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At the Edge of Oblivion

At the Edge of Oblivion
Copyright ©2006, Elisabeth Spector HoF Win ¤ $

Photographer: Elisabeth Spector HoF Win ¤ $
Folder: ES Miscellaneous
Uploaded: 2006-Oct-11 22:17 EDT
Current Rating: 9.60/10 (Weighted rating: 9.14)
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Camera: Olympus E-1
Lens: Olympus 14-54mm f2.8/3.5
Lens Adapter: None
ISO: 100
Aperture: f/2.8
Shutter Speed: 1/80
Focal Length: 14 mm
Flash: No
Tripod/Monopod: No
Critique Level: Dead Honest Critique

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Great composition and the strong dark outline just emphasizes it more. Great title too!

I like it!

Oscar Malpica ¤ ¤ at 23:21 EDT on 2006-Oct-11 [Reply]


I think it is gorgeous, cute (pink shoes) and touching. The only thing that I personally would have like more is the the subject was a bit closer to the edge, but you know these subjects got a mind of there own ;-)

Frederick P Kapp ¤ at 00:17 EDT on 2006-Oct-12 [Reply]


bravo for the compo and colors and lighting...too bad my 10 won't make this stand on the HRI spot ! cheers ;-))

dee vee HoF Win ¤ $1 at 01:40 EDT on 2006-Oct-12 [Reply]


Elisabeth this is another stunning image from you. It has an eerie feeling to it as with some of your other ones. In fact it reminds me of the movie Don't Look Now with Donald Sutherland where he was racing around following a small figure of what initially looked like a litttle girl but ...... This one works excellently because of the girl, composition, the starkness, the fact that it is uncluttered and I love those pinky shoes which gives it that ultimate little twist. Great one!

Eugene Donohoe HoF Win ¤1 $ at 03:51 EDT on 2006-Oct-12 [Reply]


Fascinating relationship between shapes and light; excellent use of light and absolute white to create and provide with the very best of emotions...

Selim Ataz Win ¤ $1 at 05:08 EDT on 2006-Oct-12 [Reply]


Excellent composition Elizabeth..fantastic mood!

vaggelis fragiadakis HoF Win ¤ $1 $ at 05:18 EDT on 2006-Oct-12 [Reply]


A feeling of isolation comes through here (at least for me) .. very well done!!

Arnoud van Houwelingen Win ¤1 at 09:58 EDT on 2006-Oct-12 [Reply]


The blue water slowly fading from dark blue (even black in the shadow) and blending with the mist is so delicate. The light blue boardwalk is in perfect harmony with the colors of the water and the mist. And then the great contrast and contours of your daughter (?) dressed dark. And most of all the pink boots (which seem to look in the viewers direction, while the rest of the body is turned is looking the other direction). Just great.

Klaus Er HoF Win ¤1 at 15:18 EDT on 2006-Oct-12 [Reply]

This is ...

for sure a great image, Elisabeth, for all points mentioned above. And I love it also for all the reasons, stated before. There is only one point: most of the picture is smooth, but the shape of the little person is rather strong and for me a bit too harsh. I could well imagine here a shape more like a ghost (like OB1s shape in denis long shutter speed pictures). Hope my expression is not difficult to understand :-))

Though the picture is great, best wishes,

Horst Schmier HoF Win ¤ $1 at 18:41 EDT on 2006-Oct-12 [Reply]


Oscar, thank you.

Frederick, I know what you mean about being closer to the edge, but we were both a bit cold and nervous! Thanks for the nice comments.

Dee vee, very nice of you to say that. Appreciate your comments and generous rating.

Eugene, thanks too, for your detailed comments. She had on her pink summer shoes by accident and I don't think the shot would be much good without them. We had agreed the night before to get up before sunrise to go down to the lake from my parents' house and watch the sun rise. We got up in the dark and dressed in a hurry and she grabbed her lightweight summer clogs as we dashed out of the house. Glad you liked the photo, and your reference to the film was very interesting, too.

