Waiting for their turn

By mrswoolybill
I think everyone has pictures that haunt them for years the ones where we could have, should have done better...
This was taken in spring 2007. I uploaded it in colour in pre-e2 days, and I was heart-broken at how badly it suffered from compression. But then it was taken on an early digital 'compact', with loads of problems (I have painful memories of the horrendous shutter-lag... )
I was in our French Twin Town, attending the official foundation stone ceremony for a new primary school building. The children of the school were queueing up to make hand prints in plaster, for plaques to decorate the new building. (That's why they are wearing plastic gloves, French girls protect their manicures even at this age...) It was a slow process and the solemnity of the occasion was weighing heavily on them...
The picture was actually used by the local monthly news magazine, which I was rather pleased about. But if only I'd had the D90 then...
Thanks for looking,

Tags: Photo journalism Children Black and white

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AnnChown Plus
8 207 1 United Kingdom
5 Nov 2011 7:50AM
What a simply charming image Moira. I know what you mean about the pictures that haunt - but this is so wonderful. You've caught the atmosphere brilliantly - and that's what matters here.
Love the story about the gloves protecting their hands - very French!! SmileSmile

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pascalg Plus
10 37 France
5 Nov 2011 7:56AM
no : jumps out of the gallery (not far from mine, spotted this one immediately)
the camera only changes iq, and, though important, it is not everything
is the colour version on epz?
franken Plus
15 4.6k 4 United Kingdom
5 Nov 2011 8:02AM
A really wonderful image Moira. As mentioned above there is a fantastic atmosphere in it!


ps, I've several digital images that haunt me. In 2003 I won my first digital compact in a photo competition, it was only 3 megs and you could press the shutter and go and make a cup of tea while the shutter fired!

It took some interesting images and I wish that digital was better then.
mrswoolybill Plus
11 1.2k 1929 United Kingdom
5 Nov 2011 8:15AM
Pascal, the original is on page 58 of my portfolio, along with the rest of the series. (That took some finding!)
We had a burglary, the old film Nikons were taken and I noticed how my back pain suddenly eased! So I stuck to little point-and-squirts for years, then the D40 appeared and was so light that I risked it - it was my life-line back. Camera back-packs have made the biggest difference though.
This 'compact' wasn't far short of the D40 in size, by the way!
I have others that haunt me from those days...
pascalg Plus
10 37 France
5 Nov 2011 8:21AM
sorry Moira : only had made it to page 41...

5 Nov 2011 8:27AM
Caught the moment beautifully.

jonwebber 9 4 1 United Kingdom
5 Nov 2011 8:30AM
Photographs that matter. So many.
And aye, the 'difficulties' with early digital cameras were legion.

Great shot here,

and the cup, much much worse.
mrswoolybill Plus
11 1.2k 1929 United Kingdom
5 Nov 2011 8:38AM

Quote:And aye, the 'difficulties' with early digital cameras were legion.
I never mastered programming this one, I left it permanently on F5.6. And when changing the battery if you didn't get the new one in fast enough all the settings reverted to default...
Thanks again everyone, got to head for Newcastle now.
CarolG 11 199 20 Greece
5 Nov 2011 8:55AM
Superbly atmospheric, Moira, a wonderful capture. Carol
SueEley 12 279 96 Wales
5 Nov 2011 9:09AM
A beautiful picture - I can see why a paper would use it!
rontear Plus
15 8 8 England
5 Nov 2011 9:46AM
Beautiful moment Moira, saved for us to enjoy now Smile
barbarahirst 9 27 12 United Kingdom
5 Nov 2011 10:05AM
like the image ,... but your technical knowledge loses me ...
lonely_oryx 10 61 55 England
5 Nov 2011 10:31AM
Lovely moment well caught
RobboB Plus
11 132 United Kingdom
5 Nov 2011 11:13AM
Well seen Moira. Great observation
Joline Plus
11 30 53 United States
5 Nov 2011 11:21AM
Yes, I remember this one! I seem to have a good visual memory, but don't ask me namesSmile
The reprisal is wonderful, and so well observed.
5 Nov 2011 12:32PM
I love this one Moira, great expressions of anticipation. The grainy mono works a treat.

