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Critique By: Pam Constable  (K:366)  
3/15/2011 9:12:11 PM

Oops I forgot the Smurfs
        Photo By: Pam Constable  (K:366)

Critique By: Pam Constable  (K:366)  
3/15/2011 8:59:06 PM

This picture was conceived in response to a Kodak competition called "Colours of the Coming Age". I felt the "coming age" was the yet unborn children, and wanted to picture the hope for a better environment for them. I needed a kind of nuclear wasteland background so I used a photograph I had taken down near Aramoana, a half hour drive from here. It was taken approximately one week after a gunman committed mass murder there, killing 13 people in a tiny and peaceful seaside community, and I wanted to express my shock and sadness about that, hence the bleakness.

The figure was a friend of mine, four days before she gave birth to her twin daughters.

The flowers were brought in to work by a colleague, and as soon as I saw them I realised they were the element needed to complete the image, having as they did a sort of "exploding into life" quality, and being so colouful in the otherwise relatively colourless background.

Funnily enough, after I had split and flipped the background, necessary to fit it into the lighting of the figure, I found that it too, contained a very female shape, ie, breasts, and a vagina, signifying the previous generation before the woman.

This was never used for the original concept, as one of the requirements of the competition was that the image had to be on Kodak film, and the digital to film printer I had access to was only set up for Agfa film.. C'est la vie!
        Photo By: Pam Constable  (K:366)

Critique By: Pam Constable  (K:366)  
5/9/2007 9:57:48 PM

I vaguely recall some Canadian suggesting it many moons ago and I have been using it since. :)

Enjoyed your slide shows, specially the balcony garden, and will look at more later.
        Photo By: Pam Constable  (K:366)

Critique By: Pam Constable  (K:366)  
5/8/2007 12:07:32 AM

Hi Mats,

The kiwi penny pops up again. Good to see you are still giving us images. Check out my pages on here and my website. Would love some news of you and do you have your own website yet?

You can email me from mine... at and tell me

        Photo By: Mats Flemstrom  (K:127)

Critique By: Pam Constable  (K:366)  
8/12/2006 4:53:23 AM

Thank you for your comment John. I did as you suggested, removing the flowers, to see how it looked, and ended up with what I felt was over half the image having too little detail. There didnt seem to be enough to hold the composition together.
Thank you, though, for your interest.
        Photo By: Pam Constable  (K:366)

Critique By: Pam Constable  (K:366)  
3/7/2006 10:06:45 AM

I know NOW and will go find it next time I am in the North Island. It looks lovely.

Check out my Mt Taranaki pic I posted today.

        Photo By: Tabitha Woods  (K:8650)

Critique By: Pam Constable  (K:366)  
8/6/2005 5:28:13 AM

You are right John. I have several versions of this image and while the 8 x 10 version made it into print, this was a version sized for direct sending online, and I used this as it was already sized, instead of reducing the slightly wider one.

The difference would be that the online one would be about 3mm narrower if they were both printed at 8" x 10" size.
Well spotted.
        Photo By: Pam Constable  (K:366)

Critique By: Pam Constable  (K:366)  
7/28/2005 10:53:32 AM

Marcus, thank you for your comment on my Machine Age image.

Your birds blow me away... this one is flawless.
        Photo By: Marcus Armani  (K:36599) Donor

Critique By: Pam Constable  (K:366)  
7/24/2005 11:28:00 PM

Takes me a while Jim, but I get there in the end - responding I mean.

In reply to your comment, I enjoyed your closer image. The colour "in the water" was moss growing on the rock at the edge of the pool. Very hard to get a correct exposure when I wanted to include the sky, so I confess to shooting them separately with two exposures and montaging them.
        Photo By: Pam Constable  (K:366)

Critique By: Pam Constable  (K:366)  
7/22/2005 11:08:27 PM

Micky this is gorgeous and why havent I seen it till now. Beautiful blues and the clouds are wonderful for such a shot. I think we visit the same places....

I REALLY like this.
        Photo By: micky waby  (K:9141)

Critique By: Pam Constable  (K:366)  
7/17/2005 4:58:26 AM

Love it John, very Cartier Bresson. As they say for the best images

"F8 and and BE there!"

Well done
        Photo By: John Lamb  (K:9687)

Critique By: Pam Constable  (K:366)  
6/25/2005 9:28:55 PM

Thank you for your comment Greg. It didn't really take a long time, more like a wet Saturday morning. The selection process took the longest. I found choosing the right image to insert was more difficult than I had thought it would be, and I ended up with something quite different from the original concept.
        Photo By: Pam Constable  (K:366)

Critique By: Pam Constable  (K:366)  
6/1/2005 6:17:33 AM

Micky, Congratulations on Staff Choice! I love the way the cloud shape mirrors the mountain skyline, and the monochrome-colour has its own particular appeal.
Beautiful contrasts and tonal qualities.

        Photo By: micky waby  (K:9141)

Critique By: Pam Constable  (K:366)  
1/6/2005 7:41:06 AM

No wonder you liked my mountains Coral, so many of your images have similar elements and this one has the curve of the water AND the foreground flowers.

