During a lovely TE meeting in Derbyshire last month, we visited the beautiful and immaculately well kept village of Tissington for a day. The houses were beautiful and their gardens well tended and filled with lovely bright flowers but infortunately for us it was dull, overcast and it rained for most of the day.
I had the good fortune during our meeting to make friends with Claude (CLODO) who is a master of candid street photography and I think I learned some tricks while just watching him taking photographs. A group of us met this nice lady and stopped and spoke to her for a few minutes so, when she left us and walked away and started to talk to a rather fat and grumpy looking cat sitting on a gatepost, I couldn't resist grabbing a quick snapshot.
I liked the way the lady cocked her head to look at the cat and the way the rather sinister looking animal stared back at her but I know that Claude could have captured this scene far better than I did!
You can see a larger version on "beta" TE here.
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mesutilgim (80870) 2014-07-13 13:01
What a nice capture with perfect pov and timing !
Very good choice of portrait format.
Nice the flowers framing your compo.
TFS and best regards
everlasting (14367) 2014-07-13 13:03
Nice to read that there are still TE meetings taking place despite how small the site seems to have become.
A fine candid example of street photography.
jadesgran (5110) 2014-07-13 21:38
I wrote a comment and it disappeared just like that!.
I was saying this lovely picture could have been taken anywhere in the world.One exception -- this moggie looks well fed. Looks like some lovely plants with bright colours in the garden.I especially like the clematis in the far right corner.
emka (74187) 2014-07-13 23:41
This is fantastic side of the TE -Meetings, observing others in action. I love this, for me it is often more interesting than to see what is around. And one can learn a lot in this way and have a great fun as well. Delightful picture - first of all this Derbyshire cat that could be Cheshire cat as well, the lady looking so curious at I do not know what, but also splendid English garden, with beautiful clematis.
What was a talk with this grumpy animal about?
have a great week
holmertz (38041) 2014-07-14 2:55
You really shouldn't underestimate your own capability of taking "street shots". You have shown us enough many fine and sometimes candid photos of non-posing people to convince me of your capacity at this special branch of potography. The title of this made me curious, of course, and it's a splendid photo. I think I know what the cat is thinking, but I'm afraid it's not suitable for publishing. It really doesn't look very friendly, but it did have the good taste of sitting in a very nice place, which gave you a perfect framing for the photo.
Royaldevon (27065) 2014-07-14 3:00
Oh, I remember this cat well.
It looks like a fiend in this photograph, ready to leap malevolently on this poor, unsuspecting lady! I suspect you may have darkened its eyes!
Yasmine took quite s different photograph, where it is purring and allowing itself to be stroked by Len. Maybe it's a man's cat!
You have a great shot, well composed, with good lead lines and well positioned focal points.
Considering the weather, the colours have come up well.
Have a great day,
jhm (136096) 2014-07-14 3:59
Pleasant picture with the nice grey cat as subjet, the lady is a nice addition.
Excellent daily life view about these area
Sharpness and clarity are perfect.
Very well done, TFS.
Have a nice week,
macjake (53320) 2014-07-14 9:05
I have to admit, I din't really enjoy the photo when i first viewed it.
But then after reading your note I paid more attention to how the lady was bent over, and how the two main subjects are just staring at each other :)
its quite nice indeed!
the best part in my opinion are the colors of the cats eyes, they seem to be bright and glowing...well captured.
Lucky for you to get some tips from CLODO, he's one of the best at what he does.
enjoy your day John
Noel_Byrne (21684) 2014-07-14 12:23
I am not a cat person generally, but that big fuzzy ball looks downright evil! The fact that you captured him staring so intently at this nice lady, and surrounded by all the beauty and color of the gardens seems to emphasize the evil emanating from him, haha. You have excellent control over depth of field for such a candid shot too, very nicely done.
P.S. I was thinking about your rote about 18% of all people ever being alive now. Wow, that is some amazing statistic.
ourania (27574) 2014-07-15 11:01
I like this scene very much, it looks simple and casual but also interesting and part of a story that involves the cat, the lady and the gate. I love the closeness and interaction of these three subjects, the cat looks like the gate guardian asking the lady to answer three questions or say the password to get in:) You framed the scene in an excellent way and the vegetation spread all over the frame is so delightful. I think that the mood and the colours suit my story superbly:) Congratulations and thank you!
All the best, have a lovely evening,
delpeoples (52767) 2014-07-17 6:05
Ciao - ancora - Giovanni
I've never been a lover of cats, and the look on this fiend's face does nothing to change my mind on the subject. But the lovely lady trying to charm this furball of hate, it very endearing and sweet. Beautiful colours and an unusual, yet endearing scene.
Warmest wishes, and thanks for sharing
Tigerlily (3033) 2014-07-19 15:27
Oh,.. I remember this cat, John.
Lovely cat, only when it was stroked..:-D,the eyes are beautiful..,nice conversation, wonderful work.
- Copyright: John Cannon (tyro) (19080)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2014-06-04
- Categories: Daily Life, Nature, Decisive Moment
- Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark II, Canon 24-70mm f/2.8L USM, Hoya 77mm Pro1D UV(0)
- Exposure: f/13.0, 1/40 seconds
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- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2014-07-13 12:27