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Streets Of London

By Sezz    
I took this in Covent Garden yesterday, it reminded me of a song that I like by Ralph McTell, the only song I can play on the guitar! Streets Of London

Have you seen the old man
In the closed down market
Kicking up the papers,
with his worn out shoes?
In his eyes you see no pride
and held loosely at his side
Yesterday's paper telling yesterday's news

So how can you tell me you're lonely,
and say for you that the sun don't shine,
Let me take you by the hand and lead you through the streets of London
I'll show you something to make you change your mind

Thank you as always for your time, your thoughts/comments are very welcome.
Regards - Sarah J x

Tags: Portrait London City Man Alone Black and white Covent garden Streets of London

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Comments


marktc Plus
5 86 14 United Kingdom
31 Mar 2012 5:14PM
Brilliant image Sarah J... Well captured.

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Coast 8 1.6k 292 United Kingdom
31 Mar 2012 5:26PM
Nicely processed and V2 is my preference. Good work.
johnjo58 6 2 5 United Kingdom
31 Mar 2012 5:37PM
Great song, great photograph Sarah
David
Stace Plus
8 2 2 England
31 Mar 2012 5:39PM
great processing Sarah

sTACE
mrswoolybill Plus
9 971 1494 United Kingdom
31 Mar 2012 5:41PM
My favourite viewpoint in London, I'd recognise those chairs and tables a mile off.
Good one. And I do prefer V2, that bit darker and more sombre.
Moira
woolybill1 Plus
9 22 68 United Kingdom
31 Mar 2012 5:45PM
The language of the feet is eloquent.
A telling observation; the b&w is superb.
Bill
good place to people watch covent garden
31 Mar 2012 6:13PM
Great candid capture.

P.
RonnieAG Plus
6 153 116 Scotland
31 Mar 2012 6:48PM
Well spotted chance and so well seized, Sarah: the song seems to fit the photo so well.
I too like the slightly more contrasty V 2 also.
Looks as if he has been waiting resignedly for table service for yonks.
Ronnie.
31 Mar 2012 7:34PM
Both very good but the V2 processing seems to be more appropriate to the scene.
Cliff
Cor 7 Belgium
31 Mar 2012 7:43PM
V2 for me. So well spotted, taken and processed > 10*****
Cor.
jameswburke 14 13 Ireland
31 Mar 2012 8:06PM
V2 for me. Very painterly. Great shot.
WhiteRose1 Plus
6 1.6k 148 England
31 Mar 2012 8:24PM
A suitable subject for b&w, expertly and sympathetically done, Sarah.

Dave
LesF 9 182 9
31 Mar 2012 8:31PM
A real super capture and mono work so well here


LesF
woodlark 12 538 1 United Kingdom
31 Mar 2012 8:56PM
Nice capture.
Nice song, which I seem to remember Anti No-where league punking up in the eighties.

Love it..
Sezz Plus
11 617 15 England
31 Mar 2012 10:40PM
Thank you all for your time and kind comments, really appreciated!
Cor - thank you for your award, I'm honoured Sir Smile
Pete - HC, thank you so much, a lovely surprise this evening!

Sarah x
nonur Plus
7 17 11 Turkey
31 Mar 2012 10:42PM
So well done, great portrait work!
31 Mar 2012 10:49PM
What a superb image Sarah. Think V2 is awesome too, but can't decide which I prefer..........Sandy
BURNBLUE Plus
10 12 1 United Kingdom
1 Apr 2012 12:17AM
Hey Sarah J, congrats on HC , great image !

Si.
1 Apr 2012 8:40AM
Brilliant, fantastic, love it! And more contrast or not, it's the content that matters in this image Sarah.
I wish I had taken this shot, as I have a Poem that would go so well with it.
A great image, proving that you're not all Castles and Boats Wink

John Smile
MalcolmM Plus
11 526 5 Scotland
1 Apr 2012 8:51AM
Excellent image, well processed, & deserving all awards.
Malcolm
Sezz Plus
11 617 15 England
1 Apr 2012 10:01AM
Good morning and thank you everyone, appreciated!
John - Aw thank you for your award,has made my Sunday Smile x

Sarah x
saltireblue Plus
6 6.0k 33 Norway
1 Apr 2012 10:07AM
V2 just takes it, Sarah. The slightly darker look appeals more. I wonder what he is waiting for? A waiter, or a friend? He appears to not be very happy! An image that asks questions.

Malc
Poor guy is probably being ignored because of his looks. Nice candid and I too prefer V2.

Dougie
Joline Plus
10 27 53 United States
1 Apr 2012 11:53AM
Wonderful. V2 really shines!
CliveA 10 5 United Kingdom
1 Apr 2012 12:48PM
A deserved ammount of success piling on this one Sarah.
If you can play this on the guitar (Streets ), you should be able to play anything.
C l i v e
Sezz Plus
11 617 15 England
1 Apr 2012 1:04PM
Thank you for your time & kind comments, thanks for the clicks too, appreciated!
Clive, what to say? Thank you so much for your UA, means a lot to me Smile x

Re the guitar, perhaps should of said only song I can play from memory, I can play other stuff if I have the music/chords to hand.

