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There they were, having a lovely drink together, then she had to pop off to the ladies. Immediately - Out Comes The Phone!

Why can't people just sit, watch and think these days? Fiddle, fiddle, fiddle. And there was I, playing with my camera while my husband was getting the drinks in. But that's different. Grin

Thanks for looking.
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Brand:Canon
Camera:Canon PowerShot S100
Lens:5.2-26.0 mm
Recording media:RAW (digital)
Date Taken:26 Sep 2012 - 4:45 PM
Focal Length:26mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/5.9
Aperture:f/8.0
Shutter Speed:0.4sec
Exposure Comp:0.0
ISO:400
Metering Mode:Multi-segment
Flash:Off, Did not fire
White Balance:As Shot
Title:While She's Gone .....
Username:SlowSong SlowSong
Uploaded:28 Sep 2012 - 9:49 AM
Tags:Candid, General, London, Photo journalism, Portraits / people
Votes:62

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Lillian
Lillian e2 Member 5Lillian vcard United Kingdom16 Constructive Critique Points
28 Sep 2012 - 10:04 AM

Very different Chris!!Smile after all you had to capture this one
Wonder who had to have that so quick message whilst she was away?
great candid shot
Lillian

NaturesHaven
NaturesHaven e2 Member 2246 forum postsNaturesHaven vcard England5 Constructive Critique Points
28 Sep 2012 - 10:24 AM

Last month we entered a Macdonalds on the way to see our dog, one lady never ever stopped texting the whole time we were there, from ordering to finishing our meal her head was down, she left still with head down on the mobile.........all she must see day in day out is the pavements........WinkWinkWink

I don't have a mobile..........I don't need one.........hublet carries one just in case something goes wrong.....people seem to spend their lives either head down or head to one side with the phone glued to their ear........throw them away..........get your life back........TongueTongueTongueTongueTongue

Fefe
Fefe e2 Member 2Fefe vcard United Kingdom28 Constructive Critique Points
28 Sep 2012 - 10:35 AM

Great observationGrin Makes me wonder where it will all stopTongue....................... Says she, sat at the computerWink
Diane

helenlinda
helenlinda e2 Member 7337 forum postshelenlinda vcard United Kingdom21 Constructive Critique Points
28 Sep 2012 - 10:40 AM

Yes this makes me smile - I'm always "fiddling " with my camera - but then I see that as learning, creative and purposeful, but then no doubt at times I also miss things that are happening around me.

Just sitting and thinking - now that's a luxury that retirement is bringing me SmileSmile
Helen

CaroleS
CaroleS e2 Member 429 forum postsCaroleS vcard United Kingdom3 Constructive Critique Points
28 Sep 2012 - 10:43 AM

SmileSmileSmile
Carole

rontear
rontear e2 Member 11rontear vcard England4 Constructive Critique Points
28 Sep 2012 - 11:02 AM

Love the storyboard to this Chris, very apt too in this day of constant communication !!! Get out leave the phone and enjoy where ever you are Smile
Ron.

AnnChown
AnnChown e2 Member 4183 forum postsAnnChown vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
28 Sep 2012 - 11:02 AM

Love your composition here Chris - it's an excellent candid. I have a mobile phone but yesterday I went out without it (as I so often do). When I returned there was a 'stickie' on it saying 'Hello, I'm your iPhone. When you go out, take me with you then people who want to get in touch with you can do so.' My husband is such a wag....! Smile
Ann

woolybill1
woolybill1 e2 Member 7woolybill1 vcard United Kingdom65 Constructive Critique Points
28 Sep 2012 - 11:11 AM

I find the reflex use of mobile phones distasteful, crass and even dangerous.
How many drivers do you see using them every day? What does 'illegal' mean?
Yesterday I was leaving a public loo in Newcastle when a young man pushed past me in his rush for relief, right hand glued to his mobile which was glued to his left ear. Perhaps he was describing his progress to a friend?
Even before I finished my teaching career - more than six years ago now - I was becoming concerned about children who phoned their mothers during breaks and lunchtimes when I knew from experience and repute that they never spoke to them face to face.
Communication? - Bosh!
Sorry for the rant - I think we're on the same wavelength.
Bill

Last Modified By woolybill1 at 28 Sep 2012 - 11:12 AM
SlowSong
SlowSong e2 Member 54167 forum postsSlowSong vcard England28 Constructive Critique Points
28 Sep 2012 - 11:29 AM

Thank you for your lovely responses to today's image. It's certainly resonating with you all. Smile

fentiger
fentiger e2 Member 13915 forum postsfentiger vcard England22 Constructive Critique Points
28 Sep 2012 - 11:41 AM

Ooops Bill is on his soapbox but he is absolutely right! A well observed glimpse at modern pub culture and all the elements are there.

