Comments: rain on glass

Gorgeous portrait. The water down the glass really adds both atmosphere and texture.

Posted by seriocomic at April 15, 2006 12:21 AM

Beautiful photo. Such a good city shot!

Posted by andrew at April 15, 2006 12:22 AM

this is the one.

Posted by darren at April 15, 2006 12:34 AM

Lovely shot! Her face is so clear despite the wet glass. Well done.

Posted by D MacIntyre at April 15, 2006 12:40 AM

nice pic! so whos was in the rain for this photo, she doesn't look wet so probably you eh?! well worth it!

Posted by dave at April 15, 2006 01:28 AM

With this kind of photo, I will love the rain !

Posted by lyonelk at April 15, 2006 02:05 AM

Beautiful. Looks like many of us are in this rainy mood right now :-)

Posted by Tom from (Shutter Stories) at April 15, 2006 02:05 AM

Dear Sam, I first came across your website by reading an article on BBC news last year. My friend had moved to Toronto few months earlier and setting topleftpixel as the opening page on my browser makes me feel closer to her. This way I get to see every day a new corner of the city she chose as her new home.
How she managed to be one of your subjects, have her photo published on the day of my birthday and even have you write a special comment for me...just blows my mind!!!
Thank you Sam. Thanks Sandra.

Posted by Masa at April 15, 2006 02:54 AM

beautiful portrait.

Posted by istoica at April 15, 2006 02:56 AM

oh, i love this photo!
visiting your blog has become part of my everyday habits - but this one is definitely one of my favourites.
from my point of view - an image is good if it manages to surprise you - and this do that for me!

Posted by tiberiu at April 15, 2006 03:35 AM

You keep finding interesting ideas! I believe good photography involves about as much expertise in the mind's imagination, as it does with the equipment in hand.

Posted by Apurv at April 15, 2006 03:50 AM

I love it, It smells like LIFE...

Posted by سارا محمدی at April 15, 2006 03:59 AM

really nice perspective.

Posted by jc at April 15, 2006 04:27 AM

like the shot a lot... great mood and composition.

Posted by selam at April 15, 2006 05:03 AM

do you know the girl? or was she a stranger?

Posted by garat jax at April 15, 2006 06:14 AM

Simply A beautiful shot :)
I might have preferred to see it as black and white to give it a more aged feel (just my 2 cents)

Posted by JD at April 15, 2006 06:34 AM

Wow... This is one of the best pics you have posted in a while. Great shot.

Posted by ryan at April 15, 2006 06:48 AM

Great shot. :)

Posted by Anthony at April 15, 2006 06:50 AM

Nice one Sam....shooting through the wet glass has made it feel so soft...she looks very reflective.

Posted by [t e r r o r k i t t e n] at April 15, 2006 07:31 AM

Incredible photo! The green tinges would make this a more subdued picture, but her smile makes the whole thing fun and charming. Thanks!!

Posted by Todd at April 15, 2006 07:40 AM

This is a lovely creative portrait.

Posted by Laurie at April 15, 2006 07:49 AM

nice capture, was she posing?

Posted by Hitesh Sawlani (hitkaiser) at April 15, 2006 08:21 AM

This is a beautiful detour from your usual course. It's easy to see why you took that turn, Sam. Well done!
The lady involved deserves some aplause too. Thanks to both of you for a really lovely image.

Posted by Ron at April 15, 2006 08:24 AM

This is breathtakingly beautiful!

Posted by Lida at April 15, 2006 09:43 AM

Wow! You continue to surpass yourself!

Posted by Floridora at April 15, 2006 10:00 AM

Solid effect. Happy Birthday!


Posted by zoomvienna at April 15, 2006 10:14 AM

Oooooo that's nice. I have a thing for water in photography, so of course I love this one.

Posted by JELIEL³ at April 15, 2006 10:29 AM

Wow! Amazing. Hard to see there was a shot in there.
Do you know her? Bonus if you don't! :)

Posted by el peaton at April 15, 2006 10:49 AM

Very nice. Conveys a sense of serenity.

Posted by Kevin at April 15, 2006 11:06 AM

Interesting portrait. The red flash, likely a traffic light reflection adds, rather than detracting as I might expect. The soft color behind her head is beautiful, as she is, with the rain turning the face to runny candle wax. I wonder if the smile is the result of noticing you taking the picture. A very demure look.

Another good catch, Sam.

Posted by Hugh Petrie at April 15, 2006 11:13 AM

Absolutely beautiful.

Posted by diana at April 15, 2006 11:22 AM

Excellent shot. Really cool idea.

Posted by AirBete at April 15, 2006 11:37 AM

Lovely shot. The color tone is very nice.

Posted by Otto K at April 15, 2006 11:53 AM


Posted by Dave at April 15, 2006 12:03 PM

I really really love this shot! This is definitely the best photo blog website around! Keep it up Samwise the Brave!

