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Drastic Solution?

By AlanBW
This shot appealed to my rather warped sense of humour, but it is by no means a dynamic thumbnail so it will probably sink without trace. Nonetheless, I like it and I wanted to include it in my portfolio.

The image was taken over the recent Bank Holiday weekend in our nearest large town, which on the day was bustling with shoppers. As soon as I saw the banner headline I thought there might be some potential for a shot, but I assure you that absolutely nothing was ‘staged’. I hovered nearby for quite some time, hoping for someone or something to pass close to the sign - anything that might ‘complete the picture’. I noticed the two lovely ladies in the distance, but they were having a chat with someone and while their inclusion in the shot would have been ideal, I did not think that I would be that lucky. After a few minutes they started to move towards me and I couldn’t believe my good fortune when these totally innocent passers-by walked so close to the sign – and thereby completed the picture. They were enjoying an animated conversation, quite possibly about the child in the buggy. Their expressions were priceless and I would love to have uploaded the image ‘untouched’, but I have introduced some soft focus in order to protect their anonymity.

Tags: Street photography Photo journalism Sign Candid People Women Black and white Humour Portraits and people

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Paul_cats 15 61 22 Scotland
4 Jun 2007 9:01AM
My sense of humour too. Like the soft focus and the b/w effect.
Hanners 15 875 10 Ireland
4 Jun 2007 9:06AM
nicely done indeed LOL

franken Plus
18 5.2k 4 United Kingdom
4 Jun 2007 9:20AM
It works well Alan.

trissie 14 United Kingdom
4 Jun 2007 9:32AM
Very well done Alan, superb in B&W.
Thankyou for asking, i am getting better every day.

Trish x
peachT 14 3
4 Jun 2007 9:46AM
I think the soft focus of the girls contrasts beautifully with the sharpness of the stand - it works brilliantly and is so inspiring
4 Jun 2007 9:51AM
Great patience paid off a treat Alan, made me chuckle, fine work, Adrian
RobinF 14 83 1 England
4 Jun 2007 9:59AM
Brilliant Alan! - Great shot. - kind regards Robin
4 Jun 2007 10:05AM
Great timing Alan, works well in black and white.

mrswoolybill Plus
14 2.7k 2395 United Kingdom
4 Jun 2007 10:32AM
Works for me, and very discreetly done.
oppo 15 6 2 Scotland
4 Jun 2007 10:43AM
This one brought a smile to my face on this rainy Monday morning. Cleverly seen and taken. As well as protecting their anonymity I feel that the blur works well. Good one Alan.

VintageRed 15 15 1 United Kingdom
4 Jun 2007 10:46AM
A well seen opportunity Alan.
woolybill1 Plus
14 37 77 United Kingdom
4 Jun 2007 10:57AM
Just great! Well done, Alan.
Herge88 Plus
14 40 6 England
4 Jun 2007 11:00AM
Brilliant spot Alan, the Swindon Advertiser Eh?

Best Matt
Juliet 14
4 Jun 2007 11:06AM
It's very well done. Black and white works very well here and the girls out of focus as well. I am never patient enough to take such shots. The advert is really ridiculus.
User_Removed 16 386 2 United Kingdom
4 Jun 2007 11:09AM
Yes, I like it, excellent work. Smile
Grim1 14 49 United Kingdom
4 Jun 2007 11:19AM
Great shot Alan - but now I'm really curious as to what the scheme entailed????
Slaterm 14 496 1 United Kingdom
4 Jun 2007 12:02PM
a good image - well spotted and processed
Joline Plus
14 34 59 United States
4 Jun 2007 12:04PM
LOL LOL LOL.....well seen. I also like your sensitive treatment here.
Imagine23 14 241 United Kingdom
4 Jun 2007 12:33PM
Hee hee!
DolphinLady 15 54 1 Wales
4 Jun 2007 12:39PM
Proberbly just as well you did a soft focus on the girls, or with that advert we might have all got the wrong ideaSmile
This has really cheered me suffering badly with HayFever today..I've never ever had it before, so am now learning what other sufferers go hurts..Boo HooSad
ChristineL 16 39 United Kingdom
4 Jun 2007 12:47PM
I've just finished a big house clean so I needed some light relief, great idea,
bricurtis Plus
15 2.4k 51 England
4 Jun 2007 2:32PM
I think the blur is a key element to this shot Alan.Made me chuckle too.
Barbaraj 14 450 England
4 Jun 2007 3:19PM
This worked for me. Like the soft focus too.
jaspernina 14 1.0k Wales
4 Jun 2007 4:14PM
Great capture, we must share the same sense of humour! DOF is rather splendid too.


