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Afternoon coffee
2nd PlaceAfternoon coffee

Photograph Information Photographer's Comments
Challenge: Candid (Classic Editing)
Camera: Sony DSC-F707
Location: Santa Monica, CA
Date: Aug 31, 2002
Aperture: f2.5
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/125 sec
Date Uploaded: Sep 1, 2002


Place: 2 out of 172
Avg (all users): 7.8048
Avg (commenters): 9.0345
Avg (participants): 7.7630
Avg (non-participants): 7.8408
Views since voting: 6985
Votes: 292
Comments: 73
Favorites: 50 (view)

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12/28/2009 10:52:16 AM
Lovely capture!
08/18/2006 04:40:59 PM
Such a great shot.
Life is all about the people, the reality of people and what we know and see in our daily lives. This is a great representation of just that - real life.
08/18/2006 11:18:36 AM
CLASSIC!!! i love this!!
06/17/2005 12:17:49 PM
What a great shot. It says so much without words. The turquoise backdrop is really well done and an unusual color which makes the figures pop out at you. The detail is well done. Way to go!!
09/09/2002 11:39:00 AM
Thank you everyone for the lovely comments. I wish I could take full credit for "finding" this couple, but my wonderful boyfriend saw them first, and handed me this opportunity. I really enjoy taking candid shots and they were just so adorable, all dressed up on Saturday afternoon, sitting at the Third St. Promenade, an open air mall, in Santa Monica, California. Just as I went to take the first shot, the old man got up....so, I had to wait, surreptitiously, to catch them, together. And, I liked this one the best, with him still putting his change in his pocket, while she is opening her sugar packet. They seem to be separated, yet they are very much together. Thank you all again for the wonderful votes and comments.
09/09/2002 10:24:00 AM
Woo hoo! I don't have to eat my hat! (See my comment during voting :)
09/09/2002 05:49:00 AM
I'm sorry I didn't have the chance to comment while the voting was happening, but this is one of the best photos I have seen on this site. I actually caught my breath when I first saw it. Wonderful job and congratulations!
09/09/2002 01:41:00 AM
congrats on 2nd.. this is a great photo :)
09/09/2002 01:12:00 AM
I think you captured the hearts of the voting community this week. Such wonderful feeling is tied up in this picture. I'd love to hear how and where you stumbled across this scene. This would have been a good candidate for #1 but I have to admit giving you a 9 and the old woman a 10. Sorry. (The ONLY 9 and 10 I gave this week)

Congrautlation on this well deserved award.