Albert

mrswoolybill
mrswoolybill Critique Team 7391 forum postsmrswoolybill vcard United Kingdom951 Constructive Critique Points
28 Sep 2012 - 11:45 AM

I could get on my soapbox. We were out for lunch recently, saw a family group eating together, every single one of them including the children plugged into some device or other. No communication with each other, which is what it should have been about.
Meanwhile of course, the automatic instinct to sit down at table and get one's camera out is totally different and much more acceptable!
Moira

Last Modified By mrswoolybill at 28 Sep 2012 - 11:46 AM
nonur
nonur e2 Member 5nonur vcard Turkey8 Constructive Critique Points
28 Sep 2012 - 12:11 PM

I hate seeing people talking to their mobile device while crossing the street and also being called in the loo. Nice shot!

gingerdelight
28 Sep 2012 - 12:37 PM

An excellent capture and yes please, I'll have a glass on that Red!
Carol

WhiteRose1
WhiteRose1 e2 Member 41017 forum postsWhiteRose1 vcard England132 Constructive Critique Points
28 Sep 2012 - 1:34 PM

It's what your right arm's for! to update an old advert and rather suitable for the location. Can't place this one though, Chris Tongue

Dave

Ade_Osman
Ade_Osman  114484 forum posts England36 Constructive Critique Points
28 Sep 2012 - 2:20 PM

I could just do with a swift half......Of Scrumpy though, don't want any of that un-natural yuppie swill Wink

Ade

CliveA
CliveA  8 United Kingdom
28 Sep 2012 - 2:48 PM

I suppose a lot of people have to work from thier back pockets these days. Blackberry's and the like are replacing offices.
Agree with a lot of the comments, especially the danger aspect. Do people blunder into you while they are textingSad
I must admit I do like a pint of Bombardier but never with a phone on view.
C l i v e

Daisymaye
Daisymaye e2 Member 5Daisymaye vcard Canada9 Constructive Critique Points
28 Sep 2012 - 2:56 PM

Wish I had just walked in the door. I could have taken you taking him and added to the story. Good you had your camera, I do like this shot......
Sandy

franken
franken e2 Member 113025 forum postsfranken vcard Wales4 Constructive Critique Points
28 Sep 2012 - 3:07 PM

Well seen and taken.

I was recently at a bus stop( not taking pictures)! SmileI glanced around and I was the only one of seven people who were waiting for the bus who wasn't playing with a mobile phone!


Ken

prabhusinha
prabhusinha e2 Member 6prabhusinha vcard India3 Constructive Critique Points
28 Sep 2012 - 3:07 PM

A cute moment recorded so well.

Thanks for ur comments, it worth an award to me.

CarolG
CarolG e2 Member 7128 forum postsCarolG vcard Greece16 Constructive Critique Points
28 Sep 2012 - 3:24 PM

Seems to me that no-one can live without a mobile phone glued to their earSmile. Well spotted and captured, Chris. Carol

TrevBatWCC
TrevBatWCC e2 Member 6TrevBatWCC vcard England7 Constructive Critique Points
28 Sep 2012 - 3:53 PM

I have to confess that I 'fiddle' with my iPhone when uptown supping my beer and waiting for my meal to arrive! But it is usually to view uploads of my EPZ favourites....! Wink
A great candid capture here, Chris Smile
Trev Smile

danbrann
danbrann e2 Member 9470 forum postsdanbrann vcard 15 Constructive Critique Points
28 Sep 2012 - 5:40 PM

Who made all of these calls before we had mobile phones.A lovely little study which has us all thinking...who is he phoning.

pascalg
pascalg e2 Member 637 forum postspascalg vcard France
28 Sep 2012 - 6:01 PM

nicely done...

Barjo
Barjo  2 United States
28 Sep 2012 - 7:43 PM

This is wonderfully well-seen, Chris! A terrific commentary on "the times" as well as a delightful mix of the old and the new....Really excellent!

rayme330
rayme330 e2 Member 2rayme330 vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
28 Sep 2012 - 7:52 PM

An Excellent capture that teelsa story.


