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Come On, This Way!!!

By AlanBW
I observed the young couple pictured above in a street just off Town Hall Square in Estonia’s beautiful capital city of Tallinn. We’d spent several hours exploring Tallinn and were heading for a welcome watering hole when I was alerted to their interesting antics as they stopped nearby. There was a fierce debate going on about reaching a destination and arms were being pointed in every conceivable direction except for straight up and straight down. The conversation grew more animated; a map was produced and consulted, then put back in the rucksack. More arm waving ensued, voices became a little strained and they stared around, even looking back in the direction from whence they came. We had every intention of going across to see if we could help when suddenly came the decisive moment as shown above, as the young man produced a flourish of his left arm, took on a more confident air and set off. At that precise moment, his female companion seemed far from convinced and her expression and body language amply demonstrated her unease. He set off as if inspired, while she trudged along in his wake looking anything but won over by his sense of direction. They melted into the crowds of Town Hall Square and we settled into a watering hole for some very welcome and most palatable local beer. A few minutes later we glanced across the square from our comfortable vantage point and there in the far corner was the young couple – consulting the map - and waving their arms about once again!

Tags: Street photography Photo journalism Woman Tallinn Estonia Travel Man Candid People Couple Black and white Lost Portraits and people

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Comments


bunbeam 15 2 United Kingdom
24 Sep 2007 11:57AM
Brilliant timing, their expressions are priceless.. I can imagine the scene.. love it
bunSmile
Grim1 14 49 United Kingdom
24 Sep 2007 12:01PM
How do you manage to catch such wonderful expressions????????
proz 16 205 United States
24 Sep 2007 12:06PM
this is a stellar candid shot and mono is perfect way to show it off too.
DunDiggin 14 64 2 United Kingdom
24 Sep 2007 12:06PM
Interesting people shot - and great story to go with it. Is the lad blowing a raspberry?
TommyStr 15 9 3 Norway
24 Sep 2007 12:17PM
Fun candid, nice work
24 Sep 2007 12:33PM
Excellent candid Alan, two lovely expressions captured,
Fred.
mrswoolybill Plus
14 2.7k 2376 United Kingdom
24 Sep 2007 12:47PM
Great expressions and body language, love it.
Moira
AlanBW 15 20 England
24 Sep 2007 12:59PM
Many thanks Bun, Cori, Proz, Andrew, Tommy, Fred and Moira, very much appreciated - Alan
Herge88 Plus
13 40 6 England
24 Sep 2007 1:00PM
Nice mono conversion.

Best Matt
imander 13 388 7 United Kingdom
24 Sep 2007 2:27PM
well spotted, excellent candid
ian
woolybill1 Plus
14 36 76 United Kingdom
24 Sep 2007 3:42PM
Love the determination of the one and the scepticism of the other - perfect capture!
Bill
AlanBW 15 20 England
24 Sep 2007 3:53PM
Thanks Matt, Ian and Bill - Alan
ChristineL 16 39 United Kingdom
24 Sep 2007 3:54PM
I hope she was right Smile
Another lovely moment in time well captured,
Chris.
cats_123 Plus
17 5.0k 30 Northern Ireland
24 Sep 2007 3:56PM
such interesting life...like the ice cream seller in the bg

jeff
AlanBW 15 20 England
24 Sep 2007 5:16PM
Many thanks Chris and Jeff - Alan
Glostopcat 14 255 2 England
24 Sep 2007 5:40PM
An excellent image from the master of the candid camera, like the anxious and hesitant expressions you've captured here. There's plenty to look at in the background too, the suave looking gentleman in white trousers passing by, the attractive young icecream seller and of course the model in the shop window! Top quality as always, Ed
franken Plus
18 5.2k 4 United Kingdom
24 Sep 2007 5:43PM
Excellent candid and story that goes with it Alan.

Ken
24 Sep 2007 5:53PM
I like her expression, make me smile Smile Like this natural shot.

