Seen across a crowded room in the Bar Castello, Piazza Castello, Otranto.
Pretty dark in there, so maybe a little noisy. On the edge for hand-holding (the camera I mean). I deliberately have not white-balanced it, as the colour cast seems better to reflect the mood and the surroundings. Romantic or what? Unfortunately I was with my sailing partner (male). But, referring to my last posting, I suppose it doesn't hurt to window-shop! What do others out there feel about cheeky intrusions into private moments?
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daddo (20639) 2013-09-14 2:00
Hi Will. A romantic shot as if it's a still from an Italian film. I wouldn't worry about the intrusion as she only has eyes for the person across the table. Lovely colours and light effects. Regards. Klaudio.
GiovanniG (2315) 2013-09-14 2:14
Nice candid capture of a lovely young lady. Like to softness of the capture and the moody light. Well done Will and bravo!
siudzi (27707) 2013-09-14 2:18
Wow! Superb portrait picture of this beauty! Like her pose and fantastic mood of the scene you captured here. Very impressive image. Well done.
Romano46 (11461) 2013-09-14 2:19
come tu stesso affermi la foto non è immune da difetti quali la rumorosità dovuta all'oscurità, ma la composizione è perfetta ed il soggetto ha una espressione particolarmente bella anche per effetto di una illuminazione suggestiva, cosa che tu hai colto nella migliore della maniere.
Un ritratto eccellente che merita di essere elogiato per la sua naturalezza e spontaneità.
Ciao e buon fine settimana
limielski (2571) 2013-09-14 2:28
Amazing shot. Very romantic portrait with a beautify girl who drinks something.
Soft, warm light gives charming atmosphere. Superb composition. TFS
Have a nice weekend!
Noel_Byrne (13314) 2013-09-14 2:35
Like said above, this really is like a still from a film, and the grittiness of the shot gives it a great sense of mood. Love the excellent composition you managed to get on this, I find candid quite hard to do and this has turned out perfectly.
All the best
bukitgolfb301 (32622) 2013-09-14 2:55
Hi dear Will
Ya this is the best of month from you!
Congarutalation on your masterpiece. So fantatsic and moody image at all!
All the best and have a good Saturday! TAKERO
carlo62 (19399) 2013-09-14 3:37
non vedo difetti, la mia vista è bloccata sulla naturale bellezza di un attimo molto romantico congelato nel tempo.
timecapturer (37064) 2013-09-14 3:49
like this. Full of charm, intrigue and beauty, looks like a photo-shoot for some sort of commercial advertising a new cocktail ;-). Wonderfully soft and captivating, the gaze out of shot is so effective.
Enjoy your weekend - Brian.
gojo (1317) 2013-09-14 3:52
This is stunning! Her glance, her hand and the two lovely coloured drinks works so well together. Lots of "presence".
sabermonajati (8303) 2013-09-14 4:37
excellent portrait you captured.
jrleborgne (1454) 2013-09-14 5:08
Très beau portrait charmeur. Excellent cadrage.
Cheers from France
kasianowak (3474) 2013-09-14 5:35
This is great, fantastic portrait, I love it! Very thoughtful choice not to play with WB, the mood would have been spoilt if you'd changed it to tungsten (or whatever it was). Also, I wouldn't worry about the noise. Ok, it is noisy but in my opinion it actually creates a painterly look and the shot wouldn't be the same without it.
What do I think about intrusions into private moments like this? Well, I do it all the time. :) If you had asked for permission, even if it hadn't been refused (slim chance) you would have never got that expression on this lady's face.
Have a great weekend
dekanski (1067) 2013-09-14 6:44
great, great, great photo. Probably one of your best!!! Everything is as it should be - especially regarding it is "accross a room"!
CLODO (26430) 2013-09-14 7:11
Why unfortunatly, Will?
Cool ambiance, relax position of the woman listening to her collegue, exotic drinks, the soft light and the blurred atmosphere in the background are convincing me, even if her nose and cheek is a little too red (can't be the aperitive!!)
Congratulations, looks like an old dutch painting.
abmdsudi (32471) 2013-09-14 7:34
Gorgeous relaxed portrait, well toned and i love the softening effect on the skin whilst the lips, eyes and eyebrows still contain good detail. The warmth softness that portrays romance in your composition, Congrats.
subhendu_bagchi (21024) 2013-09-14 9:10
it is just great. I just loved your composition despite of those grains and softness caused by the handheld capture... In my thinking the softness made it more beautiful. Excellent use of light. The composition is just outstanding placing this beauty in a corner with her hand on her chick. Classic shot, wish I could capture a shot like this... :)
goodwill (4879) 2013-09-14 21:54
"Wish I was the pipe in that juice glass."
There is love in her beautifully almond shaped eyes, and the shades of apple on her cheek n noose mesmerize me to oh! and Ah!.
Do you know why this image has pooped up so nicely?
Its the sharp focus, which has blown away noise issues.
Its a love song.........
Nominated for Oscars in Photography.
marabu61 (5863) 2013-09-15 3:44
For a non composed shot across a crowded restaurant this is a very beautiful portrait, more a piece of art than a simple photograph.
