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So give me coffee and TV Easily

By Balance_78
A stroll around Manchester's NQ. I had no intention of taking any photos but I did have little TZ90 just incase anyone/ thing caught my eye.zoom

Tags: Street photography Street Real life Bnw photography

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mrswoolybill Plus
15 3.0k 2465 United Kingdom
2 May 2021 1:16PM
Looking in, looking out. I like this a lot - but it's a pity that you clipped the top of the COFFEE signage. It's a lesson in how important what happens at the edges of the frame is, because the clipped letters are a distraction from the main story. But the lettering is so regular, that could be fiddled... Wink

Alternatively, crop it off altogether, or crop half way up the letters.
dudler Plus
18 1.7k 1884 England
2 May 2021 4:10PM
This is the sort of image that benefits enormously from really precise geometry, and attention to detail. With street work, that's not always possible, so editing is always a good idea...

As Moira says, the lettering is annoying and distracting carelessly (or apparently carelessly) cut off - I prefer the version where Moira has added the rest of the letters.

The edge of the pavement is important to the overall composition - that comes across strongly to me, and I wonder if you knew (or maybe feel completely differently about it)?
pamelajean Plus
15 1.6k 2238 United Kingdom
2 May 2021 4:55PM
At first, I thought all 3 sections of the shop were behind glass, then later realised that the lady/girl is ordering through the open window section on the left, and there is a waitress inside, coming towards the girl.

Geometry has been mentioned, and in my modification I used Perspective Correction in an attempt to get the lines straight. I used Moira's modification, but placed the Coffee sign lower down on the shop frontage. I also cropped away the kerb, contrary to what John has said. I just felt it was neater without it. I removed the bright white cap that can be seen through the opening, probably someone sitting or standing inside rather than a reflection. Even so, the cap is bright enough to be a big distraction from the action that is happening outside.
I also removed the very white roll of something top left, and continued the brickwork to the top. I then just upped the contrast and sharpened a little.

I like your use of black and white, it accentuates lines and avoids colour distractions.
Your girl is nicely placed on a thirds line, so that's good, and I certainly didn't change it.

banehawi Plus
17 2.6k 4274 Canada
2 May 2021 5:45PM
As above.

Loaded a mod with different crop, lifted exposure selectively, increased contract.

dark_lord Plus
17 2.9k 785 England
2 May 2021 7:29PM
A nicely caught momemt.
The kerb isn't a majorissue for me though I'm in the 'no kerb' camp, it's just more pedestrian friendly and attracive, just what you'd like to see with quality independent cafes and shops.
The lettering. Maybe you didn't have the opportunity to reframe, but it's one of those things where it's all or nothing. There's a differetnt emphasis with or without. It's where a halfway (coffee) house isn't quite there.
mrswoolybill Plus
15 3.0k 2465 United Kingdom
2 May 2021 9:05PM
Coming back briefly, I'll just repeat a comment that I think I made on one of your previous uploads - don't rush the shot. The customer isn't going to disappear immediately, she will be there for a few minutes waiting for her order. So take time to compose the shot, check out the framing.

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