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Saddler Street in Durham leads from the Market Place up to the Cathedral. The blue bicycle in this photograph is parked on Saddler St. facing towards the market place at the point where Elvet Bridge joins it from the left. The person on the left is coming up the steps from Elvet Bridge.

The Bridge and the Street form a very narrow V where they join; Saddler St. is extremely narrow but provides the only vehicular access to the Cathedral, Castle, shops, pubs and five Colleges of Durham University. Elvet Bridge is medieval and has been widened, but not by much.

Thirty years ago both Bridge and Street were normal roads for everyday traffic, but you could not physically turn even the smallest of cars from one to the other in either direction. The solution lay in the Market Place, where a policeman had permanent watch standing in the middle in a box rather like a large telephone kiosk. The police box was officially a roundabout. Vehicles had to drive (e.g.) from Saddler St. down towards the Police Box and indicate to the officer by hand signals whether they wanted to turn left, go straight on or double back round the box and back to Elvet Bridge. Thus Durham was the only city in the country with a dedicated hand signal, a whirly motion in front of the face!

Elvet Bridge is now traffic free, as is the Market Place apart from the thoroughfare leading from Saddler St. in a straight line across one edge. Police box and hand signals are long gone, replaced by magic bollards and congestion charging.

These two young lads are sitting at the junction between Saddler St. and Elvet Bridge, minding their own business and enjoying an illicit cigarette. I had my camera at my waist hanging from its neck strap and pressed the shutter with my thumb. They didn't appear to feel a thing.

46mm, 1/50th sec @ f 5.6, ISO 400

Camera:Nikon D70 Check out Nikon Nation!
Lens:Nikkor 18-70mm Check out Nikon Nation!
Recording media:RAW (digital)
Title:Secret Smoke
Username:woolybill1 woolybill1
Uploaded:23 Oct 2007 - 9:54 AM
Tags:Boys, Cigarettes, Durham, Lads, Market place, Photo journalism, Portraits / people, Saddler st, Smoking, Teenagers
Votes:51

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bliba
bliba  8 Austria2 Constructive Critique Points
23 Oct 2007 - 10:11 AM

very well observed..like the composition/crop!works very good

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AngelaR
AngelaR  9155 forum posts United Kingdom
23 Oct 2007 - 10:14 AM

Good candid Bill - like the potted history of Durham too!

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Badgerfred
Badgerfred e2 Member 7Badgerfred vcard Wales
23 Oct 2007 - 10:19 AM

Excellent candid Bill,
Fred.

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dianah
dianah  824474 forum posts United Kingdom4 Constructive Critique Points
23 Oct 2007 - 10:21 AM

I love these candid shots Bill..excellent history too, I so enjoy all your texts. Terry and I intend to visit all the towns we have never been too..your little snippets are such an incentive.
Di

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fentiger e2 Member 13915 forum postsfentiger vcard England22 Constructive Critique Points
23 Oct 2007 - 10:24 AM

You have both fooled me today. I thought this was Moira's! A well seen candid with lots of interesting elements ~ including the bike was good.

Albert

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IainH
IainH  982 forum posts
23 Oct 2007 - 10:26 AM


Quote: They didn't appear to feel a thing

One of them will when he sets his hair on fire Smile

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imander  7388 forum posts United Kingdom7 Constructive Critique Points
23 Oct 2007 - 10:36 AM

great shot, but i think imo its a boy and a girl, they may be good mates but his hand on her thigh looks very comfortable. love the description too
ian

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imagio  8 England1 Constructive Critique Points
23 Oct 2007 - 11:39 AM

Grat candid Bill, know all the tricks heh..

Bernie

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derekv
derekv  7 England
23 Oct 2007 - 12:05 PM

Nice candid, Bill, great detail. Feel sorry for the lads, I know how they feel, us smokers being outlawed !
Derek

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woolybill1
woolybill1 e2 Member 7woolybill1 vcard United Kingdom65 Constructive Critique Points
23 Oct 2007 - 12:27 PM

Thak you, folks.
Ian - Um, you may be right; thought it didn't make any difference these days.

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SpeedAltStar
23 Oct 2007 - 12:34 PM

Brilliant candid Bill. Particularly as you were shooting from the hip!

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Richsr
Richsr e2 Member 790 forum postsRichsr vcard England209 Constructive Critique Points
23 Oct 2007 - 1:03 PM

Like this candid image Bill, good detail and lots of interest. Well captured.
Richard.

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Joline
Joline e2 Member 8Joline vcard United States51 Constructive Critique Points
23 Oct 2007 - 1:26 PM

Aren't you the sneaky one!!!!!!Great hip shot, I would have probably have cut off their heads or something. They do look a little bit guilty of their pleasure!

