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Regulars at a cafe shop.
Again reminded by Paul's image of an old hand holding a ciggie.
Intrusion or interest. Discreet shot without asking.
My aim here was to practise street photography.
Thanks for comments and suggestions.
V2 is a crop based on Richard's suggestion.

Camera:Canon PowerShot G1 X
Lens:15.1-60.4 mm
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Date Taken:20 Oct 2012 - 2:39 PM
Focal Length:60.4mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/5.8
Shutter Speed:1/50sec
Exposure Comp:0.0
Metering Mode:Multi-segment
Flash:Off, Did not fire
White Balance:Auto
Title:The C Set
Username:iancrowson iancrowson
Uploaded:27 Nov 2012 - 8:35 AM
Tags:Black & white, General, Photo journalism, Portraits / people
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Well seen have you looked at a crop with just the three people in it might be worth a look,as it would focus you more on their characters rather then the overall scene
Regards Richard


Thanks Richard, I'll made a V2, Ian

Focus_Man  5481 forum posts United Kingdom631 Constructive Critique Points
27 Nov 2012 - 9:17 AM

The above was my immediate initial thought as well Ian. The lady to the right with her bright dogtooth coat does seem to attract one's eyes, when your picture really is the three to the left. Given the modern day garb worn by the subjects I think colour would help with this particular image.

I feel you have a candid here Ian and as you are not holding the subjects up to ridicule I don't see any intrusion.


27 Nov 2012 - 9:31 AM

I always enjoy images of people when they don't see you. A great moment captured, especially in mono!

EAS  6 Scotland13 Constructive Critique Points
27 Nov 2012 - 10:12 AM

V2 works really well.


DOGSBODY  71432 forum posts England30 Constructive Critique Points
27 Nov 2012 - 10:35 AM

I like both images but v.2 works better for me as the eye is more concentrated on the people. Andy

banehawi Critique Team 111264 forum postsbanehawi vcard Canada3286 Constructive Critique Points
27 Nov 2012 - 12:57 PM

This is a super candid shot, works just great as converted Ian. I think V1 by a country mile, as it conveys the sense of people having a casual coffee, and the juxtaposition of the two on the right add a completely different dimension to what would be a rather ordinary shot.

Great work



paulbroad  8108 forum posts United Kingdom964 Constructive Critique Points
27 Nov 2012 - 7:13 PM

Very interesting. I looked and thought, too many people, crop to group on left. Then I looked at v2! Great minds! A good street candid that works in mono. Definately v2.


widtink  3406 forum posts Scotland2 Constructive Critique Points
27 Nov 2012 - 7:40 PM

I like both V2 gets into the characters but V1 is just a great overall scene (no gonnae go against Willie !!!!!)



"Tae see ourselves as ithers see us" - the quote may not be spelt correctly but you get my drift!
Taken in my favourite coffee chain and how often we do find ourselves looking at other people for many different reasons.
This is a right motley crew with a brew!
I think I do prefer the fuller picture because every face tells a story.
Great street photography.


Richard, Frank, Maggie, Ann, Andy, Willie, Paul, Rod and Kate
Thank you.
Nine very useful inputs. Great, the photo seems well received and I got some very useful advice. Over half for cropping.
I really am finding this gallery useful for learning

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