Noe
AlanBW 15 20 England
24 Sep 2007 5:56PM
Many thanks Ed, Ken and Noemi - Alan
24 Sep 2007 5:57PM
The master at capturing the moment, we only look at maps when all else fails Alan Smile excellent black and white tones, fine image,Adrian
AlanBW 15 20 England
24 Sep 2007 6:44PM
Cheers Adrian, much appreciated - Alan
xinia 16 54
24 Sep 2007 6:49PM
hope they got to where they wanted eventually Smile
Nettles 13 England
24 Sep 2007 7:09PM
Great story and a super image. You really are a great observer of people. A well spotted shot and an excellent image.
Annette
Hop-A-Long 14 52 1 England
24 Sep 2007 7:14PM
Fabulous candid shot Alan. You have caught two excellent expressions here.
Andy
Mike_Smith Plus
13 723 1 United Kingdom
24 Sep 2007 7:27PM
Great shot a picture that tells a story
danbrann 16 640 17
24 Sep 2007 7:52PM
A superb pair.Taken with great skill.
wyatturp 15 2 England
24 Sep 2007 8:01PM
Hope they found there way, well done street picture with a story

DougSmile
bricurtis Plus
15 2.4k 51 England
24 Sep 2007 8:17PM
A moment of indecision well captured Alan.She doesn't look convinced does she.
Brian.
AlanBW 15 20 England
24 Sep 2007 8:22PM
Many thanks Maggie, Annette, Mike, Dan, Doug and Brian - Alan
Rende 14 38 4 Netherlands
24 Sep 2007 8:35PM
Wonderful candid, great expressions and description.
Left a comment before but it got lost; site like molasses all day.
Rende
GrahamBaines 13 39 United Kingdom
24 Sep 2007 8:38PM
Nice candid, and as usual an interesting narrative.

Graham
anthhope 15 1 England
24 Sep 2007 8:48PM
Superb!!
AlanBW 15 20 England
24 Sep 2007 9:02PM
Thanks Rende, Graham and Anthony, much appreciated - Alan
myrab 14 United Kingdom
24 Sep 2007 9:26PM
Another interesting shot Alan, but i dont think it is one of your best, i feel the background is too busy.
Sorry, Myra
firzhugh 16 13 New Zealand
24 Sep 2007 9:55PM
love the expression and poses. great capture
derekv 13 3 England
24 Sep 2007 11:21PM
Great shot, love it in mono.
Derek
24 Sep 2007 11:34PM
Terrific shot Alan, cant beat the candid ones
joseph 15 England
25 Sep 2007 12:08AM
A superb Mono Alan...Click.
25 Sep 2007 12:30AM
Nice mono
chrissd 15 304 United Kingdom
25 Sep 2007 4:22AM
superb expression Alan, brilliant capture
chris
bliba Plus
15 2 Austria
25 Sep 2007 7:06AM
a good candid!!!
AlanBW 15 20 England
25 Sep 2007 7:21AM
Many thanks Myra, Cornelia, Derek, Graham, Joseph, Danny, Chris and Ollie, very much appreciated - Alan
JudeC 14 6 3 England
25 Sep 2007 7:27AM
Super shot - JudeC
riprap007 16 1.6k 37 England
25 Sep 2007 8:37AM
great expressions & capture
A Booth 18 11 4 United Kingdom
25 Sep 2007 9:27AM
superb facial capture - the confused and lost expression comes across well - must be e2 members.
AlanBW 15 20 England
25 Sep 2007 9:39AM
Many thanks Jude, Nicholas and Alan
ChiliMan 14 135 17 Singapore
25 Sep 2007 10:57AM
I have to make an embarrassing confession which has nothing to do with the topnotchedness of this shot: Before reading your description, at first glance, I initially thought they were two girls!

But then I read your (wonderful to read) description and it became clear. Speaking of clear, I LOVE the distinct separation of tones in this, Alan.

And a perfect depiction of men and women. Women will be sensible and consult a map. Men would rather march into confusion...lol.

