Good morning, it's a grey and overcast day here in Scotland and if it is the same wherever you are I hope this photograph will cheer you up.
I think of these young women as my tutti frutti girls. Walking by them as they sat in a store front window on Princes Street, Edinburgh, I doubled back. It was one of those moments in street photography when the eye catches onto something and the brain takes a few seconds to catch up. I was several yards along the street before I made my mind up to turn back. It was the red plastic spoons especially that snagged my eye. I had seen them as they made their merry way to the girls' mouths. I didn't have the nerve or the mime skills to ask the girls to pose that way. But I did smile and point to my camera and they nodded and smiled. Lovely smiles too and such pretty girls.
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BennyV (13378) 2013-07-04 4:31
Well, wham-bama-lama, lam-bam-boom! Reflections and a sneaky hidden self portrait, but this IS a great street shot. Spontaneous and friendly interaction, this is a smile generator. (And - just in case - I do mean the real ones, not the greens!)
holmertz (34533) 2013-07-04 7:16
The reflections (giving the girl to the left a large beard) and slight lack of sharpness due to the interference of the window are obvious drawbacks to this photo. These are outweighed by the smiling faces, red items and the generally friendly and relaxed atmosphere. I like this picture because I don't rate technical perfection as the most important aspect of a photo.
Noel_Byrne (17121) 2013-07-04 11:41
Well spotted, I do think good street photography is an art in itself, and this is a really great example. The title alone id enough to make me smile, and their smiles are beautiful. The smiles are those that only be brought about by good friends and good ice cream.
fabbs99 (14375) 2013-07-04 12:45
Good observation from outside the glass.The girls are all pretty.Fantastic and wonderful composition.Very good picture with perfect colors and clarity.TFS.
tyro (17246) 2013-07-06 6:45
I love this one! An interesting note too.
How lovely that this pretty little trio of girls were so happy to have their photograph taken. So often nowadays one is greeted with a scowl because everyone has been indoctrinated with the belief that anyone wielding a camera in public is either some sort of weird sex offender or a terrorist about to blow them up. Perhaps they may be a little shy (and that is nice in young girls) but these girls are happy and enjoying their frozen yogurt or "Slush puppies" or whatever and are smiling widely at you.
I know the reflections in the window do degrade the image a little, but you have caught the moment perfectly and that is definitely more valuable than just pure technical quality.
Royaldevon (24228) 2013-07-07 1:37
THis is just one of those shots that captures your own style. It is street life, quirky and almost journalistic.
Those girls appear like a ray of sunshine on your wet day. I just love how the window reflection adds a whole new dimension to something that you thought you had grasped.
Have a great Sunday,
wolf38 (29804) 2013-07-09 3:52
Hi Bev. What an original title. I see that you have good communication with these women. The photo pleases me, because it is natural and alive. In addition, informative text.