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I was driving into the city at lunchtime today and as I was pulling up at the traffic lights, I saw this cafe beside me. I wasn’t able to stop then so I hoped I’d remember to go home this way = I often go home a different way.

I did remember. and I was lucky enough that there were several parking spots opposite. I pulled out my camera and started looking for the best spots to take a few photos. I ended up having to walk a little way past it because the sun was shining on the white-painted front above the verandah and on the signwriting, which would have meant parts of it were over-exposed and other parts still in deep shadow.

It was a bright sunny day and I forgot to change the ISO from when I went outside to try to take some photos of the fog at about 0130 last night (this morning) but otherwise, I’m tickled pink with these photos . . . I shot them hand-held!. I cropped it after straightening (it is straight, the street is on a bit of a hill), then increased the contrast a little and lowered the brightness just a tad!

Pentax K100D hand held, Sigma 28 – 80 mm lens.
1/500 shuter speed;
f/13.0 Apperture;
1600 ISO; and
45.0 mm Focal length.


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  • billyboy
    billyboyabout 2 years ago

    Def gonna show this puppy to my mom!
    Cheers for the smiles Jan :-))

  • Lol, you’re welcome to the smiles. I hope your mum gets a dmile from it, too. I’m just very glad I actually remembered it on the way home, and that it was still early afternoon which meant that parking spots near it were available.

    – Jan Clarke

  • missmoneypenny
    missmoneypennyabout 2 years ago

    Well worth going back for :O)

  • Hehe, I almost never buy coffee, it’s so strong, it just about melts my tastebuds! If I remember it’s there, and it hasn’t changed hands – which it does every so often – and I’ve remembered to take my camera AND I have time to stop for a drink, I’ll take some better composed shots the next time I’m there. Oh, and so long as peak hour isn’t too close – peak hour starts around 3.00 p.m. in Melbourne! – and parking spots are almost as rare as hens’ teeth in that area. It’s on the city fringe and has lots of clothing/shoe designer factorysample shops, antique shops, and every 3rd shop seems to be a coffee shop. Very trendy area with the yupppies!

    – Jan Clarke

  • margotk
    margotkabout 2 years ago

    Excellent shot. Love the eyecatching colours and the play of light-and-shadow. It gives the scene a wonderful ambience.

  • It certainly stands out, even on dull days! I think the colours give it a feeling of warmth anf intimacy – I’ve not bern inside it, so I don’t know how large it is. Being in Richmond, it could be very small or quite large. Thank you for a lovely compliment, Margot. I appeciate it. (I’m sorry I missed your comment when you made.)

    – Jan Clarke

  • TheWanderingBoo
    TheWanderingBooover 1 year ago

    looks great

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