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I think everyone has pictures that haunt them for years the ones where we could have, should have done better...
This was taken in spring 2007. I uploaded it in colour in pre-e2 days, and I was heart-broken at how badly it suffered from compression. But then it was taken on an early digital 'compact', with loads of problems (I have painful memories of the horrendous shutter-lag... )
I was in our French Twin Town, attending the official foundation stone ceremony for a new primary school building. The children of the school were queueing up to make hand prints in plaster, for plaques to decorate the new building. (That's why they are wearing plastic gloves, French girls protect their manicures even at this age...) It was a slow process and the solemnity of the occasion was weighing heavily on them...
The picture was actually used by the local monthly news magazine, which I was rather pleased about. But if only I'd had the D90 then...
Thanks for looking,
Moira

Brand:OLYMPUS OPTICAL CO.,LTD
Camera:Olympus C-3000 Zoom
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Focal Length:19.1mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/2.8
Aperture:f/5.6
Shutter Speed:1/250sec
Exposure Comp:0.0
ISO:200
Exposure Mode:Aperture-priority AE
Metering Mode:Multi-segment
Flash:No Flash
Title:Waiting for their turn
Username:mrswoolybill mrswoolybill
Uploaded:5 Nov 2011 - 7:47 AM
Tags:Black & white, Children, Photo journalism
Votes:116

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AnnChown
AnnChown e2 Member 4183 forum postsAnnChown vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
5 Nov 2011 - 7:50 AM

What a simply charming image Moira. I know what you mean about the pictures that haunt - but this is so wonderful. You've caught the atmosphere brilliantly - and that's what matters here.
Ann
Love the story about the gloves protecting their hands - very French!! SmileSmile

Last Modified By AnnChown at 5 Nov 2011 - 7:52 AM
pascalg
pascalg e2 Member 737 forum postspascalg vcard France
5 Nov 2011 - 7:56 AM

no : jumps out of the gallery (not far from mine, spotted this one immediately)
the camera only changes iq, and, though important, it is not everything
is the colour version on epz?

Last Modified By pascalg at 5 Nov 2011 - 7:57 AM
franken
franken e2 Member 113106 forum postsfranken vcard Wales4 Constructive Critique Points
5 Nov 2011 - 8:02 AM

A really wonderful image Moira. As mentioned above there is a fantastic atmosphere in it!

Ken.

ps, I've several digital images that haunt me. In 2003 I won my first digital compact in a photo competition, it was only 3 megs and you could press the shutter and go and make a cup of tea while the shutter fired!

It took some interesting images and I wish that digital was better then.

mrswoolybill
mrswoolybill Critique Team 7417 forum postsmrswoolybill vcard United Kingdom1001 Constructive Critique Points
5 Nov 2011 - 8:15 AM

Pascal, the original is on page 58 of my portfolio, along with the rest of the series. (That took some finding!)
We had a burglary, the old film Nikons were taken and I noticed how my back pain suddenly eased! So I stuck to little point-and-squirts for years, then the D40 appeared and was so light that I risked it - it was my life-line back. Camera back-packs have made the biggest difference though.
This 'compact' wasn't far short of the D40 in size, by the way!
I have others that haunt me from those days...
Moira

Last Modified By mrswoolybill at 5 Nov 2011 - 8:19 AM
pascalg
pascalg e2 Member 737 forum postspascalg vcard France
5 Nov 2011 - 8:21 AM

sorry Moira : only had made it to page 41...

Tongue

RysiekJan
RysiekJan e2 Member 8149 forum postsRysiekJan vcard United Kingdom
5 Nov 2011 - 8:27 AM

Caught the moment beautifully.

Richard

jonwebber
jonwebber  6 United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
5 Nov 2011 - 8:30 AM

Photographs that matter. So many.
And aye, the 'difficulties' with early digital cameras were legion.

Great shot here,

and the cup, much much worse.
jon

mrswoolybill
mrswoolybill Critique Team 7417 forum postsmrswoolybill vcard United Kingdom1001 Constructive Critique Points
5 Nov 2011 - 8:38 AM


Quote: And aye, the 'difficulties' with early digital cameras were legion.