biggus 16 6 England
4 Jun 2007 4:25PM
Effective shot, especailly in B&W. The background info adds to the image. If this is the vote I think it is the Posting wont have "sunk without trace"
Glynn Plus
15 1.2k 1 United Kingdom
4 Jun 2007 5:02PM
Well spotted, well seen and well presented - love it mate

dianah 14 24.5k 4 United Kingdom
4 Jun 2007 5:50PM
Fabulous and so well presented..the softening of the focus works really well anyway.
thorn 16 124 2 Scotland
4 Jun 2007 6:02PM
HI Alan,
It works a treat,the sign is brilliant and was just asking for a shot to be taken.Well seen and captured.Take care.AnnSmile
Buffalo_Tom Plus
14 2.3k 16 Wales
4 Jun 2007 6:54PM
Your patience was rewarded.Excellent candid and use of dof to get the message across.
Very well seen Alan, terrific!
bliba Plus
15 2 Austria
4 Jun 2007 7:02PM
fantastic Alan
phototime 14 8 United Kingdom
4 Jun 2007 7:13PM
Superb shot Alan,excellent focus brings out the sign,excellent B&W image.

4 Jun 2007 7:16PM
Ha ha, like this Al', well done mate.

John (-:
RockArea 14 18 3 United Kingdom
4 Jun 2007 9:25PM
You have a wonderful gift of patience, an eye for knowing what you want, a bit of luck and terrific skill in capturing it when it comes together. Excellent work.

4 Jun 2007 9:27PM
Lol like it..... fab image. helen x
ginz04 17 281 20 United Kingdom
4 Jun 2007 9:56PM
DP_Imagery 16 24 6 Wales
4 Jun 2007 10:07PM
Very amusing - well spotted and well done for your patience and perseverance. The soft focus has added to the image by making the poster really stand out. Bruce
HUMIE 14 2 United Kingdom
4 Jun 2007 10:41PM
PERFECT !!!!!!!!!
4 Jun 2007 10:48PM
Great spotting Alan and well captured!

Another new scheme for the worlds oldest profession Smile

joseph 15 England
4 Jun 2007 11:53PM
Nice work Alan...Love the soft focus.
glazzaro 16 70 23 United States
5 Jun 2007 12:06AM
Once the vice is gone what is there left to live for? Smile Spot on! Click!!!

Carabosse 18 41.5k 270 England
5 Jun 2007 12:45AM
Very amusing and clever stuff Alan! Smile
chrissd 15 304 United Kingdom
5 Jun 2007 6:03AM
georg 16 4 South Africa
5 Jun 2007 7:29AM
Your patience paid off!!
hebdens 15 5
5 Jun 2007 7:59AM
made me laugh, well executed idea.
Desh_M 16 410
5 Jun 2007 9:29AM
Really creative, clever shot
Nettles 13 England
5 Jun 2007 9:45AM
Love it, very clever. Well worth the wait. Nettles
cat_mc 14 17 Australia
5 Jun 2007 3:24PM
lol and how exactly are they going to get it to work,great find
tull 17 181 United Kingdom
5 Jun 2007 3:53PM
Well spotted and captured Alan.

moglen Plus
14 14 1
5 Jun 2007 5:55PM
Nicely seen. glen x
JohnDyer Plus
15 80 2 United Kingdom
5 Jun 2007 7:11PM
works really well
TonyFrith 14 3 6 United Kingdom
5 Jun 2007 7:50PM
Great humor shot well spotted, like the soft focus of the ladies in the B/G
5 Jun 2007 8:24PM
"Sink without trace" - ho ho! Sensitive handling of the anonymity and a great image too,

Malc_V 15 England
5 Jun 2007 9:28PM
Nice one Alan.

annefromleo 15 11 1 United Kingdom
6 Jun 2007 6:58AM
inspired, you were well rewarded!
limmy62 Plus
14 12 United Kingdom
6 Jun 2007 8:40AM
Well thought out and executed comp.

A Booth 18 11 4 United Kingdom
6 Jun 2007 9:54AM
well observed and well captioned.
sputnki 16 10 Canada
6 Jun 2007 10:33AM
Hanging out around provocative signs hoping for a picture? Sounds like a photographer to me!

Spot on!

iajacks 15 24 England
6 Jun 2007 11:04AM
Slittly tong in cheeck feel to this well spoted and arranged shot shot.

Well blured out background to show the key point of the shot.
Also effective in black and white.
spot on ian
Chant57 Plus
15 395 3 United Kingdom
6 Jun 2007 11:24AM
Very effective in mono Alan. A well seen opportunity, good use of the blur.
6 Jun 2007 4:58PM

Brilane 14 5 12 Wales
6 Jun 2007 5:02PM
Well taken. Nice bg, good job that you have blurred it and given them anonymity. lol
GlynnisFrith 14 23 3 United Kingdom
6 Jun 2007 6:33PM
Well sort out shot & worth the wait
norton 17 2 6 Jersey
6 Jun 2007 7:56PM
Great image,well worked and well spotted.........

WillieH 15 2 Scotland
6 Jun 2007 8:16PM
You have a very good eye for the unusual and the different, I love the story behind this and love your thinking, well spotted Alan.

