Coffee Break

By SlowSong
These two elderly ladies were having a lovely chat in the outside cafe at Somerset House. I sepia toned the image then brought back a little bit of colour just to give the image a more genteel look, suited to the subjects. The lavender in the pot matched the lady's coat too. I was pleased to capture the pigeon, so much an integral part of many London photographs. Grin

(And many thanks to pamelajean for her UA on my previous image).

Tags: Photo journalism Street London General Candid Ladies Digitally manipulated Portraits and people

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Jasper87 Plus
8 2.0k 150 England
7 May 2013 12:57PM
Looks like they were discussing the weekend's football scores!! TongueGrin I'm intrigued as to your pov, were you up a lamppost? Wink


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Daisymaye Plus
9 23 16 Canada
7 May 2013 12:58PM
I love what you've done here Chris. The sepia toning is perfect. It tells a wonderful story and like your pov capturing this.......Sandy
I just noticed when I scrolled up and removed the window and the bird it gave it such an intimate feel. Could possible make a second shot.
barbarahirst 9 27 12 United Kingdom
7 May 2013 1:15PM
works a dream ...
bricurtis Plus
12 2.2k 49 England
7 May 2013 1:31PM
Super image Chris - great toning.
cats_123 Plus
14 4.8k 28 Northern Ireland
7 May 2013 1:39PM
clearly former SOE agents GrinGrinGrinGrin
SlowSong Plus
9 7.4k 30 England
7 May 2013 1:46PM
Many thanks Sandy for your UA. Very unexpected but I'm so glad you like it. Smile
I see what you mean about losing the window but I wanted to include it as it gives a better idea as to the character of the building as a whole. Smile
7 May 2013 2:04PM
Sepia renders the feeling of a touching moment.
TrevBatWCC Plus
9 12 12 England
7 May 2013 2:26PM
A lovely candid capture, Chris, great viewpoint, and really like the way you've toned the image Wink
Trev Smile
7 May 2013 2:33PM
This is very nice, Chris. I don't usually much care for this partial colouring malarkey ( each to his own ) but I admit it works very well here.

Is the pigeon thinking " Hmmph! ... Nowt! ...... greedy buggers... "

P.S. Just today bought Salgado's book "Genesis." .....Stunning. ....That's me pocket money blown...
NaturesHaven 6 283 6 England
7 May 2013 2:34PM
Times gone by..............GrinGrinGrin
marktc Plus
7 101 15 United Kingdom
7 May 2013 3:15PM
An intimate peek into someones life, very well captured Chris.
taggart Plus
13 47 13 United States
7 May 2013 4:27PM
How delightful! also, like your technique!
7 May 2013 5:23PM
Lovely capture!
gary_d 10 576 13 Wales
7 May 2013 6:21PM
This is such a nice image, they really look like they are enjoying each others company. - gary
7 May 2013 6:27PM
Like the inclusion of the fluttering pigeon, acts as a counterpoint to the quietly chatting ladies.

AnnChown Plus
8 207 1 United Kingdom
7 May 2013 6:51PM
I'd love to know what they were talking about. Super pigeon!
NDODS 7 5.1k 125 United Kingdom
7 May 2013 8:20PM

While you face your moments with a smile on your face
While you create a confusion in a long chaotic race
Everything around you gives you a stare
That you are running, running everywhere;

Now whether you cry or you sit with an empty heart
Whether you think of times you had to depart
The world doesn’t stop,
It never does.

While path may seem too long for some
Or life’s open for mysteries to come
Somehow it’s never the way we feel
The wound sometimes has to heal…

Now whether you laugh or you dance alone or in a crowd
Whether you‘re forced to be quiet or you’re too loud
The world doesn’t stop,
It never does.

While ‘Second sex’ undergo First’s domination
Or they compromise with full determination
When each flesh is forced to be eaten raw
When all are still dumb on the crime they saw;

Now whether you plan not to care
Now whether you’ve no time to dig the layer
The world doesn’t stop,
It never does.

While love is returned with an innocent hatred
While the skin is cut or it’s painted red
While colors darken, but reality lack
When white is forced over the hidden black
Now whether you stay awake or pretend to sleep
Or whether you find a small pillow to weep
The world never stops,
It never does.

While tears are flowing from the caste and creed
When blood is differentiated from every breed
While mother’s milk has no regard
When respect depends on playing card,
Now whether relation is found in growing age
Whether a beauty is in a diamond cage,
The world still never stops,
It never does…

Regards Nathan
morpheus1955 11 3 2 United Kingdom
7 May 2013 8:53PM
Superb candid, I like the pov, well spotted and captured

SlowSong Plus
9 7.4k 30 England
7 May 2013 10:14PM
That's a pretty deep poem there Nathan. Thank you.
nonur Plus
9 17 13 Turkey
8 May 2013 12:27AM
A very pleasing candid shot, well done.
helenlinda Plus
10 360 22 United Kingdom
8 May 2013 5:41PM

Quote: I'm intrigued as to your pov, were you up a lamppost? Wink


Sounds like hard work to get a photo - but it is a beauty Chris SmileSmile
ChiliMan 11 135 17 Singapore
8 May 2013 8:07PM
LOVE your processing, Chris. It's like one of those old hand-toned photographs!

Excellent shot to begin with, especially with that hopeful pigeon arriving on the scene Grin

8 May 2013 9:13PM
A great moment caught Chris. The inclusion of the "hopeful" bird adds a little more too!
Rende 11 38 4 Netherlands
8 May 2013 10:17PM
Wonderfully sympathetic candid Smile
debu 8 India
9 May 2013 12:42AM
Lovely image.
annettep38 Plus
6 218 40 Costa Rica
20 May 2013 10:09AM
there is a whole story in there, a first class candid!

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