I never mastered programming this one, I left it permanently on F5.6. And when changing the battery if you didn't get the new one in fast enough all the settings reverted to default...
Thanks again everyone, got to head for Newcastle now.
Moira

Last Modified By mrswoolybill at 5 Nov 2011 - 8:40 AM
CarolG
CarolG e2 Member 7128 forum postsCarolG vcard Greece16 Constructive Critique Points
5 Nov 2011 - 8:55 AM

Superbly atmospheric, Moira, a wonderful capture. Carol

SueEley
SueEley e2 Member 8271 forum postsSueEley vcard Wales96 Constructive Critique Points
5 Nov 2011 - 9:09 AM

A beautiful picture - I can see why a paper would use it!

rontear
rontear e2 Member 11rontear vcard England4 Constructive Critique Points
5 Nov 2011 - 9:46 AM

Beautiful moment Moira, saved for us to enjoy now Smile
Ron.

barbarahirst
barbarahirst e2 Member 6barbarahirst vcard United Kingdom10 Constructive Critique Points
5 Nov 2011 - 10:05 AM

like the image ,... but your technical knowledge loses me ...

lonely_oryx
lonely_oryx e2 Member 661 forum postslonely_oryx vcard England54 Constructive Critique Points
5 Nov 2011 - 10:31 AM

Lovely moment well caught

RobboB
RobboB e2 Member 776 forum postsRobboB vcard United Kingdom
5 Nov 2011 - 11:13 AM

Well seen Moira. Great observation

Joline
Joline e2 Member 8Joline vcard United States51 Constructive Critique Points
5 Nov 2011 - 11:21 AM

Yes, I remember this one! I seem to have a good visual memory, but don't ask me namesSmile
The reprisal is wonderful, and so well observed.

lifesnapper
lifesnapper e2 Member 8lifesnapper vcard England1 Constructive Critique Points
5 Nov 2011 - 12:32 PM

I love this one Moira, great expressions of anticipation. The grainy mono works a treat.

John Smile

accipiter
accipiter e2 Member 4accipiter vcard England57 Constructive Critique Points
5 Nov 2011 - 12:57 PM

a delightful image Moira. A

Daisymaye
Daisymaye e2 Member 5Daisymaye vcard Canada9 Constructive Critique Points
5 Nov 2011 - 1:23 PM

Wonderfully captured Moira. Love the different expressions. ............Sandy

mikbee
mikbee e2 Member 7mikbee vcard Scotland7 Constructive Critique Points
5 Nov 2011 - 1:48 PM

I do remember these early ''compact'' days of your Moira,and I do remember this upload too.I recall I thought you had turned into a ''serious'' photographer too when you bought your D40.Dunno much about all this talk of compression and artifacts and such,but it looks a fine toned image to me !!
Mick.

mrswoolybill
mrswoolybill Critique Team 7417 forum postsmrswoolybill vcard United Kingdom1001 Constructive Critique Points
5 Nov 2011 - 2:13 PM

Slightly wrong Mick, I was worried that people might think I was a serious photographer when I went back to SLRs...
Thanks everyone,
Moira

Sezz
Sezz e2 Member 9617 forum postsSezz vcard England15 Constructive Critique Points
5 Nov 2011 - 3:14 PM

I like it as it is Moira, wonderful expressions captured, they do indeed look very thoughtful!

Sarah*

TrevBatWCC
TrevBatWCC e2 Member 6TrevBatWCC vcard England8 Constructive Critique Points
5 Nov 2011 - 3:23 PM


Quote: ...I think everyone has pictures that haunt them for years the ones where we could have, should have done better...

I've got loads of these! But this looks far better than any of my 'could have done better' images, Moira. A super candid image, which works very well in mono Smile
Trev Smile

LexEquine
LexEquine  8 United States19 Constructive Critique Points
5 Nov 2011 - 4:54 PM

'Lovely, sharp, & well togged monochrome candid Image' ~ Peter

Scottishlandscapes
Scottishlandscapes e2 Member 1068 forum postsScottishlandscapes vcard Scotland35 Constructive Critique Points
5 Nov 2011 - 5:43 PM

The quality is just fine Moira, the candid image is excellent. Photographs this good can be less than perfect it's the faces that tell the story of tension and apprehension at the task in hand. A marvellous image that deserves this second chance. Doing pretty well too, I'm sure you must be well pleased this time around. We could do with seeing more images like this in the papers, maybe more people would be buying them.

