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Double security
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Copyright: Frank De Cock (Dingo) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2505 W: 368 N: 2626] (11966)
Genre: People
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-07-09
Categories: Daily Life, Mood
Camera: Canon EOS350D/Digital Rebel XT, Canon EF 70-200mm f4.0L IS USM, @ ISO 200, B+W Circular Polarizer MRC
Exposure: f/4, 1/125 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): My photos >= 30 and < 40 points [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-07-16 11:27
Viewed: 2239
Points: 30
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
A week ago today, I met up with Jan and David in the beautiful city of Leuven.
The weather forecast was not that great, though the morning looked promising... So we walked through the city towards the Great Beguinage (Groot Begijnhof), had something to eat, and then it started raining. Our luck... it didn't stop anymore :o§

So we were forced to sit at a pavement café, under a nice thick XXL-umbrella, chatting, enjoying a couple of nice Belgian Beers, and also something I'm not really used to: taking shots of people as they hurriedly walked by the café.

This elder lady is one of my favourites; I liked the way she took every possible precaution to stop her hair from getting wet: she carried a large umbrella, and a plastic hair cover under it ☺^☺. On top of that, she just walked under a large XXL-umbrella of which you can just make out a flap in the top right corner. Nice detail: on that XXL-umbrella was an ad for the famous "Duvel" beer ("Devil").

Tech talk

Straightened and cropped slightly.

Adjustment layers for levels and curves.

Some minor clone work.

Downsized and framed with some home cooked PS actions.

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  • Great 
  • lele Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 796 W: 48 N: 1708] (11179)
  • [2008-07-16 11:30]

ciao frank...bellissimo lavoro...ottimo soggetto...grande compposizione...buona messa a fuoco...lavoro molto suggestivo...complimenti

  • Great 
  • Beger Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3311 W: 1066 N: 5188] (23042)
  • [2008-07-16 12:24]

Bonjour Frank,
Quelle fine et humoristique observation!
Jamais trop de précautions pour garder ses cheveux au sec, n'est-ce pas? C'est pas donné, le coiffeur!
Excellent rendu de cette température avec des couleurs qui suggèrent la tristesse de la pluie! La terrasse désertée ajoute à l'atmosphère!
Bravo! Annie

  • janneman Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 314 W: 7 N: 164] (1054)
  • [2008-07-16 12:46]

Het lijkt m'n moeder wel !
Die doet krek hetzelfde LOL

Een mooie Frank, niks op aan te merken !
Goed scherp, goeie DOF én lollig.
Bijna vergeten : je hebt je naam eindelijk eens
ergens gezet waar het, bijna, niet opvalt


Hoi Frank,
De scherptediepte is opvallend (goed) in deze plaat! Vol humor ook, inderdaad, zoals Jan al schrijft dat zou mijn moeder ook kunnen zijn (geweest). Prachtige blik op het dagelijks leven. Opvallend: je frame :-)

Maybe she wanted to make sure she was dry Frank :). I like the crop you did here and your PP work certainly brought out good colour and detail. As always good tech notes which are appreciated.

Regarding colour v B&W, I agree but the theme came up and it was something I have never fathomed.

Hello Frank
Funny capture.Thanks for the note.
Friendly greetings

une scène de vie quotidienne très agréable à voir, j'aime cette femme qui pour rester coquette préfère par deux fois éviter le risque de mouiller ses cheveux. Contre mauvaise météo, il faut s'adapter.
Les couleurs de son imperméable et de son parapluie rompent la grisaille du jour, très bon angle pour votre prise de vue.

Too bad we can't see the logo,

I would enter this one in a special theme, including as well today,s post from Martin . I am sure you will love the contrasts between the two shots ....

Well seen Frank ! Great focus too , it must have been taken early in the afternoon (^_*). Another beer logo from another cafe that we have a glimpse in the BG. ( Lowenbräu ? )

Funny capture indeed , despite the poor lady does not seem to enjoy the inclement weather.

Well spotted !


merhaba frank
wonderful dily life and colours.good composition.well done.
best regards.
gürkan akçakır.

  • Great 
  • Fons Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1165 W: 2 N: 215] (16615)
  • [2008-07-17 0:34]

Nog gezien maar nooit zo humoristisch bekeken !
mooi en scherp !

Nice DoF and colours - the cloudy day seems to emphasize the colours and make them pop. A like the determined way she is holding the umbrella close to her head so that no rain can blow under it and get her head wet. She is surely well protected with such a big brolly.
Nice one Frank.
Cheers Joan

Ohohoh, wat hadden de heren het zwaar - niet alleen regen, maar ook belgisch bier moeten drinken - ja echt vreselijk.

Frank, het is erg leuk om mensen te fotograferen die hun dagelijkse bezigheden aan het doen zijn. Dit is nou niet bepaald een dametje dat met bier reclame loopt - aan de andere kant, ik loop ook rond met een grote groene Heineken plu.
Ik had even dat stukje achter haar rug weggekropt, dan kun je ook wat meer hoogte krijgen - goed, jullie hebben het dus overleefd.

TFS en doe mij maar een Palmpje....


Excellent portrait on the street

hi Frank..
i really like the focus here.. with colours is really effective.. a nice intuition.. and a good idea with title!! well done my friend!! thanks
ciao Marco

You can never be too careful...
This image makes me think of a song by J. Brel: "Les Bigottes".
Probably because I imagine this lady to walk in small steps.
You made a good choice for the DOF.

It's a good photo,

  • Great 
  • azaf1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 733 W: 61 N: 1257] (7137)
  • [2008-07-21 15:00]

Hi Frank
Thos candid shots are really interesting. They bring out the deeper feelings of people and how they build a protective wall around themselves for protection.
Well done and TFS

Fijne foto die het einde van onze dag goed weergeeft. De foto geeft wel een knap gevoel van eenzaamheid in de regen. Technisch ziet het er prima uit.
Merci voor het bezoekje aan Leuven.


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