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February 8, 2009

On Golden Pond

Filed under: Anita Jesse — anitajesse @ 17:03



  1. Ahhhh

    Comment by Rex — February 8, 2009 @ 18:09

  2. Just out of sight… the full paraphernalia of the modern emergency services lest the children do anything dangerous like getting their feet wet.

    I’m with Rex….

    Comment by Colin — February 9, 2009 @ 09:26

  3. “Ahhhh” is wonderfully ambiguous—kind of like “interesting”.

    Comment by Anita Jesse — February 9, 2009 @ 17:52

  4. Ahhh as in sweet, homely, heart warming. I think it just avoids the OTT Ahhh. Your title adds to that feel.

    Comment by Rex — February 9, 2009 @ 20:29

  5. I’m still with Rex ;-)

    Comment by Colin — February 9, 2009 @ 22:12

  6. You two are nothing but trouble. I always thought Rex was the trouble-maker here—picking on birds and such. Now, it turns out that Colin has a mischievous streak. Next week—the emergency services.

    Comment by Anita Jesse — February 10, 2009 @ 03:18

  7. Is that Katherine Hepburn’s daughter? Henry Fonda must be preparing the easy-overs! This really is referential – it could be a still for the film.

    What makes this interesting (no, really) is the toy rod for the child: if I think back, there was a time when this sort of brightly-coloured toy came onto the market. I cannot place the time exactly but probably in the ’80s, maybe even the ’90s. Before that a child’s rod would have been a miniature version of an adult one.

    What a convenient stone.

    Comment by John Ellis — February 10, 2009 @ 07:46

  8. I think the title may be a bit much for me, but the picture itself is dandy. Lovely light, well composed, ahhh indeed.

    ‘Before that a child’s rod would have been a miniature version of an adult one.’

    Heck, my sisters and I didn’t get piddly miniature versions. The rods were full size, the hooks were pointy, and we were a danger to any non-aquatic life in a 30 foot radius. Fish, however, were perfectly safe.

    Comment by matt — February 10, 2009 @ 13:40

  9. I immediately thought “stock photo”. Not a criticism, just an observation.

    The title is a bit sentimental but it’s quite pleasing in a tug-the-heartstrings kind of way. Probably a bit sentimental a subject for me to have wanted to photograph.

    Comment by doonster — February 12, 2009 @ 19:03

  10. it is pretty light, coming from camera right and I suppose bouncing off a big red canyon wall in the background?

    The green bottle top makes me hope it is trash that is going to be picked up and taken away. Such a small ‘out of place’ colour seems to end up having such big visual weight in this big orange and blue scene. That touch of neon green and its sister neon pink on the kid’s rod really jump out.

    Comment by Gordon — February 12, 2009 @ 22:35

  11. A sweet moment photographed in nice light with pleasing colors — close to, as Rex says, OTT ahh — but saved, perhaps by those wonderful touches of neon color, and that very hard-looking, well-placed rock.

    Comment by Christina — February 13, 2009 @ 00:23

  12. I’m with Rex and Colin. Given the clutch of the parent around the child perhaps a wider lens, move in closer and get much more of the water for an even stronger message.

    Comment by akikana — February 13, 2009 @ 00:49

  13. I particularly appreciate the posts on this photo. I was on the fence with everything about it. I loved witnessing the scene and basking in the tenderness and warmth of the relationship, as well as the innocent beauty and infectious energy of the little blonde. But, I was concerned that the photo would be deemed clearly OTT. As for the lame title—it never satisfied me and I wanted to chicken out on it completely.

    Stock Photo is exactly what I thought and, I must admit that this image is just the sort of thing that appeals to me. But, then, I am a sentimental old broad. I confess that I hadn’t thought about Katherine Hepburn, in spite of the title.

    I have seen a number of these children’s fishing rods at the two lakes here and the comments about the ones used today compared to those from years ago resonate with me. Like Matt, when I went fishing with my dad, I posed no risk to the fish.

    I believe that the neon container at the base of the “convenient stone” holds fish bait. Since the litter here is minimal, I will remain optimistic about it having been picked up and taken home.

    Comment by Anita Jesse — February 16, 2009 @ 00:17

  14. The colour contrasts work well as does the raking light.


    Comment by Robert Hoehne — February 17, 2009 @ 08:27

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