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The C Set

By iancrowson  
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.

Tags: Photo journalism General Black and white Portraits and people

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Richsr 11 91 223 England
27 Nov 2012 8:45AM
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

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iancrowson Plus
8 211 146 United Kingdom
27 Nov 2012 9:15AM
Thanks Richard, I'll made a V2, Ian
Focus_Man 8 481 631 United Kingdom
27 Nov 2012 9:17AM
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 9:31AM
I always enjoy images of people when they don't see you. A great moment captured, especially in mono!
EAS 9 1 13 Scotland
27 Nov 2012 10:12AM
V2 works really well.

DOGSBODY 9 1.4k 30 England
27 Nov 2012 10:35AM
I like both images but v.2 works better for me as the eye is more concentrated on the people. Andy
banehawi Plus
13 1.8k 3864 Canada
27 Nov 2012 12:57PM
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 10 123 1238 United Kingdom
27 Nov 2012 7:13PM
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 5 406 2 Scotland
27 Nov 2012 7:40PM
I like both V2 gets into the characters but V1 is just a great overall scene (no gonnae go against Willie !!!!!)

Irishkate Plus
7 41 114 United Kingdom
28 Nov 2012 11:31PM
"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.
iancrowson Plus
8 211 146 United Kingdom
29 Nov 2012 9:43AM
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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