Recital 1

By mrswoolybill
The York busker again. (I warn you, youíre in for a long haul with these.) This chap came tearing round the corner, spotted the pianist and did a double-take.
A number of people expressed preference for colour over the last couple of days - you have the choice here, but for me black & white concentrates attention on the things that matter and reduces the distractions of shop windows etc.
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Thanks for looking,

Tags: Street photography Photo journalism Surprise York Musician Black and white Busker Pianist

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AlanBW 12 20 England
29 Apr 2008 7:39AM
Excellent capture Moira, you caught the chap's double take really well - the mono version appeals more to me

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fentiger Plus
16 918 24 England
29 Apr 2008 7:43AM
A very well timed capture Moira and with this one I do think that the BnW version is the most effective. Personally I would have cropped out the bit of window etc. at the top and the sky, side of the shop window etc. on the RH side. Smile

User_Removed 13 239 7 England
29 Apr 2008 7:48AM
moira you are becoming if you not already (you know what i mean) very accomplished at spotting these. i am with you on the bnw finish its more timeless & avoids loosing the subject to background distractions. bet he has a problem carrying that home every night!

29 Apr 2008 8:05AM
Excellent image Moira, very slight preference for V2,
DolphinLady 12 54 1 Wales
29 Apr 2008 8:05AM
This is wonderful Moira.
Love the facial expression of the passer by.
I prefer the colour version, not for the shop window, but for those wonderful aubergine coloured trousers of the passer by & the blue of the caster wheels on the piano.
Also, you can see all the wonderful detail of that really old piano, especially the lid.
Certainly slowed this guy in his tracks.

All the very best
danbrann Plus
13 637 17
29 Apr 2008 8:14AM
Looks as f he is doing the quick step or maybe the goose step even.
ChristineL 13 39 United Kingdom
29 Apr 2008 8:15AM
Your great timing tells the story beautifully, a lovely candid,
MickyMc 10 8 United Kingdom
29 Apr 2008 8:17AM
Great candid, line dancer perhaps??
User_Removed 10 485 13 England
29 Apr 2008 8:20AM
why is it that mono works so well with shots like these. As always a lesson for everyone in street photography. Well done Moira

mrswoolybill Plus
11 1.2k 1887 United Kingdom
29 Apr 2008 8:22AM
Thanks everybody, I'm very interested in the feedback. I've added a crop as suggested by Albert, can't quite make up my mind about it. It's more focused but also more claustrophobic to me.
luxaeternam 10 21 1
29 Apr 2008 9:00AM
I do like the respectable looking chap on the right and his stance. I wonder what venerable organ he is carrying under his arm...
Smile Lucy
peugeot406 11 7 1 England
29 Apr 2008 9:03AM
Great image you captured the moment
Hoffy 13 262 16 England
29 Apr 2008 9:06AM
I think most of us would, good B&W
29 Apr 2008 9:09AM
Nice image Moira, well captured he is making sure you don't miss his buckets.
jaktis 14 84 Sweden
29 Apr 2008 9:14AM
Agree about the facial expression, it is a great composition with so much going on

29 Apr 2008 9:29AM
Moira, You are clearly on a roll here with these. They are really very good indeed. Definitely No.1 on this one by a long way.

The timing with the double take chap is both brilliant and comical.

Cheers, Ken.
29 Apr 2008 10:12AM
V3 does it for me.


Gaucho 16 2.8k 2 United Kingdom
29 Apr 2008 10:20AM
Version 3 for me. Definitely prefer it in B/W. Your timing with the gent on the right is spot on. You'll do well to better this.
Herge88 10 40 4 England
29 Apr 2008 10:27AM
I love the expression on the beardies face (no offence Bill) a great opportunistic shot moira.

Best Matt
Rende 11 38 4 Netherlands
29 Apr 2008 10:35AM
Beautifully composed candid with wonderful poses. I agree that B&W is best; V1 for me.
Cormy 10 3 England
29 Apr 2008 10:43AM
Despite the little bit of bald sky I really prefer your original composition in colour.The extra bit just adds a little bit more interest for me.Thought your legs looked superb in your yellow dress !!!
dianah 11 24.5k 4 United Kingdom
29 Apr 2008 10:44AM
I thought most would prefer mono Moira..I love the colour..I think I must be a colour person ! Great shot..and busking with a piano as well. When I retire perhaps I should try it !
wyatturp 12 2 England
29 Apr 2008 10:57AM
Super picture

Nettles 10 England
29 Apr 2008 12:20PM
Nice capture and very good candid shot. Love the expression.
GalleryGirl 10 4 2 United Kingdom
29 Apr 2008 12:36PM
He looks like he's doing a little jig!
Super capture.
Marilyn x
BlueRoom Plus
11 73 20 United Kingdom
29 Apr 2008 12:49PM
How well you have caught this odd moment. Lots of life and a great sense of place.

taggart Plus
13 47 13 United States
29 Apr 2008 12:49PM
V 3 and I think you are correct here about color being the right choice-- Jennnnnn
Richsr 10 91 223 England
29 Apr 2008 12:51PM
A well timed capture Moira, agree with the B/W focusing you in - but still like the colour version as my preference.
Regards Richard.
TelStar 13 116 United Kingdom
29 Apr 2008 1:14PM
Love the timing and the glance; also the piano busking idea. He'd get my money for effort alone.

