Coffee Bar Style by Simon Lupton

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OK, it wasn’t a coffeee bar – ‘cos none of the current ones look like the old coffee bars any more – but it sure felt like one as I looked down and saw the 50’s/60’s style image you see here.

There were very few people in the establishment and very little noise, so the ‘clunk’ of the GF-1 shutter was a little alarming at such close quarters to my subject as this was.

I added a slight vignette to the finished image to concentrate the eye onto the pierced leather of the shoe.

Panasonic GF-1
M4/3 20mm f/1.7
1/250 sec @ f/1.7
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Street photography and the capturing of candid photos of your fellow human beings as they go about their lives is strangely compelling, addictive even. It’s also very relaxing. Newcomers to it usually get very anxious about being ‘caught in the act’ when, in fact, I find it to be quite the opposite.

I feel absolutely no pressure to have to ‘deliver the goods’ like I do when I invest hours to get a landscape or seascape. Sometimes I go out and never press the shutter button – merely because I see nothing which makes a whole story in one instant.

That’s not to say that I see nothing of interest, quite the opposite, I ALWAYS see something of interest, I just choose not to capture it because the moments either side of the image complete the story and it would be meaningless without them.

The best images always seem to happen when you go unnoticed and have no influence on the scene. Sometimes the subject happens to look your way at the critical moment but these are few and far between. Even if they do, it doesn’t matter, they’d probably do it if you weren’t there.

Almost all of my street images are taken with a 28mm lens which means getting really close to your subject without them noticing. It doesn’t always work that way of course but people seem to dismiss the possibility of someone taking their picture from so close.

I take Street Photographs for me alone, I just post them here because I think some will work for you too – even though you weren’t there. I hope they do.


exclusivelymono, monochrome, black and white, mono, bw, street photography, covert, unknowing, inconspicuous, candid, people, photojournalism, capturing moments, spontaneous, people watching, england, uk, lancashire, fylde, coffee bar, winklepickers, winkle pickers, shoe, stool, tiles, footrest, barstool, 50s, 60s, buckle, pierced leather

Capturing an outstanding monochrome image is my greatest photographic pleasure – since such an image is just as gripping as any colour image can be.

Thanks for dropping by and looking at my pictures – especially if you’ve been moved to take the time to comment on them. All comments are read and appreciated, especially if they’re constructive or heartfelt.



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  • Maree Cardinale
    Maree Cardinaleover 2 years ago

    Beautiful work Simon.

  • Thank you Maree. It’s kinda cool isn’t it :o)

    – Simon Lupton

  • geof
    geofover 2 years ago

    amazing what you’ve achieved with a few stools and some feet. A great picture showing your eye for composition.

  • Thanks geof. I reckon that ‘thinking in mono’ frees the mind and makes this type of picture more visible as you look around for images.

    – Simon Lupton

  • mellychan
    mellychanover 2 years ago


  • Thanks Melanie, I think it is indeed! :o)

    – Simon Lupton

  • John Hare
    John Hareover 2 years ago

    Great observation and composition Simon.

  • Thanks John. It was taken in one of my few trips to ’pool

    – Simon Lupton

  • Mark Smart
    Mark Smartover 2 years ago

    Exceptional image Simon!!!

  • Thank you Mark, glad you like it!

    – Simon Lupton

  • Ethna Gillespie
    Ethna Gillespieover 2 years ago

    What a great shot. Very cool!

  • Thanks Ethna. It’s amazing what you see just sat minding other peoples business!

    – Simon Lupton

  • Sheryl Gerhard
    Sheryl Gerhardover 2 years ago

    Cool shoes! I like your perspective. :)

  • Thanks Sheryl. The rest of his apparel was also kinda cool – but I think his shoes epitomised him. The composition also excluded the more modern items in the scene

    – Simon Lupton

  • Ell-on-Wheels
    Ell-on-Wheelsover 2 years ago

    What Shery said :-))) … cool catch, Simon! :-)))

  • Thanks Ell. Sometimes you get lucky!

    – Simon Lupton

  • berndt2
    berndt2over 2 years ago

    very cool shot – great composition and framing!

  • Thank you Bernd :o)

    – Simon Lupton

  • Mark Smart
    Mark Smartover 2 years ago

    Congratulations, your work has been featured in “* A Street Story *”: – 18th December 2011

  • Thank you Mark, chuffed and honoured to be featured by the group!

    – Simon Lupton

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