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Wine to Water

Posted by
MadScientist (Düsseldorf, Germany) on 9 July 2008 in Food & Cuisine and Portfolio.

Version 1: Rome. When we left our hotel we knew that this night would be different. It left no wishes unfulfilled. La dolce vita. Later we took a champagne breakfast in a secret Roman garden.

Version 2: Rome, 3rd day. After struggling with the Roman road traffic we headed northwards to have a lookout on Piazza del Popolo. When we reached the narrow Viale Gabriele D'Annunzio, the floodgates of heaven opened. Hours before, when the world was still dry, some people left this flutes on a low wall. They were filled with rain water.

Michael Skorulski from Cigel, Slovakia

A very romantic image with excellent composition, MS.

9 Jul 2008 5:11am

@Michael Skorulski: Thanks! Now I wonder if it's the picture alone or one of my 'background stories' :-D

Observing from West Cheshire, United Kingdom

It was heavens champagne...?

lovely B&W image, the crystal glasses have real clarity.

9 Jul 2008 9:26am

@Observing: But the taste was awful! (Just kidding! ;-)

Japanalia from Yokohama, Japan

The tonality you chose makes this shot very special.....romantic, yes....and classy,too. I like it very much!

9 Jul 2008 10:05am

@Japanalia: The coloured original isn't bad either but I really did favour this variant too. Thanks a lot!

MaryB from Staffordshire, United Kingdom

I like the first version, but I suspect in reality it was the second. I love Mike's (Observing) suggestion heavens champagne. A very romantic image MS.

9 Jul 2008 10:17am

@MaryB: That leads to the question if providing a special background story is also sort of 'image processing'... Thanks a lot!

Tracey from White Hall, United States

Ha! Gorgeous image. I prefer version #1!

9 Jul 2008 5:27pm

@Tracey: Ha! I did know that! :-D

JoeB from Brampton, Canada

Hate to burst the bubble but looks like water, looks like a duck, walks like a duck, sounds like a duck, must be a duck.

10 Jul 2008 1:10am

@JoeB: Why a duck? Why a no-chicken? :-D

Twelvebit from Victoria, United States

I can't help but envy you living where 2,000 years of history is a train ride away.

10 Jul 2008 4:24pm

@Twelvebit: Depends. On one side it's cool to have history at any place: if you walk one of these very straight dirt roads you can almost be sure that this once was a Roman street, leading from Cologne or another city eventually to Rome (follow this one here west- or eastwards). Or if even the smallest village has an age-old little churched that is dedicated to an ancient Saint.
Then again, it can be quite aggrieving if you consider that virtually every place here has been used since a long time, that everything is age-old and that some of the traditions still are as constricting as they have ever been. If you want to start from scratch, then this is definitely the wrong place.
I find a place without any history as boring as I find a truly historical place exhausting. Variation of both is the key.

Michael from Wuppertal, Germany

Klasse Bildaufbau und noch bessere Idee mit den zwei Versionen!

10 Jul 2008 8:41pm

@Michael: Irgendwie wollte dieses Bild eine Geschichte. Also bekam es gleich zwei. :)

Lorraine from Gatineau, Canada

Classy and oh so romantic, fabulous black and white ...wow I see I've missed a lot not visiting your site :) I've bookmarked now

11 Jul 2008 11:17am

@Lorraine: Thank you so much, Lorraine! Much appreciated! :-)

Marie from FRESNES, France

à la tienne ! Bien vue, et surtout, joli choix de noir et blanc.

11 Jul 2008 11:44am

@Marie: Merci, Marie, c'est très gentil! (Looks like I have to brush up my French... :-)

António Pires from Lisbon, Portugal

Good find, well taken, looks fine in b&w.

11 Jul 2008 1:23pm

@António Pires: I agree, the colour version isn't as interesting as the B/W one. Thanks!

Rui Silva from Leiria, Portugal

Very suggestive BW. Great work!

11 Jul 2008 2:24pm

@Rui Silva: Thanks very much!

Kyle from Manhattan, United States

A gorgeous photo. Very silvery, both antique and romantic. I love it.

15 Jul 2008 7:55pm

@Kyle: Pleased to hear that! :-)

dj.tigersprout from New York City, United States

a beautiful b/w -- the light is just awesome!! lovely rich tones!

11 Jun 2009 5:04am

@dj.tigersprout: Shortly after the big rain the sun came out, a lucky moment.

gandz from Kharkiv, Ukraine

your variation is a bit more romantic!
very nice shot!

21 Jul 2009 10:57am

@gandz: Many thanks, gandz!