A Smile
gingerdelight 14 298 11 United Kingdom
25 Sep 2007 11:53AM
Well caught!! An interesting shot - I like this very much!
x Carol x
AlanBW 15 20 England
25 Sep 2007 12:52PM
Many thanks Andrew and Carol - Alan
VintageRed 15 15 1 United Kingdom
25 Sep 2007 3:29PM
The expressions are priceless.
Nick
mikears 16 89 Canada
25 Sep 2007 4:24PM
Nice shot and I like the story too - puts a bit of context into it.

Well done
Mike
AlanBW 15 20 England
25 Sep 2007 4:33PM
Many thanks Nick and Mike - Alan
fossilized 16 79 United Kingdom
25 Sep 2007 6:42PM
Nice candid - her expression says it all.
Jean
piccy 14 8 Wales
25 Sep 2007 6:45PM
Nice story, love the expression on the woman.
Freda
rmr 13 1 Wales
25 Sep 2007 8:50PM
another excellent candid shot
well done alan ,
mark
dianah 14 24.5k 4 United Kingdom
25 Sep 2007 8:54PM
These shots are wonderful..almost any story could be added..great expressions.
Di
BURNBLUE Plus
14 13 1 United Kingdom
25 Sep 2007 9:03PM
Excellent mono image Alan, I want to try some street scenes, this motivates me mate.
TonyFrith 14 3 6 United Kingdom
25 Sep 2007 9:19PM
super candid & a good write up
Tony
Pegon 15 78 1 England
25 Sep 2007 9:49PM
Good candid Alan, well spotted and caught.
Pete.
kinfatric 16 550 9 Scotland
25 Sep 2007 9:59PM
it always works....the arm waving Smile
Joline Plus
14 30 59 United States
25 Sep 2007 10:46PM
I can empathize! Have you noticed a trend that a lot of your candid people have their tongues sticking out? I find it most amusing.
JimV 14 6 3 Canada
26 Sep 2007 12:07AM
This could be any of us in a strange city, your timing on this shot was impeccable Alan and, as usual, the description is excellent!
Rgds., Jim
Richard707 14 14 United States
26 Sep 2007 6:45AM
Nice timing. They have the most curious expressions.
AlanBW 15 20 England
26 Sep 2007 6:56AM
Many thanks Jean, Freda, Mark, Di, Simon, Tony, Pete, Kin, Joline, Jim and Richard - Alan
Mavis 19 143 2 England
26 Sep 2007 7:13AM
But of course hasn't he realized that the Lady is always right Smile ?. A great capture and a wonderful story xx
fentiger 19 920 24 England
26 Sep 2007 7:46AM
Excellent candid photography. You have caught the rapport between the two girls just. Absolutely right in mono. Very well done Alan!

Albert
imagio 14 12 1 England
26 Sep 2007 7:51AM
Excellent capture Alan.

Bernie
clur 13 12 United Kingdom
26 Sep 2007 8:03AM
Love the tounge sticking out, propper grockle looking.
claire
AlanBW 15 20 England
26 Sep 2007 8:32AM
Many thanks Mavis, Albert, Bernie and Claire - Alan
Guillaume 14 119 2 United Kingdom
26 Sep 2007 9:58AM
Great expressions and capture.
AlanBW 15 20 England
26 Sep 2007 11:03AM
Cheers Guillaume, much appreciated - Alan
moglen Plus
14 14 1
26 Sep 2007 11:07AM
nicely spotted, good shot. glen x
Hoffy 16 262 16 England
26 Sep 2007 11:12AM
Nice candid grab shot.
AlanBW 15 20 England
26 Sep 2007 11:17AM
Many thanks Glen and Paul - Alan
GalleryGirl 13 4 2 United Kingdom
26 Sep 2007 11:57AM
Clicked to see if you'd uploaded anything whilst I was away photographing the wedding! Thanks for your comments. Anyway, great capture. Like the vendor sellers stall behind too. Did you photograph this by any chance? barmymarny x
Mikelane 13 1 Wales
26 Sep 2007 12:35PM
Great shot .Well capt .
Mike
AlanBW 15 20 England
26 Sep 2007 12:39PM
Many thanks Marilyn and Mike - Alan
PatrickSmith 16 1.2k 2 United States
26 Sep 2007 3:17PM
Great story and a sharp and crisp image too.

