Having set an appointment at Monastiraki Square and arrived earlier hoping to take some photos, I had been exploring the ever flowing human activity and going after people's shadows, surveying the fruit stalls and looking for my friend. After a while decided to leave my strategic post and move behind the fruit stall to the right of the metro station, to get a more complicated view of the square. It was hard to manage the traffic and the lighting contrasts, to focus on a coherent composition, so I decided to return to the lit area.
Before leaving, I threw a glance to my left and found this scene. I thought the likeness of the real lady to the poster lady was striking and took a couple of pictures without getting noticed, which I feared, as I had the strong feeling of being an intruder.
Thank you for visiting, a lovely weekend to all
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Graal (103038) 2014-07-05 3:21
good shot. Fine caught street scene. Nice two portraits of beautiful women. Photo I like.
Have a nice WE.
Sergiom (85977) 2014-07-05 4:49
Cela fait quelques photos déjà où tu nous montre des gens dans des situations particulières.J'aime beaucoup celle-ci qui révèle la différence entre l'être et le paraître. Vraiment bien vu.
CLODO (35352) 2014-07-05 4:59
thank you for being an intruder, you got a lively scene, with the poster face looking at the phoning lady, that's the usual street life!
holmertz (57325) 2014-07-05 6:01
Now that our friend Wolfgang (wolf38) is not for the time being very active I am glad to see you standing in for him :-). I think many of us are inspired by his inventive street-shots. This is among the better examples. The woman on the poster may look more sophisticated than the "real" woman, but with some careful make-up I am sure the likeness coud have been striking. You made another excellent observation and I appreciate your "intrusion", without which there would never be any interesting street-photos.
ikeharel (76075) 2014-07-05 6:36
Looking at details, this young lady has accessories thaty contrast the torn Jeans: nice hand-bag, eyeglasses and boots, all in good taste, and all along stood to converse at the entrance of lady's-appearl shop.
Nicely caught the whole in that moment, her face's expression and the big poster on window.
Enjoy a nice weekend,
sabermonajati (11357) 2014-07-05 8:42
excellent portrait with amazing combine you captured.
tyro (26142) 2014-07-05 9:01
This is a delightful candid "street shot" in which it is just wonderful to compare the sophisticated looks of the lady in the advertisement with the much more casually presented "real" young lady next to her. And I can't imagine the lady in the advertisment ever wearing a pair of jeans with so many holes in them!
Your photograph is very well composed, particularly considering that you had little time in which to take it before possibly being noticed by the "real" lady. The light and colours are very good, your exposure perfect and the details and sharpness excellent.
But I'm just wondering how members of the public in Greece react to having their photographs taken by "strange" photographers? Unfortunately, here in Britain, there appears to be an awful "fear culture" and many people look upon anyone pointing a camera at them, or even just in a street, as either a terrorist or a paedophile. Amateur photographers have to be quite careful here. Having said all that, this young lady is talking on her mobile 'phone and is probably so engossed in her conversation that she would never notice you!
Anyway, a wonderful picture!
carlo62 (53216) 2014-07-05 14:29
mi trovo in sintonia con il pensiero di Gert, una foto che può far pensare a ciò che ci mostra Wolf38, ma che è stata scattato da una tua interpretazione.
C'è una cosa che mi è saltata subito all'occhio, il modo di abbigliarsi e di proporsi di questa ragazza è esattamente identico a una qualsiasi ragazza che posso incontrare sotto casa. La globalizzazione ha fatto il suo corso...
abmdsudi (57160) 2014-07-05 18:54
Great light and comp, but most of all this image pulls a reaction! Like the details in this wonderful colours which adds to the composition and overall quality of this street candid shot. Well done.
mirosu (16273) 2014-07-06 4:23
You have produced really striking image here. The best composition are always the simplest, and your arrangement of the shop board and the lady with the phone within the frame certainly has impact. Framing in vertical format is excellent. The light is very good and the clarity is perfect.
Very well done.
p.s. Sorry for delayed comments, but I do not have internet access every day during my recent journey.
imageme (1790) 2014-07-06 8:29
Hi Ourania, Very nice street observation with a real lady and a poster lady in the same frame. I like its original and natural look. Wonderful light and tones with much details. This typical moment can be seen anywhere in the world now.....talking with Iphone, ignors the surroundings....this is the trend of now a days youth. Best regards
Didi (60590) 2014-07-06 8:41
Une scène très courante de la vie moderne.
La publicité donne un certain impact
Un sujet intéressant mais je préfère discuter de vive voix entre 4 yeux
Cricri (123700) 2014-07-06 9:36
Difficile pour moi de prendre des personnes, comme tu le dit c'est comme une intrusion, en tout les cas parfaites et intéressant de la dame sur l'affiche très maquillée, ce qui pourrait être la fille au tél avec le maquillage, belle scène de rue
PiotrF (21438) 2014-07-06 16:39
Nice view of the street scene. Two ladies in one frame is an excellent photo, good observation.Excellent composition, colour and presentation be super.
Silvio1953 (150199) 2014-07-07 5:57
Ciao Ourania, composizione molto ben curata, hai saputo cogliere l'attimo giusto per una bella situazione con la ragazza ben posizionata ed uno scorcio sull'interno del negozio, molto bella, brava, ciao Silvio
nikkitta (17068) 2014-07-07 13:40
A quick but well taken capture of the "rebel" girl at the phone,with the slashes jeans
Of course you are an intruder the moment you start a hunting of photo from people at the street, and exiting moment that landscaper photographs don't enjoy
Well taken and seen
fabbs99 (17175) 2014-07-07 23:28
Nice moment captured with the young lady engrossed in her phone call.It is a poster in the BG ,which gives an extra edge to this rather mundane scenery.The shop behind the lady loaded with nail polishes and lip sticks.TFS.
serp2000 (45308) 2014-07-08 22:42
Excellent reporter's daily life photo. I see some troubles on her face, perhaps she needs some money for shopping in the last days of the year. ;)
This capture reminds me the Wolfgang's style.
aliabazari (16252) 2014-07-08 23:34
Hi Ourania Dear Friend
Very good portrait of this young lady in the street. Very well documented everyday life. Thanks for sharing this nice picture
macjake (71015) 2014-07-09 13:27
good grab type of photo here.
really like the way the model stands out in the scene on the left.
good for you for not getting 'caught' haha
these shots can be rewarding because you often have to hunt down your subjects, waiting for them to enter your scene.
mcmtanyel (26916) 2014-07-29 20:39
The girl in the poster looks like she's checking out the contents of the purple bag. Yes, I feel strange taking photos of people I don't know, either. That's probably why i have so few "people photos" in my gallery.
I like the repetition of heads and the realistic colors in the photo.