Stills V3

December 11, 2010

waffle stall

Filed under: John Ellis — zavaell @ 10:43

Victorian night in Newcastle Emlyn



  1. This all comes together very well. The framing and the lighting separate out the subjects from their background (even from the man in the hat) and I like the look of anticipation in the buyer’s face.

    Comment by Rex — December 11, 2010 @ 17:00

  2. I like the way the image is segregated into three distinct areas and in such a way that they could have been different images. It has actually stimulated an idea which, if I ever get round to making something of, I promise to reference this image.

    I also like the confluence of the two gazes (that of the buyer and the storeholder) and how, because I can’t actually see what the shared focal point is, it stimulates my imagination.

    Comment by cgcooke — December 12, 2010 @ 00:06

  3. Oozing with atmosphere. The vendor’s hair with headband and those loose tendrils adds an especially nice touch.

    I’m really enjoying the night time lighting in recent posts here on Stills. Inspiring.

    Comment by Christina — December 13, 2010 @ 05:09

  4. It’s a little unsettling on my eye how deep the left side is compared to the right side. However, the right, to compensate, has much more interest for to to balance it all out. The smiling person with the half drunk glass of beer(?) is completely out of scale with everything else given the apparent flatness of that half of the photograph. There’s certainly an element of anticipation of what is going to be presented. The hungry look a little tense yet the fed are laughing…do they know something that the rest of us don’t?

    Comment by akikana — December 13, 2010 @ 06:07

  5. two pictures. One of a waffle seller, her tendrils (love that description)of hair and what seems to be concentration on her face making waffles. The other picture of customers waiting for their food.

    And then there is the waffle sellers companion in her ‘picture’, a companion because he shares the same square of picture space on the 2D surface of my screen.

    Concentration, anticipation and enjoyment. I take it they are good waffles.

    Comment by rhoehne — December 15, 2010 @ 10:40

  6. Several impressions and a feel of Robert Frank, although much cleaner in tonality. The wall, door and window give us a strong sense of being a very outside observer. The concerntration of the girl serving and the couple waiting – on different things – contrasts with the oof smile behind. Finally the light from above, giving her the air of an angel.


    Comment by sojournerphoto — December 16, 2010 @ 21:09

  7. Many thanks for comments. I was using an old OM 50mm (100mm equiv) f1.4 wide open, which gives lights a soft expanded look but does allow some light in! It is also difficult to focus with the tiny viewfinder I have.

    The girl looks like this

    A pub (lots in the town!) is a few paces away, hence what looks like a beer. The lights in the background are the calor gas store, which was an old-fashioned ironmonger 25 years ago selling screws individually and not in plastic containers.

    Comment by zavaell — December 17, 2010 @ 08:32

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