Patrick
AlanBW 15 20 England
26 Sep 2007 4:57PM
Many thanks Patrick - Alan
daringdaphne 16 82 United Kingdom
26 Sep 2007 5:25PM
Yes I vote: Iloved this tale. And the picture. I do hope they got it right eventually

Thanks for sharing.

(*.*)D.
mhaseman 13 608 1
26 Sep 2007 5:57PM
Great job Alan. Well done.
AlanBW 15 20 England
26 Sep 2007 6:03PM
Thanks Daphne and Martin - Alan
graceland 16 2.5k 2 United Kingdom
26 Sep 2007 6:28PM
Click all been said
SandraKay Plus
13 233 4 United Kingdom
26 Sep 2007 6:46PM
An excellent mono. The expression on her face is perfect. Like the background interest too.
Sandra
AlanBW 15 20 England
26 Sep 2007 6:51PM
Many thanks Robin and Sandra - Alan
phototime 14 8 United Kingdom
26 Sep 2007 7:53PM
Another fantastic candid Alan,works very well in B&W.



Mo.
RockArea 14 18 3 United Kingdom
26 Sep 2007 9:20PM
Great shot, Alan and a lovely description to go with it. Best wishes

David
trissie 14 United Kingdom
26 Sep 2007 10:16PM
Excellent candid Alan and great expressions.

Trish x
KingBee Plus
14 548 2 Scotland
26 Sep 2007 10:24PM
Must admit - at first glance, I thought your young man was a young woman! Doesn't detract from a great candid, though. Superb, as always.

Bob
Ceciliat 16 6 Philippines
27 Sep 2007 12:37AM
Action is well captured and presented.
well done Alan.
Cesie
AlanBW 15 20 England
27 Sep 2007 7:03AM
Many thanks Mo, David, Trish, Bob and Cesie - Alan
cantona43 15 928 4 United Kingdom
27 Sep 2007 8:42AM
wonderful candid shot Alan beautiful in B/W I wonder what the debate is
Neil
RobinF 14 83 1 England
27 Sep 2007 11:08AM
Such a good shot Alan, you have such a great eye for candids. - regards, Robin
AlanBW 15 20 England
27 Sep 2007 11:17AM
Cheers Neil and Robin, very much appreciated - Alan
foggytwo 17 36 1 Scotland
27 Sep 2007 1:35PM
A brilliant candid capture that has been composed so well.Great shot Alan.
Pete.
iajacks 15 24 England
27 Sep 2007 2:26PM
the happy nappers lost and stresed out, been there done that. LOL

well done great candid, ian
AlanBW 15 20 England
27 Sep 2007 3:05PM
Many thanks Pete and Ian, much appreciated - Alan
panda 16 5 1 England
27 Sep 2007 4:24PM
Super candid and interesting commentary.

Regards Phil
AlanBW 15 20 England
27 Sep 2007 5:04PM
Cheers Phil, much appreciated - Alan
summ3r 14 26 1 United Kingdom
27 Sep 2007 7:21PM
Love the expressions you've captured here nice shot
elcid 16 150 England
27 Sep 2007 7:25PM
Great stuff as always Alan, nice one mate.

Bill.
AlanBW 15 20 England
27 Sep 2007 8:46PM
Many thanks Carole-Anne and Bill - Alan
KevinMW 14 14 Wales
27 Sep 2007 10:13PM
Another truly wonderful observation Alan. The look of bewilderment in the young lady's eyes certainly suggests she is unsure of where their heading.

Kevin
BEVZED 14 1.1k United Kingdom
27 Sep 2007 10:27PM
The big 1 0 0 and well deseved too!!

Wonderful

Smile

Beverley
Nigel_95 Plus
15 262 2 United Kingdom
27 Sep 2007 11:13PM
The master of candids strikes again. Well seen Alan.