Dougie

mrswoolybill
mrswoolybill Critique Team 7417 forum postsmrswoolybill vcard United Kingdom1001 Constructive Critique Points
5 Nov 2011 - 6:19 PM

Blimey, an HC! That's made my day, thanks Pete!
Cheers everyone,
Moia

kinfatric
kinfatric  9550 forum posts Scotland9 Constructive Critique Points
5 Nov 2011 - 7:58 PM

Its splendid Moira and congratulations on the HC award

pluckyfilly
pluckyfilly e2 Member 8283 forum postspluckyfilly vcard United Kingdom33 Constructive Critique Points
5 Nov 2011 - 8:26 PM

I just wish I had been more into taking photos years ago and not left it until now where I am of senior years and mobility keeps me on a leashWink however you have a grand picture here, I would happily give it space in my pf

wyatturp
wyatturp  8 England
5 Nov 2011 - 8:55 PM

Henri Cartier-Bresson did not have a digital , this is so beautiful life is Once , well done , now hang this on the wall and be proudSmilenext pictureSmile


DougSmilexx

Sezz
Sezz e2 Member 9617 forum postsSezz vcard England15 Constructive Critique Points
5 Nov 2011 - 10:59 PM

HC, congrat's Moira Smile

backbeat
backbeat  8134 forum posts United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
5 Nov 2011 - 10:59 PM

excellent...congrats on your HC Moira!

phil

Francois Lepinay

You are right about the gloves and all the rest of it. Nowadays, for just a little storm with a thunder, they even need to be provided with : "la cellule de soutien psychologique" !!!

LuzDeNoche
6 Nov 2011 - 3:03 PM

Lovely shot Moira. Those girls do look a little worried though, don't they?!

Suehh
Suehh e2 Member 739 forum postsSuehh vcard England6 Constructive Critique Points
6 Nov 2011 - 3:31 PM

Class!

Ridgeway
Ridgeway  7222 forum posts Ireland2 Constructive Critique Points
6 Nov 2011 - 4:48 PM

This works so well in mono,funny to see kids so serious about somthing,,

I cant help but think a group of Dublin kids would be taking the mick,,,


Aidan,,

MilanaG
MilanaG  8 Bulgaria
6 Nov 2011 - 6:25 PM

Fantastic moment here! Good set of faic expresions!
Milena

Glostopcat
Glostopcat e2 Member 8232 forum postsGlostopcat vcard England2 Constructive Critique Points
6 Nov 2011 - 9:29 PM

A moment in time superbly captured on camera, congratulations on a well deserved HC award

danbrann
danbrann e2 Member 10473 forum postsdanbrann vcard 15 Constructive Critique Points
7 Nov 2011 - 7:01 PM

I have just come across this and an HC. Congratulations. Well deserved.

davey_griffo
7 Nov 2011 - 8:06 PM

Looks good to me, & well deserving of the various awards you got.

bliba
bliba  8 Austria2 Constructive Critique Points
8 Nov 2011 - 5:01 AM

a cracker

fraser
fraser  10631 forum posts Scotland14 Constructive Critique Points
8 Nov 2011 - 5:40 PM

Sweet and somehow scary. Cracking image.

Fraser

Costapix
Costapix  5 Spain2 Constructive Critique Points
8 Nov 2011 - 7:02 PM

superb capture
Such a great moment ... love the story

Kim

luceombra
luceombra  227 forum posts Italy5 Constructive Critique Points
9 Nov 2011 - 9:45 AM

Very emotional. All awards you have received are well deserved!Smile
Al

patri
patri  10 Italy
9 Nov 2011 - 3:02 PM

This is simply great, crammed with little girls, expressions and feelings, who could ask for more?