Selim, Vaggelis, and Arnoud: thanks, too, for commenting and rating. Most appreciated.

David, thanks for stopping by! I originally planned to develop this as a b/w (and in fact did so). But every time I happened to see the color version in my files, I was drawn to those quirky pink shoes and the blue of the water. The b/w just seemed to be missing something in comparison.

Klaus, interesting that you mention the way the shoes are pointing. I liked the fact that, at first glance, she appears to have her back to the viewer, looking out into the mist. But then the shoes are pointing towards us. Somehow that makes the figure a bit more mysterious to me, sort of unexpectedly creepy or off-balance (maybe I'm just weird, lol, that I like that sort of thing).

Horst, I understand exactly what you are saying. That's a great idea! If I had actually planned this out (something I don't seem capable of, unfortunately) that would have been a really cool thing to try. I can imagine the effect and think it would work well. Thanks for the thoughts. Maybe I can implement that sort of thing in a future shot.

Elisabeth Spector HoF Win ¤1 $ at 22:00 EDT on 2006-Oct-12 [Reply]

A bit creepy...

And so well done too. Love these simple images that are so well thought out.


E. Edwin Ennor ~ (Eł) HoF Win ¤ $1 at 22:05 EDT on 2006-Oct-12 [Reply]


Not a lot to add really and don't feel obliged to reply, but I think this is a fantastic shot. Not sure I'll sleep tonight but fantastic nonetheless.

adrian tear HoF Win ¤ $ at 22:15 EDT on 2006-Oct-12 [Reply]


EEE, must have been posting at the same time. This one wasn't THAT well thought out, lol. I wish I could get to that point some day but for now I find my moments of inspiration are always unplanned. Typical for me, I had this spur-of-the moment idea as I was taking photos on the pier and came up with the final concept during post-processing. Anyway, thanks for the comments!

Elisabeth Spector HoF Win ¤ $ at 22:18 EDT on 2006-Oct-12 [Reply]


Oops, must have missed you, too, Adrian. Thanks for the kind words.

Elisabeth Spector HoF Win ¤ $ at 22:52 EDT on 2006-Oct-12 [Reply]



I read Horst's comments and thought them quite interesing.

One way you could do this would be to place the camera on a tripod in the position you like best. Take a shot of the jetty minus your daughter. Check to see you have the shot you want re exposure etc. Then place your daughter in the position/frame in the location best suited and with the same settings take another shot. When you are happy with both shots you can easily get this effect in PSCS. Open up the shot with your daughter and just select her with any number of tools. Make a copy layer of this and paste it into the shot on the jetty only and place it where you want it. Reduce the opacity to your liking and you will get that ghostly feel to it. Don't forget to gently burn a shadow area underneath her! Would love to see this if you have a go! Wonder what you think!?

Eugene Donohoe HoF Win ¤1 $ at 04:17 EDT on 2006-Oct-13 [Reply]


Eugene, that sounds like something that would be fun to try. Unfortunately, I'm now 1200 miles away from the pier and that wonderful, cold misty lake;). But I'm sure I could put that technique to use on another image. Of course, it seems that I would actually have to *plan* something for a change, lol. Anyway, many thanks to you (and Horst) for the ideas.

Elisabeth Spector HoF Win ¤1 $ at 10:09 EDT on 2006-Oct-13 [Reply]


Elisabeth, must say, that this is my style (er, style what I like to watch :) ). Striking compo, good use of colours (violet works perfect), fine mood followed by perfect title. This shot is top-class, congrats!

Jan Pliva HoF ¤ $1 at 17:55 EDT on 2006-Oct-14 [Reply]


Thanks, Jan. Really appreciate the nice comments.

Elisabeth Spector HoF Win ¤1 $ at 22:12 EDT on 2006-Oct-14 [Reply]