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photoblog image OVER TROUBLED WATERS

OVER TROUBLED WATERS

"Like a bridge over troubled water
I will lay me down."

Is there anyone who doesn't recognise the soothing melody and beautiful lyrics of  "Bridge Over Troubled Waters" by Simon & Garfunkel. I heard this song probably about sixteen years ago as a quite odd twelve year old who was into 60s and 70s music (I still am!). As I grew up to my dad's records and casette tapes of Nat King Cole, Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, the golden oldies are delicately yet firmly engraved into my soul. It wasn't, therefore, much of a challenge, to think of these lyrics as the caption of today's photo, which was taken on the bridge over River Ouse between Harrold and Carlton.

It was long past three, the wind was gaining force, the rain clouds fast approaching, the river in a mad rush. The bridge was the only thing that stood firmly grounded in the face of the whipping wind and foaming water, like good, reliable friends who stand by us, resilient, firm and strong. 

Today's blog is for those friends who are a heartbeat away when the storm strikes, lightning hits and the tide turns for the worse; those friends who walk in when everyone has walked out, who walk by our side to hold our hand, who lend a shoulder to cry on, and a haven from the storm; those friends, old and new, who have built their houses in our heart, those friends who run to our help, to lay themselves down, "like a bridge over troubled waters"...

Words and photography by Sinem

"Ars longa, vita brevis"

OVER TROUBLED WATERS

"Like a bridge over troubled water
I will lay me down."

Is there anyone who doesn't recognise the soothing melody and beautiful lyrics of  "Bridge Over Troubled Waters" by Simon & Garfunkel. I heard this song probably about sixteen years ago as a quite odd twelve year old who was into 60s and 70s music (I still am!). As I grew up to my dad's records and casette tapes of Nat King Cole, Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, the golden oldies are delicately yet firmly engraved into my soul. It wasn't, therefore, much of a challenge, to think of these lyrics as the caption of today's photo, which was taken on the bridge over River Ouse between Harrold and Carlton.

It was long past three, the wind was gaining force, the rain clouds fast approaching, the river in a mad rush. The bridge was the only thing that stood firmly grounded in the face of the whipping wind and foaming water, like good, reliable friends who stand by us, resilient, firm and strong. 

Today's blog is for those friends who are a heartbeat away when the storm strikes, lightning hits and the tide turns for the worse; those friends who walk in when everyone has walked out, who walk by our side to hold our hand, who lend a shoulder to cry on, and a haven from the storm; those friends, old and new, who have built their houses in our heart, those friends who run to our help, to lay themselves down, "like a bridge over troubled waters"...

Words and photography by Sinem

"Ars longa, vita brevis"

comments (38)

Okay this time I have a problem with this shot. It's to do with the title. I don't think it fits. I think there is too much of the road than there is of the water.

My 2 pence.
Suby & Sinem: Okay, Alakija (Sorry, like the sound of it rolling off my tongue, so ain't using Jide, when I look at a bridge I etiher think of man's will to overcome nature or the aforementioned song, hence the title. Thanks for visiting. smile
  • attah
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 5 Apr 2006, 02:07
I like the clouds and woods effects; they lend something ominous to the shot.
Suby & Sinem: Thank you for visiting and your comment. Suby also mentioned the word "ominous" when he saw the result of post-processing. Great minds?
  • Roger
  • United States
  • 5 Apr 2006, 03:06
Great processing on this one. Nice colors.
Suby & Sinem: Thanks a lot, the quaint English countryside has really got many hues to offer in spring.
Stunning colours! I would love to see this spot myself. You have a great eye for composition and content Sinem!
Suby & Sinem: Thanks, David, but I bet you've got equally beautiful spots out in the Canadian wilderness as well! Thanks for visitnig and your comments. I appreciate. Sinem
  • Andy
  • Dark Side of the Moon
  • 5 Apr 2006, 04:52
Not normally to my liking this but I have to say that it resembles a painting! Almost a Monet! Good one.
Suby & Sinem: Oh, I'll take that as a compliment, shall I? I was indeed aspiring to Monet's texture and colours while working on his one. If you can't paint it, photoshop it, as I say! smile
  • david
  • bendigo, australia
  • 5 Apr 2006, 05:50
the colours in this image are truely amazing!
Suby & Sinem: Thanks, David.
  • pooh
  • 5 Apr 2006, 06:14
the green swathes almost look like paint, they really make this shot for me. just lovely.
Suby & Sinem: Thank you, I did aim to make it painting-like and Monet-esque, glad I succeeded. Thanks for visiting and your comments. Much appreciated.
great colors, perfect framing and a dramatic sky make this shot a real stunner.
Suby & Sinem: Thanks for visiting and your comments. Yeah, the sky looks quite dramatic, doesn't it?
  • Shuva
  • India
  • 5 Apr 2006, 08:30
Yeah! good post processing and looks like a paiting...first I thought it was an HDR.
Suby & Sinem: Still trying to learn the tricks of HDR, but the other half- yeah, you guessed it, Suby - won't help me as he is not a huge fan of HDR, so I end up finding my own means of processing shots. Glad you liked it, encourages me to experiment more often smile
  • Subomi
  • Milton Keynes, Great Britain (UK)
  • 5 Apr 2006, 08:55
Words as lovely as ever Sinem (when is the novel going to be ready?)
Lovely processing, you going to let everyone know what you did? I actually disagree with Jide, I think there is just enough road on this to fit the title.

Thnik Shuva has paid you a very highest compliment by saying "thought it was an HDR" shows there is no need for all this HDR kaffafle smile

It sure does resemble a painting. Good eyes girl, good eyes.

