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Who's Watching Who?

Who's Watching Who?
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Copyright: Pierre Richer (tournesol) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1827 W: 258 N: 1536] (12876)
Genre: Places
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-10-16
Categories: Daily Life, Decisive Moment
Camera: Canon EOS 300D Digital Rebel, Canon EF 24-70mm/2.8 L, B+W 77mm UV
Exposure: f/8, 1/640 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Travelogue: Italian Vacation - October 2005
Theme(s): Rhymea's favourite 2 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2005-12-09 8:09
Viewed: 5059
Favorites: 2 [view]
Points: 74
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
There she is, enjoying the last rays of sunshine, semi hiding behind the clothes. A snapshot of life, probably repeated everyday.

PP Notes:
- A small crop;
- Curves adjustment;
- Re-sized for TL.


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  • chrisJ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4430 W: 637 N: 9632] (55124)
  • [2005-12-09 8:10]

Bonjour Pierre

Hope it wasnt too cold there today. It was 34c here. Excellent graphism of the dark clothes against the lighter bg. Bon travail!

Bonjour Pierre,
j'aime beaucoup cette dame agée au milieu de ces vêtements qui séchent... Bon cadrage. Du bon travail Professeur!

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  • law Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 509 W: 75 N: 80] (1764)
  • [2005-12-09 8:28]

Nice colors and texture. Great photo indeed. :D

what makes it for me is the light and the fact that all the clothing is black, which is so typically Southern European. thanx, (*_*)

Really the like the composition and particularly the way the rest of her washing has arms hanging down but just in front of her the view is clear. Excellent.

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  • lucbus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1809 W: 92 N: 1864] (10358)
  • [2005-12-09 9:07]

Salut Pierre,
J'aime bien cette ligne de vêtement noir qui contraste sur le fond. Et cette femme qui t'observe de facon songeuse. Très bien réussi.

Well, I started to laugh even before I had scrolled down to see the whole scene. The ladies face peering over the wall is precious. The clothes on the washing line just adds that much more humour to an already cute scene. Very well observed Pierre, and the composition is just the sort of style I absolutely adore. Wish I had taken this shot. Going straight to my favs. Thanks, and well done.

Bonjour Pierre, Ma reponse a ta question de qui ... nous tous a TL! LOL ...as long as we can see. J'aime sa regarde. Bon PdV.

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  • dada Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 896 W: 46 N: 382] (6560)
  • [2005-12-09 10:49]
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wow! excellent contrast between the black clothes (a very strong colour) and the rest of the picture, very flat... it seems to me that the clothes are more alive than the old lady:) beautiful! and a special thing: this landscape is very Romanian-like:0


This so great capture Pierre. How you create a great composition from a daliy life... Good contrast all dark laundry hanged on with bright color on wall and woman. Perfect shot..Thanks..:)

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  • mtylek Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 131 W: 21 N: 2] (2063)
  • [2005-12-09 10:57]

great :) nice compo and beautiful colours :)
regard e.
great shot!

Une très belle, même touchante photo, Pierre.
Ces vêtements noirs suspendus ont une signification et pas à peu près.
En plus de la dame, on peut dire qu'il y a du «stock» là-dedans! Belle lumière.


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  • Saiz Gold Star Critiquer [C: 909 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2005-12-09 13:02]

Tu n'as pas tes yeux en poche, Pierre …
Elle non plus !!!

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  • laine Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 355 W: 37 N: 107] (885)
  • [2005-12-09 13:05]

great daily life. the funny thing about pins - so colourful - good contrast between black clothes, beige walls.
good compo. well done!

A lovely daily life catch,Pierre.You were really lucky that the clothes are black,-I really like the graphic appeal and the peeping through lady is a great detail.

Hello.Here is a well captured piece of southern italian life!
Clothes hanged under the sun...old white walls of old houses(maybe the "sassi" in this case)...and old people who look just in your eyes...
A great compo for a great shot!
Regards, Francesco

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  • Dingo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2505 W: 368 N: 2626] (11966)
  • [2005-12-09 18:37]
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Everything in this picture is so "southern Europe", Pierre... the late-evening sunrays, the soft hues on the buildings, the laundry drying in the street... and the electrical wires that are put up everywhere to annoy tourists (especially the ones carrying a camera LOL). You captured this atmosphere perfectly.

Just for fun I made a WS on Luc's picture of you and Suzanne ;o)

Bonjour Pierre,
Great composition of the black cloths and the white/bright BG. But the star of the show is that lady:0)
Well Done!


