celebrare questa ricorrenza,ti dico la verita',oggi non si è sentita molto,forse perche' oramai è una festa fuori moda e fuori luogo,un tempo studiata per difendere i diritti delle donne,ma adesso le cose si sono rovesciate e sono loro che comandano..ehehe...complimenti per lo scatto e buona Domenica,Luciano
Subhogen (4067) 2014-03-03 2:09
Wonderful post and dedication through this artistic and creative B&W photo. I like the plan of the shot..the lady in sharp focus and the rest out of focus. Perfect sync with the theme and mood of the photo.
We don't get to see her face but looks like she is in a contemplative mood, looking over the horizon towards distant land she is yet to reach.
I sometimes wonder what I would do without the women in my life be it my mother, my wife or my sister. They are my pillars of strength. Thanks a lot for posting this.
jcpix (13930) 2014-03-03 18:11
Gidday, my Aussie counterpart,
How are ya'? Well, I'm a little late to the party here...having 5 sisters myself, it's only proper that I acknowledge this International Women's Day in appreciation though. You women drive us crazy sometimes, but truth be told, we couldn't live without you...although I'm still holding strong! lol
Not a day I was familiar with, as it would seem with many, but this is all part of the TE experience and goal...so it's truly great to learn new things through our interactions, ones which don't always have to be about tourism necessarily. Love the depth of field, keeping full focus on your intended subject and message while still allowing for interest far beyond. Here's to the ladies, cheers!
Have a good one ADB, take it easy.
emka (97683) 2014-03-04 14:29
Ciao Lisa, Beautiful photo of this blond woman looking at the Three Sisters, I could be like her. excellent black and white shot, with special mood.
I have rather bad memories with the Women's day. In communist Poland, all whatever higher posts were occupied by men and once a year, they invited women to say how they are grateful and gave one flower, usually carnation sometimes a small gift and we had to sign that we received it. For me, it was always full of hypocrisy. Now maybe the women are not quite equal but it is much better.
But earlier it was important when the women had to fight for their rights. It seems now incredible that they were not allowed to study, for instance mathematics at the universities, in many countries not so long time ago. Caltech opened its doors to female undergraduates in 1970!
Warm regrads MAlgo
willperrett (10713) 2014-03-06 1:24
Katoomba in glorious monochrome! I love the composition, and admire your decision not to shoot the almost inevitable postcard from this location. I was guilty of that myself, and was predictably disappointed with the results: just another mug-shot. Somehow the woman's gaze out of shot emphasizes the vast scale of the Jamison Valley. Nice one.