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Can we have ............ the bill (or peace in Palestine) - The Ladies that Lunch

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London peace protests recently - there was more than enough photographers around to sink a peace ship - so I retired into the National Geographic building to look at the photo exhibition.

The Moss Bros in the bg was intentional I liked the ironic element because it also seemed to echo the contrast with the ladies that lunch.

Anyway probably too much going on to be entirely cohesive as a picture and perhaps I should not have used selective B&W.

This has certainly taken me on a trip on new terrain and I would welcome any comments, derisory remarks, howls of laughter and even the odd sharp intake of breath and a despairing shake of the head.

Thanks for looking

Best wishes

Robert

Camera:Pentax K10D Check out PENTAXPORTAL!
Lens:18 x 55mm
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Title:Can we have ............ the bill (or peace in Palestine) - The Ladies that Lunch
Username:ketch ketch
Uploaded:14 Feb 2009 - 12:07 PM
Tags:Black & white, Digitally manipulated, Gaza, Ladies, Lunch, National geographic, Palestine, Peace protests, Photo journalism
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videotec
videotec  5 United Kingdom
14 Feb 2009 - 12:43 PM

Super capture Robert
Pete

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Coast
Coast Critique Team 6693 forum postsCoast vcard United Kingdom290 Constructive Critique Points
14 Feb 2009 - 12:45 PM

I think this is a tremendous image and very poignant. The "Ladies that Lunch" is a great title. If anything the only thing that would strengthen the shot IMHO is if all the coffee shop customers were not looking out at the protest as a couple are - almost as in blissful ignorance of the world around them.
The colour pop works for me but I think in straight black and white you would also have a powerful reportage picture. Well spotted and taken.

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lonely_oryx
lonely_oryx e2 Member 661 forum postslonely_oryx vcard England54 Constructive Critique Points
14 Feb 2009 - 12:45 PM

Plenty of colour and action. The woman, leaning forward is the one I seem to focus on. I have done a mod with a different crop, lightened the 2 women in the centre and darkened the surround.

Hope you like it

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ketch
ketch e2 Member 6770 forum postsketch vcard Turks and Caicos Islands50 Constructive Critique Points
14 Feb 2009 - 2:39 PM

John and Paul thanks so much for the mods they are great. I do agree with the comments about the couple on the far right they do sort of ruin the 'crisis? what crisis? effect' - thanks too Pete for your kind comment.

Best wishes

Robert

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PeterLaw
PeterLaw  6 United Kingdom
14 Feb 2009 - 3:14 PM

A well taken shot.
Peter

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MickyMc
MickyMc  6 United Kingdom
14 Feb 2009 - 3:16 PM

Good shot, full of interest, I like the B&W mod too
Mavis

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Mynett
Mynett e2 Member 6137 forum postsMynett vcard United Kingdom6 Constructive Critique Points
14 Feb 2009 - 4:43 PM

What a great and controversial subject. Amazing how they seem oblivious to what is going on around them. I like the way Moss Bros is on the opposite side and the fact that the colourful event flows through the centre with the mono tones on either side. Works ok in the B+W mod but i do like your river of action and colour.
Linda Smile

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ketch e2 Member 6770 forum postsketch vcard Turks and Caicos Islands50 Constructive Critique Points
14 Feb 2009 - 4:45 PM

Thank you so much Peter, Mavis and Linda I really do appreciate your comments.

Best wishes

Robert

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Stace
Stace e2 Member 6Stace vcard England2 Constructive Critique Points
14 Feb 2009 - 5:26 PM

Well spotted and captured

Stace

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helenlinda
helenlinda e2 Member 7337 forum postshelenlinda vcard United Kingdom21 Constructive Critique Points
14 Feb 2009 - 7:41 PM

Two completely different worlds here. I actually like the fact that the two on the right are looking out and the girl in the middle of the archway is looking in - just a touch of two worlds being aware that there is something different going on, but not making any sense of it.
Helen

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ketch e2 Member 6770 forum postsketch vcard Turks and Caicos Islands50 Constructive Critique Points
15 Feb 2009 - 11:08 AM

Thanks Stace and Helen appreciated very much indeed.

Robert

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Andree_Borrel
16 Feb 2009 - 11:00 AM

The shots full of interest, nice one

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ugly
ugly e2 Member 6ugly vcard United Kingdom55 Constructive Critique Points
18 Feb 2009 - 8:01 AM

A very nice candid shot...
Not only in the caffe sharp but outside the window...
I like it..

Dave

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cjl47
cjl47  6 England3 Constructive Critique Points
20 Feb 2009 - 3:49 PM

excellent treatment
chris

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photophantom
24 Feb 2009 - 11:04 PM

great journalism shot Robert
Dennis

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ketch
ketch e2 Member 6770 forum postsketch vcard Turks and Caicos Islands50 Constructive Critique Points
6 Mar 2009 - 9:09 PM

Thanks so much Ed for your detailed critique - really useful info especially about approach - I don't know how you have doen this but your comments are absolutely spot on.

At first I thought to get shots outside - but the ranks of photographers (many with press passes and all with much better gear than I had ever dreamt of - suggested to me a different approach - that far Ok but after that the wheels feel off).

Thank you so much for taking the time to draft your much appreciated comments - they are invaluable.

Best wishes

Robert

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