This is the first post in a new Category on this blog, which will look at photographs of people.  To be honest and up front, I don’t see myself as a people photographer >>> LOL! >>> NEVER, EVER let me take your wedding pics! 😎😎😎 >>> but, over the decades, I have photographed quite a few of my fellow humans.

And, as is usual with these archives, I will try to present some variety, a range of approaches, from post to post.


Woman in a café; Camborne, Cornwall, 9 Oct 2013.

My wife was in the shops, and I was doing what I like to do – wandering around with a camera and an open, receptive mind, looking at anything and everything.  I was slowly meandering up Camborne’s main street when I saw this woman in a café on the other side of the road, chatting with a friend.

It took several paces to register fully what I’d seen, and then I slowly turned and doubled back on my tracks, adjusting the camera as I went, and turned to photograph her – only to find her looking straight at me, probably wondering what this strange and rather bulky old man was doing, cutting back on himself.

The autofocus locked on (boy, do I love autofocus!), two shots (and do I love automated wind-on too!), and I walked on, expecting every moment to feel the heavy hand of the Image Police on my shoulder – but that’s untrue of course, as in the UK, in a public place like Camborne’s main street, you can photograph as you please.

I’d thought about presenting this photo in vertical letterbox format, showing just the door, the woman and the OPEN sign.  But I’ve doubled the image’s width by including the net curtains and some other details, and I think this adds balance and context to the shot – but what do you think?

Click onto the image to open another version in a separate window – recommended.

Technique: D800 with 70-300 Nikkor lens at 300mm; 400 ISO; Silver Efex Pro 2’s High Contrast Smooth preset.


  1. I know you to have taken some really great “people pictures” but I get what you’re saying about not being that kind of photographer. This is another gem, among many. The curtained window adds valuable context – I like it this way. There’s a setting, thus more of a story.


    • Yes, it may because I read Amateur Photographer magazine and there are contributors there who really are talented (often professional) people photographers (and I can think of some dog photographers too) who really, consistently, produce wonderful images, way above my expertise. Like I say, no one should ask me to take their wedding photos!!! 🙂 🙂 🙂

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  2. What I think is I’m sorry you don’t think of yourself as a people photographer. 🤨 You capture some real interesting expressions.

    This woman and the OPEN sign – she is soooooo NOT open to at least this photo, if not other things as well. 😂 Even if accidentally, you put those two together, leaving open the opportunity for a tale to tell.

    Great job, bud! I like your style. 😉


    • Well you can visit again – particularly as you think I’ve got style – and the PR job is still open you know, the successful candidate being expected to perform inordinate consumption of cream bagels! Also, I like the points you make about her and the OPEN sign.
      I hope you’ll like this People archive, Gem, variety will be the name of the game. I know I capture some interesting expressions but I know my limitations, let’s put it that way. 🙂


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