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Quiet confidences at a sidewalk cafe.

Candid Street Photography

To reveal art and conceal the artist,
is art’s aim.

Oscar Wilde – “The Picture of Dorian Gray”

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  • starikarp
    starikarpalmost 5 years ago

    great capture!

  • Christine  Wilson Photography
    Christine Wil...over 4 years ago

    there is an abstractnesses about this shot, usually the subject is is in focus but in this case its reversed I like it

  • This is unusual, but you have picked the feature that was the reason for posting it. It has not had much comment because I don’t think anyone got it. I was trying too hard to convey a cerebral idea in a visual medium :-(

    I posted it because I was trying something similar to the first person in a novel. The Point of View (POV) of the woman in the foreground is the main subject (of the story) and the woman in the background is just a minor character in the narrator’s field of view. I was hoping that the viewer of the photo would become curious about the person in the foreground – what she was seeing, what she was thinking. But this is a bit of a stretch, I know. My indulgent flight of fancy that missed its mark. But I still like the intimacy of the detail (the threads, bow, errant hair) – I still love it. And I really appreciate the fact that you noticed the reversal of the normal DOF. Actually, I’m quite chuffed. Thanks.

    – Rhoufi

  • Christine  Wilson Photography
    Christine Wil...over 4 years ago

    the more I look, the more I like it , it reminds me of a conversation you might have with someone your facing and they are sitting there deaf to your words all they can see is you mouth moving but they can’t hear you hence the expressionless look on the girls face :)

  • :-D You’ve made my day. The colour version is sort of interesting: the hair is henna coloured and the lips of the girl in the background are bright red; they stand out like a beacon in the colour spectrum. But I still like the B&W best.

    – Rhoufi

  • Christine  Wilson Photography
    Christine Wil...over 4 years ago

    i think for shots like this B&W often work better especially if the colour is screaming at you, its a distraction from the emotion of the moment, which is best left out :)

  • My thoughts entirely – enhance the main subject and suppress anything that distracts the eye of the viewer. I like the idea of a big canvas, too. The original shot was 14Mp taken at 3-4m with a 70mm tele, so it could handle big…hmmm!

    – Rhoufi

  • Ell-on-Wheels
    Ell-on-Wheelsover 4 years ago

    The smallest detail of this image is what got my eye immediately – that is, the sharply focused bit of loose fraying cotton on her shoulder … then I started to look at the rest of the image … the ‘raggedy’ edge of her sleeve, the hint of bra-strap, her hair, then her friend sitting across from her … seriously good DOV and contrasts Rhoufi, like it a lot for your attention to detail! :-)

  • Thank you for noticing all these things Ell, and especially for taking the time to detail why you like the photo – it really helps to sharpen the eye for future composition. It’s great to know other people see such things.

    – Rhoufi

  • Yulia Manko
    Yulia Mankoover 3 years ago

    It immediately caught my eye. I believe if the focus was one the other girl, it wouldnt look any good. I should say it gives me the feeling of intimacy.

  • That’s my theory behind the reverse depth of field approach. I think this creates very high intimacy, almost if you are sharing the thoughts of the girl in the foreground – I can imagine that she is bored with her friend and is thinking about other things entirely. Well that was the idea and maybe you felt that :-)))

    – Rhoufi

  • Sassafras
    Sassafrasalmost 3 years ago

    those threads are just the kind of stuff I would see…but discount as not interesting to anyone but me. Was she dressing in a dark bedroom with her sleeping man or baby nearby? How
    could she not see those loose threads…blah, blah, blah. I like that her back is turned, too.
    Also, the blur of the other woman and her dark glasses give this an intimacy as if they were in a diner that had those high booths. Long ago,,,when privacy was treasured…
    Anyway, I do like this…

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