Prefer the B&W but I might have cropped below the shop alarm to cut out the light patch, but keep the corner plus bikes and concentrate more on the figure's movement.

mikbee 11 3 8 Scotland
29 Apr 2008 1:38PM
A good capture of ''stopping'' the guy in his tracks here Moira.He does look like he is going somewhere in a hurry.A suitable linear BG too.Nice one.
newy17 12 273 United Kingdom
29 Apr 2008 2:18PM
wow Moira this is just fantastic superb timing version 3 is the winner here great work..
glyndwr 10 66 10 Wales
29 Apr 2008 2:19PM
I do like the colour version Moira, it seems that the image comes to life. ( not sure if that sounds right, do apologise)

proz 13 205 United States
29 Apr 2008 2:28PM
really like the mono and think the tighter crop of v3 is the best. great even tones Moira.
imagio 11 12 1 England
29 Apr 2008 2:41PM
Hard to choose which is best Moira, But I like no 3 the best, like the way the passer by is maybe checking if its a pianola!

I like the expression of the bearded man and his leg movement. Quite funny. JNC
JudeC 11 6 3 England
29 Apr 2008 3:22PM
Hi Moira - the colour version for me! - Jude.
TyChee 13 275 1 United States
29 Apr 2008 4:17PM
Love that guy's expression. Excellent shot.
imander 11 388 7 United Kingdom
29 Apr 2008 4:48PM
i'm not even gonna mention a bit of selective colouring..oh no i'm not...Wink, really well captured, love his twist to his body as if he wasn't gonna stop but just had to....
GlynnisFrith 11 23 3 United Kingdom
29 Apr 2008 4:54PM
Great candid & yes colour for me
29 Apr 2008 4:57PM
3 Fab candid love the 3.
samsalt1 11 34 4
29 Apr 2008 5:09PM
Its colour for me and preferably with just the removal of the upper windows as the side does allow a bit more required space.

nickyv32 Plus
10 135 England
29 Apr 2008 5:16PM
That Albert, he needs sorting. I prefer No 2 without the crop to be honsest, great colours, clean, sharp shot. Great photo.

TonyFrith 11 3 6 United Kingdom
29 Apr 2008 5:38PM
And I always thought it was women who crossed their leg's LOL
Super capture
29 Apr 2008 5:51PM
This time it's the colour version I like most Moira. Nice shot this.

John Smile
pascalg Plus
10 37 France
29 Apr 2008 5:54PM
sorry : colour for me...
would miss the Woolybill blue Wink
as a tourist, I'm more into this atmosphere...
kanu 10 India
29 Apr 2008 5:57PM
V2 is the best, but the tighter crop in no.3 makes the composition better.
Bodiewil 10 46 Wales
29 Apr 2008 7:35PM
Superbly captured Moira love that passerby..... Stunning work

riprap007 13 1.6k 37 England
29 Apr 2008 7:39PM
v1 I think, love the body swerve!
rmr 10 1 Wales
29 Apr 2008 8:16PM
lovely capture moira
29 Apr 2008 9:39PM
Super again Moira, but I still prefer the colour, for me it enlivens the image.

RobinF 11 83 1 England
29 Apr 2008 9:57PM

Quote:but for me black & white concentrates attention on the things that matter said it all for mono Moira (Mono Moira?) I love your B&W work and this is no exception. Just brilliant! - Robin
Hop-A-Long 11 52 1 England
29 Apr 2008 10:40PM
Another superb set of images Moira, I have enjoyed looking at your last few offerings and I must say, they are all excellent, especially the mono versions.
tigertimb 10 40 66 United Kingdom
29 Apr 2008 11:27PM
Great candid and love his expression. Do like the tighter crop of #3 and good to see our star is no longer being ignored
Diana 11 2.0k 19 Netherlands
30 Apr 2008 1:15AM
what an excellent first class and somewhat bizarre capture

peterboyce 10 1 England
30 Apr 2008 7:50AM
great picture.
GrahamBaines 10 39 United Kingdom
30 Apr 2008 7:54AM
Love the double-take the passer by is giving, nicely captkured.

Nigel_95 Plus
12 262 2 United Kingdom
30 Apr 2008 10:14AM
Perfect timing Moira. I prefer B&W, but can't make up my mind between 1 & 3.


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