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Breakfast at Clarke's
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Challenge: Coffee Shop (Basic Editing III)
Collection: Kapan
Camera: Canon EOS-350D Rebel XT
Lens: Sigma 30mm f/1.4 EX DC HSM for Canon
Location: Clarke's Restaurant, Chicago, USA
Date: Oct 1, 2005
Aperture: f/2.8
ISO: 200
Shutter: 1/640
Galleries: Black and White, Food and Drink
Date Uploaded: Oct 1, 2005

Photo taken during breakfast at Clarke's Restaurant in Chicago. Special thanks to my wife, who tolerates my incessant photography, and who went to several coffee shops with me this weekend.

One thing I learned from this is that a 30mm lens (on a Canon 350D) is barely wide enough to photograph someone sitting across the table from you.

Post challenge: I'm very happy that this photo was so well received. I was afraid that voters would be turned off by the extreme crop. The funny thing is the upper right corner wasn't really cropped at all. I accidentally framed it that way in camera. But I like the intimate feel that it gives to the image.

Statistics
Place: 4 out of 154
Avg (all users): 6.4451
Avg (commenters): 8.0556
Avg (participants): 5.9863
Avg (non-participants): 6.5813
Views since voting: 4598
Views during voting: 559
Votes: 319
Comments: 51
Favorites: 10 (view)


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07/03/2006 11:20:15 AM
This is a fabulous b/w shot, the tones are perfect! I love her distant "wish i was somewhere else" expression. Very nice!
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11/05/2005 04:28:51 PM
This is such a lovely shot!
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10/15/2005 02:47:29 PM
Congrats KM, I was just checking what other owners of the Sigma 30 have done so far at DPC (I have a Nikkor version). Score high, that's what they do. :)

Great sharpness, sweet bokeh, good contrast for B&W. Love it. The pic and the lens. :)
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10/13/2005 10:24:56 AM
Congrats on your 4th place finish!!! Great shot! Love it!
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10/12/2005 10:15:55 PM
My favorite in this challege. Very intersting compositing and crop. It captures one's attention.
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10/12/2005 07:55:11 AM
Awesome shot, and I love the crop! Congrats on placing up top.
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10/12/2005 07:22:47 AM
Love this one and I knew it would be right up there on top. Congrats on 4th place.
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10/12/2005 06:56:43 AM
I'm imagining this photo if the focus were inverted and the cup was the spotlight with your wife blurred a bit in the background. I think her pose and expression would serve it well, it's a wonderful picture. I like the way the photo is cropped but think seeing her hand more on the cup would have topped it off *grrr*.
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10/12/2005 02:33:53 AM
best one.
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10/12/2005 12:45:29 AM
this is by far the best photo of the challenge - I'm sorry the masses don't know that

drop by my house and pick up the blue ribbon I'm making for you - excellent framing, great work!
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10/12/2005 12:19:06 AM
Congratulations, Chris. What I like best (other than Kapan) is the crop ... there's something very intimate & 'coffeshop-esque' about the fact that both the model and the cup are cropped a bit. It makes them sort of squeezed in, as happens in most coffee shops. Can't believe people wanted the cup in focus; perhaps they thought it was an accident, or that you don't know how to work your camera?
(edit for spelling)

Message edited by author 2005-10-12 00:20:23.
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10/12/2005 12:14:55 AM
This was my favorite. Congratulations on your top 5 finish.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
10/11/2005 04:15:10 PM
very crisp and focused.

