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Challenge: Coffee Shop (Basic Editing III)
Camera: Sony DSC-F717
Location: Cafe Bassam--Gaslamp Quarter, San Diego
Date: Oct 1, 2005
Galleries: Candid, Black and White
Date Uploaded: Oct 2, 2005

Something (or, in this case, someone) you would find in a coffee shop:
As founder and editor of "The Espresso", John Rippo is the quintessential regular at the 380+ coffee shops, houses, and other coffee purveyors located throughout San Diego County. Hanging out at coffee joints is part of his job. (Wish I had that job!)

For over ten years, "The Espresso" (Read It! Drink It!) has been San Diego's Cafe and Coffeehouse Newspaper. Thanks, John, for taking the time to be my model...now get back to work already! ; )

As for the picture: levels, curves, hue, saturation, lightness, and just a hint of contrast. Wish i could burn that window a bit, but not with basic editing rules...

Place: 69 out of 154
Avg (all users): 5.2571
Avg (commenters): 6.6667
Avg (participants): 5.1594
Avg (non-participants): 5.2846
Views since voting: 853
Views during voting: 436
Votes: 315
Comments: 13
Favorites: 0

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10/12/2005 08:33:48 AM
Sorry I didn't have time to comment during the challenge itself. Nice work.

I gave you a 7 for this one. It would have been one of my favourites in the challenge but it had two "faults" (personal opinion only) which bothered me. One is that the subject of the picture is a bit too soft for my liking, my preference would be to see him a little sharper. The other is that I don't see any benefit in tilting the camera. I always knock a point off for that ;)

The burnt out window, crockery and table top just add to the atmosphere.

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10/12/2005 08:10:51 AM
Nice image. You captured a great coffe shop vibe.
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10/12/2005 12:22:44 AM
Hi Jeannele :) I think this image lacked the strong story behind it. From the looks of the comments below, people seem to be at a loss of what you're trying to convey. As far as the image is concerned, the horizon is a bit off so it's a tad distracting. There are blown highlights probably because this was shot during the day and the sun was beating down through the windows. It's really not a BW but a duotone. I think BW and a bump in the levels would make this image stand out a bit.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
10/10/2005 10:35:52 PM
Why is he shrugging or gesturing like that? I feel like I'm missing the point on this one.
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10/10/2005 06:52:40 PM
this is a good image..there is animation and an interesting composition.
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10/08/2005 11:55:09 PM
Harsher, less diffused light on the man's face and sharper focus would give this photo a big kick.
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10/08/2005 12:39:59 PM
Interesting - capturing a moment - can even be in it... nice use of black and white
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10/08/2005 12:29:05 PM
An instant in a café... doesn't it tilt to the left?
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10/07/2005 12:06:24 AM
Nice image, b&w works well, like how the DOF and compositon of the people.......7
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10/06/2005 11:19:08 PM
Nice photo. His face looks a little out of focus. Who's the girl at the counter? ;)
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10/06/2005 10:33:14 PM
Hey, i know this guy! He's at every coffee shop I've ever been to. Is it just me, or do they all look the same?
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10/05/2005 03:23:16 PM
Really nicely done....soft focus and captures the moment. Well done.
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10/05/2005 11:30:01 AM
Good ambience
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