Breakfast alone

By mrswoolybill
I uploaded this in colour a few months ago, prepared a mono conversion, and promptly forgot about it. I do think it works though... Iíve tidied the dishes a bit in this version.
Thanks for looking,

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maggie9 9 45 2 Scotland
2 Jul 2009 7:55AM
love this........its wonderful!


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2 Jul 2009 8:03AM
Good B & W ,
barbarahirst 9 27 12 United Kingdom
2 Jul 2009 8:06AM
Works well in mono
Love the picture at the back
cjl47 10 4 3 England
2 Jul 2009 8:20AM
Good shot,
Good composition too
rontear Plus
15 8 8 England
2 Jul 2009 8:33AM
Excellent juxtposition, Moira. Ron.
morpheus1955 11 3 2 United Kingdom
2 Jul 2009 8:39AM
It all works for me, very nice conversion.

bliba Plus
12 2 Austria
2 Jul 2009 8:43AM
an excellent observed and composed photo.....the picture at the back makes it more interesting....very well titled


RobboB Plus
11 132 United Kingdom
2 Jul 2009 8:53AM
I remember this and thought it was great in colour. Had an Edward Hopper Highthawks quality about it. I really like this too but somehow the mono gives it a different atmosphere. Not less good but different. I think the 'Farmer Brown' menu is the 'cherry on the cake'
mrswoolybill Plus
11 1.2k 1929 United Kingdom
2 Jul 2009 8:53AM
Good morning people, and thank you for being very kind to this upload. I've been engaged in an 'interesting' discussion with someone who took extreme exception to one of my uploads, so I'm ready for anything that's thrown at me this morning.
I'll add the map location - Farmer Brown is in central London!
Here' a link to the original picture, I'm still not sure about the ethics of tidying the dishes!
Have a great day, it's nearly the weekend...
Richsr 11 91 223 England
2 Jul 2009 8:59AM
Like your comp in this one Moria - love the juxtaposition. Fine work.
Regards Richard.
tigertimb 10 40 66 United Kingdom
2 Jul 2009 9:07AM
I miss some of the warm cosy feel that the colour version had Moira, but I like the mono too and it's brought out some of the detail like the woodgrain
mrswoolybill Plus
11 1.2k 1929 United Kingdom
2 Jul 2009 9:17AM
Thanks for noticing that Tim, I was particularly pleased with how that wood comes out.
zebraboy 13 197 Australia
2 Jul 2009 9:18AM
I recognised this from the thumbnail and think it works very well/indeed better in B&W, nice work Moira
Hoffy 13 262 16 England
2 Jul 2009 9:20AM
Good capture, like the relationship between him and the picture.
seanslevin 14 9 Ireland
2 Jul 2009 9:50AM

Sean .
2 Jul 2009 10:23AM
The whole set up a story teller.
fossilized 13 79 United Kingdom
2 Jul 2009 10:47AM
Very well spotted - a lovely composition that works well in B&W and is full of interest.
mikbee 11 3 8 Scotland
2 Jul 2009 10:50AM
I remember the original colour one Moira,and yes,it works in mono,but being the old stick in the mud I am,you will know which one I prefer!! I hope your ''discussion'' had a satisfying conclusion.Later on this afternoon,I will be engaged on more discussions regarding my ''red tape''.It will reach a conclusion.Either the tape will be unravelled,or I will put it round the my doctors neck, and hang her from the nearest ceiling rafter !! A shame really.She is rather attractive !!
BarryC123 9 43 25 Ireland
2 Jul 2009 11:16AM
I think the colour one had more of a 'Hopper' feel to it, with it's warm colouring...but this works just as well in B+W.
I also think cleaning up the table does work - whatever the ethics of doing it !
jaktis 14 84 Sweden
2 Jul 2009 11:35AM
Looks great to me

Neeka 9 16 Wales
2 Jul 2009 11:54AM
What a clever image Moira. In the thumbnail it almost looks like a mirror [the picture]....very clever. Love it.
Joline Plus
12 30 53 United States
2 Jul 2009 11:58AM
I like this even more in mono. Tidying the table is minor, compared with some of the photo "editing" that is done. I think artistic license is very broad.
paulcr 13 1.5k 9 Ireland
2 Jul 2009 11:59AM
Yep, like it. Nice one. Paul
danbrann Plus
13 637 17
2 Jul 2009 12:44PM
A good conversion Moira and it's interesting to see the divisions as to whether to tidy or not.
dianah 11 24.5k 4 United Kingdom
2 Jul 2009 1:00PM
I remember this so well Moira..excellent in mono, I think I prefer it ! A really clever composition.
nickyv32 Plus
10 135 England
2 Jul 2009 1:41PM
I was looking for the new recruits comments, none yet !!!!!!!!!!!!
Super shot, I really thought in the thumbnail that someone was looking at him eating his breakfast........

Nicky Wink
Daisymaye Plus
9 23 16 Canada
2 Jul 2009 2:02PM
Wonderful shot Moira.......Sandy
franken Plus
15 4.6k 4 United Kingdom
2 Jul 2009 2:39PM
Works for me.

