I never really had a chance to talk with a person who reads in a restourant. May be because some people carry the book to avoid discomfort of looking lost and loneley in public and to avoid talking to others and socializing. In recent days - the book is often replaced by touch screen cell-phone where the person is reading the same e-mail for 10 minutes or browsing the news. Or may be she just cannot live without books!
this is wild! Did you shoot in B&W or convert? I never feel comfortable enough to shoot in restaurants, is this a zoom? I shot Cooper Union with a 17 40 Canon. The distortion is a bit much but no other lens other than a fisheye can get the whole building in the shot so well...
Fabulous. You've caught the essence. That woman is concentrating so hard on her book...she has to; what with a conversation going on between the couple next to her...I mean, who wouldn't want to hear what they had to say to each other?
Ellie: She looks bored with that book... lots of people read here in coffee shops but later at night it is a little unusual - unless travelling I guess....Ken Mac: Converted. Shot with a new Cannon Power shot - or something. It is a great little camera. 12mp and a 12x optical zoom... little bigger than most but it was working overtime on this one - 1600 ISO and bad light.. .slow shutter too. I am in two minds about the distortion and noise. I dont like it on one hand but on the other like the "moodiness" of the shot... Restaurants are pretty much no go, but with children and there is always an excuse to take out a camera...:::)))Jacob: You are right... I for one would definitely be eavesdropping... maybe she is pretending to read.... hmmmm!!!
I see this picture, and thinking "ALONE"..., so sad in a way..., but a very very good shot my friend.Love from Anne
Cool pic. Could be a trendy English Pub.
A thrilling black and white image, Shaun.Generally speaking, I like Canon cameras: I find them very good both for the colors and the details.
Beautiful photo! A lady with a book really looks interesting. Maybe she just pretended to read. Are you sure the book wasn't turned upside down? :-)
Thanks Anne.... your blog inspires me :)Mo... any left of those?Pietro: Me too and thanks for the visit...MedaM.... not sure of anything in this one. But she sure does look lonely!!! I am sure she was eavesdropping though... how could she not be?
Sorry I haven't been here in a while as I was on the road for business and could hardly keep up, just posting to keep my blog up to date. I will be visiting each one of yur posts as I enjoy spending time here.you've certainly captured the scene very well...I remember I was in Paris, many years ago and in the cafes on the trotroires, people were sitting eating a sandwhich, havaing a bee or what have you and reading a book...It seemed so anti social to me...but then Parisian are notoriously not friendly...Very good shot.
I think the noise works in your favour in this one, Shaun. Very atmospheric ... coffee shops are great for reading - not sure about restaurants.