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Deep in conversation

By RBSinTo
This was taken a few weeks ago on Yonge Street in front of the Eaton Centre, a very large, high end shopping mall here in downtown Toronto.
Always incredibly busy, especially in the weeks leading up to Christmas, the mall and the streets around it are a target-rich environment for street photographers.
I was watching the sea of busy shoppers when I noticed a couple standing in the middle of the sidewalk, deep in conversation. They conversed for a few minutes before she went off with a group of friends or family to enter the mall.
What caught my eye was their position, at right angles to the flow of sidewalk traffic, which allowed me to see the two of them as they talked, and the woman's pose, as she stood with her head down, and her hands on the man's shoulders.
I watched them and when the moment seemed right, took this shot.
motorized Nikon f with eyelevel meterless prism
Nikkor 180 2.8 ED AIS manual focus
Fuji 100 ISO colour slide
exposure 2.8 @ 1/500th

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mwoods 13 21 United Kingdom
12 Dec 2013 1:13AM
I guess I'll just never know what they are talking about!
Great shot.

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RBSinTo 12 3 Canada
12 Dec 2013 12:55PM
Funny but that is the common question that has been asked about this shot. What were they talking about?
I wasn't close enough to hear their discussion, but I think they were making arrangements to meet after shopping, and she was waiting for him to give her some money. If you look carefully at his hands, you can see he is holding paper money.
Bit of a tough shot to get as there were people walking between us that kept getting in the way, and I only had momentary breaks where I could see them.
djh698 14 5.4k 6 United Kingdom
12 Dec 2013 7:23PM
would have been nice to have some more light on their faces
RBSinTo 12 3 Canada
12 Dec 2013 7:29PM
This comment has been made at other sites as well.
For exposure, because I'm shooting slide film, I always meter for the highlights, and in this case it was an overcast/open shade day, which from memory would be 5.6 @ 1/125th which I converted to 2.8 @ 1/500th to shallow up the depth of field. There is detail in the white knitted cap or scarf in her purse, detail in her jacket's sleeves, and the colours on his jacket and hat are true, so it was a reasonable set of specs. Yes there is a lack of detail in their faces (because of their skin colour) but in order to get more detail there, I would have blown out the background surroundings, and that I felt would have been too distracting.
I did fool around a bit in PS with brightness, contrast and levels, but lightening up the faces didn't look good in my opinion, so I went with what I had.

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