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I've submitted this shot to week's Photo Friday theme – Fashion – on the basis that fashion need not mean 'fashionable' (I often have no real idea as to what's 'in' and what's 'out'). And I suppose it needn't mean anything to do with clothes either, but this was one of the shots I took while I was away and was going to put it up over the next few days anyway.

It was taken outside a café at Hampton Court and is one of a pair of shots of a woman sat at the next table. And just for once I think the G5 was probably a better bet than a DSLR in that it's remarkably easy to take casual/candid shots when you can preview them through the display while the camera sits unobtrusively on your knee. I suspect that any attempt at candid portraiture at a range of three feet would be out of the question if you needed to look through the viewfinder ;-)

As for this shot: I was fascinated by three things about this scene: the woman's hands (which I think are quite beautifully elegant), the interplay of the cream and pale blue of her jeans, and the contrast between her clothing and the cane-backed chair she was sitting on. I didn't manage a shot combining all three elements (tomorrow's is of the latter two) but I think that both are quite effective.

And finally, many of you will know that I often email a reply to the comments that you leave on chromasia. I suspect that I'm unlikely to have the time to reply to the ones that were left while I was away and won't have too much time this week either, so don't worry if I don't get back to you any time soon.

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Canon G5
3.09pm on 18/6/04
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4x3 + photo friday [noteworthy] + people
comment by Mark Gerrits at 04:34 PM (GMT) on 20 June, 2004

That's a candid shot?! Wow, great photo!

comment by justin at 04:39 PM (GMT) on 20 June, 2004

lovely light touch to this image. I admire your ability to get candids at such close range!

comment by Sandra Rocha at 06:12 PM (GMT) on 20 June, 2004

beautiful light indeed, very natural stance captured

comment by adam at 08:34 PM (GMT) on 20 June, 2004

wow, that's great...

comment by Sailesh at 08:39 PM (GMT) on 20 June, 2004

great capture, its all the in light. super hi-key.

comment by Todd at 08:51 PM (GMT) on 20 June, 2004

Great photo I likw how it looks like the person disappears in the background.

comment by tiffany at 11:58 PM (GMT) on 20 June, 2004

Ahhh terrific colors. I love the peaceful, crisp cleanness of this. I want to be just like you when I grow up. :)

comment by john at 03:46 PM (GMT) on 21 June, 2004

Nice one, love the high key look...

comment by montewski at 06:54 PM (GMT) on 21 June, 2004

amazing highkey!

comment by Jason Wall at 07:29 PM (GMT) on 21 June, 2004

I agree completely with your view of the interplay between the pale shades of pink her the ladies hand and the pale blue of the jeans. If you've been paying attention (and i haven't really, but circumstances have conspired to make me notice ths one point), baby blue and baby pink are both in vogue right now in the fashion scene. clothing stores are selling a lot of t-shirts and whatnot that color.

comment by jens albrektsson at 10:43 PM (GMT) on 21 June, 2004

Damn good! Not often you see this kind of shots in photoblogs, so more of that! Very nice high-key and balanced non-saturated colours.

comment by Tom B at 03:18 AM (GMT) on 22 June, 2004

I just love the composition and her soft hands. I am not quite sure how you processed this shot but I think it really works. I like the way her jeans fade off into the background ever so softly as well as the soft texture of her jacket against her jeans. I hope you offered her a print.

comment by d at 08:41 PM (GMT) on 22 June, 2004

i really like this as i think it's a clean, crisp image. the colours and tones are quite nicely muted, pastel-esque.. the only thing i am not too keen on is the bleaching as it gets to her leg.. very nice image, as usual though!

comment by Megan (MADesign) at 06:07 AM (GMT) on 29 June, 2004

Very nice photo! A very well deserved noteworthy, for sure! I would have never guesed it was a candid! The lighting is beautiful too!

comment by Caroline at 02:52 PM (GMT) on 29 June, 2004

I never in a million years would have thought that was candid. Great, noteworthy, stuff.

comment by jessica at 10:21 PM (GMT) on 30 June, 2004

the colors are just amazing. and i can't believe it's a candid shot. GREAT JOB

comment by Andrea at 02:34 PM (GMT) on 6 July, 2004

I love the colors on this one!

comment by amanda at 01:30 AM (GMT) on 2 September, 2004

perfect ..really

i saw this shot months ago ...june i guess, but i got thinking of it today... and came back searching for it ...it's a great shot

comment by Hanlu Cao at 09:00 PM (GMT) on 15 June, 2005

This is a very clean picture.

comment by Jeremy at 12:30 AM (GMT) on 20 July, 2005

Lovely. Very calming and serene.