Stills V3

March 22, 2009

Wimpy restaurant

Filed under: Doonster — doonster @ 10:12

Wimpy restaurant, Tanzania, January 2009



  1. This probably will come across differently to those folk not used to the Wimpy burger chain.

    Some lovely historical/colonial references.

    Timing for the cyclist good. Less so for the child’s head.

    Comment by Colin — March 25, 2009 @ 04:45

  2. I had to look up Wimpy on Wikipedia to check whether they still exist in the UK as I don’t register them any more. I remember when they first came in: the standard of British food did not go up! But I can’t think of a fast food chain that has achieved that.

    So, poor Tanzania to be inflicted with a Wimpy, although the food here is probably entirely local and it may even be someone’s idea of a minor reverse colonial joke.

    Your crop is rather good: I’m not sure what it reminds me of but it works as a minor panorama. I suppose you could have got closer to the woman and child and thus avoided the problem with the child’s head that Colin mentions but other than that there are a lot of interesting details. Are the Land Rovers from your exped?

    Comment by John Ellis — March 25, 2009 @ 07:36

  3. I like the crop, but I wish the two foreground figures were either sharper or softer.

    Comment by matt — March 25, 2009 @ 12:35

  4. Matt I don’t understand your comment about the foreground figures. I don’t see and difference in sharpness across the image.

    I would have liked to see the mum & son holding hands as it looks like they were. I find the boy’s hand a bit odd and of course I love the LRs!

    Comment by Rex — March 26, 2009 @ 19:36

  5. ‘I don’t see and difference in sharpness across the image.’

    Maybe that’s the problem. The whole thing does feel a bit soft, but it’s most apparent to me in the foreground characters. They aren’t so out of focus that it feels intentional, but they aren’t that sharp either.

    Comment by matt — March 27, 2009 @ 11:21

  6. I’ve tried it with a smidgen of USM and it does crisp up.

    Comment by Rex — March 27, 2009 @ 21:16

  7. I think there are 2 reasons for the slight softness. Firstly the shooting conditions (I’ll mention that another time) and secondly a change in my process for scans which I don’t think is working quite as well as the old system.

    Comment by doonster — March 27, 2009 @ 21:28

  8. All the rich detail certainly provides a sense of place. I might quibble a bit with the position of the mother and son, but I’m busy enjoying getting a sense of a country that I will never see in person.

    Comment by Anita Jesse — March 27, 2009 @ 21:58

  9. a wimp here is a person that has no backbone, can’t defend themselves so this is not what I expected.
    I feel I need more of a base to the picture and possibly less of the left side.
    Was the restaurant your reason for the picture?

    Comment by Robert Hoehne — March 29, 2009 @ 10:23

  10. Robert, that’s what a wimp means this side of the world, too. Wimpy, however, is a very British reference in this context. It was always the burger place in my home town. Definitely what attracted me in the first place.
    I’ve only cropped this from the top, taking out a lot of sky.
    This was one of the drive-by shots, from the side of the Land Rover at 50mph, so those are definitely not our vehicles in the shot. That is probably the other reason for the softness, although a close-up look at the larger scan file reveals some motion blur in the faces.

    Comment by doonster — March 29, 2009 @ 12:23

  11. I did not know the hamburger chain, but quite familiar with the cartoon character from Popeye that gave the hamburger chain its name ( in my head I hear him reciting his “hamburger” line) — so I have yet another association to this. —

    With or without that, I agree with Anita on the sense of place. And while I would like to see the foreground figures positioned a bit differently, they add to the mix that provides it.

    Comment by Christina — March 29, 2009 @ 16:32

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