Harsh Reality

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The colour version is quite a decent photo but I learned long ago that the sunlit snow can be useful in B+W photography since the contrasts can be modified to the extreme, as is the case here..For those who are interested in checking out the location, it is clear from the close-up, on the adjacent map, that the seats have been re-sited away from the formal crescent orientation to the randomly spread configuration you see in the photo.

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Suzi in Oregon on July 16, 2012

But you were still out there, dear Jim, braving the elements. Did your behind get wet? The benches look lonely with only each other for company. Nice of you to visit them. Nice and interesting shot. Happy hugs (O:

Buts Yuri on July 16, 2012

Wonderful winter photo! LIKE ! Greetings from Ukraine. Yuri.

GasGasL€X on July 16, 2012

Looks a bit cold..

cjlin on July 16, 2012

Beautiful ice world. cjlin

Arpad Dudas on July 16, 2012

Literally cool view ;-)

Fav+Like and greetings,


Dean Matthews on July 16, 2012

I heard you were having a bad summer over there Jim- but this bad??? :) :) :)

This is a wonderful image. It really works so well on many levels and you have really caught the atmosphere presenting in mono

The benches seem to have character - sadly deserted and patiently waiting for spring/ summer to return.

Love this Jim

Best wishes


Giorgio Sari on July 16, 2012

foto invernale bellissima LIKE saluti Giorgio

Ila O. on July 16, 2012

Oh, I was wondering about the snow in Whitby. But then I saw when the pic was raken ... :)) Greetings, -ila-

Cindy Breen on July 17, 2012

Hi Jim

To cold for the Great White Pointers over your way, so that is one thing you do not have to worry about:-))



~Marlene~ on July 17, 2012


Greetings, Marlene

Rosalyn Hilborne on July 17, 2012

Good morning Jim, Dean's commen is very close to the truth!! Very artistic shot, I like it and it's enhanced by the monochrome.

I wish you a good week. Regards, Rosa.

Wil en Ed on July 17, 2012

Update on this summer, perhaps? Greetings, Ed

PerO the Viking G- on July 17, 2012

I've heard about some nasty weather over in England lately, but no, Jim, it's not that bad, is it? ;-))

Great shot! Like



Sidnei Recco on July 17, 2012




Amelia Royan on July 18, 2012

Good grief Jim - it was cold when I left 3 weeks ago. I didn't think it would get this bad! ;-)

Hope you were well togged up, with waterproof trews on.

Cheers, Amelia

buwi on July 18, 2012

Uuhhh! Das mag ich noch gar nicht sehen! ;) Gruß, Bea

Feitse Boerwinkel on July 18, 2012

Why did you take so long before loading up this very exceptional shot?!Well I'm glad you did at last.



  Have fun **_JIM_**

mbe21 on July 19, 2012

One from the archives I hope Jim. I know the summer has been bad but this is ridiculous. I'm intrigued by the seemingly random positioning of the benches!! LIKED

All the best Mick

Prisoner_of_today on July 19, 2012

Very beautiful photo, like it. Greetings, Artem

David Brown Photogra… on July 20, 2012

hahahaha...... you just posted this to annoy those of us who dash, dripping wet from sweat from air-conditioned building to car and then back to building again.

How I long for some snow right now! Course it would right mess up my tomatoes.


A very surreal image Jim - I think there is further scope for irreality here!

Great image - Jethro

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Photo details

  • Uploaded on July 15, 2012
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    by Jim Evans (AXOTA)
    • Camera: NIKON E8700
    • Taken on 2010/12/03 13:53:53
    • Exposure: 0.006s (1/180)
    • Focal Length: 19.90mm
    • F/Stop: f/7.600
    • ISO Speed: ISO50
    • Exposure Bias: 0.00 EV
    • No flash