Ruth Benson, QPSA  

Waiting for Coffee by Ruth Benson, QPSA

January 2020 - Waiting for Coffee

About the Image(s)

The shot was taken in June 2019 early in the morning in Urbino, Italy. The coffee shop had just opened and there was the man sitting and reading his newspaper. I was struck by the scene and took the shot as fast as I could and without having time to adjust the exposure. The light was lovely, but there was a lot of reflection from the surfaces and the background was too dominant. I converted the image into black & white and added a white vignette to blur out some of the background and emphasise the focus on the subject.

I am hoping that feedback can point out further improvements or adjustments I should make

This round’s discussion is now closed!
8 comments posted

Prasad Indulkar   Prasad Indulkar
Great story , fine shot considering you had very little time to adjust , Loved the way you have candidly captured the scene , brings out the loneliness of old age and / or peace one achieves with age .

I cant find anything to contribute towards improvement , its just perfect to me

  Posted: 01/08/2020 22:57:32
Ruth Benson   Ruth Benson
Thank you for your kind comments Prasad. I think that the background could be faded out a bit more and I would also like to crop the top of the image, but doing so, would cut off the top of the waste bin, so I just left it as is.   Posted: 01/08/2020 23:13:52

Andrew Klein   Andrew Klein
I agree, this is a lovely image that tells a story. I like it a lot. I agree with the thought that a softer background would help with its distraction (although the trashcan is prophetic). I like to take this kind of image and keep my 50mm lens at f2 to try to tame backgrounds.   Posted: 01/09/2020 10:06:44
Ruth Benson   Ruth Benson
Thank you for your kind comments Andrew. In future I will try and be more ready for street photography.   Posted: 01/11/2020 18:23:38

Kathleen Colligan
I looked at your photo the other day without posting comments. It is one of those photos that make you think . Your photo stayed with me and I continued to think about it. Is the man lonely or does he enjoy the peace and solitude of having coffee while reading the news? Having the empty table in front, wide empty space in back combined with black and white all add to the to the mystery.   Posted: 01/10/2020 10:17:13
Ruth Benson   Ruth Benson
Thank you for your comments Kathleen. Your thoughts are very pertinent. I think he was a lonely man. We stayed in Urbino for a few days and saw him every day sitting by himself either next to a pillar in the main square or in one of the surrounding coffee shops.
  Posted: 01/11/2020 18:32:33

Laurie McShane
This is exactly the type of photo that I love. You captured him perfectly, and the reflection on the street adds so much to the feel. The composition is great, and the vertical lines of the pillars and wall are nicely contrasting with the round tables and his awesome hat.   Posted: 01/12/2020 17:28:17
Ruth Benson   Ruth Benson
Sorry for the late response. Thank you so much for your kind comments and observations. I wished I could claim that I had the composition in mind. In reality it is a very hurriedly taken image and it was good luck that the composition turned out ok. I think that photography sometimes not only requires good skills, but also a lot of luck! This is one of the lucky images.   Posted: 01/22/2020 18:15:17