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A fruitful source of candids is those people who are so engrossed in what they are doing that they don't notice you taking aim. Typical activities are eating, finding the right track on their mp3 players (they can't hear you approach either!), chastising children/dogs/partners (ditto) and taking photographs.

This lady is engrossed in trying to take a portrait of her shadow, in bright sunlight (remember that?) in the courtyard of Krakow's Wawel Castle. You may by now have recognised mrswoolybill, still cracking on with my old Olympus. And if you remember my comments on glassware uploaded yesterday, it's that lens again!

55mm, 1/250th sec @ f16

Sorry about the background - tried to clone it out, just made it worse. But it was there.
Never did find out what the portrait looked like!

Camera:Nikon D70S Check out Nikon Nation!
Lens:Nikkor 55-200mm Check out Nikon Nation!
Recording media:RAW (digital)
Title:Me And My Shadow
Username:woolybill1 woolybill1
Uploaded:12 Jul 2007 - 9:33 AM
Tags:Krakow, Krakow castle, Moira, Mrswoolybill, Portraits / people, Shadow, Taking photographs
Votes:63

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Badgerfred
Badgerfred e2 Member 7Badgerfred vcard Wales
12 Jul 2007 - 9:36 AM

Nice composition Bill, originally I thought it was Moira photographing a pedestrian area in your home town,
Fred.

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Barbaraj
Barbaraj e2 Member 7450 forum postsBarbaraj vcard England
12 Jul 2007 - 9:42 AM

Your stories behind the photo get longer. Moira is obviously missing what ever the two ladies are looking at. You have an HC Congrats.

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Badgerfred
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12 Jul 2007 - 9:44 AM

Congratulations on the H/C Bill,
Fred.

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AlanBW
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12 Jul 2007 - 9:44 AM

Fine candid, both the main subject and the ladies in the background

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woolybill1
woolybill1 e2 Member 8woolybill1 vcard United Kingdom65 Constructive Critique Points
12 Jul 2007 - 9:51 AM

As daughter would say, YAY!!!

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Rende
Rende e2 Member 737 forum postsRende vcard Netherlands4 Constructive Critique Points
12 Jul 2007 - 9:58 AM

Wonderful shot! Moira seems totally engrossed. Will we ever see the result of her effort at that moment?
Congratulations on your H/C !!
Great that you spotted my joke yesterday; I was counting on you. I uploaded another fern and for a moment contemplated drawing attention to the opera Wagner wrote about ferns (Lowandgreen), but thought better of it Wink
Regards,
Rende

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davidbailie
davidbailie e2 Member 11451 forum postsdavidbailie vcard United Kingdom6 Constructive Critique Points
12 Jul 2007 - 10:07 AM

Don't know why you don't like the background - just more absorbtion Smile

Dave

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wyatturp
wyatturp e2 Member 9wyatturp vcard England
12 Jul 2007 - 10:18 AM

Fab love it---------------------we have all done this.

Mr hardy would like this--and well done on HC

Doug----------------------funnySmile them old ladys

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firzhugh
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12 Jul 2007 - 10:26 AM

great candid shot, like the pose and expression

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cantona43
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12 Jul 2007 - 10:29 AM

brilliant shot excellent use of the shadow
neil

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Nettles
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12 Jul 2007 - 10:43 AM

Great shot of Moira in full concentration.
The ladies in the background - also engrossed -what were they looking at?
Nice one
Nettles

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mrswoolybill
mrswoolybill Critique Team 8529 forum postsmrswoolybill vcard United Kingdom1094 Constructive Critique Points
12 Jul 2007 - 10:47 AM

I'm afraid I was only experimenting and deleted the results - though I did get a nice shadow picture on the cobbles in late afternoon sunshine...
This is Bills's first Editor's Choice and he's over the moon. But I obviously reckon I can take a chunk of the credit for it...
(Thinks - Oh God I've put on weight since then...!)
Moira

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glyndwr
glyndwr e2 Member 766 forum postsglyndwr vcard Wales9 Constructive Critique Points
12 Jul 2007 - 10:57 AM

The first thing that struck me from the thumbnail was the letter 'L' made by Mrswoolybill and her shadow (might have influenced your title Bill).
Regarding the people in the background,please don't remove them,they are interested in something totally different.
Great stuff Bill.

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_Helena_
_Helena_ e2 Member 7596 forum posts_Helena_ vcard United States1 Constructive Critique Points
12 Jul 2007 - 10:58 AM

Lovely candid, definitely one to be proud of.
Cheers,
Helena

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woolybill1
woolybill1 e2 Member 8woolybill1 vcard United Kingdom65 Constructive Critique Points
12 Jul 2007 - 11:09 AM

I was not trying to remove the human interest - just the sections of window top left, which I find distracting.
I never noticed what the two ladies were looking at, so I must have been a fair target for a candid, too!

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davidbailie
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12 Jul 2007 - 11:21 AM

Personally am not phased by the window - too much focus on the subjects to notice!

Dave

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shaks
shaks  12561 forum posts Tokelau1 Constructive Critique Points
12 Jul 2007 - 11:23 AM

I quite like this, every thing about it. I agree the window can be a little distracting but the subjects, all three are great.

