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Durham, Market place, two gloomy Saturdays ago. Harassed mother, sullen child, shopping completed, taxi ordered for the return, empty bench. Take control, weight off feet, shut him up with crisps, quick tab*, instant relief. Simple pleasures. Wait and watch.

*Tyne/Wear slang = cigarette. "Tab" cigarettes sold well here before WW1.

I have no idea what was actually happening, but the scenario fits. I couldn't help seeing these two sitting outside the Market Tavern; I stood there for some time waiting to shoot from the hip. I cropped off a half-person from the left and straightened the image slightly; otherwise as-seen.

25mm, 1/50th sec @ f7.1, ISO 400

No chance of being on-site from now until Tuesday as the Town Twinning arrives shortly from France, and Moira and I shall be fully occupied acting as dutiful hosts. We might get the odd photo, though. Hope you all have an excellent weekend.

Camera:Nikon D70 Check out Nikon Nation!
Lens:Nikkor 18-70mm Check out Nikon Nation!
Recording media:RAW (digital)
Title:Wait And Watch
Username:woolybill1 woolybill1
Uploaded:26 Oct 2007 - 9:05 AM
Tags:Durham, Market place, Photo journalism, Portraits / people, Waiting
Votes:50

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Badgerfred
Badgerfred e2 Member 7Badgerfred vcard Wales
26 Oct 2007 - 9:17 AM

Excellent candid Bill, love their expressions and your description,
Fred.

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caotiquemind
26 Oct 2007 - 9:21 AM

I agree with Fred.. great work.

Noe

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derekv
derekv  7 England
26 Oct 2007 - 9:37 AM

Great candid. Like the bloke behind the window.
Derek

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danbrann
danbrann e2 Member 10476 forum postsdanbrann vcard 15 Constructive Critique Points
26 Oct 2007 - 9:39 AM

Well imagined Bill. Enjoy your guests.

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imander
imander  7388 forum posts United Kingdom7 Constructive Critique Points
26 Oct 2007 - 9:43 AM

hope all goes well for you two...super candid, he looks a little bundle of joy...lol
ian

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AngelaR
AngelaR  10155 forum posts United Kingdom
26 Oct 2007 - 9:45 AM

A good candid capture Bill - love your script too. I won't be at all surprised to see photographic evidence of the twinning weekend - hope it's a success.

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bayleaf
bayleaf  7 United Kingdom
26 Oct 2007 - 10:06 AM

Super candid. Looks like "everyone" is being watched or watched out for.

John.

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User_Removed
26 Oct 2007 - 10:22 AM

Good candid Bill. I could do without the all too obvious colour repetition in the frame though, it makes this 'beautiful', which it isnt. It's a good street candid. Cheers, Bert

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riprap007  101568 forum posts England37 Constructive Critique Points
26 Oct 2007 - 10:52 AM

simple understated street photography which actually says more than countless posed shots

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Herge88
Herge88 e2 Member 740 forum postsHerge88 vcard England4 Constructive Critique Points
26 Oct 2007 - 11:05 AM

Looks more like his Grandmother to me, and a chap in the pub looking at you.

Best Matt

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SandraKay
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26 Oct 2007 - 11:32 AM

Ten out of ten for this candid. (I think they're keeping a look out for Gary Lineker.)
Sandra

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fentiger
fentiger  13915 forum posts England22 Constructive Critique Points
26 Oct 2007 - 12:09 PM

Splendid candid capture. The bloke inside the pub helps to make the composition. Well done!

Albert

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Mikelane
Mikelane  7 Wales
26 Oct 2007 - 12:36 PM

Great candid bill and your description is superblol Well capt .
Mike

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pmaclll
pmaclll  8 Scotland
26 Oct 2007 - 12:48 PM

the boys face reflects how I feel when out shopping

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taggart
taggart e2 Member 1042 forum poststaggart vcard United States12 Constructive Critique Points
26 Oct 2007 - 1:13 PM

A splendid capture--- love your explanation!