Your images could almost be here in NZ, so do hop that plane one day and thank you for your comment
        Photo By: Coral Barclay  (K:321)

Critique By: Pam Constable  (K:366)  
1/5/2005 9:43:32 AM

Thank you for your comment on my mountains Greg, and thank you even MORE because I missed this, being sound asleep at the time. Beautiful sky! I wish I had seen it. Would a crop of most of the lights help as that is where my eye wants to go? Perhaps just leave the top of the hill at the right?
        Photo By: greg collins  (K:12273)

Critique By: Pam Constable  (K:366)  
1/2/2005 10:46:52 PM

Andrej, I love your landscapes. The Dolomites trip must have been a great experience. I agree with Alastair that the Bovec Valley image is somewhat oversaturated and also the one before that.

This is the one I like the BEST, and I have taken the liberty of tweaking it a little in PS to lessen the yellow cast in the snow and sky. I used Image >> Adjust >> Levels >> and then used the white eyedropper in the Levels window on the snow highlights on the highest peak, then faded the effect to 60%.

Feel free to disapprove !

I love the Ghost Town image, as I have been to some of these places and they fascinate me.

Thank you so much for you comments on my lupins and on the Alpine Summer image. I had problems with the colour in that also and I am not sure I have it right yet.

        Photo By: Andrej V  (K:6693)

Critique By: Pam Constable  (K:366)  
1/2/2005 3:35:24 AM

I see why you liked my Alpine Summerlandscape image Miguel, since this is such a beautiful landscape. I love the "blue mood" and luminescence of the water.
Well done.
        Photo By: Miguel Andrade  (K:5463)

Critique By: Pam Constable  (K:366)  
10/27/2004 1:21:03 AM

To Mr Collins ..

AT LAST! the mystery is solved. SO many people have asked me.

You [ or FRED] might like to know that this image is to be exhibited at an exhibition in New Jersey next month.

Perhaps Fred might get in touch to tell me what the subject of the movie was?
        Photo By: Pam Constable  (K:366)

Critique By: Pam Constable  (K:366)  
10/1/2004 8:43:10 PM

Greg, I see we enjoy the same wonderful scenery so you must also be an Otago photographer. I look forward to seeing your versions of what we are lucky enough to have around us.
Thank you for commenting on a couple of my images and check my latest upload for my version of Harbour Cone.
The Evening image was made during a "magic light" hour spent up near Macraes with a friend.
        Photo By: greg collins  (K:12273)

Critique By: Pam Constable  (K:366)  
9/24/2004 4:18:45 AM

Fern your images are a delight. Acute and intimate observations of the textures and colours around us.I am glad you commented on my Stones as it enabled me to come and see your work.

And yes... I have used embroidery and beads.. see attached example which was printed on Lysonic Standard Fine Art paper. Isnt it wonderful where we can now go with the aid of computers.

        Photo By: Fern   (K:2509)

Critique By: Pam Constable  (K:366)  
6/1/2004 9:37:36 PM

I like the way this conveys the vibrancy and multplicity of the city, Very well thought out.

Thank you for you comment on my dancing chairs
        Photo By: Liz Chaffin  (K:546)

Critique By: Pam Constable  (K:366)  
5/9/2004 9:18:11 PM

Oh my goodness, the above image is not mine it must have crossed with my upload. Here is the one I intended to attach
        Photo By: Pam Constable  (K:366)

Critique By: Pam Constable  (K:366)  
5/9/2004 9:08:58 PM

Its apple time in NZ, and this image was taken two days ago. The apples were sweet and crunchy too as my co-photographer will verify.
        Photo By: Pam Constable  (K:366)

Critique By: Pam Constable  (K:366)  
5/9/2004 5:27:33 AM

Mike. What can I say! This is superb. The detail of the near thistle and the glow of the background stalk.... Its almost incandescent. I have HAD to add it to my favourites right NOW and thank you.
        Photo By: Michael Holm  (K:7931)

Critique By: Pam Constable  (K:366)  
5/5/2004 11:25:00 PM

I like the clarity of the light, and the simplicity of this, Mario. I love to make pictures of striking clouds and this could have been taken in NZ. Thank you.
        Photo By: mario matra  (K:0)

Critique By: Pam Constable  (K:366)  
5/3/2004 10:35:36 PM

Thank you for your comments.

David, the head is not a digital creation. It is a glass head I found in a second hand shop, took home, stuffed with tissue paper to create the "brain" and shot from all angles using various lighting modes. The sky is just a sky from any old day, I dont recall, and the "ground" is created from a wall of glass bricks I found in a restroom in a small NZ town while travelling... of such things dreams are made.
        Photo By: Pam Constable  (K:366)

Critique By: Pam Constable  (K:366)  
5/3/2004 10:59:59 AM

I love the warmth in this Micky, all the colours blend in, even the autumn leaves on the tree outside. A delightful vignette.
        Photo By: micky waby  (K:9141)

Critique By: Pam Constable  (K:366)  
4/24/2004 10:31:36 AM

Oh well spotted !!!! I am glad you enjoyed it even with the rain.
        Photo By: Pam Constable  (K:366)

Critique By: Pam Constable  (K:366)  
4/22/2004 3:42:13 AM

So THIS is where the smoke came from....
for I mean

Some amazing images David, I didnt know where to start looking. I love the enigma series, what a lot of fun both for you taking, and us looking at them.

How clever of you to spot the Dali influence as well. I shall have another coming up in that vein very soon.
        Photo By: David McClenaghan  (K:9481)

Critique By: Pam Constable  (K:366)  
4/22/2004 3:03:59 AM

Invercargill? Not even on a VERY frosty morning David. Thank you for the smile [and the smoke]
        Photo By: Pam Constable  (K:366)

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