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When I was out yesterday I noticed these two blokes on a pedestrian walkway above the street. As I took my first shot (which didn't really work out) they noticed me taking a picture of them and turned and did the same. It's not the most artistic thing I've put up recently, but I like the feel of this one. To me, and I can't really find a better way of putting this, it has a 'happy balance': they clearly don't mind being photographed, the composition works, and the colours work well together.

As far as modifying this image goes: it's reasonably faithful to the original scene but I i) increased the contrast (particularly in the mid/high tones of the image), and ii) deepened the colour of the sky (as increasing the contrast faded what little colour there was in the original scene).

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1.34pm on 6/10/04
Canon 20D
EF 70-200 f/4L USM
135mm (216mm equiv.)
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3x2 + people
comment by yamel::spectrum at 11:38 PM (GMT) on 7 October, 2004

David, I'm a huge fan and visit your site daily! I never comment as you get plenty of that, but since no one has yet, I'll take the opportunity.

In regards to the photo, I agree with you. The moment is what makes this shot. It's also cool that the bloke without the camera is tickled.
Nice emotion in this one - it brought me a smile. Take care.

comment by joe holmes at 01:41 AM (GMT) on 8 October, 2004

Definitely a sweet moment! It's rewarding not only because of the composition, color, balance, but because it's a nice twist on a familiar theme -- someone photographing the photographer. Without the smiling friend, it'd be dull, but the friend makes the photo -- great smile and very natural, and it's nice that he's looking directly at you (us). This is a great catch.

comment by twb at 02:11 AM (GMT) on 8 October, 2004

This photo brought a smile to my lips! Thanks! Great composition too.

comment by Mike at 02:23 AM (GMT) on 8 October, 2004

This is a nice picture. I love the feel, kindof a happy mode to it. Nice job.

comment by AJ at 03:04 AM (GMT) on 8 October, 2004

I wonder if they have their own photoblog, and put a picture of you? Now, that would be really cool.

comment by Christine at 06:40 AM (GMT) on 8 October, 2004

You're right, it's about the moment - and it doesn't hurt that the guy on the left is really cute. (Ok, probably not a consideration for you with the photo, but I still thought it was worth mentioning.)

comment by east3rd at 06:50 AM (GMT) on 8 October, 2004

LOVE IT! Fantastic shot, you've captured the moment beautifully! It really works because of the smiling guy. He makes the photograph light and cheery.

comment by myla at 08:17 AM (GMT) on 8 October, 2004

Dave. .. it's been too long. =) What a trip that your image title today was 'reciprocal activity' -- I finally got around to posting this:
http://parrotsmeow.com/plog/archives/000936.html =)

{This image is fantastic and I agree with Christine, he *is* cute} I wonder if these blokes realized just who it was they were photographing. . .

comment by hotpixel at 08:25 AM (GMT) on 8 October, 2004

Excellent capture David
Well done (again)

comment by Timmargh at 10:52 AM (GMT) on 8 October, 2004

Excellent picture and, as everyone else had said, it captures the moment perfectly. Now I guess we wait and see if those guys see this!

comment by nellooo at 01:43 PM (GMT) on 8 October, 2004

Nice smile ! (so do I when I look at this picture).

comment by Urbanite at 01:49 PM (GMT) on 8 October, 2004

Ahh that's what I like, a nice bit of eye-candy, you didn't get the bloke on the left's number did you ?? (don't tell my hubby I said that, lol)

comment by john at 04:26 PM (GMT) on 8 October, 2004

I like it - there's a mutual(ness) here that's funny...

Tones are great.

comment by Seth Thomas Rasmussen at 07:23 PM (GMT) on 8 October, 2004

Love that shot! Horray for Friday!

comment by Turfdigger at 08:36 PM (GMT) on 8 October, 2004

Couldn't have pre-arranged a better shot!

comment by djn1 at 09:27 PM (GMT) on 8 October, 2004

Thanks everyone, and Christine, Myla, and Urbanite: if I bump into him again I'll give him your email addresses ;-)

comment by Brian Poulsen at 12:26 AM (GMT) on 9 October, 2004

Shooting with the 70-200L lens is not quite anonymous street photography huh? :)
I have the 70-200mm f/2.8L and I never even considered bringing it along for street photography.

Great pictures though :)

comment by myla at 08:29 AM (GMT) on 9 October, 2004

Thanks D. You're the best. =)

comment by tiffany at 04:48 PM (GMT) on 9 October, 2004

Now that is too funny!

comment by M at 01:40 AM (GMT) on 14 October, 2004

Much lesss staged than a previous multiple photo moment, I like the feel too.