Jennnnnnnnnn

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TyChee
TyChee e2 Member 9197 forum postsTyChee vcard United States1 Constructive Critique Points
26 Oct 2007 - 1:20 PM

Great capture. That guy in the window looks like he's watching you. Smile
Ty

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AnneWorner
AnneWorner e2 Member 7614 forum postsAnneWorner vcard United States43 Constructive Critique Points
26 Oct 2007 - 2:30 PM

Their faces say it all - and an added touch is the spectator position inside looking at you!
Anne

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helenlinda
helenlinda e2 Member 7338 forum postshelenlinda vcard United Kingdom21 Constructive Critique Points
26 Oct 2007 - 3:34 PM

Good capture
Lots of body language here and with an onlooking observing you too!
Helen

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mikbee
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26 Oct 2007 - 4:05 PM

Thats good detail indoors Bill.Good comp with the two sitters looking into the space at right.And of course,plenty lines too.A good street candid here.Nice one Bill.
Mick.

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lifesnapper e2 Member 8lifesnapper vcard England1 Constructive Critique Points
26 Oct 2007 - 6:05 PM

A double edge here Bill. The two who are waiting, and the interest in the pub window. Nice capture.

John Smile

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dianah
dianah  824474 forum posts United Kingdom4 Constructive Critique Points
26 Oct 2007 - 6:49 PM

Love the text Bill..just right . I think the gentleman inside might have wondered what you were up to..he looks very suspicious. Great candid shot.
Di

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Nettles
Nettles  7 England
26 Oct 2007 - 7:09 PM

My, they look fed up.
Great capture Bill, and good luck with the weekend.
Hope you get some great shots to show us.
Annette

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DolphinLady
26 Oct 2007 - 8:14 PM

Well captured Bill, they both look so fed up.
Love all the reflection in the window, & I think that man saw what you were doing Smile
Hilary

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26 Oct 2007 - 9:35 PM

Your creative imagination makes the image. The man in the window made me jump, he looks just like my dad, now passed !

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26 Oct 2007 - 10:16 PM

Splendid candid; your scenario fits their expressions perfectly.
Regards,
Rende

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imagio  8 England1 Constructive Critique Points
27 Oct 2007 - 9:01 AM

Excellent candid Bill, your play on words is greatly appreciated and funny.

Bernie

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BertC  829 forum posts Malta
27 Oct 2007 - 5:48 PM

Excellent capture ...
Bert

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Mounters  884 forum posts England2 Constructive Critique Points
27 Oct 2007 - 6:09 PM

Great shot stunning capture. Hope the weekend goes well

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Hop-A-Long
28 Oct 2007 - 12:21 AM

Excellent shot Bill. Nice story to.
Andy

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RobinF
RobinF  883 forum posts England1 Constructive Critique Points
28 Oct 2007 - 6:58 AM

Another great candid and another great description Bill - it's always a pleasure! Hope the visit goes according to plan and have fun.
regards
Robin

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28 Oct 2007 - 7:08 PM

an excellent candid and a good description

ollie

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nobby2sheds
28 Oct 2007 - 8:46 PM

Super candid, who is watching who?

Paul

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29 Oct 2007 - 7:12 PM

excellently composed candid.

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newy17  8273 forum posts United Kingdom
30 Oct 2007 - 3:41 AM

great candid bill the fella sitting in the pub looks menacing, you'll need a holiday now after running round after the french the last 4 days lol.

ian

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JudeC  7 England3 Constructive Critique Points
30 Oct 2007 - 7:10 AM

Great capture Bill - JudeC

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30 Oct 2007 - 10:41 PM

No doubt waiting for a lift . A great capture and lovely story . xx

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glyndwr  766 forum posts Wales9 Constructive Critique Points
31 Oct 2007 - 12:42 PM

Bill my eyes are not so good, when I first opened this I thought the brown parcel was an artificial limb.
My Mam had an artificial limb ( leg ).
Great capture.

Robert

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