Bodiewil 10 46 Wales
2 Jul 2009 4:25PM
Ah well I was only a couple of months out but I knew it was coming

Quote:A Moira special, stunning candid. The composition is just amazing and I feel a mono coming on

And I was so right stunning mono candid
dmull 9 1 Ireland
2 Jul 2009 4:52PM
nicely taken and processed.Get the feeling the man is not alone but the image on the wall is like a mirror or another section of the very well in mono...
Roly 11 Wales
2 Jul 2009 5:48PM
Smashing image.Just clicked the link and I can't decide which version I prefer.
Rach1970 9 14 1 United Kingdom
2 Jul 2009 7:41PM
Great work Moira.
MilanaG 12 Bulgaria
2 Jul 2009 7:55PM
WOW...very well seen...good good in mono ...
kitsch 12 439 4 United Kingdom
2 Jul 2009 8:22PM
missed the colour version i have to admit, but i love this shot!!
excellent Smile
Glostopcat 12 255 2 England
2 Jul 2009 8:25PM
A classic candid which is perfectly suited to monochrome. Is the guy supping his tea in the background the erstwhile epzer the enigmatic Pascal G?
glyndwr 11 66 10 Wales
2 Jul 2009 8:29PM
I remember the original too, I like the mono version best.

mrswoolybill Plus
11 1.2k 1929 United Kingdom
2 Jul 2009 8:33PM
Looks a bit like Pascal in the background picture, doesn't it - I hadn't noticed that. The chap was very definitely alone, by the way. And lost in his thoughts. I stood opposite him and took maybe half a dozen pictures and he never noticed. The waitress was trying not to giggle (I'd asked to photograph the mural but she twigged immediately what I was doing), my nearest and dearest were intensely embarrassed. All part of the enjoyment.
Thanks everyone.
davidhu 12 19 United Kingdom
2 Jul 2009 8:50PM
Fine observation Moira, love the juxtaposition of the two figures. Works perfectly in mono too. Pity Bert doesn't seem to comment anymore, it would be right up his street. Anyway it's my pic of the week so it gets the gong.
2 Jul 2009 9:10PM
pamelajean Plus
12 1.1k 2023 United Kingdom
2 Jul 2009 9:12PM
I prefer the colour version, Moira, it has a warm feel, and the mono loses the green tiles, blue light on the chairs, etc. It's still a great candid, though, and I love your explanation as to how you achieved it.
Scaramanga Plus
10 56 6 United Kingdom
2 Jul 2009 9:27PM
I remember this and really like this version.
mrswoolybill Plus
11 1.2k 1929 United Kingdom
2 Jul 2009 9:41PM
Thanks again everyone, and thanks to Dave for his award, I really appreciate it.
imagio 11 12 1 England
2 Jul 2009 10:55PM
This is great Moira..

Lucy_Locket 10 35 England
2 Jul 2009 11:00PM
Just love this. Lucy
mrswoolybill Plus
11 1.2k 1929 United Kingdom
3 Jul 2009 7:13AM
And many thanks to Lucy for her award too, I'm glad you like this one.
samsalt 9 24 1 England
3 Jul 2009 8:20AM
I remember it too and yet it somehow seems very different , guess the mono treatmennt does that.
Stll amongst your premier shots.
jonathanbp 10 99 Thailand
3 Jul 2009 8:33AM
Superb mono - Jonathan
Mavis Plus
16 143 2 England
3 Jul 2009 9:06AM
I remember the original Moira but like this one equaly. In fact I think I like it more . Being on your own can sometimes be in B/W or even grey !xxx
EllieEdge 10 15 42 Norway
3 Jul 2009 1:01PM
My first impression was that it was a mirror! I would be interested in seeing a slight tilt to the right, compositionwise although I think the composition is great as it is. Perhaps it could fill the bottom left corner a bit more, and include a bit more below the salt & pepper. If this is locally perhaps you can get the Mister to pretend with a coffe cup. Smile
A girl in my club just won a price with a shot from India where a mirror was hanging from a wall pointing downwards so now i am on the lookout for a similiar location, haha.
mrswoolybill Plus
11 1.2k 1929 United Kingdom
3 Jul 2009 1:22PM
Hi Ellie, unfortunately this place is in Covent Garden, London, and we are at the opposite end of the country! I first saw the possibilities during a visit last year but had to wait until this year's visit to see a customer sitting in the seat. Well we shall be going back again next year.
I know what you mean about the cruet set...
lostintime 10 13 5 Germany
3 Jul 2009 4:47PM
A fantastic observation that works great in mono.
photophantom 10 108 3 Philippines
4 Jul 2009 11:11AM
superb Moira
riprap007 13 1.6k 37 England
4 Jul 2009 2:28PM
A formal informal candid.
not sure where my comments vanished too, however, here goes for round two: the formal lines and tonal leads all point to the subject, who is oblivious (looks like a magazine) but it could so easily be correspondence and the setting some stately pile. Smile very pleasing
ChiliMan 11 135 17 Singapore
5 Jul 2009 9:27PM
Perfection. And I rarely say that.

Buffalo_Tom 11 2.3k 9 Wales
6 Jul 2009 8:20AM
Excellent mono candid image Moira.
thebopper 9 8 United Kingdom
8 Jul 2009 2:32PM
I think that this works pretty well. Looks good in mono, it adds some depth and feeling to it. I like it!
User_Removed 9 1 8 United Kingdom
10 Jul 2009 12:36PM
Great capture Moira!


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