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"People Doing What People Do"

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Copyright: Linda Unger (shelbeesmom) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4128 W: 1096 N: 12722] (58278)
Genre: People
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-10-19
Categories: Humorous, Experimental, HPP [Heavily Post-Processed], Portrait
Camera: Canon EOS 30D, Canon 24-105 mm F4 L IS USM, Hoya PL-CIR 77mm
Exposure: f/4, 1/30 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): People Doing What People Do [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2009-11-19 5:44
Viewed: 1466
Points: 24
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Tricia and I stopped in a local coffee shop after walking "down the Cape" (good grief!) and had a bagel with hummus and a coffee. I noticed at the bar people just going about their lives, and they do this everyday! How cool! So I took this shot and converted to TIFF and merged three levels in HDR. I love scenes like this, people just doing what they do.
The lighting in the coffee shop was low, as we were in the back section, with Elvis. I used the table for placement of the camera to get this shot!

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To Beger: Hi Annie!shelbeesmom 1 11-20 05:52
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Hi Linda..your tones are great in these shots. You were fortunate that these people don't move very fast!....


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  • KBE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 571 W: 132 N: 805] (3839)
  • [2009-11-19 6:32]

Hi Linda
yes sometime we notice few things which r very common in our surrounding and they have great impact to photograph.
U've done a great job of doing HDR it really helped to show the dark areas
Tonnes r beautifully managed to show the play of light and shadows

I aslo like the fine grains :)


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  • chrisJ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4430 W: 637 N: 9632] (55124)
  • [2009-11-19 7:11]

Hi Linda

Yes, in Las Vegas inside the Pyramid, I used a table, too, as an improvised tripod, & spare change to angle it just the way I wanted. (I'd stack quarters under the camera, until the horizon was just right). A superb indoor daily life scene, with excellent color & diffused light. Tfs!

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  • Saba Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1474 W: 0 N: 4177] (21534)
  • [2009-11-19 9:23]

Hello Linda :)

Very interesting scene..all together and however every only.
Excellent colours, light and sharpness.
It pleases me.

Best wishes.

hi linda.
coffee shops are great places to people watch.
you have nice colours going on in this. i like the illumination on the ladys hair.
good comp also.

get a gorillapod then you wont need to worry about using a table.

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  • moli Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1349 W: 256 N: 2110] (13344)
  • [2009-11-19 10:19]

Hello Linda.
Interesting scene presented here.
Well managed focus at low light condition.
Well done.

Best Regards.
Janek Kloss

Boa tarde Linda
Very well captured under the circuntances. Very cool looking them and feel the warm of life. Beautiful photo and unique.
Um abrašo

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  • fuaty Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 328 W: 382 N: 62] (529)
  • [2009-11-19 12:27]

Bence pek bir enteresan olmus 8:) Garip bir guzelligi var

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  • mbrito Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1929 W: 117 N: 3017] (13240)
  • [2009-11-19 19:00]

Hi Linda
Great perspective and an amazing sharpness and contrast, with the light behind adding a fantastic effect.
Excellent once more.
Boa noite, mb

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  • Beger Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3311 W: 1066 N: 5188] (23042)
  • [2009-11-19 19:55]
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Hi LInda,
Very interesting subject.
One coffee shop, three solitudes!
HDR is well processed for deep colors. I like the light surrounding the heads, especially on the woman. And I have a weakness for the magenta and red, this is an excellent colored harmony, so "techno"! Excellent work with simple tools!
Unfortunately, I don't able to upload any photo or WS since Two days. I contacted the administrator...I'm waiting for help!

Hi Linda.
I love this picture.
The light and the colors, perfect.
Nice job.


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  • karith Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1037 W: 55 N: 1262] (7891)
  • [2009-11-23 18:26]

Ah, stunning use of HDR to create a rich color/light quality for this subject/composition, making it feel quite alive, even in a flat image. I'm a bit distracted by the white light fixture above the man's head, but I do like the backlit effect of the purple wall. It's interesting to see how complete strangers share space together while ignoring each other:) This is a modern "Rockwell" scene!

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