Elle doit se dire... Encore des Touristes! Et en plus de me prendre en photo.. C'est quoi ça... On dirais un pendule!
Vision typique au cliché que même les pubs utilisent un peu trop souvent peut-être.
Mais là au moins on respire l'authentique :)

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  • nova Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2441 W: 250 N: 873] (8693)
  • [2005-12-09 22:00]

Tout a fait splendide comme photo,Pierre! Excellente composition! Beau jeu d'ombres et de lumieres! Il s'agit ici d'une belle oeuvre photographique! Bravo! Michel

What an interesting face, well-framed by the hanging clothes! Interesting the way the woman "lines up" with the shadow of the trousers below! And usually, I think of laundry on a clothesline as being light-colored (not sure why), so this is very different.

Love it!
Gayle :)

Bien vu mon cher prof. Tournesol :)

Une très belle composition avec cette dame, tout ce linge et le tas de fils qui courent d'un bord et de l'autre, belle scène de tous les jours.

Intéressant aussi, car ca aurait pu etre un peu partout comme Montréal, Toronto, ou tout autre grande ville.

Je note aussi que tout le linge est noir ou très foncé ... possiblement une charmante "mama" en deuil.

Pierre, Accept a huge of prizes from me! Really amazing and moody shot. How perfect you achived such POV. A wonderfull sreet shot! A golden hand you have!

A very nice everyday scene well spotted and caught. This time I would not propose a different cropping. On the contrary I find the overall composition extremely well balanced with plenty of exciting details entering or leaving the frame, but with the most imposrtant inside it. This is the kind of shot that might work well in black and white also.

I think it's best in color. The clothes are dark and provide a contrast already, and her face is framed so nicely by the shorter shirt. The diagonal lines keep me eye moving, but I'm irresistably drawn back to the little old lady.

If it were my shot, I'd feel SO pleased with myself. You should too.

Hi Pierre, great shot ! Love the black clothing. Also I love that you dared to take this picture, I would have gotten shy, not taken it and afterwards kicked myself for not taking it.

Great work.


Nice composition and pov, Pierre. I like it. Best regards,


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  • edie Gold Star Critiquer [C: 659 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2005-12-17 9:41]

Very very nice scene you captured here,all is lovely,the woman's look,the shadows,the great brigthness of an ordinary day.

  • Janone Gold Star Critiquer [C: 3409 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2005-12-20 13:37]

Do you have something with Laundry, Pierre?
Sperb shot. The Lady is looking proud to see you love it. lol

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  • freddd Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 322 W: 47 N: 77] (1909)
  • [2005-12-20 22:39]

Belle scène pleine de détails tristes - le visage de la dame, l'effritement des murs, la couleur uniforme et noire des vêtements - qui font contraste avec le soleil radieux. Très charmant.

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  • erdna Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 574 W: 62 N: 749] (5437)
  • [2005-12-23 14:45]
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I tried to review what I missed in your gallery while I was gone and this one is what I like most. Your note say it all, "A Snapshot of Life". Beautiful and touching!

Merry Christmas!

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  • Ejla Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 289 W: 13 N: 137] (2488)
  • [2006-01-05 11:54]

I like your gallery very much. I've picked this one to leave my comment. It's great! I think I should start a Theme "Laundry" one of this days, and yours would be on the first place.
TNX for your comment under my photo!

Salut Pierre, Une trés belle photo, bravo. j'aime bien cette lumiere et ces hombres.

This is just, well it's brilliant.

It seems to (me) that it's one of those photos where there is that slight hesitation and then in the back of your mind you realize you've already decided to take it. And voila!

I'm probably wrong but whatever. :)

It's just so everyday and surprising yet familiar. I just love it. Well done!


Fantastic, extraordinary shot!
Who's Watching Who? Hard to sey, butt she is in the better position :)
Composition here is soo good, even if you convert this photo to B/W it's still amazing!
I'll put this one into my favourite photos...

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  • Oscar Silver Star Critiquer [C: 10 W: 4 N: 7] (59)
  • [2006-09-29 20:31]

You wonder just what is she thinking. Maybe she's got to an age she doesn't have to think about it, and wonders what all the fuss is about. She's seens a lifetime.

Great picture.

Really a nice slice of a day in life in Italy.

Ok i see that Italians likes dark clothes!!
I like it very much:)


Ciao, bellissima foto. Conosco bene questi luoghi e hai colto di essi l'essenza che ancora resiste. mari

Me encanta... perfecta en todo.

so full of atmeoshere and so true to the spirit of where it was taken. bravissimo!

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