John Smile
5 Nov 2011 12:57PM
a delightful image Moira. A
Daisymaye Plus
9 23 16 Canada
5 Nov 2011 1:23PM
Wonderfully captured Moira. Love the different expressions. ............Sandy
mikbee 11 3 8 Scotland
5 Nov 2011 1:48PM
I do remember these early ''compact'' days of your Moira,and I do remember this upload too.I recall I thought you had turned into a ''serious'' photographer too when you bought your D40.Dunno much about all this talk of compression and artifacts and such,but it looks a fine toned image to me !!
mrswoolybill Plus
11 1.2k 1929 United Kingdom
5 Nov 2011 2:13PM
Slightly wrong Mick, I was worried that people might think I was a serious photographer when I went back to SLRs...
Thanks everyone,
Sezz 13 617 15 England
5 Nov 2011 3:14PM
I like it as it is Moira, wonderful expressions captured, they do indeed look very thoughtful!

TrevBatWCC Plus
9 12 12 England
5 Nov 2011 3:23PM

Quote:...I think everyone has pictures that haunt them for years the ones where we could have, should have done better...
I've got loads of these! But this looks far better than any of my 'could have done better' images, Moira. A super candid image, which works very well in mono Smile
Trev Smile
LexEquine 12 19 United States
5 Nov 2011 4:54PM
'Lovely, sharp, & well togged monochrome candid Image' ~ Peter
The quality is just fine Moira, the candid image is excellent. Photographs this good can be less than perfect it's the faces that tell the story of tension and apprehension at the task in hand. A marvellous image that deserves this second chance. Doing pretty well too, I'm sure you must be well pleased this time around. We could do with seeing more images like this in the papers, maybe more people would be buying them.

mrswoolybill Plus
11 1.2k 1929 United Kingdom
5 Nov 2011 6:19PM
Blimey, an HC! That's made my day, thanks Pete!
Cheers everyone,
kinfatric 13 550 9 Scotland
5 Nov 2011 7:58PM
Its splendid Moira and congratulations on the HC award
pluckyfilly 11 351 33 United Kingdom
5 Nov 2011 8:26PM
I just wish I had been more into taking photos years ago and not left it until now where I am of senior years and mobility keeps me on a leashWink however you have a grand picture here, I would happily give it space in my pf
wyatturp 12 2 England
5 Nov 2011 8:55PM
Henri Cartier-Bresson did not have a digital , this is so beautiful life is Once , well done , now hang this on the wall and be proudSmilenext pictureSmile

Sezz 13 617 15 England
5 Nov 2011 10:59PM
HC, congrat's Moira Smile
backbeat Plus
12 134 1 United Kingdom
5 Nov 2011 10:59PM
excellent...congrats on your HC Moira!

6 Nov 2011 9:46AM
You are right about the gloves and all the rest of it. Nowadays, for just a little storm with a thunder, they even need to be provided with : "la cellule de soutien psychologique" !!!
LuzDeNoche 10 2 France
6 Nov 2011 3:03PM
Lovely shot Moira. Those girls do look a little worried though, don't they?!
Suehh 11 39 6 England
6 Nov 2011 3:31PM
Ridgeway 11 222 2 Ireland
6 Nov 2011 4:48PM
This works so well in mono,funny to see kids so serious about somthing,,

I cant help but think a group of Dublin kids would be taking the mick,,,

MilanaG 12 Bulgaria
6 Nov 2011 6:25PM
Fantastic moment here! Good set of faic expresions!
Glostopcat 12 255 2 England
6 Nov 2011 9:29PM
A moment in time superbly captured on camera, congratulations on a well deserved HC award
danbrann Plus
13 637 17
7 Nov 2011 7:01PM
I have just come across this and an HC. Congratulations. Well deserved.
davey_griffo 9 213 165 England
7 Nov 2011 8:06PM
Looks good to me, & well deserving of the various awards you got.
bliba Plus
12 2 Austria
8 Nov 2011 5:01AM
a cracker
fraser 14 631 14 Scotland
8 Nov 2011 5:40PM
Sweet and somehow scary. Cracking image.

