The joke has probably worn a bit thin now as quite recently I posted another photo taken on the same day from almost the same spot.I was sheltering in a doorway of a department store when I thought I might as well get my camera out.Market Street near a tram stop."Manchester Summer" says the logo.
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saxo042 (37966) 2012-10-09 13:55
This is a very funny coincidence with that poster on the tram! People don´t really look very happy, in spite of the summer circumstances. This looks more like the Manchester I remember when I had a summer job in Blackley in 1960 (but there were no trams in those days)!
marabu61 (11279) 2012-10-09 14:06
This is just about how we middle europeans imagine the english summer to be. Very funny shot with the advert on the tram. I think the black and white approach was a wise choice here.
have a great time
tyro (26142) 2012-10-09 15:02
Hee, hee, I've just had a look at the last picture you posted from here - a colour one that was - and I see (from your exif data) that this one was taken just two minutes after it.
And, again, how appropriate that "Manchester Summer" logo on the tram is! And I think that this picture in black and white really does show the rain so very much better than the colour one too - those reflections on the pavement are magical and I just love the look on that guy's face - poor fellow, he appears to be the only person in the street without an umbrella! You might have leant him yours! And just look at those streaks of rain seen against his dark suit - the poor bloke's getting soaked.
Yes, Bev, this really is a wonderful piece of street photography, full of action, a bit of misery and a splash of pathos thrown in!
And technically excellent too - that little compact camera of yours has certainly done the business here.
macondo (19806) 2012-10-10 6:14
I've been in Manchester a few times in Summer, and so this comes as no surprise, sadly. But the serendipity of the PR on the tram's side really surprised and made me laugh - do we really need to be told things like this, that it's Summer? Perhaps so; I shouldn't ask rhetorical questions of a Manchester Summer. The look on the face of the bloke with the only exposed head is priceless. I think the b/w is very suitable and the crop is excellent, the scene dynamic.
Noel_Byrne (33588) 2012-10-10 8:14
The mans expression says it all really :) The tram behind is perfectly placed to advertise the summer, and your choice of B&W is perfect for the mood and sentiment of the image. Being in Ireland, I can 100% feel your pain, as Summer to us is also a mystical concept that rarely comes to reality.
Thanks for sharing!
williewhistler (16490) 2012-10-10 9:00
Hello Bev, this is such a cracking street scene,the mono treatment suits it so well,there is so much to enjoy from the wet pavement,the umbrellas and the look on the mans face, just priceless with the "Manchester Summer" logo perfectly placed.
I might have nibbled a tiny bit off the bottom of the frame but this really is the bees knees,I just wish that I had taken it.
Kind regards Les.
holmertz (59032) 2012-10-11 11:58
I laughed at the colour version from this place and I can't help laughing now. Occasionally I have told people that their pictures would be perfect for a poster or a brochure promoting tourism to that place. This is not one of those cases ;-).
Still it's an enjoyable street photo and the man approaching you seems to wonder why on earth you are taking a picture at this dreary place.
abmdsudi (57632) 2012-10-13 2:59
I find that while I love colors, black and white gives us a sharp-cleaner image. It's rather quite interesting street shot despite the busy rainy day but still there is something to focus on and drawing the eye about the frame. The poor rather concerned looking bald umbrellaless person is so well juxtaposed with the British logo from this pov as being the most prominents to create attention. This is a well organized look, simple but effective street scene enhanced by diagonal orientaton and how well you use strong eye contact to influence viewers in with good array of props on display on a wet summer day. But It seems that wherever you hover around, there's is a pulling power eventually to these two effective elements that really makes the shot so evocative. Great capture of urbanscene and as a slice of life that tells a story. I love it Bev, Congrats :))
Warm regard from sunny Singapore, lol
wolf38 (31296) 2012-11-05 2:49
Hi Bev I see so much color on TE, so I enjoyed every black and white photo. Rainy days are always ideal for photographing. The wetness shines - and the contrasts are moderate. But of course the real scene is the most important thing. You captured this lively scene skillfully with your camera. Each person is at the ideal place. And I like the questioning look of the man. My compliments for this great shot.
Best rgds, Wolfgang.
CLODO (35714) 2012-11-10 5:25
I missed this one, so funny! Good idea not to hide the camera when it's raining, you can get stunning pictures! Not sure that this man enjoys you taking hil in picture.
the B&w mood adds some sadness to the shot.
livermore (1631) 2012-11-12 1:43
ça a l'air drolement sympa les été à Manchester, il vaut quand même mieux prévoir un parapluie, ce qu'avait oublié ce monsieur.