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:

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

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

    Pixellicious Photos

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

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

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

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  6. 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...

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

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

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

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

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  11. 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

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  12. 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

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

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  14. 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!!

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  15. You have THE EYE! Very well spotted and shot.

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

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  17. 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.

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

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  19. Impressive all around, from noticing to photographing..

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

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  21. Wonderful photo. I definitely see the little fellow.

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

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  23. Well spotted and great captures.

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

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

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  26. 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.

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  27. 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.....

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  28. 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.

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

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  30. 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.

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  31. 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.

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  32. How good of you to have noticed it!

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  33. 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.

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  34. 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.

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

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

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