Back Modifications (3)
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By westbay09
Taken on my phone, apologies for uploading this but I liked the colours on the back wall....

Tags: Colour General Cafe Coffee cup

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paulbroad 10 123 1249 United Kingdom
4 Oct 2012 3:53PM
The quality is not too good, even for a phone but the image is strangely interesting, which it may well not have been if perfect technically.


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arhab 6 43 2 Indonesia
4 Oct 2012 5:17PM
i prefer to crop the colorfulr rail on the top over the bar. nice image, i think the element unite each other except the colorfull rail on the top which is distracting
pamelajean Plus
12 1.1k 2022 United Kingdom
4 Oct 2012 5:51PM
You don't need to apologise for uploading a picture that you like, Aidan.
I agree that the colours on the back wall are eye-catching, but perhaps a little too much so.
You have taken an interesting image of some coffee having been drunk, but the elements upon the table are competing with the colours in the background, and the background is winning.
You could have taken a picture of the colourful background, perhaps including the red chair backs, and come up with a striking abstract. Including the railing and the glass adds another dimension, diffusing the colours, and I think this would be all that is needed....coloured stripes, railing, glass and perhaps chairbacks. This would also be an abstract with strong lines both vertically and horizontally.
If we ignore the colourful background (not easy) and concentrate on the coffee and table, this is an image on its own, and because it's perfectly natural, not set up or posed, it could stand alone. Changing your pov, you could have considered making your coffee cup and saucer less central in the frame, maybe more to the right, but the other elements sit well. Just moving the cup and saucer a bit to the right would have been fine.
Moving your camera a bit more to the left would have avoided the "dead" space on the right and included the whole of the menu stand. But I quite like your idea of not including the whole of the menu stand, so perhaps a portrait/vertical format might have worked better, cutting off a bit of the menu on the table and also the white metal thing on the right, below the railing.
I feel it's a pity that you didn't take the picture before you drank the coffee because some fresh hot coffee in the cup would have looked a lot more inviting, hopefully with a wisp of steam emanating from the cup.
I have done a modification where cropped the right side, and I made some adjustments to the image in order to bring out more colour and contrast, and to take away the pink colour cast.
My second modification is on the lines of my suggestion above about a vertical format.

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