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  Mini#31 Best of 2015
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Café Katoen, Amsterdam       ©2015 andzwe
Panasonic DMC-GH4       2nd place, 242 points
1/200s, f5, ISO 200, 30mm, Normal Program, Pattern, no flash
 
Post-Processing: Convert to B&W, sharpen a bit       Extra Info: None
 
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Lo
Jan 12, 2016
    You have an excellent touch. I almost felt like I was in the cafe with everyone. Congratulations - this was one of the toughest competitions I've seen on Panachallenge.

andzwe
Jan 12, 2016
    Thanks everybody, for your constructive comments, suggestions and votes, that led to (another) 2nd place.

This was during a sunny, well spent day out with my sister, by train, in februari, last year. Since she's retired we make trips like this more often.

Jade O.
Jan 11, 2016
    Super! Glad to see this got the recognition that it deserves. You have a talented eye. I do hope you will enter more often simply because you have so much you could contribute to the benefit of all of us.

Mepo
Jan 11, 2016
    Congrats - super shot. I hope you will enter more often.

out_of_focus
Jan 11, 2016
    very close second!! congrats..

Laza45
Jan 11, 2016
    Congratulations on 2nd place.. wonderful light & atmosphere..this is a scene that I could live with for a long time and keep discovering new things in it.. an excellent capture!

Ronoz
Jan 11, 2016
    An excellent light and shadow study, and a very well deserved placing, congrats!

mrsawyer
Jan 11, 2016
    Congrats on another 2nd place finish in a strong field! We'd love to see your work more often!

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Mepo
Jan 11, 2016
    Beautiful; use of light and you are in the right city to study one of the masters of this. I might have titled this 'Day Watch' :-) Excellent shot in many ways. Love it.

jomari
Jan 11, 2016
    I like this very much. The light is beautiful and the people interesting,

ysal
Jan 11, 2016
    This is a terrific "a day in a life" image.

Elyod
Jan 11, 2016
    IMO, a great capture, very atmospheric, and well suited to b+w. In my TT.

mrsawyer
Jan 11, 2016
    First Impression - 5/5
Composition - 5/5
Lighting or Color - 5/5
Focus -5/5

Captures the ambiance of the place so well. I noticed some lens distortion as the vertical lines converge slightly toward the top center.

bryanshoots
Jan 11, 2016
    I love shots that plays with light and shadows. Looks like a lovely cafe.

Anthony Comyn
Jan 10, 2016
    Great mood and lighting. I love it. I do think you could tweak the crop slightly. For me there are 2 interesting subjects which could make for good focal points. 1. the 2 sitting at the window 2. and lady on the right looking up. I played with this in PS a bit, it works well if you crop out the table in the front and crop out the left side until about half way in the door and most of the roof, keeping the 2 at the window on the third line. The reason I think it works is that the focal points are then slightly bigger with emphasis on them. Obviously it is best to do this in-capture, but sometimes the mood and moment is just right, and some cropping afterwards helps. I am happy to share after voting if you interested. That said... I still think it is a great photography, only reason I played with the crop is because it is so good, the slight adjustment will just take it to the next level.

wrosenthal
Jan 10, 2016
    This shot draws me in and keeps me looking. I particularly like the profile female figure far right. Nice use of back lighting and excellent b&w tone and contrast.

Lo
Jan 10, 2016
    Wonderful atmosphere in this photograph. Great exposure that captures all the various textures in the sun and shadows.

dk
Jan 10, 2016
    terrific mixture of tones: silhouettes, direct, and partial. And nobody even stared directly at you during the shot...my numero uno

BarbroS
Jan 10, 2016
    Superb capture, perfectly rendered atmosphere, great exposure and B&W conversion. Sails straight to the top of my pile.

Old Finn
Jan 10, 2016
    BW works well here. Good composition. In my TT

KJW
Jan 9, 2016
    Nice mono capture, like the use of light & dark areas.

forkcandles
Jan 9, 2016
    well exposed and the light reflections in the glasses and the view outside give this depth

NEAT
Jan 9, 2016
    Gorgeous light!!

artsy
Jan 9, 2016
    It does convey the mood!!!

babysister
Jan 8, 2016
    Lovely photo. I like the B&W for the atmosphere. There is great interaction between the people and interesting shadow on the wall.

Laza45
Jan 8, 2016
    Wonderful light & atmosphere! A clear favorite for me..

davep56
Jan 8, 2016
    Great B/W image but has a feel that the verticals are slightly off

elliott
Jan 7, 2016
    i like this a lot. high in my my fav's (well to be honest it is my only one so far, but i think it will do well). my only thought is that if you want me to see the whole ceiling, then let me see the floor too. or, crop just below the chandelier to put more emphasis on the people in the cafe. just my thoughts.
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Jade O.
Jan 7, 2016
    Extraordinary. Exquisite. Immediate impact and a truly wondrous scene beautifully captured with a stunning use of light and shadow.

So beautiful that I hesitate to critique. My sense is that the verticals are off...it may be distortion by the lens but it looks like the horizon is sloping down to the right. I'd try a very slight counter clockwise rotation and if that didn't work, then try a perspective tool to "square" the horizontals and verticals so they are perfectly in line. All the same this may be my number 1 pick in a fine field of entries.
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