Kind Regards Willie
6 Jun 2007 8:58PM
Brilliant, well spotted.
Arcticfox 16 22 Scotland
6 Jun 2007 9:05PM
Well spotted, ........ spoil all the fun if they did that, guessing if they are when you stuck in traffic passes the time away Wink

Nigel_95 Plus
15 262 2 United Kingdom
6 Jun 2007 10:20PM
Well thought out and manipulated Alan. Funny too.

kevski 14 14 United Kingdom
7 Jun 2007 7:51AM
Excellent image,nice touch with the soft focus.
15 13 1 United Kingdom
7 Jun 2007 9:40AM
This is bang on the button Alan! Lovely in mono.
Scott_Scot 16 4 4 Scotland
7 Jun 2007 10:15AM
Hi Alan ..... Inspired!!!

Love it!

jakcie 14 8 Ireland
7 Jun 2007 10:47AM
Im always impressed your pics. I like you did protect anonymity of these ladies.


Creative par excellance !!!
danbrann 16 640 17
7 Jun 2007 3:07PM
Well spotted...... no- the picture not the lady.
John_Humphreys 15 69 2 Ireland
7 Jun 2007 9:09PM
Well done Alan - good humour in it. John
patsy88 13 United Kingdom
7 Jun 2007 9:23PM
Well spotted..
brownsilent 14 7 2 United Kingdom
7 Jun 2007 10:07PM
Was well worth the wait - and a good picture won't fail, you have the proof now! Well done,
KevinMW 14 14 Wales
7 Jun 2007 11:25PM
Alan, how can any of your shots sink without a trace. Great juxtaposed capture (at least, I think thats the correct term!). Made me lol

AlanBW 15 20 England
8 Jun 2007 10:32AM
Many thanks, all - Alan
8 Jun 2007 1:20PM
Well spotted! //Benjamin
8 Jun 2007 2:58PM
Comic timed to perfection lol
panda 16 5 1 England
8 Jun 2007 3:02PM
Call this sinking without trace ? very humerous Alan, like it.

Eden 16 40 United Kingdom
8 Jun 2007 5:37PM
great street photography and humour!!
SueTurner 16 81 3 England
8 Jun 2007 7:24PM
agree with above, great street photography
Ceciliat 16 6 Philippines
9 Jun 2007 1:54AM
Great capture...I like it....
Well photograph Alan...
AlanBW 15 20 England
9 Jun 2007 10:41AM
Thanks everyone - Alan
myrab 14 United Kingdom
9 Jun 2007 7:37PM
Excellent shot Alan, well worth waiting for.
daringdaphne 17 82 United Kingdom
9 Jun 2007 8:51PM
I am finding it quite amusing, there's such a contrast here, and indeed the girls did complete the picture.

10 Jun 2007 9:08AM
Great work and well taken shot. Thanks for your comments. Take care

Den Smile
Pegon 15 78 1 England
10 Jun 2007 2:09PM
A great shot Alan, well thought out.
mollye 14 3 United Kingdom
10 Jun 2007 3:55PM
Great mono shot Alan
summ3r 14 26 1 United Kingdom
10 Jun 2007 9:14PM
Shows amazing patience & foresight, the soft blur works really well too
tuhin 14
11 Jun 2007 5:58AM
Beautiful shot.
davidbailie 17 457 7 United Kingdom
11 Jun 2007 8:08AM
Yep - sunk with out trace!

hope you don't get any good response would flood the site Smile

Rogerex 14 32 12 Australia
13 Jun 2007 10:36AM
I really did laugh at this one Alan. Great juxtaposition of subjects.
AlanBW 15 20 England
13 Jun 2007 2:10PM
Thanks Roger, glad you enjoyed this one
wyatturp 15 2 England
14 Jun 2007 8:06AM
All said , well done

WE ALL MUST TRY NEW THINGS THATS THE FUN OF CAMERA.------------------------------------------

Tony_Baloni 15 9 2 Scotland
14 Jun 2007 11:51PM
Just Brilliant...!

Front Page material in my opinion.

MickS 16 23 14 England
17 Jun 2007 6:09PM
Watcha Al,
like it, clever
AlistairJ 15 6 England
20 Jun 2007 11:40PM
You have done it again Alan. Made a prize winning photograph out of something most of us would have walked straight past. Well done.

AlanBW 15 20 England
21 Jun 2007 9:43AM
Thanks everyone, much appreciated
gajewski 16 10 9 United States
24 Jul 2007 12:53AM
LOVE your sense of humor. -=\Walter
24 Jul 2007 5:46AM
Hi Alan -
Glad to see your humor has returned! =o)

AlanBW 15 20 England
24 Jul 2007 6:49AM
Thanks Walter and Jenn, much appreciated - Alan
oll1e 13 57 2 United Kingdom
30 Apr 2008 6:20PM
Alan ,im sure ive the same sence of great image and nice blurring
AlanBW 15 20 England
30 Apr 2008 6:31PM
Cheers Oll1e, very much appreciated - Alan
13 Nov 2008 8:01PM
Oh I do like this!! Lovely sense of humour Smile. Thanks for your supportive comments on my PF too.


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