STILL LIFE 193 – TABLE IN A CAFE (MONO)

 

 


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A little while back, we went up to the café at the Priddy Good Farm Shop, on the top of the Mendip Hills, for a first rate Full English Breakfast.  I’d taken along the Fujifilm X-T1 camera and 10-24 wide angle lens specifically to photograph the food – and the resulting picture is here.

This café is a little extension with large windows on two sides that has been built onto the farm and, while waiting for the food to arrive, I walked around with the camera looking at anything and everything.  Next to us was a long wooden table with chairs along both sides and, set beside both sets of windows, it was well lit.  Long and slim, it receded from me.  I put the zoom onto its widest setting (15mm full-frame equivalent), looked down at the table, and raised the camera.  The farmer came in and said “You’re photographing the table.”, which put everything neatly into context, and I started gently squeezing the trigger.

I don’t often think about such things, but I suppose it was always going to be a black and white shot, with the receding lines of the table and the wonderful grain, knots and plate/glass marks on its polished top – and also the little group of condiments and sauces in their various containers, just in front of the bright reflection at the table’s end.

But the thing about pointing such a wide angle lens downwards is the distortion it brings, which makes all of the chairs appear to be “relaxing” outwards, which in turn channels more attention down onto the table top.  It could almost be a coffin, flanked by laid back, contemplative mourners and set with some small (and saucy??? – ohhhh! 😉 ) tributes to the deceased.

Click onto the image to open a larger version in a separate window, and click onto that image to enlarge it further – recommended.

Technique: X-T1 with 10-24 Fujinon lens at 15mm (equiv); 400 ISO; Lightroom, using the Velvia/Vivid film simulation; Silver Efex Pro 2, starting at the Push Process N+3 preset, and adding a light coffee tone; Priddy, on the top of the Mendip Hills, Somerset; 19 Jan 2018.
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About Adrian Lewis
Photographer working in monochrome, colour and combinations of the two - with a great liking for all sorts of images, including Minimalism, landscapes, abstracts, soft colour, people, movement, nature - I like to be adventurous in my photography, trying new ideas and working in many genres. And I'm fond of Full English Breakfasts and Duvel golden ale, though not necessarily together.

14 Responses to STILL LIFE 193 – TABLE IN A CAFE (MONO)

  1. Sallyann says:

    Another wow! 😀
    I still don’t understand the draw of black and white, but whatever you did worked really well. Love it. 😊

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    • Adrian Lewis says:

      Thank you, Hallysann! Black and white takes a step (at least one!) away from reality, and maybe that’s why many people like it – many think it really brings out character in portraits too. The extreme wide angle lens also has an impact here. If you’re unsure about B+W, I’m really glad this gets to you. A 🙂

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  2. Graham says:

    Beautiful. I love the grain of the wood, and the perspective. An individual and highly effective shot.

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  3. Meanderer says:

    It works great in mono. The table looks beautiful – well polished!

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  4. bluebrightly says:

    What Linda said, and the tones! I love that the farmer said, “You’re photographing the table.” Lovely image, yes to black and white, lovely story, and I bet it was not a bad breakfast, either!

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    • Adrian Lewis says:

      Yes, that’s exactly what the farmer said, which I thought simply wonderful – thinks like that enhance an occasion! The breakfasts (see the link in this post) are probably the best we know of at the moment, very certainly amongst the best at least – they are just wonderfully tasty. A 🙂

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  5. I especially enjoy how the chair on the left is dark on light and the chairs on the right are light on dark. I also like the ride down the table.

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    • Adrian Lewis says:

      Thanks, Linda, I’m glad this gets to you! Re the lighting of the chairs, those on the right are lit by window light, and so are light against a (more distant) dark background. Whereas the chair on the left has the light coming from behind it and so is in shadow – and so I had to lighten the wall behind it (which was also in shadow) in order to make it a little more visible. A 🙂

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  6. It does look like a coffin! Great textures and darks and lights. Nice technique, bud. XXXATPXXX

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  7. paula graham says:

    Unusual!! I must say.

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