Costapix 8 2 Spain
8 Nov 2011 7:02PM
superb capture
Such a great moment ... love the story

luceombra 6 27 5 Italy
9 Nov 2011 9:45AM
Very emotional. All awards you have received are well deserved!Smile
patri 14 3 Italy
9 Nov 2011 3:02PM
This is simply great, crammed with little girls, expressions and feelings, who could ask for more?

SandraKay Plus
11 233 4 United Kingdom
9 Nov 2011 3:59PM
Fabulous work!
joseph 12 England
13 Nov 2011 6:26PM
brownsilent 11 7 2 United Kingdom
15 Nov 2011 7:37AM
I quite like the grittiness - and so to say, your capture is priceless - look at those faces, they all don't seem very excited about having their handprints on the schools wall, later!
ugly Plus
10 9 57 United Kingdom
15 Nov 2011 9:46AM
This images has alot of emition in it..
The mono works very well...
Great bit of photography...
15 Nov 2011 12:59PM
What a great capture Moira, totally love this one Smile
stevie Plus
14 1.2k 2 United Kingdom
16 Nov 2011 7:28PM
Well done Moira, very nicely observed and great photography.
Congratulations on the HC Moira, well done. Wink
gajewski Plus
13 10 9 United States
22 Nov 2011 5:52AM
Great composition. The B&W works well here.
Buffalo_Tom 11 2.3k 9 Wales
23 Nov 2011 9:34AM
Missed this one Moira,lovely work.
DilysT 7 2 United Kingdom
28 Nov 2011 8:38AM
Love their faces Smile
cats_123 Plus
14 4.8k 28 Northern Ireland
28 Nov 2011 3:37PM
looks like they're lining up for their flu jabs instead! Grin

trepidation, springs to mind Smile
Mavis Plus
16 143 2 England
30 Nov 2011 4:03PM
We can always say if only Moira . I remember it in colour and found it hauntingly beautiful then . Still is . Love it in mono xxx
Barjo 6 United States
30 Dec 2011 2:32AM
This is a very remarkable and moving capture...Beautiful and, as you say, solemn. This is an excellent image, missing nothing!
2 Jan 2012 7:13PM
A very charming, sweet image.
rob_marshall 7 96 1 United Kingdom
22 Jan 2012 12:54PM
Technical points about the camera noted, but really they don't matter a fig with a great shot like this. Wonderful expression on the girls, but the far left and far right girls seem to hold the other two girls, and indeed the whole shot, in the middle together. I really do wish I had taken this. Grin
pdove 8 22 United Kingdom
24 Jan 2012 12:34AM
I know it is a while since you posted this but I haven't been on epz as much as I used to, although I hope to change that. When I saw this image, it had to be taken in France....I don't know why. This link will take you to some images of a French photographer whos work I first saw a number of years ago in Paris. I think you might see a similarity in the subject and sensitivity. Superb image. I wish it were mine.



KatyJ 9 England
7 Feb 2012 2:41PM
Wow this one is popular. I think this is perfect. Only goes to show you don't need an expensive camera. Of course with the time lag I guess it was also down to luck.
21 Feb 2012 10:47PM
I really like this one Moira, you have really captured the 'moment' for these kids - Steve
John_Humphreys 12 69 2 Ireland
22 Feb 2012 9:11PM
Charming photograph.
mugshotmyk 6 3 9 United Kingdom
6 Mar 2012 6:37PM
I know I'm late to this one but it's simply taken me by delightful surprise. I love b+w images but there is sheer magic at work here. Such a lovely, moving image.
great spot classic
BonaFideNut 11 14 United States
25 Mar 2012 12:00AM
lol I like their expressions. I wouldn't have expected such a variety of reactions towards poor old plaster... Nice shot.

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