Thursday, 5 February 2009

doris loves klaus

Nikon D80 | 1/800 seconds | f 5.0 | ISO 100 | 58 mm
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It’s strange how some can control their mood from one moment to another, how can they aloof from their problems or thoughts relating work, isolating everything, protecting themselves, their private life, their loved ones, or just their free time at any cost. Those that can achieve this, day by day, will definitely live more than me. And this is a fact.
For example, I was just yesterday in Köln (Germany), with affairs concerning my work, but I took my camera with me, not to regret after that I missed God knows what, based on previous experience when I was too lazy to take it.
It wasn’t a good business trip. It was not even a well fructified photographic opportunity. And this mainly because I had a bad mood. I made in all twenty five pictures, from which just four or five are any good at all. This is one of them made as I was crossing the Rhine on Hohenzollern bridge. It was the first time when I had the chance to see what is called „love padlocks”, a custom, originating from Hungary, in which lovers affix a padlock to a fence or similar public fixture to symbolize their love. I must confess I have never seen so many padlocks models, one more unusual than another.
Still, as you can clearly see in this picture, the love padlocks from Hohenzollern bridge are by far outnumbered by those clamed to a fence in a narrow street in Pécs (Hungary), street that links the mosque in the main square of the city and the cathedral. Here is the place where it seems that this custom first started, back in 1980s.
This habit spread quickly so today you can find love padlocks on Szinva Terrace bridge in Miskolc (Hungary), in Riga (Latvia), Tokio (Japan), on Ponte Vecchio in Florence (Italy), but also in the United States of America, in Guam, or far away in Montevideo, Uruguay.

“Human behavior flows from three main sources: desire, emotion, and knowledge”.
Plato [ancient greek philosopher and one of the world’s most influential philosopher. 428 BC – 348 BC]

*source used http://en.wikipedia.org

31 comments:

fivebyfour said...

Love this shot, brilliant composition and DOF. I think you have captured this curious custom really well.

Tudor said...

one cannot always apart from the place were is living at least nine hours daily. what we all need I guess it's a little bit more equilibrium in our life's.
this shot is brilliant, pity that blogspot hasn't any real photo template to put it in value.

k@ said...

And Doris seems very attached :) Great POV in that original pic ~ thanks for your visit,

Alex said...

Gracias por comentar en mi pequeño espacio que internet me permite, jejeje...esta fotografia me encanta por la originalidad, buen juego con el objetivo.
Saludos.

Elaine- said...

very interesting shot!! looooove padlocks, i dig it

Kristian said...

Everything is locked down! The dof in this one is really great! Love the idea of the single red lock. That brings something special to the image. Cool! Have a nice weekend.

José-Angel said...

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bluechameleon said...

Great choice of depth of field...I really like this. Well documented.

sherri said...

This is one of my favorites. You held an incredibly tight DOF.

Raffi said...

This is a great shot. Love the repetition.

EYES WIDE SHUT said...

You captured this perfectly, such wondrous DOF. A fascinating photograph and accompanying information, superbly presented

Michael Rawluk said...

That is a wonderful shot. Great DoF and composed with great positioning of the red.
That single shot makes the trip a good one.

Anonymous said...

very nicely framed - I like the use of focus
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beanow said...

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613photo said...

Very interesting shot. And four or five good ones out of 25 is actually a damn good ratio.

cara said...

What a fascinating photo and post. First, I love the photo... it was intriguing to me because I had never heard of love padlocks, which is why I also loved your post explaining the photo. And I would say that even one great photo from a photo shoot makes it a worthwhile day!!
thanks for visiting my site and commenting. I will enjoy exploring your site.

don said...

A new concept for me. I must start noticing the gates and fences around to see if I can spot a lock. I like the nice shot of the locks you got in spite of the mood of the day. Nice one.

yz said...

fantastic shot! i like your artistic approach to it.

interesting subject about these padlocks, being hungarian i must confess i've never heard of it, but i like it

(having 4-5 good images out of 25 is great! i wish i had such a ratio)

Siam said...

C'est pour qui, pourquoi des bandit, l'angle de mise au point excellent .

Mohammadreza said...

really like this shot, love DOF and selective focus ...

Arjan - PlasticDaisy said...

Thanks for visiting my site. Much appreciated! I like what you have on yours. This image in particular is really intriguing!

Louis said...

Great shot of the padlocks and having one in focus. I have visited Pécs in 2007 and have pictures of the great padlock fence - maybe I should have blogged them :-) I did see another such a fence in Badacsony next to the Roza Szegedi House (in Hungary)

Olivier said...

Very good use of DOF here. Very nice.

romina said...

thank you all for your kind comments and I'm glad this post was liked by such many people.
when I mentioned the ratio (4 from 25) I meant that 4 were good after my opinion, which can be subjective after all.
anyway, see you all around :)

Cath said...

Belle idée pour cette photo avec une profondeur de champ idéale!

stephen phillips said...

Your photography is a remarkable joy - frame after frame. I can't wait to see more. This is a favorite. Keep up the good work.

Tom Sheehan said...

What a cool photo. Great DOF, and color. Good work! :)

Fabrice said...

It pleases me much: originality, framing, depth of field! Beautiful taken.

274kms said...

I didnt' meet this curiosity! Is interesting!
I'm like you, lazy to take my camera with me everey where. But I try to take it because you don't know when you will found and opportunity of photo! Maybe in a bussiness travel...

Thank you for your comment and your visit to my blog! And scusme for my bad english... :p

Hai said...

i love this shot.
Nice work.

Cristian said...

et in arcadia ego!
viva colonia!