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Homage to Nighthawks

By gajewski  
This is my interpretation of Edward Hopper's iconic 1942 painting, Nighthawks .

This is the Portfolio Coffeehouse in Long Beach, California. This is a blind shot. I held the camera over my right shoulder to shoot surreptitiously.

-=\Walter
PS A big thank you to Mark (marktc) for his UA on my previous upload.

Tags: Photo journalism Portraits and people

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LynneJoyce Plus
8 20 99 United Kingdom
15 May 2013 6:56AM
A fascinating candid shot.

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Take-a-View 12 293 5 United Kingdom
15 May 2013 7:16AM
Liked your mono version but think this works even better in colour and good interpretation of Hopper.
cats_123 Plus
12 4.6k 26 Northern Ireland
15 May 2013 7:41AM
a totally different dimension to yesterday's mono...has a much warmer tone....perhaps I might remove the guy in the bg...he seems to be acting as Gooseberry WinkGrinGrinGrin
WhiteRose1 Plus
6 1.6k 148 England
15 May 2013 8:14AM
Excellent interpretation, Walter. The composition on this version is a lot stronger and I do like the warm tones.

Dave
Richsr 9 91 223 England
15 May 2013 9:05AM
Like the warm tones the electric light has given this Walter.
Regards Richard
15 May 2013 10:05AM
Warm light and tones. An excellent capture.
Effrossini
Daisymaye Plus
8 23 10 Canada
15 May 2013 12:49PM
Prefer this to the mono. It is a different view also. Those little green lights near the bottom, I'm not sure what they are. .....Sandy
taggart Plus
12 47 13 United States
15 May 2013 1:18PM
I agree with most of the above, the inclusion of the third person adds much to the image---wonder if they were all chatting?

The warmth and color looks good here!
gajewski Plus
12 10 9 United States
15 May 2013 6:42PM

Quote:Prefer this to the mono. It is a different view also. Those little green lights near the bottom, I'm not sure what they are. .....Sandy


Sandy -- I've been noticing that as well. I suspect it is something related to lens flare that we often see when somebody is shooting into the sun. I've been seeing it in my work under these circumstances:
-- using the 50 mm prime lens
-- shooting wide open (f1.8)
-- shooting in very low light with some bright light source near the top of the image.

What happens is that the bright light source is repeated as a flare near the bottom of the image -- although upside down and reversed from left to right.
It is most apparent in this shot https://www.ephotozine.com/user/gajewski-24578/gallery/photo/nachtmusik-32913280
You can see a mysterious blue rectangle that is actually an outline of that "open" sign near the top of the picture.
-=\Walter
marktc Plus
6 86 14 United Kingdom
15 May 2013 10:04PM
Warm and inviting Walter, but the mood was better in the mono version. A great shot with a super interpretation of the original bought bang up to date. Marvellous.
15 May 2013 10:48PM
A lovely warm candid shot Walter..Lin
annettep38 Plus
5 218 40 Costa Rica
16 May 2013 12:04AM
Yes, I prefer it to the other one. There was a lot of space between the couple and the pickup . Here the arch is sort of a horizontal lead in.
Your flare might be a freaky uv filter or some smear on the rear of the lens. Or it is the ghost of a punter who died I this cafe in 1924 over an overdose of strong arabica with moonshine.
gajewski Plus
12 10 9 United States
16 May 2013 12:11AM

Quote:Yes, I prefer it to the other one. There was a lot of space between the couple and the pickup . Here the arch is sort of a horizontal lead in.
Your flare might be a freaky uv filter or some smear on the rear of the lens. Or it is the ghost of a punter who died I this cafe in 1924 over an overdose of strong arabica with moonshine.


Yes -- the ghost of a punter. The coffee in the 20's could do that to you.
-=\W.
hi Walter, love the atmosphere and play between the 3. also 3 lights, l shape of frames on top l. great work, si t
20 May 2013 6:51PM
Top of the class with you......
Suehh 9 39 6 England
23 May 2013 4:05PM
Good story telling image - again, a lot to see and take in - all sorts of imaginings going on in my headGrin
BarbaraR 10 17 1 England
31 May 2013 6:35PM
'superstitiously' .. did you mean that ? lol
Love this shot Walter, very well done.

B.
gajewski Plus
12 10 9 United States
31 May 2013 6:38PM

Quote:'superstitiously' .. did you mean that ? lol
Love this shot Walter, very well done.

B.



Ooops -- that was supposed to be "surreptitiously ."

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