Sarah x
TrevBatWCC Plus
8 12 10 England
1 Apr 2012 1:42PM
Quite different for you, Sarah! But an equally well seen, composed and captured image Smile An excellent shot, and well suited to he mono treatment Wink
TrevSmile
Richsr Plus
9 91 223 England
1 Apr 2012 3:01PM
Well seen and converted to mono Sarah.
Fine street capture
Regards Richard
RockArea 10 18 3 United Kingdom
1 Apr 2012 5:38PM
A superbly captured image, Sarah. Beautifully processed too, I'll go for v2 as it's there but I'd have been more than happy with v1 if it was on its own.

David
1 Apr 2012 6:24PM
Richly deserved awards for this superb image Sarah, excellent.
Tony
derekhansen Plus
7 210 24 United Kingdom
1 Apr 2012 8:25PM
A wonderful candid study Sarah. Absolutely superb work.
I prefer the greater contrast in V2.
Derek
1 Apr 2012 9:37PM
An excellent shot and I do like the pov. Well suited to the b&w treatment Sarah and I prefer the slightly darker v 2. Many congrats on all your awards the RC and the so well deserved HC.
Well observed and composed.

John
Sezz Plus
11 617 15 England
1 Apr 2012 9:50PM
Gentlemen- thank you so much for your very kind comments Smile

Sarah x
dathersmith 9 550 12 England
1 Apr 2012 10:46PM
Superb mono Sarah, like the contrasty #2 too.

Darren.
Buffalo_Tom Plus
10 2.3k 9 Wales
2 Apr 2012 2:55PM
Fabulous candid Sarah.
Tom.
Rock Plus
14 10 2 England
3 Apr 2012 9:46AM
I used to work in High Holburn just around the corner and used to walk around this area at lunch times.

Grand shot.

Rock
3 Apr 2012 10:44AM
Superb work and it would do well in exhibitions.

Just a suggestion, go into shadow/highlights, set shadows to 0% and highlights to 60%. This will give more detail to his head and face. I would then cover up the remaining white patch on his head with the paint brush.
Sezz Plus
11 617 15 England
3 Apr 2012 11:10AM
Many thanks everyone Smile
John, thanks for the advice, appreciated!

Sarah x
billydo Plus
13 79 United Kingdom
3 Apr 2012 11:39AM
Love the image and the musical link too. Both versions work for me.

Congrats on the well deserved recognition!

Neal.
Sezz Plus
11 617 15 England
3 Apr 2012 4:29PM
Thank you Neal, I appreciate your thoughts Smile

Sarah x
soulofharmony 6 22 1 Norfolk Island
4 Apr 2012 8:06PM
Fantastic Sarah..& well worth the awards...!!!


Nikki !! xx

Thanks for the lovely comments..!!
Sezz Plus
11 617 15 England
4 Apr 2012 8:27PM
Many thanks Nikki Smile

Sarah x
Nigel_95 Plus
10 260 2 United Kingdom
4 Apr 2012 10:43PM
Congratulations on the shot and on the HC award Sarah. I too prefer V2. Smile

Nigel
the colors are wonderful.
Mari 13 1.8k Wales
5 Apr 2012 12:38AM
Congrats Sarah, a fabulous image Smile

Mari x
Dave87 9 42 5 England
5 Apr 2012 11:27PM
Top draw piece of mono work. The elderly male subject has been very nicely captured in a very powerful part of the picture. The near square crop works a real treat and together with the lovely mix of mono tones (no washed out gray’s) makes for a super street capture. Love it.

Dave.
Brilliant image Sarah Grin
Julie xx
paulcr 11 1.5k 9 Ireland
8 Apr 2012 12:41AM
HA, I was just googling the song to include the words here.. then I read your description. So the image worked Smile

Paul
Sezz Plus
11 617 15 England
10 Apr 2012 2:56PM
Many thanks for your time and comments, always appreciated Smile

Sarah x
AnnChown Plus
6 199 1 United Kingdom
13 Apr 2012 6:08PM
Brilliant Sarah - well seen and taken!
Ann
14 Apr 2012 8:22AM
very nice Sarah, I quite often walk around Covent Garden in my lunch hour.

Clive
Balwant Plus
5 1 4 United Kingdom
29 Apr 2012 1:45PM
Time immemorial. You certainly have captured an interesting image with great expression of the person. The monochrome has added to the story very well. Well done, Sarah
I have been to your gallery and you certainly have amazing images
Sezz Plus
11 617 15 England
29 Apr 2012 2:13PM
Ann, Clive and Balwant - many thanks. appreciated!
Balwant, thank you for taking a look at my PF, glad you like my images Smile

Sarah x
great mono. period.

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