Ray

bricurtis
bricurtis e2 Member 91885 forum postsbricurtis vcard England48 Constructive Critique Points
28 Sep 2012 - 8:02 PM

Sign of the times Chris unfortunately - super candid.
Brian.

tony64
tony64  10204 forum posts England9 Constructive Critique Points
29 Sep 2012 - 12:19 AM

HI Chris, I think it was good that he waited for a break, to check his phone, and didn't do it in front of her. Many adults have to run a business from their phones, so I don't blame them.
Its when I see teenagers glued to them that I think 'What can be SO important!?'
You've opened a hornets nest here!
Tony

Tibetan
Tibetan  2 England
29 Sep 2012 - 11:03 AM

I never wear a watch, I never have any money in my pocket, I never carry a wallet, I never have or use a mobile, I seldom answer the phone, I never use a credit card, he was phoning his bit on the side while she was away lol. nice concept like it, regards Leon.GrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrin

SlowSong
SlowSong e2 Member 54167 forum postsSlowSong vcard England28 Constructive Critique Points
29 Sep 2012 - 11:36 AM


Quote: I never wear a watch, I never have any money in my pocket, I never carry a wallet, I never have or use a mobile, I seldom answer the phone, I never use a credit card, he was phoning his bit on the side while she was away lol. nice concept like it, regards Leon.GrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrin

A man who travels light. Smile

BarbaraR
BarbaraR  8 England1 Constructive Critique Points
30 Sep 2012 - 8:54 AM

Like this capture of a moment in modern life very much.
I find it nice to have a break from the phone and even the
computer (while on holiday)
Well done Chris.

B.

Rende
Rende e2 Member 737 forum postsRende vcard Netherlands4 Constructive Critique Points
30 Sep 2012 - 11:05 AM

Beautifully composed candid, and I like the write up Smile
Rende

saltireblue
saltireblue Site Moderator 43556 forum postssaltireblue vcard Norway23 Constructive Critique Points
30 Sep 2012 - 1:12 PM

Clears throat, ready for rant mode...
At work we used to sit and talk at lunchtime, whilst eating and afterwards over the coffee, discussing topical items from the news or papers. Now everyone is in their own personal smart phone bubble, oblivious of their surroundings, and worse, the people in those surroundings. Try starting a topic of conversation and the only response is short grunts that clearly say 'shut up and don't disturb me'

Great catch, Chris, marvellous candid moment.

Malc

frz67
frz67  4 Italy32 Constructive Critique Points
30 Sep 2012 - 4:33 PM

At least he waited until she left....Tongue
well seen, Chris

francesco

annettep38
annettep38 e2 Member 3186 forum postsannettep38 vcard France30 Constructive Critique Points
1 Oct 2012 - 9:57 AM

How well observed.
I was sitting in the GPs waiting room on Thursday.
Twigged that I would have at least an hour to wait. left and right the phones were clicking, games were ding- a -blinging, ipod in the ears... I counted the places in the queue, Went to the car, got the camera and decided that there must be a critter or a plant outside. Nipped back in after 30 mins, asked some when their appointment was supposed to be, went out again till it got to cold round sunset.
There wasn't much outside apart from two firebugs but it was better than watching them with their I-binky or I dummies Smile

BURNBLUE
BURNBLUE e2 Member 8BURNBLUE vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
2 Oct 2012 - 10:01 AM

Great observational skills chris. Like this shot.

Si.

bliba
bliba  8 Austria2 Constructive Critique Points
3 Oct 2012 - 4:49 PM

lol....very well observed and taken

Glostopcat
Glostopcat e2 Member 8231 forum postsGlostopcat vcard England2 Constructive Critique Points
3 Oct 2012 - 6:49 PM

A sign of the times Chris, a superb slice of everyday life captured on on candid camera. I agree with you regarding phones, i don't know how some people could cope without them now, they are becoming like an extra body part!Wink

andmolliethedog

Ab fab.....think this is superb and would love to have this in my pf.....perfect

SlowSong
SlowSong e2 Member 54167 forum postsSlowSong vcard England28 Constructive Critique Points
5 Oct 2012 - 8:57 AM


Quote: Ab fab.....think this is superb and would love to have this in my pf.....perfect

Wow, thanks. That means a lot to me. Smile

Last Modified By SlowSong at 5 Oct 2012 - 8:58 AM
PhillipMinnis
7 Oct 2012 - 11:22 AM

Yes, I do! Smile Well spotted and captured!


Cheers

Phil

RockArea
RockArea e2 Member 7RockArea vcard United Kingdom3 Constructive Critique Points
7 Oct 2012 - 4:52 PM

You're leaning against an open door there but let's not foget about the star of the show, this super image with such lovely light on the old wood, mirrors and glasses. It's backlighting quite a snazzy suit by the look of it. Another lovely little slice of life from the SlowSong camera!

David

B_Real
B_Real  8126 forum posts United Kingdom
10 Oct 2012 - 11:42 PM

I don't know why I like this pic, but I just do. It's very relaxing and easy to sympathise with... well done Smile

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