Now to the subject of intruding the privacy of other people in public places by photographers, that is a very delicate subject and difficult to answer. I think with todays phone cameras everywhere, one just has to accept to be photographed in one way or an other. As long as you are not intrusive or disturbing the other person, I think it is ok, but it would certainly be fairer to the photographed person if the photographer would ask permission after the shot. I think in this case the girl wouldn't mind as the result is such a beauty ( and by that I don't mean the girl, even though she is beautiful, but the whole composition). She might even have been proud of it and wanted a copy of her own.
have a great sunday
wolf38 (29116) 2013-09-15 9:40
Hi Will. An interesting photo. Very balanced composition. Fine light. But of course the beautiful face is the real eye-catcher. My congratulations.
BennyV (13058) 2013-09-15 10:59
Sensual with a hint of nostalgia. Old time Hollywood...
Good decision to leave the colours/balance as it is. Even the noisy parts play a great role in this shot.
PS: Does the title happen to be a nod to good old Richard Thompson? Bless him.
Nicou (105767) 2013-09-16 8:15
quelle charmante personne et image sueprbe vue de cette dame devant son cocktail et la belle fleur sur le verre quelle vue quelle attitude.
Bravo et amitié
Royaldevon (21415) 2013-09-17 3:29
Private moment or not, it has been a pure bonus for you. I just love this! You have captured a mood on which people can put their own interpretation but, it has all the qualities of a really good oil painting. The light, the composition, the dof, all work so well together. Those entrancing eyes are perfectly placed for maximum effect.
Have a lovely day,
Juzo (4284) 2013-09-20 4:16
This is so intimate, and being candid, it is perfectly natural. It is sometimes a game of luck but being persistant rewards one with a magic and beautiful shot like this. Fantastic!
delpeoples (48592) 2013-10-30 17:14
What a beautiful, typically Italian-looking woman. It's a very candid, intimate shot and the quality of it is impressive, especially given the practical difficulties of you taking it. It looks like an ad for dining or cocktails. This restaurant should pay you - and her - for the free advertising! As to the question you raise: I'd never have dared taking this shot. I admire you for doing it on one side, but can't help thinking what an intrusion on this lady's life it is. I dunno, it's a really fine line nowadays, where everyone has a camera and can shoot quite covertly. My friend (a highschool teacher) was telling me the other day that one of her students was filming her giving her class. Talk about invasive. You never know when someone is taking photos of you! But you raise a very interesting and provocative point. Thanks for sharing.
PS: Pity our paths didn't cross. We were in Naples, Sorrento and Amalfi also!
mjw364 (6142) 2013-10-31 9:21
Bit of a cracker this - the image is ok too! Very very nice - like a still from a film. Well spotted - was it the unique light and colour temperature that first attracted you to the darkened corner of the room?
oss (385) 2013-11-02 12:03
browsed trough gallery after my first comment and i saw this. What a picture. It looks straight out of Vogue magazine. Such lightning, colours, framing and what an incredible beautiful girl. Is it really just a lucky encounter and a fast capture and a not a half day fashion shoot? Amazing. I would add 4 or 5 points if possible.
bostankorkulugu (41310) 2013-11-07 3:35
across the room?... am i the only one who realizes that she is either on a door/wooden panel or even on the table?!?... you naughty boy! :P ...
EstudioChispa (1694) 2013-11-07 9:50
Will, this is a scene from a dream, or perhaps a fine painting. I cannot discern the source of the texture in the top middle, but that's not a problem in any way. The rosiness of the highlights on her face, the piercing intensity of the gaze of those dark eyes, the INCREDIBLE serendipity of the colors and placement of the drinks, the little flower, her bare shoulder... I could go on and on!
As far as intruding... it is a difficult call. For me, perhaps, the deciding factor is the nature of the emotion being exhibited. While love can be more intimate than grief, I would be more likely to shoot and share a scene like this than if she were showing obvious grief, no matter how alluring that shot might have been. Tough call, but I say you're well in safe territory here.
ourania (18616) 2013-11-07 10:57
I like this casual and spontaneous portrait very much, the way you framed it is superb. The placement of the face, neck and hand gives a fine dynamism that also enhances the impact of the direct and interested glance. Besides the eyes, it's the mouth and every facial muscle that could create a story expanding to an area bigger than the frame. Light and colours are very effective offering an atmosphere of warmth and intimacy. Congratulations and thank you! I don't claim to be an experienced photographer but I ask permission only from people I know and protect people from scenes that might embarass them. I think that the lady in your photo would be thrilled with your work.
All the best, have a great evening,
marina7 (7160) 2013-11-13 9:48
love the shot. Super-stylish.. sort of vintage poster. Feels just right for some dolce vita magazine.
macjake (45588) 2013-11-15 15:59
yes, I have to say that it was a smart choice to leave the photo as is, without reducing the noise and altering the lighting.
this woman here looks like she has a really really long neck! like a model on a front cover who's had their neck extended in photoshop!!! haha
something certainly has her attention, and you captured the moment quite well.
you're a brave man! haha
KristinsCamera (1895) 2013-11-30 19:29
what a beautiful shot. i don't find it cheeky at all, rather the quiet and surreptitious work of a true romantic. the girl is lovely, but so are the drinks and the colors. i love the soft lighting and the look in her eye. ad agencies could only dream of achieving a shot like this. congratulations, it's a beauty!
- Copyright: Will Perrett (willperrett) (4075)
- Genre: People
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2012-09-27
- Categories: Food, Decisive Moment
- Camera: Canon EOS5D, Canon EF 24-70mm f2.8L USM
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- Date Submitted: 2013-09-14 1:41
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