Sy :'-D
09/09/2002 12:15:00 AM
Congrats. This shot is absolutely darling!
 Comments Made During the Challenge
09/08/2002 08:58:00 PM
Great great photo. The colors and composition are great.
09/08/2002 01:16:00 PM
great photo
09/08/2002 11:12:00 AM
My only 10 of the week, it took me a while to decide but i finally did. It's clear, crisp and vibrant. I really like something about this photo. Good job and good luck ;-)
09/07/2002 10:55:00 PM
Wow. Awesome color and his expression is great. 8, just-married
09/07/2002 10:36:00 AM
I think this is one of my favorite shots that I have seen. The colors and subject matter are great. Technically this photo is excellent. I wouldn't be surprised seeing this in a gallery at some gallery or museum. The subtle shadows, the look on their faces is excellent. One very very minor suggestion I would try is dodging the womans face (I understand spot editing is not allowed for this particular site but for your own photo I would see if it gives an improvement)
09/07/2002 04:15:00 AM
Great frame, colour, expression. Wonderful.
09/06/2002 07:47:00 PM
great candid! quality pic. 10
09/06/2002 06:45:00 PM
Good photo. I don't know what to say, I don't really see anything all that "wrong", but I'm not excited either (low "WOW" value). Still, the photo is well taken and seems to be close enough to the challenge. 8 Swash
09/06/2002 01:51:00 PM
What a great shot. One of my tops for the week. 9.
09/06/2002 01:32:00 PM
I don't know what it is about this picture I like so well. Probably because it brings up so many questions. Is this couple husband/wife or brother/sister? They look so much alike. Definately a candid shot. I like the background. Picture is crisp and clean.
09/06/2002 11:17:00 AM
Nice candid shot - grumpy with nothing to do! Hope I don't get that way.
09/06/2002 08:38:00 AM
super, super, suuuuper!! 10 (manolo)
09/06/2002 08:36:00 AM
Cant help feeling that there were better moments to take this pic, such as when their postures were reflecting each other. The sticks betwen knees is a good start. Could be framed a bit lower, and keep the camera level. One of the more interesting shots this week.
09/05/2002 10:33:00 PM
excellent shot 10 sgtpeppa
09/05/2002 02:14:00 PM
What an adorable couple and a great photograph.
09/05/2002 01:34:00 PM
i think this photo ... composition is nice and the teal color background sets it nicely with their clothing - Ayme -6
09/05/2002 06:24:00 AM
I absolutely love this! Great color, very sharp, and wonderful expressions on your subjects. Makes you want to know their story. This is a 10. Kaz
09/05/2002 01:15:00 AM
I Love this photo. These are moments that we are looking forward too.
09/05/2002 12:07:00 AM
This is an EXCELLENT candid photograph. I love the contrast of the rollup door in the background against the gray of the clothes and the stark white table. This photographer has a good eye. Good composition as well.
09/04/2002 11:32:00 PM
Colors are excellent and love the old couple
09/04/2002 10:14:00 PM
Composition - excellent
Technical Aspects - excellent
Meets Challenge - yes +
Visual Impact / Originality – very high
Other suggestions – frame it - a 10
Jim msp
09/04/2002 08:59:00 PM
This shot really meets the challenge. Probably the best I've seen yet.
09/04/2002 02:19:00 PM
This is a very cool picture. Cool in the sense that I like it a lot and also the cool color temperatures. It's well framed and easy to look at and get drawn into, as if it were telling a story. Plus, even though there is a large turquoise background, no one part of the image is overpowering to me. The man's face is a thousand stories in itself. Wonderful capture.
Score: 10
09/04/2002 09:44:00 AM
excellent shot. great color. they look like a couple of interesting folks. 10
09/04/2002 12:35:00 AM
mood captured - now where's those da*n pills?
sincerity of expressions - good
09/03/2002 10:15:00 PM
Great shot! One of my favorites for the week. Lighting, framing, subject... excellent.
09/03/2002 05:04:00 PM
Excellent poses and subject matter. Love the colour too. 9 - floyd
09/03/2002 04:48:00 PM
Why are these two at the same table, while they don't seem to have anything together? Strange picture, good shot, but leaves too many questions to make an interesting story.
09/03/2002 03:45:00 PM
What a great shot! I really like the colors... or lack of!
09/03/2002 03:09:00 PM
A great photo.--andrewm
09/03/2002 03:04:00 PM
I think this is the best one, it has it all :)
09/03/2002 02:54:00 PM
Very compelling image
09/03/2002 12:01:00 PM
adorable. gets a 10 from me. ~mcmurma
09/03/2002 09:23:00 AM
This is nice! I love the tone of the background. I would love to hear how you stumbled across this... good shot :) = 8 - jmsetzler
09/03/2002 09:14:00 AM
This photo will probably be in the top 10. I love this candid moment. BAMartin
09/03/2002 04:11:00 AM
All I can think to say is...
... 10
09/03/2002 04:00:00 AM
Brilliant 10 Journey
09/03/2002 02:29:00 AM
by far the best this week
09/03/2002 01:44:00 AM
I love this photo. It's a glimpse into their lifetime. I could see this in the "lifestyles" section of the Sunday Newspaper. =8 syamjonimi ;'-D
09/03/2002 01:37:00 AM
The best. Color, composition, attitude, everything. AWESOME. Can I get a print? :)
09/02/2002 11:48:00 PM
What makes the picture great is wonderful color, the great setup and the "beauty of aged people, which always gives a certain feeling to a picture.
09/02/2002 09:37:00 PM
Wow! Perfect composition, focus, color.
09/02/2002 07:07:00 PM
Ex cellent Photo!
09/02/2002 07:06:00 PM
WOnderful work wonderful!!!!!!! VERY NICE. Love it. Score 9 Justine
09/02/2002 05:17:00 PM
One of my top three this week. Wonderfully candid portrait of this couple. 8 Jak
09/02/2002 05:03:00 PM
good use of color
09/02/2002 04:48:00 PM
A very interesting kind of "day in the life" photo. Neither of them look very happy, do they?? This photo seems to have a certain "sadness" to it. Nice job of capturing a moment. lhall-8
09/02/2002 04:35:00 PM
What a great candid! I love the expression on the man's face. And I just love their matching canes. This picture really tells a story to me...I wonder how long they have been married, how she hurt her leg, what the man is looking for in his pocket...just a great job! You know, I personally think that it may be more dramatic in black in white...but maybe not...you may want to just try it and see. -KrazyKat
09/02/2002 02:24:00 PM
I'm giving this a 10. I just love the color of the background and their expressions. Good exposure. ~indigo997
09/02/2002 01:09:00 PM
love the blue!! great candid!! wish they were drinking coffee.....7--shutterfly
09/02/2002 12:29:00 PM
I love this shot - brilliant! Their expressions and poses are perfect - the fact that it's slightly skewed and not quite centered makes it look much more candid, too. I'd love to see a series of shots of this couple against that backdrop ... I bet there'd be other contenders in the series. Well done!
09/02/2002 11:37:00 AM
Incredible picture! 10. Perfect in every detail. Lnede
09/02/2002 11:27:00 AM
Great shot.
09/02/2002 11:10:00 AM
Composition: Subject Placement, Cropping, Background10,
Technical: Focus, Exposure, Lighting, Processing10,
Appeal: Is it Interesting, Motivating, Etc.? 10,
Total Averaged Rating10. Autool

09/02/2002 11:02:00 AM
Beautiful composition -- nicely balanced and the background color is very effective. This photo really draws me in and I want to keep looking at it to try and figure out what these people are doing. 10 LanSnake
09/02/2002 05:31:00 AM
First class shot. This, for me, is what this challenge is all about. This shot has it all; it tells a story, composition is superb, it's sharp and the expressions on the faces are truly wonderful. It's one of the hardest challenges- in my view- that we have had thus far and you have excelled… (10++) Good luck – if you need it…
09/02/2002 03:15:00 AM
Excellent colors, great expressions. bet its not in america... 7 sjgleah
09/02/2002 02:49:00 AM
excellent subjects...good compostition
09/02/2002 02:06:00 AM
oh what cute old people.
09/02/2002 01:30:00 AM
So far this is my only "10" -- super job! I love the expression on the guy's face, the background color is unique, and it's a sharp, well-composed image. And it meets the challenge perfectly. If this isn't in the top 3, I'll eat my hat. Great work!
09/02/2002 12:55:00 AM
This is great. Love it. Hats and all! Definitely fits the challenge, unlike too many others I've seen so far!
09/02/2002 12:33:00 AM
I love this ! I just love it ! PERFECT photo for the week !!! = 10 Shiiizzzam
09/02/2002 12:21:00 AM
i love the expression on the guys face. great composition too. i hope this one wins

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