Harsh Reality

Selected for Google Maps and Google Earth

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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Comments (111)

SteveW on July 20, 2012

Hi Jim, I'll admit to not being a massive fan of the cold weather and include that as one of the reasons I decided to leave the UK 25 years ago to seek solace in the Great Southern Land. Things have gone full circle however and now that my interest in photography has been aroused I find myself yearning for such a scene to photograph :) I will just have to content myself with scorched red rocks and baking sunshine for now! I hope you are well Jim, a captivating image that brings back 'warm' memories of times long past. Many thanks for that. LIKE & FAV Very best wishes. Steve

Geezer Vz on July 20, 2012

This is a breath of fresh air, Jim. We've had several days over 100F. Like.


Alireza Javaheri on July 22, 2012
  • Very good shot , very nice picture !
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♥♫ Katerina @ Greece on July 22, 2012

amazingly perfect! L!!!!!!!

Zsuzsanna Bánfalvi on July 25, 2012

Hello my friend Axota! How empty the benches are! There was a big winter at you ?????


My friendly greeting,Natuska

JoelleGiannoni on July 25, 2012

...At least it's not a reality you just shot! ;)

Very beautiful contrasts, I LIKE it vey much!

I hope everything is good for you!

Cheers! Joelle

Antônio N. Freitas on July 28, 2012

Bela composição amigo Jim!. Bom para descançar e conversar com os amigos. Um abraço do Brasil. Antonor.

Səməd on July 28, 2012

Amazing originality! I liked.

Ghiocela on July 30, 2012

Is a good time, especially to post this cool picture.., dear Jim! I like! Warm wishes, Simona:)

Małgorzata Smołka on July 31, 2012

Zadziwiająca sceneria. Bardzo ładne ujęcie. LIKE!!! Pozdrawiam, Gosia

Jack Tol on July 31, 2012

Marvelous shot. Very good composition and good choise to edit this one in b/w



Tomros on August 1, 2012

Hello Jim, they said, the weather was bad before the Olympics.... ;-)

excellent composition! Lovely view in B&W!!

Like 26.

greetings, Tomas

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digitaaal on August 2, 2012

Very nice view, good composition. LIKE Greetings from Hungary, Pista.

Christos Theodorou on August 2, 2012

What a lovely photo in b&w !!! - Best regards from Athens

Gabor Retei on August 4, 2012

Nice cool view Jim in the heat of summer!


Regards from Vancouver, B.C. Canada, Gabe

Yosarsif مهدی کلهر on August 14, 2012
  • Hi Jim. We're a little tired and we need to rest. May We use these benches? Excellent composition, excellent photo. Why so quiet?

  • ♥ Like ♥

  • ♣ All the best from Iran, Mahdi

MF(Meditation Falcon… on August 23, 2012

Incredible beauty, L+F! Thanks for visiting my gallery and nice comments. Best regards from Taiwan.

Hadi Natureboy (Saba… on August 24, 2012

Perfect shot.


Mircea_RAICU on September 15, 2012

ysl !

alexmakris on September 25, 2012

Beautiful scenery!!


Greetings from Athens

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Photo details

  • Uploaded on July 15, 2012
  • © All Rights Reserved
    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