Nigel
28 Sep 2007 5:13AM
Hello Alan - You should change your name to the AnimatedStoryteller! This image is very full of energy. Correctly placed in the actions of the hands, body language and over all appearance of the young couple. Well done! Jenn
newy17 15 273 United Kingdom
28 Sep 2007 6:24AM
well spotted and captured alan.
ian
AlanBW 15 20 England
28 Sep 2007 7:50AM
Many thanks Kevin, Beverley, Nigel, Jenn and Ian, much appreciated - Alan
una 17 10 United Kingdom
28 Sep 2007 10:54AM
Well spotted, great expressions.
Una
AlanBW 15 20 England
28 Sep 2007 11:27AM
Many thanks Una - Alan
Portknockie 16 48 Scotland
28 Sep 2007 4:53PM
Great story Alan they are probably still there now ...LOL

Don
AlanBW 15 20 England
28 Sep 2007 5:59PM
Cheers Don, much appreciated - Alan
Caledonia 14 2 Scotland
28 Sep 2007 9:11PM
Love the background, gives a real feel of the place! You've captured the facial expressions well ... good timing.
Marie
AlanBW 15 20 England
28 Sep 2007 9:27PM
Many thanks Marie - Alan
Possum 14 148 England
28 Sep 2007 11:38PM
A wonderfully sharp shot, brilliant choice of black and white - and the expressions are priceless!
Allie Smile
AlanBW 15 20 England
29 Sep 2007 9:33AM
Many thanks Allie - Alan
Misteree 14 2 Australia
29 Sep 2007 9:48AM
Great shot and composition!
AlanBW 15 20 England
29 Sep 2007 10:48AM
Many thanks Paul - Alan
Tony_Baloni 15 9 2 Scotland
29 Sep 2007 11:40AM
A Class Image...!

Yet again you've captured a moment and put your spin on what's happening.

Works for me.

Tony...
AlanBW 15 20 England
29 Sep 2007 11:51AM
Cheers Tony, very much appreciated - Alan
pamelajean Plus
15 1.5k 2201 United Kingdom
29 Sep 2007 1:59PM
Wow, had to scroll under the table to make a comment on this brilliant image, but find it has all been said.
jkennedy 15 4 1 Indonesia
29 Sep 2007 4:23PM
A great photojournalism shot Alan. So well caught and timed. Big CLIK.
Joe
AlanBW 15 20 England
29 Sep 2007 6:00PM
Many thanks Pamela and Joe - Alan
kcranmer 13 22 United States
29 Sep 2007 6:16PM
Excellent candid moment and the black and white is perfect here...love that tongue action too, lol! *click*
AlanBW 15 20 England
29 Sep 2007 9:39PM
Many thanks Kellie - Alan
SueTurner 16 81 3 England
30 Sep 2007 12:09AM
GREAT STREET PHOTOGRAPHY AS YOUR USUSAL GREAT STYLE
AlanBW 15 20 England
30 Sep 2007 10:06AM
Many thanks Sue - Alan
30 Sep 2007 2:54PM
Great candid shot. Great in B & W.
Sue
30 Sep 2007 4:10PM
Excellent candid as always Alan. I love their expressions and there's lots of interest in the background too.

Val
AlanBW 15 20 England
30 Sep 2007 4:40PM
Many thanks Sue and Val - Alan
evelen 16 5 England
30 Sep 2007 6:06PM
great candid shot as allways.
eve.
bayleaf 13 8 United Kingdom
30 Sep 2007 6:48PM
Superb Candid shot. Congratulations, John.
30 Sep 2007 11:12PM
A great capture in B&W, well seen.

Michael
Aurora 16 3 England
1 Oct 2007 12:14AM
Interesting candid. Well spotted.
Barbara
AlanBW 15 20 England
1 Oct 2007 8:35AM
Many thanks Eve, John, Michael and Barbara - Alan
angelamary 15 6 England
1 Oct 2007 10:20AM
Oh dear! Now you see, men can read maps, but women know where things are! I hope they got there in the end... made for good watching anyway! Smile Good catch!
1 Oct 2007 12:27PM
Hi Alan,
Fanastic story to go with this excellent B/W shot....Facial expressions are priceless!
Cheers,
Suzan Smile
AlanBW 15 20 England
1 Oct 2007 12:46PM
Many thanks Angela and Suzan - Alan
Barbaraj 14 450 England
1 Oct 2007 4:25PM
Very good candid. With the woman behind showing no legs behind a stall.
AlanBW 15 20 England
1 Oct 2007 4:50PM
Many thanks Barbara - Alan
norton 17 2 6 Jersey
1 Oct 2007 5:43PM
Great candid image Alan....Another well caught moment...........

