"Fire on the River"

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Comments (78)

Ian Stehbens on February 3, 2010

Dear Ah-Pong and Amelia,

You are right, Ah-Pong, but I have very much enjoyed the photography of all the artists who also contribute their photography to Panoramio. I reckon I can pick an artist almost immediately. There is real joy in expressing one's creativity in the first place and then interacting and encouraging others to be artistic too. I'll keep adding 'art' to this site among all the landscapes, and it seems that Amelia wants me to use an 'abstract' tag as well. I am pleased you have appreciated this as well as the images of China and Australian landscapes.

And we did have a great night out, Amelia. The dinner was special but we didn't attend a show. Instead we wandered around with the camera for a while into the night. Margaret is a great 'spotter' and I think she enjoys seeing me enjoying myself. Then the downloads are a great way to finish the night chatting, appreciating and evaluating. If only there could be the occasion when you were able to join us! One night, perhaps?

Thanks for the evaluation. Do you think this would look good on the cover of the BHP-Billiton annual report?

Appreciatively, Ian

Nurettin Peşkircioğl… on February 3, 2010

Fantastic view.

Sigurtor Holm on February 3, 2010

great lighting work, great shot.

Ian Stehbens on February 3, 2010

Thanks Nurettin and Sig. I enjoyed the little challenge to create an interesting image of this 'flood' sculpture.



Amelia Royan on February 3, 2010

I think it would look good on the front cover on any annual report ;-)

Ian Stehbens on February 4, 2010

Thanks Amelia. You'd make a great agent.


Jim Evans (AXOTA) on February 4, 2010

Greetings Ian... What you wrote in an earlier comment is so fundamental to who you are, and how your artistic talents, of which you are well endowed, are perceived and interpreted, I felt it necessary to re-print them here..This is what you wrote... "Sometimes I wonder whether my creativity is a bit too much when I see other things from a different perspective. I am glad you approve"...

There is one thing for certain my friend...your perception of artworks, of nature and most things in general transcends the ordinary and sets your work apart!! Creativity can never really be too much...where would we be without artists who stretch the boundaries as you have done with this excellent shot..its a nice piece of work Ian......memorable!!

Best wishes ;>)


Ian Stehbens on February 4, 2010

Greetings Jim,

Could there ever be a more affirming site than Panoramio? Thank you very much for your fellowship, camaraderie, understanding and affirmation that flows to us all from your end. I could list many people in the network here who have been the recipient of your encouragement, but I'd leave too many out unwittingly so I'll leave it there.

For me, creativity with the camera is still being learnt. My Panoramio focus remains with landscape work, but the appreciation by others is what invites occasional abstract and/or artistic images.

Jim, your album of images is also very special, that is "rarefied" meaning it "is of extremely high quality in character!" It is not just an old salt expressing his love for boats and ropes and wharves and the sea or a Whitby showcase (a view from your window is a great start!), but a very passionate and thoughtful offering of memory places as well:

the abbey in a special light,

men on the plate before an open firebox,

cobbled streets lit,

mates doing standups in a paint shop,

steam and smoke belched into the cold winter air...

Then all of this is laced with humour, British humour, noble thoughts, wisdom and little dreams*.


Ian (one who spends a few months per year in the south sea islands)

*little dreams as in: Paradise is a white sandy shore on a south seas island, gently lapping surf and palms right down to the beach with a nubile young maiden plying me with refreshing drinks, sea food and salad!! pandering to my every whim!!

Matt Haysom on February 4, 2010

Fantastic abstract Ian. Right from the moment i viewed your latest collection - this one stood out immediately! The colour is so intense.

Well done!


Ian Stehbens on February 4, 2010

Thanks, Matt. Just a little bit of art, from a guy who puts his camera in funny places. I am delighted that you have been attracted by it.

Cheers. Ian

grant911 on February 6, 2010

Stunning. Great colour and texture.

Fabulous, and amazingly varied, gallery. Great stuff.

Greetings from Scotland

Poljes on February 6, 2010

A really eye catching shot Ian. I have enjoyed reading through the earlier comments here and feel they illustrate for me what panoramio is about. All the best. Paul.

Ian Stehbens on February 7, 2010

Dear Grant and Paul,

Now this is great - compliments from 2 very competent Scottish photographers. Last night I was at a family reunion of the Findlays: our ancestors migrated from Aberdeenshire to Queensland. So the Scottish broth is in my veins a wee bit this morn.

I am glad that you have read the commentaries in order to know what it was I was photographing, an as you recognize, Paul, to participate in the spirit of Panoramio.

If you enjoyed browsing, Grant, I am delighted and I hope we have more exchanges.

Thanks guys.


angelescu on February 7, 2010

Exceptional artistic composition!!-BEST OF-Best regards N.Angelescu

Ian Stehbens on February 7, 2010

That is a wonderful appraisal, N.Angelescu. Thank you very much.


grant911 on February 7, 2010


I hope you enjoyed the reunion. Heritage and family are so important.

Keep posting the photo's and I'll keep browsing !!! Fantastic gallery. real talent.

Best regards from a damp and cold Edinburgh ! Grant

Ian Stehbens on February 7, 2010

I am delighted to be so affirmed by you Grant, and I do look forward to further conversations. My visits to Scotland have been very very precious times, so I look forward to experiencing more of it through your gallery. I leave today for New Zealand, so I'll be quiet for a couple of weeks.


grant911 on February 7, 2010


Have a great trip to New Zealand - I look forward to experiencing it by way of your gallery!

Best wishes Grant

Poljes on February 7, 2010

Ian, I also hope you have a great trip to New Zealand. I look forward to sharing some of it when you get back and upload your shots. Best wishes, safe journey!

Ian Stehbens on February 7, 2010

Thanks Grant and Paul,

It's time to check the weather forecasts for South Island, then pack the laptop and camera.


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