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In the Dead of Night

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Comments (18)

Steve Paxton on September 14, 2010

so nice a classical view of old england and dare i say reminds me of "Open all hours". great to see you again . steve

Joni Knaus on September 18, 2010

Beautiful silent atmosphere - no need for flash!


Jim Evans (AXOTA) on September 19, 2010

cindy555~~~~To see this street at 2pm on a sunny weekend you would be shocked..It is literally packed with so many people, all taking in the atmosphere, browsing in the shops, drinking in the many pubs and blocking the road to traffic.

steve111.....There are many quaint old streets like this, but every one makes a beeline for this one ;>)

jknaus~~~Greetings Joni...In truth, I rarely use flash photography..The techniques are not fully understood and I find that the built in flash is relatively useless..You sensed precisely the atmosphere I tried to convey in this image..It was deathly quiet ;>)

Churl~~~~If I could wind back the clock to an earlier time Si, it is quite likely that more than a few people would be seen in this shot..Fishermen, pushing a hand cart loaded with long lines, would be on their way to cast off in their sailing boats. Jet workers would be heard, their footsteps echoing, as they go clip-clopping along the cobbles in their hobnailed clogs. The lamp lighters would be about turning off the old gas lights. (I actually remember them doing this). Shop keepers prepared for business very early, and milkmen would be busy delivering their orders in bulk, not cartons or even bottles. Each family had a milk urn into which was poured their daily requirements, I remember this too..

Ah the's a sign of old age creeping on Si ;>)

Kind regards to you all ;>)


Neil Grimwood on September 20, 2010

Now that is a rare sight Jim.nice lttle winding back tale too;-))I remember the lamplighter in our village,Mr, Palmer,sometimes we would shin up and turn one or two off,good job he couldn't catch us.He would also go round on a morning,turning of the lamps and tapping the bedroom windows with his pole for anyone on early shift.I'm saying nowt about old age!!


Jim Evans (AXOTA) on September 20, 2010

Aye!! Thats it Neil..he had the grand title of knocker-upper..I dare say that between them, the milkman and lamplighter, there would be a hot-bed of gossip and rumour, themselves, no doubt, the main protagonists ;>)



Theolfa on September 21, 2010

Shades of Van Gogh! It would make a lovely painting, Jim. Cheers! Theolfa

Jim Evans (AXOTA) on September 21, 2010

Sometimes Theolfa, I take to my easel, oil paints and pallet. I am no artist but painting is a deeply rewarding pastime. Much of what I paint comes from within, I find an imaginary place like no other, and having the freedom of colour, form, light and shadow, I am able to find that secret place flowing from my brush ;>) I wish I had a fraction of Van Gogh's talent ;>)

I'm grateful for your lovely comment ;>)


Ria Maat on September 24, 2010

What an amazingly good shot Jim! I agree with Theolfa, as the name Van Gogh (our beloved Dutch painter) came up in my mind, when seeing your photo! Beautiful work!

Friendly greetings from Ria

Jim Mills on September 25, 2010

Not bad for a hand held night shot Jim! - I assume so, because your tripod is to the far bottom left of the photo! Yes, there is the similarity to Van Gogh's "Cafe Terrace at Night". All you need is some bright stars in the sky. Best wishes bb

TheVidaniel on September 27, 2010

Very fine composition and atmosphere, LIKE! Best wishes! Daniel!

Jim Evans (AXOTA) on September 27, 2010

Ria Maat..I can see a vague resemblance Ria but it has none of the cosmopolitan atmosphere that Van Gogh so skillfully portrays, although I truly appreciate your lovely compliment ;>))

beamish boy..Now you are very observant bb, and yes! that's my tripod there..Strangely for me, I remembered to pick it up afterwards..Bright stars have sadly been lacking of late..these September weather troughs have seen to that..

vdaniel~~~A warm welcome Daniel..your visit and good comment is much appreciated ;>)

Best wishes to you all ;>)


Closed on September 28, 2010

Hello Jim

This 1 is the tops! Lovely night/city scape! You've captured the ambiance so well, I feel like I'm stumbling (I mean, skipping) home from the pub (I mean, the cafe) after a night of partying (I mean, socializing). =D Fabulous!

Regards from Canada, Gord's Girl

PS I'm finding it very hard not to tell you when I "LIKE" something, because when I like something, I "LIKE" it as well... haha

Jim Evans (AXOTA) on September 28, 2010

GordJessPhotos..I have to tell you how much I like your fun nickname ;>) How on earth did you arrive at it ;>) Tongue-in-cheek I should think..;>))

Any way, you can,t possibly be a Gord!! so Gord's girl it is..I guess you must be the Jess half of the duo, and Gordon, your partner in crime;.))

As for your lovely comments, expressed in that somewhat chaotic and amusing manner, I can tell that we have a lot in common ;>) I'm really glad you popped in for a chat, you should know that you will always be welcome. I enjoy exchanging views and opinions and I sometimes say too much..but feel free to add your piece whether it is + or -.. I welcome any form of comment and I can dish out the praise where it is deserved..

I very rarely comment negatively. It takes some pluck to post your photos here in Pano, so why hurt someones feelings with harsh critique..It's not my style..Panoramio is a user-friendly pastime which I thoroughly enjoy..

In passing, let me say it is a pleasure to meet you..I have no doubt that our paths will cross many times..Now that I would LIKE

Finally, I hope you enjoyed your journey through the lens of my camera, thanks for stopping by ;>)


M.Curran on September 29, 2010

Lovely night shot Jim. you have a good camera. Like it.

TAO Yuichi (taoy) on October 23, 2010

Hello Jim

What a difference of the night scene here in Tokyo!

It's a very serene and beautiful. I like this shot.

Best wishes from Tokyo, Japan.

Jim Evans (AXOTA) on November 17, 2010

M.Curran~~~Thanks for the affirmation Martin, I still feel inadequate using electronic devices. I know they are designed for ease of use but my capacity for quick thinking is well below par..The sheer complexity of the controls and programmes requires an agile mind ;>)

taoy~~~~~Hi! Taoy ;>)...This photo was taken around 0530 hrs...During the evening, the streets are often deserted.

Kind regards to you both ;>)


M.Curran on November 17, 2010

Jim, I think you are among the very best on these pages, so I wouldn't worry about your 'failings'! At the very least you are attempting to use the machine to it's fullest, as am I with mine. It annoys me to see people shell out quit a few pennies just to use auto all the time. And I think more who own SLRs use them as a status symbol than those of us who at least try.

Jim Evans (AXOTA) on November 18, 2010

Many thanks for your encouraging and inspirational remarks Martin...I was rather churlish not to say how much I enjoy using my camera..and your last comment is significant..Following a recent wedding I attended, there was every conceivable DSLR being flashed about in some very incapable hands ;) Having said that, they probably enjoy what they do..

I'm interested in photography and it's finer aspects..and I'm keen to learn ;>) but not in a serious way ;>)

Thanks for your precious feedback ;>)


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Photo details

  • Uploaded on September 14, 2010
  • © All Rights Reserved
    by Jim Evans (AXOTA)
    • Camera: PENTAX PENTAX K-7
    • Exposure: 0.100s (1/10)
    • Focal Length: 50.00mm
    • F/Stop: f/4.000
    • ISO Speed: ISO400
    • Exposure Bias: 0.00 EV
    • No flash