Monday, September 12, 2011

Morning Doves

Here's a picture I took at at an eatery early morning Monday. This young couple came in to order breakfast and sit by the window.  While they waited for the food, they looked, not at each other, and not at the view, such as it was, but only at their cell phones. It struck me as the inverse of Edward Hopper's Nighthawks - it's day instead of night, natural light swamps the electric light, the figures are in relief rather than lit, the waiter is not central, but absent, the viewpoint  is looking out instead of looking in, and the characters are not loners engaged in picking up strangers, but friends ignoring each other while taking comfort in their closeness. And there is a door.

It's a cell phone picture. (What do you think *I* was reading while waiting for breakfast?) The resolution on the BlackBerry is terrible and most things come out the color of a mudflow with rainbow glitter sprinkled over it. In this case it's performed very well, although I admit I have adjusted the color balance in Photoshop. I may continue to adjust it as it's not quite perfect. Also, I do know about the Rule of Thirds - Photoshop even gave me a grid dividing this into ninths (unasked) when I cropped it. I ignored the tetchy critter.


Bruv said...

Hi Sis

The couple didn't come over and wrest your Blackberry from your sweaty mitt and stamp it into oblivion for disturbing their tranquility. That nearly happened in a bar in SF when we came over to see you. All I wanted was a picture of a typical bar.

David's girlfriend is having her first exhibition of her photos. I don't have a link to that, but here is a link to her website.

By the way I am now officially an old codger, 65 last week.


Peromyscus said...

There's no expectation of privacy in a public place. On the other hand I wouldn't have published an identifiable picture of them without asking first.

I think I could have got out an SLR, changed the lens, put it on a tripod and set up a reflector umbrella before they noticed anything going on.

Oops, I missed your birthday. Happy birthday!


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