childhood memory: playing marbles on the playground. they all had different names, boulders (big), cat-eyes (with colored plastic inside), agates (non-transparent), bumble-bees (yellow and black), root beers (brown glass), and my favorite: clearies (plain clear glass). i played keepsies (everything had "-ies" added to the end of the word, despite the fact that we were dead serious), and was quite a hustler, until one day when the school outlawed marbles altogether, on grounds that it was "gambling"

  • Amy PRO 5y

    Cool shot! HMM!
  • duckinwales (now in Ipernity) PRO 5y

    Wonderful MM and great info!
  • Mo PRO 5y

    simple and great !
  • Craig Johnson PRO 5y

    what a killer shadow! cool image
  • Dave 5y

    Pretty. Very neat image.
  • d_rod PRO 5y

    Stunning beauty and simplicity. WOW!
  • Steve Reid 5y

    simple and good .... you bring back alot of memories with your images ... ;-)
  • muffett68 ☺☺ PRO 5y

    i keep coming back to this to see the shadow :)
  • nezza74 5y

    Very nice. I'm liking that shadow with the lightburst in it too. HMM! :o)
  • PrayerSpaces PRO 5y

    Fabulous photography. Just stunning work here. Happy MM again!!
  • Andy Dolecek 5y

    great shot! The shadow is very cool
  • Matt Christopher 5y

    Exceptional light.
  • Amr El-Komy 5y

    so this
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  • theilr PRO 5y

    Thanks all !! I truly appreciate the comments.
    I should explain (or confess, depending on how you think about this kind of thing), that the light-burst in the shadow was partly an HDR thing. At the (over-)exposure associated with the rest of the image, the blown-out light in the center of the light-burst was much larger. By combining it with the same image but at a lesser exposure, I could get more of the texture in the shadow.
    gracieshoots yes, marbles=gambling, when that announcement came over the intercom, i became a libertarian right then and there. i've since shifted somewhat leftward in my politics. (and, frankly, i never liked ayn rand, but i can see where she was coming from.)
    maryannlacy thank-ie !
    G M i'd originally composed this as a rectangular image, with the marble over on the left and lots of "negative space" as they call it, on the right. but then i figured it would be on a white background anyway, when posted on flickr, so i went for the tighter crop. a further crop is a neat idea; i might give it a try to re-shoot the marble with even more close-up so that, as you suggest, only the shadow and a bit of the marble shows.
    Mo crystal spheres, now where did i get such an idea?
  • photo chik 5y

    freaky cool !
  • Shaikha almannai 5y

    Congrats seen in explore x
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  • Sterling_Photographs 5y

    Very Cool Capture!
  • *Furball* PRO 5y

    Aah...I remember the days of my childhood playing marbles, hustling and being hustled. Another marble that maybe mentioned, were steelies, not really a marble per se, more of a ball bearing. Our schools also eventually banned the playing as it was considered gambling, laughable, but the authorities were correct. Great shot my friend!
  • 54WilliamGJusto54 (weather enthusiast) PRO 4y

    so gorgeous!!
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