Ripon: River Skell gently glides through the cathedral city.

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Comments (11)

marita1004 on April 23, 2008

Beautiful landscape.Greetings from Austria.

Ian Stehbens on April 23, 2008

It is nice of you to comment, Marita. I am pleased that you have enjoyed this scene. I thought it was very gentle.


May M. B. (Swissmay) on April 23, 2008

Dear Ian,

Perfect composition and set for a painting! It is a place for contemplation, so quiet and peaceful. It looks as if it had been like that for centuries, what it probably has and as if it would stay for some other centuries alike. The man in the distance on the other side showing the ducks to his daughter makes the atmosphere perfect.

Everlasting peace, a blessed site, it seems, not being disturbed by the turmoil of the world's rush and aggressions. The bridge as a symbol for connections and understanding, the flowing stream for the changes and new insights in life, the trees for the renewing and growth of the spirit.

A picture for my favourites, because I want to be able to look at it anytime.

My best thanks and wishes, May

Ian Stehbens on April 24, 2008

Dear May,

First let me say how delighted I am that you are encountering photos of mine that you enjoy. May I also add how much I appreciate your writing as well, and the above thoughts are precious.

Your first comment was about composition. In a recent group conversation with Marilyn Whiteley, Marilyn indicated, if I am reading her truly, that she does not think about guidelines for composition like intersection of thirds when she is behind the lens. I find it is very helpful to do so and therefore I feel this aids me in creating better images, especially ones in which the impact is greater. I presume you are also aware of design when creating or cropping images. Is that so? In this one, for example, I had 3 competing possible focii: one I concealed by positioning myself so that the arch was obscured, the other arch I centred, so that the people though small were at the thirds intersection and therefore were strongest focal point in the frame.

I wouldn't normally chat about such things, for they are not the point of photogrpahy. But it is interesting how thoughtful construction enhances images and becomes part of our economy in image making.

Yet the main point of this photography, as you rightly interpret, is the conveying of serenity, peacefulness, of everything being in harmony including a father and daughter sharing special time in a gentle and pretty locale.

The symbolism adds power, significance and purpose to the image, and often that is in the mind of the image maker, but may be more diverse in the eyes of perceivers.

Thankyou for our open chats, and for the honour of delighting you with this image. Your images have been seen by a group of my students recently, and they certainly picked up on my enthusiasm for your landscape photogrpahy.

Best wishes and gratitude,


© SisAnnick on April 24, 2008

Hi dear Brother Ian, we'll be on journey for about 2 weeks and hope to find everybody in good shape in May ! Friendly Annick

ralph-dot on September 22, 2009

Beautiful photo but it is the river Skell

Ian Stehbens on September 23, 2009

Thank you Ralph, for your gentle and appropriate correction as well as your appreciation.


ralph-dot on September 28, 2009

I like the new title

Ian Stehbens on September 29, 2009

Thank you, Ralph. It is a delightful dale and a special city.


盖顶山 on September 28, 2010


Ian Stehbens on October 4, 2010

Thank you 盖顶山. It was a crisp clear day and I enjoyed this delightful location.


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Photo taken in Ripon, Ripon, North Yorkshire HG4, UK

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