Intricate Design

Uploaded: October 28, 2007 10:40:07


F4.8, 1/30, ISO 250, 33mm, taken using natural light at the Heritage Museum in Largo, FL. Original image except for sharpening & cloning out the garage background in the upper right corner.
The man playing the accordian (also in gallery) asked if I would put his picture on the Internet. When I said yes, he hugged me. I gave him a business card with my gallery address, so I hope he is able to see this. He shared some information about playing the accordian and even allowed Justin to hold it and try it out. I want to thank him for allowing me to take this and for his patience and kindness.


Tiia Vissak October 28, 2007

Wow! A great shot! I love the details, colors, light & composition! #772919

Joan Powell October 28, 2007

Excellent capture ,great comp ! But I want to know if he played a Polka for you ?? #4995531

Carol Teal October 28, 2007

Thank you so much Tiia and Joan for your kind comments. Joan, he asked me if I would dance and I said no, so I guess he saved the polka for someone else! :)

Mike, I yanked the other one off just as you posted I guess. They always look different once I post them and I often yank it off (hopefully quickly)and do something else. :) Thank you for your kind comment!

Mike Perez
Mike's Premium Gallery
member since: 1/21/2007

A beautiful capture of the intricate designs and great colors on this accordion, Carol! I think the owner will be very pleased.


Pat Gamwell October 28, 2007

Yes! When I saw the full shot, my eyes went IMMEDIATELY to the accordian and thought how perfect a close crop would be! PERFECTION, Carol! LOVE it! #4995803

Susan Weisensel October 28, 2007

WOW Carol what a stunning Accordian, such wonderful details. Really nice capture. #4996209

Cindy Bendush level-classic October 28, 2007

Terrific color, comp and detail in this close-up Carol! #4996406

Angela Azzinnaro October 28, 2007

FABULOUS image Carol!!!!!! WONDERFUL details & colors!!!!!! #4996842

Carol Teal October 28, 2007

Pat, Susan, Cindy and Angela, I truly appreciate your kind and encouraging words! Pat, I just had to get a close-up of this beautiful instrument. I can't say I have ever seen an accordian in real life, much less had the pleasure of hearing someone play one. #4997327

Sherry Sturgis October 29, 2007

Carol, so glad you got a close-up! It's a magnificant capture!!!! The colors and details are outstanding! Nice work! #4999835

Heather Thorsen October 29, 2007

This is a fantastic picture Carol. You have achieved so much detail and sharpness. #5000225

Lisa J. Boulden level-classic October 29, 2007

Fabulous, Carol!
--Lisa #5000241

Mike Rubin October 29, 2007

Great comp and colors! #5001477

Nancy (Peaches) Harker October 29, 2007

BOTH capture's are SUPER Carol, beautiful image here.
Ya shoulld have danced LOL, I am sure Justin would have, wouldn't he? LOL
Congrats on both of your EFP girl! #5002193

Carol Teal October 29, 2007

Sherry, Heather, Lisa, Cheri, Mike, and Peaches, thank you all so much for your kind comments! Peaches, I don't think either Justin nor I know how to polka! :) Plus I have always had 2 left feet when it comes to dancing! #5002263

Su Sana E. P level-classic October 30, 2007

Superb capture of wonderful design elements, Carol!! #5002905

Jennifer L. Alder October 30, 2007

This is just AWESOME, Carol
Love it
:) #5005695

Carol Teal October 31, 2007

SuSana and Jennifer, thank you for your support and kind comments!

Mr. Meyers stopped in today and saw himself on the Internet! He emailed me via the contact button and thanked me for posting the photos and told me he would see us next year.

And Mr. Meyers, if you stop in again and read this, I tried to email you back but it said I was not on your list of people from whom you accept email. #5012756

Steven E. Ray November 01, 2007

This is the most ornate and colorful Italian Diatonic (button instead of keys) accordion I have ever seen! I think only the handcrafted Italian melodeon versions have this colorful pattern design in the bellow. This beauty is old and custom crafted and probably worth $6 to $8k USD. I don't know if you realize how wonderful of a find this was Carol! You can't obtain an accordion like that if you looked a lifetime. That is very touching that posting his picture would mean that much. You both shared a gift of giving that day :) #5017026

Carol Teal November 01, 2007

Steven, thank you so much for your kind comment and for all the info about this beautiful instrument! I really love the colorful pattern in the bellow (which I didn't realize it was called that). I am totally clueless when it comes to accordians (and most musical instruments really because while I love music, I can't sing and have never learned to play anything). I plan to go back next year to see (and hear) Mr Meyers again! #5017071

Colleen Farrell November 08, 2007

This is sooo cool, Carol! I really like that you have his hand in the photo, too. There was a big accordion festival near us this summer, and I went hoping to get some good photos--no luck. I love the story that goes with your photos--so sweet! #5047735

Robert Baer November 15, 2007

this is a beautiful image. I love the composition, the subject and the colors. #5077075

Carol Teal November 15, 2007

Thank you so much for your kind comments, Colleen and Justin!! Colleen, sorry you didn't have any luck at the accordian festival; maybe you can go again next year! #5077435

Crystal L. Craig November 15, 2007

Oh Carol, what a wonderfully nostalgic capture! The craftsmanship in the details are amazing, wonderfully energetic and clean composition, I love this! #5079590

