The Birthday Girl


This photo was taken a couple of days ago during a very distorienting stretch of weather we've been having. I don't know what's going on -- El Nino, global warming, just a funny year? -- but it feels downright strange to walk outdoors during the first week of January and find that it's too warm for any kind of jacket.

Thank you for the great response to my 'ad' on the previous post! It's going to be a wonderful project. If you're at all interested, don't let time or distance be a deterrant: there's no time limit, and I may find myself in your neck of the woods in my travels over the next few years. Let me know! :)

Note:Jason David Moore over at Soup Questions posted a little interview with me today if you're interested. Thanks, Jason! It was fun!

Post-processing: Shot with the Canon EOS 5D and the Canon 85mm f/1.2L lens at f/1.4, 1/1600s, ISO 100. Curves adjustments for contrast and saturation, color balancing for tone.

Thanks for visiting Durham Township!



Now this is absolutely fantastic. Love it.

Posted by Tanja > on January 7, 2007 4:32 AM

This photograph is a poem.
It tells the story of a lifetime.
It's like the music of Yann Tiersen.
It's one of the best.

Posted by Marta on January 7, 2007 4:35 AM

This is an interesting shot. You always come up with some wild ideas that if tried by somebody else would probably not be as effective. Once again great job.

Very nice interview.

Posted by Laurie on January 7, 2007 8:08 AM

Windows? what's wrong with an apple?
O.k. enough joking for now... I do like this one very much; the composition, colors, DOF, object and subject is very well chosen.

Posted by javga on January 7, 2007 8:28 AM

cute shot

Posted by Crash on January 7, 2007 9:19 AM

Brilliantly, brilliantly. Love the composition and depth of field used. Happy New Year. Indeed it is surprisingly warm over in Blighty too.

Posted by LwS on January 7, 2007 11:02 AM

Very nice work.

Posted by Angry Buddha on January 7, 2007 11:29 AM

Cool shot, very creative

Posted by Steve on January 7, 2007 12:22 PM

what a beautiful piece of art.

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Posted by Photorama on January 7, 2007 4:52 PM

Very nice Kathleen. That 85mm is sweet. Happy birthday to the birthday girl!

Posted by miklos on January 7, 2007 4:57 PM

Nice concept and composition.

Posted by John on January 7, 2007 5:52 PM

Going through the ones I've missed your photos continue to be sigh worthy. They're just beautiful. This is lovely. So cute, "hiding" behind the window.

Posted by kristarella on January 7, 2007 6:03 PM

What a great image.

Posted by Jeff Ambrose on January 7, 2007 6:20 PM

Very original. Kudos to the birthday girl for keeping the pane aloft and straight. However did she manage it - was it lighter than it looks? I love it :)

Posted by octarine on January 7, 2007 6:30 PM

Your work just keeps getting better and better! I've been following your work and website for about a year and I look forward to enjoying your new work every time I visit your site. Keep up the great work!

Posted by Alex B on January 7, 2007 10:18 PM

The lighting here is really beautiful, and the composition is strong. Great shot.

Posted by Justin Gaynor on January 8, 2007 11:07 AM

I'm not sure why, but this picture really hit me. I've been looking at your gallery and blog for quite a while now, but this is undoubtedly my favorite photo. I don't know what it is, but it's just magnificent. Your photography is superior. I've never seen anything like it. Thankyou, keep posting more pictures, please! I look forward to them every day.

Posted by Rachel on January 8, 2007 4:26 PM

So enjoyable, so pleasant, so uplifting.....and such a nice spot for a window too!

As I'm taking in the scene I notice the pasture grass seems so very large, both the size of the clumps as well as the individual blades of grass. It suggests an allmost Lilliputian scale for the beautiful birthday girl--which in no way diminishes the special occasion, But serves to reduce any panes she may be carring around. (opps...oh well....or how about, "Oh Birthday Girl, we share your pane! better? No? Sorry!)

Anyway, Thank you, and Happy Birthday Birthday Girl.
And thank you Kathleen!

(That window IS remarkably square-on!)

Posted by david Tinnon on January 8, 2007 4:48 PM

Love the colours and composition Kathleen! Hope you have a good 2007 :)

Posted by Craig on January 8, 2007 5:46 PM

We have the same problem here in the UK - it's impossible to take a country walk without being accosted by glazing sales people.

Posted by Simon C on January 9, 2007 2:40 AM

I love the sense of wonder and curiosity that this shot creates. Visually, I also like what the panes of glass do to disrupt the "birthday girl"'s form. Neat!

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Posted by Jeet on January 10, 2007 2:29 PM

This is so cool, what a great concept.

Posted by miles on January 13, 2007 1:52 PM

She is really quite beautiful, and it comes through that she is also playful and thoughtful. You've managed to capture some pretty distinctive personality traits and convey them through a single image, nice work!

I love that there's no need for a story here. It makes me just want to know the person more.

Posted by Kiliii Yu on January 22, 2007 2:29 AM

This picture inspires me. It makes me want to go out and take really great pictures. The composition is amazing and you owned the frame. Great job!

Posted by Kayla on November 1, 2007 4:07 PM
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