Patrizia

SandraKay
SandraKay e2 Member 7233 forum postsSandraKay vcard United Kingdom4 Constructive Critique Points
9 Nov 2011 - 3:59 PM

Fabulous work!
Sandra

joseph
joseph  8 England
13 Nov 2011 - 6:26 PM

Stunning!!

brownsilent
brownsilent e2 Member 7brownsilent vcard United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
15 Nov 2011 - 7:37 AM

I quite like the grittiness - and so to say, your capture is priceless - look at those faces, they all don't seem very excited about having their handprints on the schools wall, later!
Johanna

ugly
ugly e2 Member 6ugly vcard United Kingdom55 Constructive Critique Points
15 Nov 2011 - 9:46 AM

This images has alot of emition in it..
The mono works very well...
Great bit of photography...
Dave

NobbytheNobster
15 Nov 2011 - 12:59 PM

What a great capture Moira, totally love this one Smile
Rick

stevie
stevie e2 Member 101198 forum postsstevie vcard United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
16 Nov 2011 - 7:28 PM

Well done Moira, very nicely observed and great photography.

Scottishlandscapes
Scottishlandscapes e2 Member 1068 forum postsScottishlandscapes vcard Scotland35 Constructive Critique Points
20 Nov 2011 - 9:41 AM

Congratulations on the HC Moira, well done. Wink

gajewski
gajewski e2 Member 10gajewski vcard United States9 Constructive Critique Points
22 Nov 2011 - 5:52 AM

Great composition. The B&W works well here.
-=\Walter

Buffalo_Tom
Buffalo_Tom e2 Member 82322 forum postsBuffalo_Tom vcard Wales9 Constructive Critique Points
23 Nov 2011 - 9:34 AM

Missed this one Moira,lovely work.
Tom.

DilysT
DilysT e2 Member 3DilysT vcard United Kingdom
28 Nov 2011 - 8:38 AM

Love their faces Smile

cats_123
cats_123 e2 Member 104017 forum postscats_123 vcard Northern Ireland25 Constructive Critique Points
28 Nov 2011 - 3:37 PM

looks like they're lining up for their flu jabs instead! Grin

trepidation, springs to mind Smile

Mavis
Mavis e2 Member 12143 forum postsMavis vcard England2 Constructive Critique Points
30 Nov 2011 - 4:03 PM

We can always say if only Moira . I remember it in colour and found it hauntingly beautiful then . Still is . Love it in mono xxx

Barjo
Barjo  3 United States
30 Dec 2011 - 2:32 AM

This is a very remarkable and moving capture...Beautiful and, as you say, solemn. This is an excellent image, missing nothing!

Last Modified By Barjo at 30 Dec 2011 - 2:33 AM
Philip_H
Philip_H  2 United Kingdom
2 Jan 2012 - 7:13 PM

A very charming, sweet image.

rob_marshall
22 Jan 2012 - 12:54 PM

Technical points about the camera noted, but really they don't matter a fig with a great shot like this. Wonderful expression on the girls, but the far left and far right girls seem to hold the other two girls, and indeed the whole shot, in the middle together. I really do wish I had taken this. Grin

pdove
pdove  5 United Kingdom
24 Jan 2012 - 12:34 AM

I know it is a while since you posted this but I haven't been on epz as much as I used to, although I hope to change that. When I saw this image, it had to be taken in France....I don't know why. This link will take you to some images of a French photographer whos work I first saw a number of years ago in Paris. I think you might see a similarity in the subject and sensitivity. Superb image. I wish it were mine.

http://www.google.co.uk/search?q=robert+doisneau+photography&hl=en&clien...

Regards,

Phil

Last Modified By pdove at 24 Jan 2012 - 12:35 AM
KatyJ
KatyJ  5 England
7 Feb 2012 - 2:41 PM

Wow this one is popular. I think this is perfect. Only goes to show you don't need an expensive camera. Of course with the time lag I guess it was also down to luck.

stevesloan
21 Feb 2012 - 10:47 PM

I really like this one Moira, you have really captured the 'moment' for these kids - Steve

John_Humphreys
22 Feb 2012 - 9:11 PM

Charming photograph.

mugshotmyk
6 Mar 2012 - 6:37 PM

I know I'm late to this one but it's simply taken me by delightful surprise. I love b+w images but there is sheer magic at work here. Such a lovely, moving image.

reflectionsinlight

great spot classic

BonaFideNut
25 Mar 2012 - 12:00 AM

lol I like their expressions. I wouldn't have expected such a variety of reactions towards poor old plaster... Nice shot.

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