ARCHIVE 386 – WOMAN IN A CAFE (MONO)

 

 


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Woman in a café, in 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, and click onto that image to enlarge it.

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

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ARCHIVE 363 – MANNEQUIN

 

 


.Camborne, Cornwall: mannequin in a shop window; 9 Oct 2013.

I take shots of these dummies from time to time.  Here I was attracted by that loosely hanging, white hand, but now I’m also looking at the hairy red sweater with its horizontal stripes, and the plastic “water droplets” on those fashionably distressed jeans.  The black backdrop keeps it simple.

Click onto the image to open a larger version in a separate window.

Technique: D800 with 70-300 Nikkor lens at 300mm; 400 ISO.

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CORNWALL 77 – W119 (2) (MONO + COLOUR)

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A second take on a notice fixed to a metal pipe beside Camborne’s main street; 9 Oct 2013.

I kept the first of these images (which is here) in colour, because the scene had a good deal of dirt and grime, which adds to its atmosphere.

Here is a mono version, which is more stylised, clean (literally!) cut and abstract.  Contrast has been lifted, the grime lost, and the textures and structures (the cracks) of the wall emphasised.

The colour of “W119” has been restored, to ensure its prominence.  Finally, I’ve added a blue tone and applied rotation, to add to the abstract effect.

D800 with 70-300 Nikkor at 300mm; 400 ISO; Silver Efex Pro 2’s Film Noir 1 preset with blue toning; rotated 90 degrees clockwise.
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CORNWALL 76 – W119

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Beside Camborne’s main street; 9 Oct 2013.

I had an initial thought about using mono here, but preferred to stick with the overall griminess and tarnish.  I have no idea what W119 is or was – unless its the pipe!

The orange sign obviously stands out, but the bright metal strut to the left is also a highlight amongst all this duller light and shadow.

There were a lot of things to photograph in Camborne’s main street – unless of course that was just the mood I happened to be in that day – but I recommend a walk there if you find yourself in this town.

D800 with 70-300 Nikkor at 300mm; 400 ISO.
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CORNWALL 73 – LACE CURTAINS, WITH RESTRAINT AND WITHOUT (MONO)

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Camborne; 9 Oct 2013.

Here were these lace curtains, fluttering in the breeze, in a barely open window on Camborne’s main street.  I like the graphic nature of the shot, lots of rectangular white shapes, condensation inside the window top right, the dark, rough and granular textures of pebble dash around the left and bottom of the frame – and amongst all this sharpness and hardness, those softly fluttering white curtains.

Aside from being in black and white, the upper shot is looking towards reality.  I’ve taken care not to blow the whites, i.e. to let them explode into blazing featurelessness (is that a word???), and the application of a creamish tone has helped considerably with this.  I like this soft SEP2 tone, I use it a lot.  I’m ambivalent about the use or borders on images but, since my blog has white pages, I’ve added a very thin black border to clearly delineate the edges of the shot.  Presented on the black pages of a Blurb book, the black border will merge with the background.

The lower shot is far less disciplined and has gone for effect rather than restraint.  Contrast has soared.  The whites are mostly blown into featurelessness, and much of the pebble dash has descended into featureless black.  The delicate lace curtains are still there, they still look real, but they are now looking out a blazing midday and a darkest midnight, there together.

D800 with 70-300 Nikkor at 300mm; 400 ISO; Silver Efex Pro 2’s Architectural (above) and Silhouette EV+1 presets.
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PEOPLE 146 – WOMAN IN A CAFE (MONO)

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Woman in a café, in 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’d just taken the shot of the mannequin and was slowly meandering on 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?

D800 with 70-300 Nikkor at 300mm; 400 ISO; Silver Efex Pro 2’s High Contrast Smooth preset.
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PEOPLE 142 – MANNEQUIN

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Camborne, Cornwall: mannequin in a shop window; 9 Oct 2013.

I take shots of these dummies from time to time.  Here I was attracted by that loosely hanging, white hand, but now I’m also looking at the hairy red sweater with its horizontal stripes, and the plastic “water droplets” on those fashionably distressed jeans.  The black backdrop keeps it simple.

D800 with 70-300 Nikkor at 300mm; 400 ISO.
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