Posted by Ryan at April 15, 2006 12:21 PM

Awesome shot. I've had you set as my home page for a couple weeks now and this is my favorite so far.

Posted by Rob Carey at April 15, 2006 12:26 PM

this is a great picture. I wish sam would put out some kind of guide to digital photography. I would pay for it.


Posted by pinal at April 15, 2006 01:05 PM

very nice picture! :)

Posted by ohcaptain at April 15, 2006 01:24 PM

how beautiful, a bit sad, too.

Posted by shula at April 15, 2006 01:34 PM

excellent portrait

Posted by aaron the bold at April 15, 2006 01:45 PM

it is definitely a favourite!

Posted by kikko77 at April 15, 2006 01:47 PM

Love this piece...there's something about that clear so sharp...just a beautiful Portrait.
Lovely photo.

Posted by Philippe at April 15, 2006 01:48 PM

I check out the -daily dose of imagery- every morning as part of my surfing routine.
There are many beautiful pictures, many perspectives.
I admired them quietly.
This picture moved me to post a comment for the first time.

The lovely atmosphere, the serene smile.

PS: It makes a great wallpaper too.

Posted by Shiran Vyasa at April 15, 2006 01:51 PM

this is very beautiful pic, and i love the story behind it. very sweet!

Posted by dev at April 15, 2006 01:59 PM

Wow wvs, this is brilliant.
I love the breaks from the buildings/landscape shots like this one. I'm begging you for more like these :)

Posted by pete at April 15, 2006 02:25 PM

the girl is very pretty
very nice picture!

btw, there ARE so many ppl having their birthday far i have known 4 ppl got their bday today already!!omg...

anyways, happy birthday ,MASA~

Posted by jeez at April 15, 2006 03:17 PM

When I was young... I lived on Bloor and Yonge as a landed immigrant, now I am in the US, so I love to see Toronto again through your eyes. You are a genius and visionary. How did you learn all these techniques? What will you do in the future with such a gift? I cant imagine... Thank you for bringing your special world to us daily.

Posted by Anne at April 15, 2006 03:23 PM

wow !!!
it's so beautiful !!!

Posted by spencer at April 15, 2006 03:33 PM

beautiful picture. i love the glint of her eyeshadow and the streakiness of the rain. wonderful!

Posted by CET at April 15, 2006 05:13 PM

I absolutely love this.

Posted by Sarah at April 15, 2006 05:25 PM

I love the clarity of it - and her eyeshadow (green)just stands out!

Posted by stefanie at April 15, 2006 05:59 PM

Hey Sam,

What a really, really neat idea for a birthday present! I can only imagine how Masa felt when she opened DDOI today! Heh, well done on an amazing shot, and a really, really brilliant idea! :)

Posted by Daragh Mc Grath at April 15, 2006 06:07 PM

WOW, fantastic photo Sam!!

i hope we hear a few words from the birthday girl. must be a nice privelege!

Posted by Faramarz at April 15, 2006 07:07 PM

Simply bueautiful Sam.

Posted by Carl B. Constantine at April 15, 2006 07:11 PM

I like the atmosphere. Almost like a happy mood in the midst of a depressing day.

Posted by Raffi at April 15, 2006 07:38 PM

not only this is a great idea for a present, but the picture is really beautyful.
I wish somebody would do that kind of thing for me...
Thanks Sam, you're great.

and happy birthday Masa, whoever you are!!!

Posted by nicolas at April 15, 2006 08:41 PM

nice! BTW my B.D. is Nov. 16.

Posted by negar at April 15, 2006 09:03 PM

instant favourite!!!!!!!

Posted by sinstone at April 15, 2006 11:25 PM

Absolutely love this street portrait!

Posted by micki at April 16, 2006 12:13 AM

Very nice shot and a very sweet story behind it.Happy birthday dear Masa,I don't know you but,I wish you the best ...;)

Posted by Niusha at April 16, 2006 01:08 AM

wonderful birthday present ... in case anyone's interested, my birthday is November 15th ;)

Posted by Susie at April 16, 2006 03:42 AM

This is not just a photo or just a great photo or even just a brilliant photo, this is an artwork and not only an ordinary artwork or even a great piece of art; this a MASTER-PIECE.
What a surprising idea and what an outcome!
I am sure both Sandra and Masa are now feeling great to be named and shown on one of the sites that rule the world. Lucky them.
And well done once again to you Sam.

Posted by Payam Nikdast at April 16, 2006 08:10 AM

Oh Sam! This is truly a thing of beauty .. that you facilitated a birthday surprise for these two friends, that we get to share in it (Happy Birthday Masa!), and the photo itself. It's an extraordinary shot - perfectly framed, beautiful subject, great colour, brilliant use of the rain. More of these would be delicious.

Posted by Jannine at April 16, 2006 09:19 AM

wow thats a seriously gorgeous photo

Posted by faridz at April 16, 2006 03:07 PM


Posted by Ian at April 16, 2006 04:25 PM

Most beautiful - the photograph and the gesture.