Tony.
AlanBW 15 20 England
1 Oct 2007 6:02PM
Cheers Tony, many thanks - Alan
waytez 13 England
1 Oct 2007 8:07PM
Great candid shot. Wouldn't have worked in colour, but as it is, it's a story in itself. Well done. Wayne
Dotrob 15 Wales
1 Oct 2007 8:19PM
Great shot and story.
Dot
AlanBW 15 20 England
1 Oct 2007 8:33PM
Many thanks Wayne and Dot - Alan
helena 17 134 United Kingdom
2 Oct 2007 10:55AM
Excellent Alan, been there, done that. I am terrible with directions, Tara x
Dave87 13 42 5 England
2 Oct 2007 8:03PM
Sorry I'm a bit late Alan, stopped off for tea on the way down. Great shot.

Dave.
crimp 14 England
2 Oct 2007 8:11PM
Cracking capture!
Kelly
GlynnisFrith 14 23 3 United Kingdom
2 Oct 2007 9:29PM
Love the expression on their faces they are classic a well spotted shot
Glynnis
Brilane 14 5 12 Wales
4 Oct 2007 1:36AM
Great expressions, and a great picture.
Brian
Ridgeway 14 222 2 Ireland
4 Oct 2007 10:06AM
Conversation !!
Girl on right, "I'm not to sure if we should,,,maybe,,do you think ???
Bloke on right,"YES time to get pi**ed,,,THIS WAY".
Alan this picture has so many different ways to interpet,it makes for all the more interesting shot,
Sorry could not resist.
Brilliant and entertaining,
Nice one Alan.
VOBEROI 14 1
4 Oct 2007 7:35PM
fantastic candid- works well in black and white to minimise the visual clutter
ginz04 16 281 20 United Kingdom
5 Oct 2007 10:56PM
excellent candid - alan
AlanBW 15 20 England
6 Oct 2007 9:47AM
Many thanks Tara, Dave, Kelly, Glynnis, Brian, Aidan, Varun and Ian, very much appreciated - Alan
6 Oct 2007 3:37PM
A brilliant capture and story.
Christine
Carl40 15 18 United Kingdom
6 Oct 2007 8:34PM
Great work Alan
AlanBW 15 20 England
6 Oct 2007 8:51PM
Cheers Christine and Carl, very much appreciated - Alan
Libby_M 14 United Kingdom
10 Oct 2007 6:28AM
great action shot
lots to look at as so much in this photo
love the black and white
well taken
AlanBW 15 20 England
10 Oct 2007 8:37AM
Many thanks Libby - Alan
sputnki 16 10 Canada
10 Oct 2007 11:07AM
Well captured! I can hear them now

"Why don't you just ask somebody?"

"I don't need to ask anybody, I have a map!"

Doug
AlanC1 14 1 England
10 Oct 2007 8:32PM
So much detail how do you do it !!!!!!!!!!!!!
AlanBW 15 20 England
11 Oct 2007 7:09AM
Many thanks Doug and Alan
28 Nov 2007 11:25AM
Lovely mono shot.
Tanya
AlanBW 15 20 England
28 Nov 2007 2:05PM
Cheers Tanya, much appreciated - Alan
TonyFrith 14 3 6 United Kingdom
18 Dec 2007 7:56AM
Just catching up I have been very busy
Tony
susanbarton 13 11 1 United Kingdom
19 Mar 2008 8:34AM
Every picture tells a story! well caught

Susan
AlanBW 15 20 England
19 Mar 2008 4:45PM
Many thanks Susan - Alan
jondee 12 United Kingdom
31 Oct 2008 8:36AM
great image.
john

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