9
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10/11/2005 12:01:09 PM
I am intrigued by the expression on her face.
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10/11/2005 11:01:11 AM
I like this. Nice clarity and depiction of someone relaxing and drinking coffee.
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10/10/2005 10:10:48 PM
Great mood, love it.
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10/10/2005 06:48:09 PM
Looks like it's a magazine advertisement..well composed and very imaginative..I like it a lot..
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10/10/2005 05:35:38 PM
great shot, great pose, great coloring. good job.
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10/10/2005 01:17:40 PM
A very slick / chic image for sure...and I love those sunglasses! Nicely done.
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10/10/2005 04:30:52 AM
I'm going to Clarke's! Beautiful model/patron. However for this image, and this challenge, I wonder if it would have been better to have the coffee cup in focus and that lovely lady just out of focus in your DOF. I like the shot a lot, as it very nicely depicts the coffee shop theme. Very nicely done <9>
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10/09/2005 12:48:57 PM
This photo is my favorite in the challenge. It captures the feel of a coffe shop perfectly and the contrast is wonderful. A crop that isn't so tight is the only point of suggestion I have.
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10/08/2005 09:21:06 PM
Composition a bit too cramped for my taste, I would have liked to see a little bit more space around her head, specifically above it and to her right but other than that, very nice work. Excellent job on the b/w conversion, the skin tone is good and technically everything is good. 7 from me.
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10/08/2005 03:58:39 AM
Great picture. Love the refelection in her sunglases.
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10/07/2005 11:01:25 PM
Very good crop, it's what makes this photo.
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10/07/2005 05:12:36 PM
Cute model. I like the smooth texture.
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10/07/2005 07:47:18 AM
This is one of my top picks. I like the whole feel of it and think the b/w worked great with it.
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10/07/2005 03:14:40 AM
Nice colouring and the crop works well.
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10/06/2005 10:47:47 PM
Very nice portrait. Nice lighting effec. Great contrast. My fav of the contest.
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10/06/2005 10:14:57 PM
Wonderful image... I like the DOF you've chosen. Nice pose, great exposure and tonal range. :)
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10/06/2005 09:52:58 PM
Stylish and crisp in presentation.
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10/06/2005 08:35:11 PM
Great expression and model. I wish the coffee mug was less blown and I'd go for in focus. Still...8
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10/06/2005 07:24:04 PM
Very nice shot. I like the composition and tones. I wish the cup was in focus though. Ohh....love the sunglasses and the pose. VERY COOL!

Bumping yours up to a 10. Blue ribbon for sure.

Message edited by author 2005-10-12 12:19:27.
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10/06/2005 06:56:19 PM
she looks like she belongs at a coffe shop. i like this one. it's top 3 in my book but won't ribbon unfortunately. 10.
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10/06/2005 05:55:28 PM
Its a pitty the cup is not sharper... good portrait, bravo.
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10/06/2005 04:27:20 PM
very nice b/w
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10/06/2005 02:42:57 PM
I really like this shot. I love the oversized glasses and how they draw attention up to her eyes after pondering the cup. I also like how the glasses obscure the eyes but not completely so that we can only just barely see her eyes, it makes me wonder all the more what she is contemplating. Well done 8.
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10/06/2005 02:03:21 PM
I wish I had a view like this in the morning, tell her thanks.

I think for 2006 I will try to better my view accross the table in the morning.

Spoken by a guy whoses only better half is the guy in the mirror.
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10/06/2005 01:39:37 PM
I am having a hard time figuring out the focus of this picture. It doesn't appear to be the coffee but her necklass. Thats where I keep going to. I do like the satisfied and relaxed expression but it might be more powerful if you focused on the cup more so that the background had the hint of blur to it.
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10/06/2005 01:14:57 AM
nice 10
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10/06/2005 12:44:21 AM
WOW what a beautiful shot. I'm putting this in my favs! 10 from me!
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10/05/2005 11:40:57 PM
this feels like something i'd see on a saturday morning walking along the beach boardwalk, by the folks having their breakfasts and gazing at the ocean. nicely composed. like the b&w tones.
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10/05/2005 09:47:35 PM
good dof. good all around composition
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10/05/2005 04:35:30 PM
when I think coffee shop... I think of the people watching. This photo is so great at capturing what I have in my head and still incorporating her drink :) Her face is so clear and smooth and the focus is great.
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10/05/2005 11:37:35 AM
like the reflation in the sunglasses
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10/05/2005 11:34:25 AM
The model is very good....love the level you shot this at. 10.
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10/05/2005 10:54:42 AM
that's cool - love the crop and the detail - oh yeah, I like pretty women too. excellent work 8 for now
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10/05/2005 10:06:16 AM
Beautiful model. Great shot. I don't mind the cup being out of focus.
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10/05/2005 09:12:16 AM
good
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10/05/2005 06:35:20 AM
if the cup were in focus also and not cropped this would be a much better photo
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10/05/2005 12:56:10 AM
NICE - Love the simple yet lovely shot. Great Job
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10/05/2005 12:52:29 AM
A gorgeous photograph. I love that you bother to include (what I assume is) a cup of coffee, but don't make it the subject of your image.
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