Tuesday, February 9, 2010

The Tiny Iceman of Newtown

From the side I noticed his shape.



Then I noticed his hat.

Then I noted what looks like hair coming out from under his hat, his sloped shoulders and pot belly.
I walked to the little downtown part of Newtown today. I was trying out my new 50mm lens which means that I really have to keep my eyes open and think about what's going to fit shots into the small frame. Then I have to walk over and compose the shot. I'm used to being lazy and zooming things in with my 18-270mm lens. While I was walking I saw something out of the corner of my eye next to a pile of snow. It looked just like a little man made out of ice. I should note that this iceman is smaller than a finger. Maybe it's a fallen icicle?



49 comments:

Thom said...

What a description. I love it. Looks like some sort of twig. Wonderful.

Kcalpesh said...

What a great catch.. A naturally formed ice sculpture.. Most people wouldn't have noticed..

Pixellicious Photos

Matty said...

Imagine that! It's as if someone sculpted it.

~Cheryl said...

Amazing! I love discovering these little wonders. Good eye! (I enjoyed the comments you left! Thanks!)

Martha in PA said...

Good eye!

Luis Gomez said...

Beautiful images. A great post. I like your "Tiny Iceman of Newtown" it would probably make a wonderful book for kids.

Carolyn Ford said...

Aren't we lucky to notice so much that others do not! This is amazing...so perfectly formed. I just got a 50mm lens too! What a coincidence...

Olivier said...

MAGNIFIQUE, on dirait une vraie sculpture sur glace. Bravo pour le coup d'oeil

tapirgal said...

Very cool, James. I liked your description of using the lens, too.

VP said...

Are you kidding? This is Giovanni Fattori, or at least an almost perfect miniature of his statue here.

Malyss said...

Nature is a great artist sometimes! and you were too, when you had the eye to catch this so perfectly!!

Cezar and Léia said...

It's art my friend, beautiful and your eyes capture this beauty so perfectly.Only an artist could imagine it in this way, it's wonderful!
Dear James, what would be your recommendation to buy my first camera, I mean a good upgrade :)
I'm really think of improve it!
Hugs
Léia

mbkatc230 said...

I have a friend who is a design consultant, and one of her favorite sayings is that God is the best designer. This proves the rule. But you had the eye to catch it! Wonderful shot. Kathy

Diane AZ said...

Fantastic find! His body language and crumpled hat make him look a little forlorn. Would make an intriguing legend.

Woody said...

The title is very fitting, great eye!

Prime's will definitely change how you compose. It's seem odd as first, getting closer, then moving away, but after a while, your eye will adapt. Have fun! Today might be challenging for us to get outside considering there are blizzard warnings!!

RuneE said...

You have THE EYE! Very well spotted and shot.

Marka said...

Good eye & great find!

Sunny said...

LOL! So cute! A really great catch, it really does look like a little ice man. The last shot is priceless!
Sunny :)

Sistertex said...

I wait for the day I can get a lense like that. I do what you were doing ... zooming in with my 18-270mm lense. Macro lense is on my wish list!

Very cool capture James. I don't know that I'd have even noticed it..but indeed it does look like a little ice man.

Pam said...

Fantastic shots, James. What your new lens can capture is amazing, of course the photographer is also.

wenn said...

looks great!

byron said...

Impressive all around, from noticing to photographing..

Lois said...

I love it! He's so delicate.

happily retired gal said...

Delightful discovery ... love your photos and your description too.
Hugs and blessings,

Cheryl said...

Wonderful photo. I definitely see the little fellow.

cieldequimper said...

Lol, isn't he cute? :-)

amatamari© said...

Charming.
And beautiful, the subject,your search, find, watch, imagine...
Thanks for sharing!

Evelyn Howard said...

How very observant. Nice capture,

imac said...

Well spotted and great captures.

SandyCarlson said...

Utterly amazing! Wow.

Louis la Vache said...

Outstanding, James!

Pat said...

What an awesome catch! I love the "pot belly" and the "hair" outside of the hat.

Lily Hydrangea said...

this is so cool. You have a great eye for the good stuff James.

Carletta said...

What a find!
It looks like a perfect little old man. He seems to have some kind of reflection going on in his face as well. The little 'tuft of hair' is terrific.

Bibi said...

Captures like this are the basis for (children's) stories. I am convinced this really is a little guy, shrunken and frozen from unrequited love, oh.....

Renee said...

That is fantastic!!!

Leora said...

You really do have a good eye. And a good camera, too! Both make for beautiful shots. Love this little guy and your endearing commentary, too.

Louise said...

You have great eyes! I mean they're like an eagle. Beautiful shots.

Gerald (Hyde DP) said...

exquisite!

ruma2008 said...

It surely keeps all lineaments. In addition the arms last, too.
He is the expression that clowned a little.
Nature may be a wonderful sculptor.
And You are a good finder.

Josie Ray said...

My family loves the Tiny Iceman of Newtown! :-) I dragged everyone over here to see him. He's just the type of creature my mother would notice...she who has the best wildlife eyes and always sees the faces in the rocks and tree bark.

Crafty Green Poet said...

this is amazing, well spotted!

Rebecca said...

OK, that's cool!

Jientje said...

How good of you to have noticed it!

Quilldancer said...

So, I am looking at these photos and thinking to myself how incredible cool that you even spotted this little fella and making other similarly awed and wondrous observations, formulating a comment in my head that would suit the dignity of this little guy, and then I read that you have an 18mm to 270mm lens and my brain freezes with jealousy.

I want.

Life with Kaishon said...

Oh my word. It looks perfect.

Tash said...

Simply amazing!
I got a photo book out of the library (wish I could remember the title) where the author recommends using a 50 mm lens and taking photo from different distance & on one's knees and on one's back, etc. I've been meaning to try it.

Lew said...

Very observant to see this litle man in all the snow and ice of last winter. Icicles make great subjects, especially up close.

Francisca said...

What a fantastic find, James... and perfectly captured. VP may be right too - the spirit of Giovanni is there.... :-D