Subomi

P.s
Yellow Shhhsss mode? what is going on? smile
Suby & Sinem: What's up with the name change? The novel, the dissertation, the photography... Dang, I am spreading myself very thin indeed.
Thank you for all your encouragement and faith in me, as always, as with anything else.
Yeah, I am very "chuffed", as they say on this corner of the world, with Shuva's comment.
Good eyes? Of course! Didn't get laser surgery for nothing! tongue
Yellow Shhhhssss mode? I thought it was blue... Gotta go back and change it then, shouldn't I? smile
  • bruno
  • Sweden
  • 5 Apr 2006, 09:21
WOW. this is realy beautiful. that sky and colors. Great shot. smile)))
Suby & Sinem: Thank you smile Great colour nature is giving me to work with these days...What else can I ask for? smile
  • Morenike
  • Lagos, Nigeria
  • 5 Apr 2006, 10:19
I really like the colours on this one - they're warm and fresh at the same time. However, there's something not quite right about the view. perhaps, it could have been better if taken from another angle.

I don't know anything about photography and the techie terms that go with it, but the sky's really lovely and dramatic, i was wondering if you used HDR on this one (i'm trying to see if i can tell high defintion shots from those without).
Suby & Sinem: Morenike, This is Suby, (sorry Sinem), I like the comments you have been leaving not only on my blog but on the other shutterchance members blogs. You seem to have a good grasp of photography (so none of that nonsense about not knowing "anything about photography and the techie terms that go with it") smile Yours is one comments I actually really look forward to reading everyday. Tell me a little bit more about yourself. You an artist or something? Suby
  • Micki
  • 5 Apr 2006, 10:59
Wow, I love how the bridge comes into the photo and moves into the center of the shot! All the colors really work well together! Nice one.
It's absolutely breathtaking...and I love the song smile
Great shot. Like the soft effect
  • Chantal
  • Netherlands
  • 5 Apr 2006, 11:54
Beautiful image here. Love the wide view.
  • digitalmike
  • Virginia Colony ,Americas
  • 5 Apr 2006, 12:25
This whole series has been great. Looks a little like some of Kinkade's work with light. You've got a great eye.....and great taste in music.
  • chunter
  • Salisbury, Wiltshire. UK
  • 5 Apr 2006, 12:29
When youÂ’re weary, feeling small, when tears are in your eyes ... you've had a frustrating day out on a windy day looking for photo opportunities. Fortunately for us, your time has come to shine and your dreamy shots are on their way.

Keep 'em coming. Sifunk and Garmunkel
Nice softness in this shot, well done!
  • Veloran
  • Singapore
  • 5 Apr 2006, 13:31
It's a nice shot, but compared to the previous two, I don't know... It just feels like this one has something missing.
Lovely colors in the bridge over River Ouse. Great song of S&G. Wonderful troubled shot.
Sinem: this is a much better shot over yesterdays. First, it's more focused and presents to us some guidelines for where our eyes should look. Second, it's not as processed as the previous shot, making it easier for us to see the details in the photograph. And third, the bridge on the left (even if I would have moved it more into frame) draws us into the background easily...letting us go from the foreground elements to the background elements with ease. Nice improvement. Regards, Brent
  • fabrizio
  • Switzerland
  • 5 Apr 2006, 17:53
great photo, nice colours
  • jasp
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 5 Apr 2006, 18:05
Very poetic.. the scene and the words.
  • The Maven
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 5 Apr 2006, 18:20
You know what?... This shot has a "film" look to it, but you shot it using a 20D. Not sure how you achived it, but I do quite like the effect.
  • clarence
  • United States
  • 5 Apr 2006, 18:28
Looks like there has been a lot of rain ,,,
  • Jumoke
  • Milton Keynes (UK)
  • 5 Apr 2006, 18:38
Subomi, Boy do you have competition. Great shot Sinem, love the clouds and it really does have a painting effect.
  • johnz
  • Cyprus
  • 5 Apr 2006, 19:00
Maybe coming back over the bridge, the waters have become less worrisome. I like the (rounded) brick railing, the orange and then the fade towards the bridge.
  • GeckoZ
  • Singapore
  • 5 Apr 2006, 19:26
Sinem, why didn't you try taking shots of people? smile
  • Kris
  • Belgium
  • 5 Apr 2006, 20:35
Lovely colors and excellent composition!
"When you're down and out, feeling small..." BOTW is a gorgeous S&G song. I think it's fun to interpret your favorite songs into photographs.
You've managed to create a very dynamic photo. There is a sort of asymetrical balance: between dark, twisted branches on the left and bright foliage on the right; between the dark purple undersides of the clouds and vivid greens in the foreground. I'm also quite impressed with how you write about your photos. The text draws you into the world of the photo.
nice perspective shot....beautiful color tone heresmile
  • skee
  • skeetown Uk
  • 5 Apr 2006, 22:04
So much has been said already... lovely shot! Keep it up!
  • garyx
  • Stevenage, United Kingdom
  • 5 Apr 2006, 23:30
So what's Suby doing these days? smile
  • Marc
  • United States
  • 5 Apr 2006, 23:35
I love the colors in this photo. The river is definitely troubled to the point of flooding it appears. The sky is mean. Plus I love single lane bridges.
  • Nina
  • United States
  • 6 Apr 2006, 22:12
Well everyone else has said everything I wanted to say, but I just thought I'd mention that my first thought was how fun it would be to tight-walk across the water on the rail! Great shot!
  • Nate
  • United States
  • 11 Apr 2006, 01:57
I've read many blogs and never any more powerfull that these entries I've been reading tonight. I've passed up a few but I'm not done yet.

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