As we were walking along with hundreds of people in festive Athens, we passed through a very narrow street with even narrower sidewalks. (For the life of me, I can't remember which street it was and how we got there walking from Monastiraki towards Syntagma.)
We had spent most of the afternoon at a restaurant so my only chance to take some pictures was to use the last of the day light and what artificial light would be available.
Walking along the packed narrow sidewalk was too slow and at some point, I turned and saw this scene. Made two quick captures and converted it into b&w because there was an overwhelming orange tint all over.
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ikeharel (58275) 2014-05-03 10:20
"For the life of me", that's sounds perfectly as a translation from Hebrew to express whatever you said... how interesting.
Looking at pastry shops one must be confident to have full restraint, not to want to eat the subject...
i believe the colors there where a great tamptation.
Have a nice weekend,
cornejo (32252) 2014-05-03 10:24
Hi Ourania, I like this good black and white photograph of this interesting scene in the bakery everyday, (it seems as if you were snooping between the panes of the glass case), very well captured in this interesting image, with good sharpness, light and quality. Very good and interesting job well done, congratulations my friend. Thanks for sharing this beautiful work.
Good night and good Sunday.
Warm greetings from southern Spain.
mesutilgim (85500) 2014-05-03 10:37
Hello dear Ourania,
Just go ahead with b%w's; it's my taste.
This capture is been made from a quite interesting pov.
The foremost women is making herself beautiful ! Or maybe she is just on her handy.
TFS and have a nice weekend
batalay (35747) 2014-05-03 12:31
This is an unusual symmetric depiction of the marketplace, with the two vendors occupying the center of the stall. It works well in B&W. Have a good Sunday,
holmertz (41819) 2014-05-04 2:30
There is a nice symmetry in this photo, mainly broken by the two women who are facing the same direction. They look very busy, judging from their somewhat tense faces (as I see them). It's good to see that business is not slow everywhere. Maybe the pastries in the foreground would have offered some fine colours, but with an orange tint all over I understand the conversion to B&W. This kind of documentary shot of working people in the city usually do better without colours anyway.
Noel_Byrne (24856) 2014-05-04 7:31
Very innovative use of black and white, I too do this sometimes to hide unwanted color or light :) And the great thing is that it suits your subject well. Despite this being a scene of all kinds of tasty treats, the women seem to be a little stressed, I guess busy with people who all want something nice to eat! A very creative viewpoint too.
elenimavrandoni (14259) 2014-05-04 14:28
Ουρανία, το μονόχρωμο δίνει μια αξιόλογη τροπή στην εικόνα σου και μια εμφαση στο θέμα σου..μια αφιέρωση με νόημα με σωστή παρουσίαση!!
ευχομαι να απόλαυσες τήν βόλτα σου στήν Αθήνα μας!!
jcpix (13688) 2014-05-04 14:32
Ahaha, this made me laugh, I can't tell you how many times I've converted to black & white to salvage an image. :) Without even seeing the color version, I'd say it definitely worked in your favor here.
What a neat shot, I absolutely love how this composition puts us right into the display, and the spontaneous nature described in your note is well conveyed. I find that so often the best results come from the least planned, if at all, moments...and this proves that point with distinction. A delightfully organic shot, a smart observation once again. Enjoy the new week ahead. All the best.
jhm (140110) 2014-05-05 4:03
We get less pictures of people at work.
Every week become we remembered at Greece in the dansschool with the Sirtaki, my wife and I dance a lot years balroom and latin dances.
Very good and interesting job well done.
Excellent composition, nice presentation.
Very well done, TFS.
Have a nice new week,
Silvio1953 (123689) 2014-05-05 10:48
Ciao Ourania, bella ed originale, ottima messa a fuoco selettiva, splendido bianco e nero, brava, ciao Silvio
photographer_sg (4402) 2014-05-05 11:12
This is a fine POV for the shot which is composed really well with the two ladies with intense expressions in focus, very nice symmetry and dof achieved within the tight framing, You managed excellently the light which perhaps was not easy here.
thanks for sharing and have a nice day.
Cricri (107360) 2014-05-06 8:06
Belle idée du cadrage donnant de la profondeur et le regard vers les deux dames, un bon choix du N/B, qui est parfois bien utile, comme ma photo des vieux monsieur :-)
bon détails et surtout top dans la lumière
krzychu30 (15498) 2014-05-06 13:51
B&W was definitely a good choice for this scene.
And the scene itself-well,it´s something I really love-the real life without any poses or artificiality.
Here excellenty spotted by You and masterfully captured in your photo.
I can´t get enough of such pictures.
Wish You all the best
COSTANTINO (56307) 2014-05-09 23:42
Hello my dear Ourania
excellent capture in sepia from an
let your imagination free to think
what this composition describes
rigoletto (34269) 2014-05-13 9:32
conversion to b&w, yes, sometimes saves some photos, but there are also those cases when the photo shouts for itself that it must be in b&w, and this is one of those cases (as was your "crossing the street" photo). very bold composition, and even more difficult to "like" than the street crosser, but then it brings in a different breath and that fresh feeling of experimental street photography. those two ladies with cut heads, add incredibly to the overall result. very good.
ps: thank you for the nice words on my latest photo, so much appreciated :)
aliabazari (15863) 2014-08-09 7:13
Hi Ourania dear
Beautiful views and interesting. Clever use of black and white. Exposure clarity and well performed. Thanks for sharing