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Cold and Grumpy. by jennystokes Cold and Grumpy. by jennystokes
Ha!
This is not how it seems.
I was 'intrigued' by this couple seemingly apart from one another.
I followed them but never took another photo.
They were so ambiguous to me, old married couple, walking down the Venetian esplanade.
I watched, at every corner he gave a slight bow and indicated to her to go first.
Every turn and bridge he did this.
When finally they reached their house, he unlocked the door and gave her a kiss before she entered.
Nuf said.
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First Impression for me is always the emotive, How does it make me feel and I feel "CURIOUS", I want to know more about the subjects, who they are? why they are so? what is the history ?

The image is not in itself a portrait of character, but a door that challenges you to open it.

In my opinion That is what the Artist Intended .. and has achieved that 100%

Technical Considerations.

Technical considerations are just guidelines to achieve a desired effect and for me are secondary, or of little consequence after the visual impact has been achieved. However I can say here that the combination of Exposure, Depth of Field and Focus have all merged together to create the effect of bringing the subjects to the visual forefront and create a powerful visual impact.

The focus is crisp and sharp and exposure almost perfect, as one can still see the details within the blacks. I can not find any obviously visible areas of over or under exposure.

The Depth of field keeps only the two main subjects in crisp focus, while the rest of the scene like ambient music in a restaurant, expresses the character and locale without being "in your face". More depth of field would have been distracting and reduced the impact and less would always have left one wondering what was out there.

The composition is well suited to the subject matter and I see it as a vertical layering. The bottom layer being the man and woman, the second layer being the greys of the buildings and the top layer the lights of the sky. However I do feel that the amount of the top layer is too much and the empty space is dwarfs the subjects. I might cropped out at least half of the white sky to bring out the subjects even more. But that is just a minor artistic preference.
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:iconlukiesyaya:
lukiesyaya Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
This shot tells a story even without the explanation. The words confirm the photo's message. :heart:
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:iconjennystokes:
jennystokes Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2013  Professional General Artist
Dear Lynn......thanks for this comment.
BIG hugs
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:iconlukiesyaya:
lukiesyaya Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
:)
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:iconeyepilot13:
eyepilot13 Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Cold & Grumpy...that describes me a lot lately!
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:iconjennystokes:
jennystokes Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2013  Professional General Artist
No........not you?????????
Change?
Big hugs and thanx
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:iconeyepilot13:
eyepilot13 Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I just wish Spring will finally stick in the Chicago area! My pleasure biggest hugz back at ya!
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:iconjennystokes:
jennystokes Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2013  Professional General Artist
I wish for you too.
More hugs
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:iconeyepilot13:
eyepilot13 Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks Jay-ES!!!!
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:iconjennystokes:
jennystokes Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2013  Professional General Artist
:)
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DaWonderer Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2013
nice story.. :D
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:iconjennystokes:
jennystokes Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2013  Professional General Artist
Thanx so much.
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:iconmartintinaz:
martintinaz Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2013  Professional Photographer
I love these exspressions..:clap::clap:
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:iconjennystokes:
jennystokes Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2013  Professional General Artist
Me too......but they were so sweet to each other later.
Thanx Martina.....hope you are well.
Big hugs
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Scooby777 Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Oh how funny...great capture, Jenny!
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:iconjennystokes:
jennystokes Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2013  Professional General Artist
Thank you so much my Dear Scoo..........it was truly wonderful to see this couple.
If I had not followed them, this pic. would have been so WRONG.
Hugs and xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
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:iconscooby777:
Scooby777 Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
It does make you wonder...why so grumpy, doesn't it?
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:iconjennystokes:
jennystokes Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2013  Professional General Artist
I understand...........it was SO cold!!!!!!!!!!!
Enough to make anyone Grumpy EVEN in Venice!!!!!!!!!!!!
Hugs
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P-G-Points Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2013
Hello! You've been featured HERE! Thanks so much!
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GlassHouse-1 Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013
How sweet!!!! You don't often see men with beards or pipes here. And I love how you noticed his respect for her.
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:iconjennystokes:
jennystokes Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013  Professional General Artist
Thanx so much............pretty formidable couple.
Hugs
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:iconglasshouse-1:
GlassHouse-1 Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013
You're welcome. I love spontaneous street photos.
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:iconjennystokes:
jennystokes Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013  Professional General Artist
Me too.
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:iconmetal-bender:
Metal-Bender Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2013   Photographer
Amazing expression!:D
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:iconjennystokes:
jennystokes Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2013  Professional General Artist
Yes!
Very cold!!!!!!!!!!
Hugs
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:iconmetal-bender:
Metal-Bender Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2013   Photographer
You're very welcome Jenny!:D :hug:
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:iconjennystokes:
jennystokes Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013  Professional General Artist
Hugs
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binparadise Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
That is the comfort of being together many years ;) Maybe she is mad at the world but not him, eh :)
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jennystokes Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2013  Professional General Artist
Maybe?
But I think I maybe the same age as her BUT 'young at heart!'
I have allowed all the 'sorrows' of 'life' to go and am now so happy.
I lived in the US for 22yrs and my daughter was a nightmare, which 'induced' me and my husband to go to Therapy.....best thing I ever did!!!!!!
Laughing
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MeFlyingFree Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2013  Professional General Artist
One can never judge from appearances :)
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jennystokes Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2013  Professional General Artist
This is very true........
Hello Holly and thanx
Hugs
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MeFlyingFree Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2013  Professional General Artist
My pleasure Jenny :hug:
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jennystokes Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2013  Professional General Artist
Hugs
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brijome Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2013  Professional Photographer
A charming story. But the woman does not look very friendly, and if I would then give her a kiss?
Great picture! Perfect in BW!
Hugs
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jennystokes Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2013  Professional General Artist
He obviously knows more than us???????
Hugs
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Arte-de-Junqueiro Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Interesting comments dear Moonstone - outwardly they appear one "thing" but you have seen something far different as you watched them.... Love comes in many different "packages".... ;-)
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jennystokes Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2013  Professional General Artist
Yes!
I was so interested to see what happened. She looked so grumpy.........But ypu never know???
Thanx so much dear Topaz.
Big hugs.
Moonstone.
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Arte-de-Junqueiro Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
As has been said by so many people - you never know what goes on behind closed doors...

Big hugs for you too dear Moonstone...
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jennystokes Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2013  Professional General Artist
Back
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GT-Illustrator Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Niiiice photo )))
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jennystokes Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2013  Professional General Artist
Thanx so much GT.
Hugs
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:iconcyimang:
cyimang Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Awwwww:D So lovely:)
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:iconjennystokes:
jennystokes Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2013  Professional General Artist
Ha!
I wrote some more under this pic.
I wish I had done it before.
Big hugs
Granny
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cyimang Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Sweet Granny:D
Aww.. Hugs!!:hug:
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:iconjennystokes:
jennystokes Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2013  Professional General Artist
My boy.
Big hugs
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:iconcyimang:
cyimang Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Granny:)
:huggle:
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Tigles1Artistry Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I JUST LOVE THEIR EXPRESSIONS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Fab shot Moonstone dearest....:clap::heart:
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jennystokes Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2013  Professional General Artist
I did write more about these two.I am sorry I didn't before.
Huhs thanx and love.
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Tigles1Artistry Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
RIGHT!!!!!!!!! Now I saw the comments....
NICE!!!!! Very interesting.....
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jennystokes Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2013  Professional General Artist
Yes!
So sweet.
Big hugs and xxx
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rileysun20 Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2013
Haha cute!
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