Posted by Zishaan at April 17, 2006 12:30 AM

there are good pix and there are fantastic pix and this is definitely one of the latter

a pretty girl always pix a good picture stand out too

Posted by sami jan at April 17, 2006 02:39 AM

Rain's beautiful.

Posted by licuc at April 17, 2006 02:59 AM

bravo sam!
Beautiful story,creative idea, nice shot
i love it.

Posted by saeed javanrooh at April 17, 2006 04:04 AM

Beautiful Thoughts !
Beautiful Photo !
Beautiful Girl !
Beautiful, Beautiful, Beautiful !!

Posted by Chuck at April 17, 2006 06:35 AM

wow two days not on and i miss SO much
i really like the colours in this one
and the red reflection on the shelter

Posted by Christine at April 17, 2006 10:11 AM

Sam, Sandra, you're makin' my eyes water with this one. Great photo, great present. Well done.

Posted by Russ at April 17, 2006 11:01 AM

I've come back to look at this one a few times. It's really amazing.

Posted by brian at April 17, 2006 04:16 PM

I like to know more about coloring of this photo ... the colors look really cinematic ... did you use cinema gamma to gain this .. also I'd like to see a before/after photo ...

Best Regards

Posted by Ali Afghah at April 19, 2006 08:32 AM

I love this one! The rain, the glass, your beautiful subject ... all captured with such moods and tenderness! :O)

Posted by sarah at April 19, 2006 10:58 AM

Came back a third time !!
This is "One Totally Awesome Photo" !!

Give everyone a Hug !!

Posted by Chuck at April 19, 2006 01:18 PM

i love you how are you

Posted by setareh at April 20, 2006 11:49 PM

Beautiful picture.

Posted by Mike at April 21, 2006 12:11 PM

Fantastic - such a great mood captured - an excellent portrait, rich with character. The red reflection on the glass is great. Shooting in the rain through the glass as you did is a nice creative touch for a portrait. Excellent.

Posted by Abe at April 22, 2006 03:36 AM

When I saw this photo and read the comment by Masa,I think it’s a interesting thing.Through your eyes and your camera,Sandra is so beautiful,even more than the beauty of Mona Lisa.This photo let me think about the song of Peter Gabriel “The book of love”
Thanks for your artwork and update note.

Posted by Harlequinpan at April 23, 2006 03:43 AM

hi sam, i visit your site almost everyday for over a year now & this is the first time i ever posted a comment. i love it - everything... the subject, the idea behind the shot & it's nice to note that the birthday girl really get to see it from across the miles (from toronto to italy) & how she appreciated it. HAPPY BIRTHDAY MASA! Thanks Sam... & to Sandra too for this nice shot.

Posted by june at April 23, 2006 05:15 PM

Wow! You're really gifted! Just looking at this portrait inspires me to pursue my dream n photography! I wonder how u took this pic! This is remarkable!

Posted by Joanne at April 24, 2006 06:48 PM

Hi...Am really amazed to see this picture. Wonder how you had captured this.

Posted by Aarthi at May 1, 2006 10:10 PM

I think I'm in love. Do you have any other shots of Sandra?



Posted by Jbya at May 5, 2006 06:44 PM


Cheap travel

Posted by Travel at May 8, 2006 12:57 PM


Posted by setareh at May 26, 2006 12:43 AM

Beautiful portrait. Very unique concept, that was executed very well.

Posted by MBCDesignStudio at July 28, 2006 11:51 AM

this is one of those photos where you fall in love absolut immediatly!
wonderful! gorgeous!

cheers, tom

Posted by tom at December 8, 2006 06:56 AM

I've seen many "Sandra"s before. Fell in love for the first time with one of " Sandra"s even. But i've never seen that meaningful beauty called Sandra before...
This is your goal ofcourse Sam :)
I'd like to be instead of who took this picture :) Scares me the thinking of what you did could have been the aim for me what missing for the rest of my life.. :P


Posted by Didem Eser at March 12, 2007 06:17 AM

The Mona Lisa is a distant second!

Posted by colin fenton at April 28, 2007 05:04 PM

Do You have any more picture of Sandra? this picture is so awesome i love it it reminds of a tori amos video called 1000 Oceans
it's beautiful


Posted by Bonnie Lee at May 11, 2008 03:43 PM

This is great.who is she? your pic very beautiful.I want to speak her,really.can you tell more about her.

Posted by hamid at June 26, 2008 08:29 AM

Lovely image. Lovely birthday gift.

Posted by Elspeth at January 31, 2010 07:22 PM

Great photo. Classic 3/4 front pose. Just a hint of a smile (Mona Lisa-esque). Exquisite colour. Rainy glass gives it a soft focus look. And a great story behind the photo. It all adds up to make a stunning photograph.

Thanks ..


Posted by Juan at February 5, 2010 01:10 PM
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