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DolphinLady
DolphinLady e2 Member 854 forum postsDolphinLady vcard Wales1 Constructive Critique Points
12 Jul 2007 - 11:24 AM

This is so wonderful Bill.
You don't need to clone anything out, as you said, this is what was there, & it's what makes the pic all the more interesting.
Have you noticed that the lady on the right is looking upward, the lady in blue is looking straight across & poor Moira, in a world of her own, is looking downwards.
Wish we could record thoughts. !!!
Congratulations on your well deserved award.
HilarySmile

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field
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12 Jul 2007 - 11:46 AM

Great shot of people absorbed in what they're doing or looking at. Nice comp...like the L shape as someone has mentioned. Background no problem for me. Congrats. Phil

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covey
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12 Jul 2007 - 1:01 PM

Wonderful shot, love it.

T.

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dianah
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12 Jul 2007 - 1:31 PM

Feeling rough today so this is my first smile..thank you!..OH! I have just realised it is Moira! Now I really am smiling..I have done this myself much to my husband's amusement.
Di

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davidhu
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12 Jul 2007 - 1:48 PM

Congrats on the your first HC Bill, although Moira seems to have promoted you to EC !! Now be honest, you were just going for that flash of thigh in the background !
Dave.

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woolybill1
woolybill1 e2 Member 8woolybill1 vcard United Kingdom65 Constructive Critique Points
12 Jul 2007 - 1:53 PM

Thank you all - I'm overwhelmed.
I think Moira must have been stimulated into overenthusiasm by her new D40..........

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imagio
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12 Jul 2007 - 2:10 PM

Well deserved HC great candid

Bernie

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mrswoolybill
mrswoolybill Critique Team 8529 forum postsmrswoolybill vcard United Kingdom1094 Constructive Critique Points
12 Jul 2007 - 2:14 PM

'I am a bear of very little brain and long words bother me...' (AA Milne)
I'm just not used to the terminology at these rarified levels.
Moira

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newy17
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12 Jul 2007 - 2:47 PM

ill drink to your HC bill well its a cup of tea iv'e got many congrats, great pic enjoy the rest of the day chears ian.

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ESP
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12 Jul 2007 - 3:08 PM

Superb .....all of it Smile

Sara

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Herge88
Herge88 e2 Member 740 forum postsHerge88 vcard England4 Constructive Critique Points
12 Jul 2007 - 3:26 PM

A very strange creature that Mrs Woolybill, great capture Bill, psst don't tell Moira what I said. Smile

Best Matt

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SuperRoo
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12 Jul 2007 - 5:14 PM

Great candid photo... well done. Just goes to show that photographers will take photos of just about anything!!! Wink

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Shroomer
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12 Jul 2007 - 6:08 PM

Hope she had the flash off or the shadow will vanish. Great candid shot. They say a picture tells a 100 words, so true
Richard

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IainH
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12 Jul 2007 - 6:25 PM

Nice work Bill, congrats on the HC

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mikbee
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12 Jul 2007 - 6:47 PM

It would have been an interesting pic with the lines of the cobbles with the shadow.The ladies add interest with their ''distraction ''Dont think the window is too much of a problem.And congrats on award Bill.
Mick.

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oldgreyheron
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12 Jul 2007 - 7:45 PM

Bill, I have no problem with the background, it just adds to the naturalness of a skilled photographer intent on getting just the right image to upload on EPZ!

Mike

P.S. 30 - congrats!
P.P.S. just noticed the HC award - wow!

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dathersmith
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12 Jul 2007 - 8:16 PM

Super candid shot, nice and sharp detail. I can even make out the DK Cracow guide under mrswoolybill's arm!

Darren.

PS congrats on the HC and RC.

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13 Jul 2007 - 8:45 AM

Great candid Bill - agree with Mike about the natural background, nothing to apologise for!

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SandraKay
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13 Jul 2007 - 9:26 AM

You took this at exactly the right moment, with Moira so engossed in her photography - and those two ladies (especially the one on the right) studying the scene off-camera so intently. Many congrats for the HC - it's well deserved.
Sandra

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Buffalo_Tom
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13 Jul 2007 - 10:00 AM

Fantastic candid.Right time and place.Well done on the award.Well deserved.
Tom.

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Joline
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13 Jul 2007 - 12:39 PM

Congrats on the EC.....this is so well composed and framed, and of course you have the perfect model!

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Richsr
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13 Jul 2007 - 2:11 PM

nice Image congrats on the HC.

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scott_jessuk
13 Jul 2007 - 7:43 PM

Nicely spotted Bill, and a great catch.

Scott

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Robak
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14 Jul 2007 - 6:48 AM

This is wonderful. One could wait hours for so many elements to combine as perfectly as these do. Background doesn't bother me.
Rob

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oppo
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14 Jul 2007 - 5:18 PM

It's a great candid and certainly worthy of an H.C. The way the lady in the distance is looking up makes this one special.

Phil

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JohnEW
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15 Jul 2007 - 1:49 AM

Strangely compelling, I think it is the total lack of interest that the two b/g ladies have in Moira's bizarre antics.
John

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brownsilent
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16 Jul 2007 - 12:22 AM

Grats on the HC Bill. What a shot! Like both ideas in it - yours and Moira's. Have seen people taking their pic in front of a mirror - but never one taking a shot of their own shadow. Well done,
Johanna

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svatos
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17 Jul 2007 - 7:51 PM

nice Bill

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cadman359
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19 Jul 2007 - 12:52 PM

he he funny capture !

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Francois Lepinay
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24 Nov 2009 - 8:52 AM

Very good indeed.

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Bloggs
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2 Jan 2012 - 7:21 PM

You have a wonderfully original PF if i may say Mr Bill , your photos are different in style from many of the members here and it's very refreshing and inventive also i would think it's sometimes risky in terms how people take it. Congrats i for one find it all inspiring and very original.

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