Nikki McDonald level-classic November 20, 2007

I notice that Colleen likes the inclusion of his hands, too--of course my eye went first to the wonderful lines, then the bold colors and intricate designs, but then they came to rest on his right hand on the buttons. Including that and the information about when and where you took this photo really brings the capture to life. Perhaps Mr. Meyers will contact you again and you can send him a print--I'm sure he would prize it. Congrats on the EP and it's no wonder you picked this as your October favorite for the C&C thread. I'll be rooting for it. #5101858

Susan M. Smith November 20, 2007

Carol, this image is simply fabulous and so is the story. Thanks so much for sharing. I really hope we see it the next round :) #5102067

Donna La Mattino Pagakis November 23, 2007

Such beautiful details and design Carol, best of luck! #5114358

Judy V. Kennamer level-classic November 24, 2007

Sooooo beautiful Carol!! Looks like a winner to me! #5118478

Amy JACKSON November 24, 2007

This is beautiful, Carol! I missed this one earlier! Well done! #5118503

Colleen Farrell November 26, 2007

CONGRATULATIONS, Carol!! So happy that your fave made it!! :D #5127573

Nancy (Peaches) Harker November 26, 2007

BIG Congrats Carol on your finalis, I now how much you wanted this to go through.
Best of luck in the next roound! #5127589

Dr Silly level-classic November 26, 2007

Congrats Carol on your finalist. :O)

Kay E. Mahoney level-classic November 26, 2007

Congratulations on your finalist, Carol. #5128166

anonymous November 26, 2007

Congratulations Carol on your finalist! B- #5128242

Judy V. Kennamer level-classic November 26, 2007

This one had to be a winner Carol!!! Great job!!!! #5128244

Angela Azzinnaro November 26, 2007

WAY TO GO Carol!!!! CONGRATS!!!!! #5128264

Jennifer L. Alder November 26, 2007

Carol, this is such an excellent finalist!!
BIG congrats
:) #5128481

Dianna Hauf November 26, 2007

Excellent capture and design! WTG Carol!!! Congratulations!!!!☺☺ #5128741

David Phalen November 26, 2007

Congrats!! Good luck in the next round. #5128858

Tammy Espino November 26, 2007

Congrats~ #5130233

Crystal L. Craig November 26, 2007

Wahoo Carol! Congratulations on making finalist! #5130752

Mike D. Perez level-deluxe November 26, 2007

Congratulations on this great Finalist, Carol! #5130831

Pat Gamwell November 26, 2007

Fabulous finalist, Carol! WTG! #5130973

Lindley Johnson level-classic November 26, 2007

I love this, Carol! Congratulations on your finalist. #5131203

Evy Johansen level-classic November 26, 2007

Big congratulations on your wonderful finalist, Carol!! #5131253

Su Sana E. P level-classic November 26, 2007

Congratulations on this excellent Finalist, Carol!! #5132586

Mary K. Robison November 27, 2007

Good things come to good people, Carol, and your background story proves it!
Congrats and best of luck with this on the next level! #5133019

Heather Thorsen November 27, 2007

Congratulations on your wonderful finalist Carol. #5133053

Lisa J. Boulden level-classic November 27, 2007

Such a fabulous finalist, Carol!!!
--lisa #5134474

Phil Stith November 27, 2007

A well deserved finalist, of luck in the next round!!! #5134524

Renee Doyle November 27, 2007

Congratulations on this wonderful finalist Carol!! #5136626

Sam Britt November 27, 2007

Congratulations, Carol! #5136663

Corinne M. Thompson November 27, 2007

Excellent capture Carol, congrats on your Finalist! #5136835

Jeff Robinson level-deluxe November 27, 2007

Great story and and Outstandng image! Congrats Carol on your Finalist! Jeff #5137745

Deb Koskovich November 27, 2007

Carol, congrats on your well-deserved Finalist -- this is an incredibly awesome image!! #5138979

Carol Teal November 27, 2007

Crystal, Nikki, Susan, Donna, Judy and Amy, sorry I am late in responding but I really appreciate your kind comments!


Carol Teal November 27, 2007

Thank you all so much for your congrats and support! #5139097

Philippe Vieux-Jeanton November 27, 2007

Beautiful image (love accordeon :)) Congratulations Carol!!! #5140197

Sherry Sturgis November 28, 2007

I was soooo hoping this would it to the final judging! And it did! Congratulations, Carol! This is truly a fantastic image! #5141975

Cheryl E. Molennor November 28, 2007

Very cool! Congratulations! #5142016

Datha Y. Thompson November 30, 2007

Congratulations Carol!! WTG :0) #5151650

Mitch Spence level-classic November 30, 2007

A wonderful composition with great detail, Carol. Congratulations. #5153622

Elizabeth A. Marker level-deluxe December 01, 2007

Outstanding Image Carol!!!
Look at all the silver!!!
You go girl!!!
Well deserved!!!

Robert Baer December 04, 2007

i just want to comment again on this image it is a real winner in my eyes!! keep up the great work!!! #5167506

Sherri Gorman December 04, 2007

Wow, awesome design, composition and details!!!! CONGRATULATIONS!!!!! #5170051

Carol Teal December 04, 2007

Philippe, Sherry S, Cheryl, Datha, Mitch, Elizabeth, Justin, and Sherri G, thank you all so much! :) #5170269

Georgeina M. Mckinney June 24, 2008

love it!! #6100618

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