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Waiting for Dinner

By iancrowson  
The staff of a Greek waterside taverna relaxing late afternoon before work. I was attracted by how all the men were looking at something and the blue and white greek colours. I snapped this handheld with reasonable light.
I've posted a crop but feel this is better as I feel that the group needs environmental space and an area to look into?
I guess it might be better to see what they were looking at but as it is leaves a question, what was the men's interest.?
I don't have my camera on a neck strap but walk round with it fastened to my wrist , discreet but ready. Any hints and advice on street shooting would be very welcome.
Thanks for advice, opinions and help

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banehawi Plus
14 1.8k 3894 Canada
13 Oct 2012 3:06PM
I like V1. Theres noting to see at the right in either one. Since its only the men looking, you can guess what had their attention!

The white balance seems too cool Ian. Ive found this is a couple of shots from Greece recently, where Auto WB doesnt seem to work well.

Shoot in RAW so you can get an accurate white balance in post processing, - its worth the extra effort.

I like the scene, lots of colour, and you do really wonder whats going on.

The white balance will be more obvious when you compare the original and the mod side by side, and you will notice that the shirts and table cloths have quite a blue cast.

How I changed it was I right clicked the shot in Bridge, and selected the Open in Camera Raw option, then used the white balance dropper and selected a tablecloth.

Hope this helps,



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iancrowson Plus
8 211 146 United Kingdom
13 Oct 2012 5:35PM
Thanks again for the comments and mod. I shoot in RAW so I can go back to the original file to correct. It must be the Greek light, you see this blueish tinge on a lot photo like postcard whilst in Greece.
Jestertheclown 9 7.7k 252 England
13 Oct 2012 8:09PM

Quote:you can guess what had their attention!

. . . a motorbike?
banehawi Plus
14 1.8k 3894 Canada
14 Oct 2012 2:11AM
Right on Bren, - with a Bikini clad girl on the back seat!

paulbroad 10 123 1250 United Kingdom
14 Oct 2012 10:45PM
Your wider shot still does not show what they are looking at, so I would go for even closer than your crop. You are looking at bright unfiltered sun, so the bias will be blue, although I've always found auto white balance pretty good. Your exposure details, however, suggest cloud so that might be the blue. Would expect 1/800 @ f8 for bright mid-day sun.

iancrowson Plus
8 211 146 United Kingdom
15 Oct 2012 9:37AM
Thanks for your input.
It was mostly a cloudless day. The time was just after five in the afternoon (Greek time) and where they are sitting would have been shaded. As Willie also said the light in Greece seems blue. Certainly on postcards whites always look that way.

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