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Nettles
Nettles  7 England
23 Oct 2007 - 1:40 PM

Oh, how they'll regret this habit when they're older and on oxygen.
Good capture Bill, hope their parents see this.
Annette

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TyChee
TyChee e2 Member 9187 forum postsTyChee vcard United States1 Constructive Critique Points
23 Oct 2007 - 1:45 PM

Gee. They start younger every day. Excellent candid.
Ty

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taggart
taggart e2 Member 1042 forum poststaggart vcard United States12 Constructive Critique Points
23 Oct 2007 - 1:59 PM

A curious situation-- and an excellent image of-- Wondering if the sandwiches are goo-- LOL!

jennn

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proz
proz  10205 forum posts United States
23 Oct 2007 - 2:36 PM

super shot I just love this type of photography. Always a good story!

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riprap007
riprap007  101568 forum posts England37 Constructive Critique Points
23 Oct 2007 - 2:46 PM

yes, really like this sneaky capture technique, something I do on occasion too, good BG story

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danbrann
danbrann e2 Member 10473 forum postsdanbrann vcard 15 Constructive Critique Points
23 Oct 2007 - 2:50 PM

Observation..observation...obsevation. Great.

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Hop-A-Long
23 Oct 2007 - 3:45 PM

Great capture Bill and a nice piece of history. They say, whoever they are, that you learn something new everyday, I just have so thanks for that.
Andy

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mikbee
mikbee e2 Member 7mikbee vcard Scotland7 Constructive Critique Points
23 Oct 2007 - 4:56 PM

It's a good mix of images here Bill.A bit of a foursome.Walking figure and shop,the illicit smokers,curved detail in the stonework and then the bike.It could almost be a ''joiner''.An interesting one Bill. The sandwich bar has the correct description of the chaps.A couple of ''smoothies'' Good capture here.
Mick.

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glyndwr  766 forum posts Wales9 Constructive Critique Points
23 Oct 2007 - 5:10 PM

Lots of interest in this shot Bill, not least the stones facing us.

Robert

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Herge88
Herge88 e2 Member 740 forum postsHerge88 vcard England4 Constructive Critique Points
23 Oct 2007 - 6:17 PM

Sneaky, sneaky.

Best Matt

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davidhu
davidhu  8 United Kingdom19 Constructive Critique Points
23 Oct 2007 - 8:00 PM

Good candid, full of interest Bill.
Dave

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oldgreyheron e2 Member 7124 forum postsoldgreyheron vcard United Kingdom6 Constructive Critique Points
23 Oct 2007 - 8:26 PM

Now that's very sneaky Bill, and very effective too!

Mike

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DolphinLady
23 Oct 2007 - 8:35 PM

Definately sneaky, but very good.
I wish I could take candids like this, but I always seem to get spotted & asked not to take pics, very disheartening.
This is full of wonderful detail, & that looks like a new bike just behind them.
Love the story.
Hilary

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Lucy_Locket
Lucy_Locket e2 Member 733 forum postsLucy_Locket vcard England
23 Oct 2007 - 8:37 PM

Excellent candid, Bill. Great hip-shooting!! Glad you didnt hurt them Wink
Lucy

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nobby2sheds
23 Oct 2007 - 8:40 PM

Good candid, interesting image.

Paul

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Mikelane
Mikelane  7 Wales
23 Oct 2007 - 9:38 PM

Great candid bill .They really look to be enjoying it .Well done bill .
Mike

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John_Humphreys
23 Oct 2007 - 10:13 PM

This gets my vote for the last line in your 'story'! John

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Rende
Rende e2 Member 737 forum postsRende vcard Netherlands4 Constructive Critique Points
23 Oct 2007 - 10:52 PM

You've got a painless technique in shooting from the hip Bill; wonderful candid.
Regards,
Rende

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SandraKay
SandraKay e2 Member 7233 forum postsSandraKay vcard United Kingdom4 Constructive Critique Points
24 Oct 2007 - 8:53 AM

Ten out of ten for your technique - the results are first class. Hope for their sakes that their parents aren't members of Ephotozine. lol.
The very best type of candid.
Sandra

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JudeC
JudeC  7 England3 Constructive Critique Points
24 Oct 2007 - 6:55 PM

Great urban capture - JudeC

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paulb20
paulb20 e2 Member 7paulb20 vcard United Kingdom
24 Oct 2007 - 8:32 PM

Super candid Bill, like lots.
Paul

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GlynnisFrith e2 Member 7GlynnisFrith vcard United Kingdom3 Constructive Critique Points
27 Oct 2007 - 4:56 PM

Well Bill I do remember seeing the old police roundabout many years age before Tony & I were married, we were up there to visit an aunt of Tonys who lived not far from Durham thanks for the memory
nice candid shot
Glynnis

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newy17
newy17  8273 forum posts United Kingdom
30 Oct 2007 - 3:51 AM

lol cleverly done bill.
ian

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