Friday, May 1, 2009

Straw Hats - May Theme Day - Shadows


Today is the first day of May and that means Theme Day for City Daily Photo Bloggers around the world.  Our theme this month is SHADOWS.  Ahhhhh my favorite so far.  I started digging around my IPhoto library and found quite a few.  So many that I've decided to carry the theme through this entire week.  I hope you will enjoy them. 

Today, I have two. This lovely lady in the top photo had stopped to admire a stroller full of triplets at the Magic City Art Connection.  She asked me why I wanted her picture,  and I told her I loved the light and shadows from her hat. She was okay with that!  ( I wish I had gone on to tell  her how much I loved her sweet face.)   

The gentleman below made an appearance the first week or so of my blog last year.  Since I was hardly a blip on the radar at that point, I thought I'd bring him back for the rest of you to meet. He sells some mighty fine produce at the Pepper Place Market each Saturday. I took him a print of this photograph the next time I went.  He declared himself a "star"!  And he is indeed.  I hope he'll be there with his tomatoes May 16th when they reopen.


CDPB around the world have some very creative takes on "shadows".   You'll want to click the link below to see them all! 



35 comments:

PJ said...

These two great portraits reinforce my resolve regarding my gardening/teapot lid hat. And as a testament, I wore my straw hat on the beach today. A lot of love here, V.

Julie said...

Both delightful portraits! The tracery of the shadowing comes up so very well in both of them. I have not noticed it here IRL so will keep my eyes peeled.

Good examples ...

Jilly said...

Two marvellous photographs, Virginia. The criss-cross shadows on the face echoing the holes in the straw hats - just perfect. Love your choices, beautiful photographs/portraits. Superb! I'm running out of superlatives.

lachezar said...

Beautiful images. Particularly the first portrait is stunning! Great choice for today's theme. Thanks for stopping by and kind comment! Cheers!

lavenderlady said...

Virginia, both of these photos are wonderful. You captured the shadows and a great deal more.

Bergson said...

Beautiful portrait

the mamy is beautiful

Kaori said...

Those straw hats are wonderful! So stylish! And I love black and white pictures...especially this one.

Marie Reed said...

Gorgeous! I'm going to plop a straw hat on my head, work in my garden, and sprinkle some shadows on my face too! Joyeux Premier Mai! Bisous xoxo

cieldequimper said...

Ah Virginia, if you've got more like these up your sleeve, then I can't wait. Superbes portraits, dignes d'un livre.

Abe Lincoln said...

I like both of these photographs but the black and white one seems to inspire me a bit. I don't know where I would find anything to equal it though. Nice photo.

Bibi said...

Neat-o! I had a navy blue bathing suit as a kid that had white polka dots. After a long day in the sun, I found I had little brown polka dots on me where the sun had shone through. I like these portraits, especially the bw one, and am happy that it's probably not likely the hats leave the wearers semi-permanently meshed.

alice said...

Oh my, this lady's portrait is just beautiful, Virginia. You have to print this one and frame it! And the man is perfect too, but the first is my favourite.

Uma por Dia said...

Just great and beautiful!

Dusty Lens said...

Very nice! i do remember this gentleman from your previous post. You do take wonderful portraits!

lv2scpbk said...

I love the photo of the lady. It makes her look like she's a sweet person and would have alot of stories to tell. I would love to sit with her and just listen about her history. There's something interesting about her especially the way you captured it.

Virginia said...

Ahhhhh DL, you've been with me from the beginning. Thanks for hanging in there for almost a year now!

Iv2scpbk and Uma pour DIa,
I think this might be your fist visits here. Welcome and thank you for your nice comments!

Rambling Round said...

Ah, bring on the straw hats! It's that time of year. Love these photos.

Thérèse said...

The meshed shadows not only on the face but further down from make the picture! Wonderful, Virginia!

Halcyon said...

Excellent choice! I knew I could count on you for something creative and different.

Juergen Kuehn said...

Outstanding - as good as could be!
My congrats, Virginia.

Petrea said...

These are luscious! Wow. I love your portraits, and these shadows add so much.

Harriet said...

Virginia, these are great photos.

altadenahiker said...

Happy May Day! what great portraits.

raf said...

Love this post, Virginia! Two exceptional portraits for the theme and each with a story to tell. Especially like that lovely lady in the B&W image.

Babooshka said...

Finally she gets here, me that is Exceptional as Raf says. Well without big hoo ha's but can we safely say this bears out my emphasis on people images. Right back to the little baby feet(one year on little feet coming up maybe?)to the other end of the scale, people, people, people. Now off to bed. Checking in when can. Suddenly like I'm the only working photographer here 24/7

Virginia said...

Thank you everyone. I am so very pleased that you enjoyed meeting these two beautiful people. I 've said it many times, but I'll say it again, the best part of doing this blog is having the privilege of meeting and photographing the incredible people I meet right here in my hometown! Getting to know all of you is the cherry on the sundae!
V

marley said...

two excellent photos. I really like the first one. Can't wait to see more over the week :)

Maya said...

These are both excellent! You do have a gift for seeing those shadows. I can't wait to see more!

Babzy said...

Your portraits are just beautiful , the first one is my favourite , you were very lucky that she accepts to be taken in photo ;)

JM said...

What a clever idea! I especially like the 2nd photo, it's fantastic!
And yes, definitely Capt. Hook on my post! Lol!

Sarah A said...

What a complimentary set of portraits! You've done a such a great job at capturing the looks of these beautiful people. I love the shadows from their hats.

valeria said...

What a nice idea, Virginia!

Louis la Vache said...

Joyeux premier mai!

Tash said...

Shadows with so much feeling! I just love both faces. The woman's is so tranquil - indeed a sweet face. The man's is so intent yet gentle.

Cergie said...

Very soft portraits playing with the light. I like them both, maybe the B&W most ? No, the second one is nice too : this man seems being wearing a lady's lace veil.