Images & Observations

Last Call

Street Life

Nikon D7000 18-135mm @ 50mm ISO 2500 1/13 f/4.8 Lr3; SEP2

The last customer of the evening at closing time at the Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf, Old Town, Pasadena, California.  I debated with myself about whether I would publish this or not.  This final image is about a 20% slice of a full DX frame from the camera, that I should have cropped in camera by using a longer focal length (and with the camera in a vertical orientation), so the detail quality of this rendering would have been up to my standards.  I liked the possible stories that this image conjures up so much that I decided to share it.  Next time I will be more deliberate, and think my shot through, before just clicking the shutter in reaction to the moment.

The shot was through a window and there is some reflection from some exterior lights that interferes with the image.  I did alter the tones in the man’s face because it was distorted by the reflected light (possibly some neon tubing across the street) but left a remnant of the neon tube in his hair (I did not want to manipulate this street life image more than necessary).  You can also discern some banding of the image from the reflected light. I have been thinking about distractive light reflections a lot recently while capturing more shop window images and I have come to the conclusion that while my primary interet is what is behind a shop window, that in real life as you look through a window unwanted reflections are usually present to one degree or another, so if I can’t cleanly eliminate them, I might as well accept them as part of the reality of the scene as we live it.

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6 responses

  1. Nice grab Wayne, you titled this one perfectly.

    June 17, 2011 at 4:41 AM

  2. wonderful monochrome! 🙂

    June 17, 2011 at 10:45 AM

  3. Thanks, Charles, for the comment and stopping by.

    June 17, 2011 at 10:49 AM

  4. I agree with your musings about the glass. It’s part of what we see when looking through a window, and while I understand and agree with attempts to minimize it when it interferes, it also makes sense to have some evidence of it in the photo. Nice moment.

    June 17, 2011 at 11:18 AM

  5. Thanks, Mark. I think we are on the same page.

    June 17, 2011 at 11:40 AM

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