I took this picture as soon as I crossed the street from Syntagma Square to Ermou Street. This crossing is one of the busiest in the city, the green light lasts very briefly. I had missed it again because I'd been trying to photograph some Christmas decorations. My friends were already on the other side and believing I was with them were going on their way. When I finally reached the other side, wondering how far they had moved into the crowd, I saw this scene and thought it would be interesting to capture a blend of the pavement traffic, the view inside the fast food restaurant and reflections of the street behind me. I just raised my camera and captured this fleeting and unrepeatable moment. Then my sister grabbed me.
While studying this busy scene on my computer screen, I was mesmerized by the lone hand on the right.
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Nicou (120410) 2014-07-08 1:27
Quel jeu de portrait de ces personnes qui mangent très belle vue dan l’action superbe tons et couleur bien vu.
bravo et amitié
photographer_sg (3787) 2014-07-08 1:30
This spontaneous and undirected photograph captures the fleeting moment with great charm. The lone hand on the right adds an element of intrigue and the hazy figure in the foreground gives a very good sense of movement and the ever changing view of a city street. Surely the lady in the white cap has seen something that totally holds her attention :-).
Thanks for sharing these lovely street shots. There are other pictures in your gallery that I have missed. Will surely catch up soon. Difficult for me to cope up with your prolific output :-).
jhm (138230) 2014-07-08 4:28
Not every picture can are a nice panorama view, these hand by Mac Donald must these picture attractive make.
Sharpness and clarity are pleasant.
Excellent composition and nice presentation too.
Very well done, TFS.
Sergiom (58686) 2014-07-08 5:01
Tu nous offre de plus en plus de ce genre de composition. J'aime beaucoup ton nouveau style avec des personnages en pleine action. Il y a beaucoup de mouvements dans cette image avec de beaux effets miroirs.
ikeharel (56024) 2014-07-08 6:47
Merely shared the MD chipps, Ourania, but nicely spotted this moment. You made me lough when saw this - so many times I saw such a hand reaching's...
Silvio1953 (120608) 2014-07-08 7:41
Ciao Ourania, la bravura di un fotografo sta nel cogliere il momento giusto e tu qui sei stata bravissima, deliziosa composizione, complimenti, ciao Silvio
holmertz (40069) 2014-07-08 10:13
You managed a rather fascinating composition in this totally unprepared and unstructured snapshot. Your fast eyes noted the interesting possibilities, but I guess what you actually got was more than your brain could register at that brief moment. At least I would surely not have realized the superb depth created by the many layers of heads going all the way through the picture. And I would most certainly not have noticed the creepy hand, coming from nowhere, sticking its fingers into the chips packet. It seems to belong to noone.
lousat (75532) 2014-07-08 11:43
Ciao Ourania,una scena di tutti i giorni dal luogo piu' affollato di Atene,uno scatto molto originale e ben curato,gran gestione dei differenti livelli di luce,è bello vedere ogni tanto qualcosa di diverso,complimenti per la scelta.Buona serata,Luciano
Noel_Byrne (23274) 2014-07-08 13:21
A very interesting photograph, capturing life in passing, it's reflections, and a moment that lasted a split second. Each of the expressions is worth studying for the varying array of emotions and expressions, here you have captured all of these people in a small fame, but in reality their worlds could probably not be further from each other. I agree with Satya above, the lady in the white hat has seen something that can't her attention! That is the expression I would have if one of these ghost hands drifted over to steal my French fries :)
Thanks as always
carlo62 (31414) 2014-07-08 15:20
quante belle donne in un solo scatto.
Un bel colpo, continua la tua serie di scatti di strada in modo molto piacevole e sorprendente per i risultati che stai ottenendo, sembra che sia una vena molto positiva.
jcpix (13560) 2014-07-08 19:35
I have to say, you have great intuition and an eye for the non-obvious scenes which tend to play out so well in front of your lens. Case in point, exactly what we're looking at here...although, I must admit, it's the concentrated look from the pair of eyes just to the left of the mystery hand that first got my attention. :) It's such amazing contrast with the lady passing in front of her who's sporting that big smile.
So many wonderful interpretations of this moment in time, one could sit and analyze this for quite a while. Another really neat aspect is the depth, this goes a long way from front to back if your looking at technical detail. As far as the hand is concerned, I think the person sitting nearby is actually trying to sneak a few fries from the other ladies meal. :) It's no wonder she's not visible in the frame, she didn't want to be caught by either of you! lol
Well timed and certainly well seen...and scene! Have a great day ahead. All the best.
Sincere appreciation for your notes today, you've also provided such inspirational images and extremely well written correspondence...plus a good sense of humor. :)
CLODO (30060) 2014-07-09 0:03
that's street photography joy!
Your note describes well how you managed to get this shot, in a glimpse and then discover something you don't see when pressing the trigger.
I like the feeling of crowd given by the blurred faces at bottom and window reflection, and the similarity of the faces of the 2 girls.
Cricri (105303) 2014-07-09 6:47
Beaucoup d'action ici, pris sur le vif, une scène de vie naturel , bien mise en image
Agréable journée et merci
aliabazari (14787) 2014-07-11 22:20
Hi Dear Ourania
I loved the scenes of city life. This image is alive and dynamic of everyday life, and well, you conquered. Congratulations and thanks for sharing this nice picture.