Dennis Gay 12/20/2010 6:09:37 AM

THE MAKING OF 'Despair':

Another Sunday session at the Crèma with my best Port Macquarie Panthers Camera Club friend where we enjoy a mugga coffee, a light lunch and some brilliant conversations during which we solve all the world's problems and even talk about photography.
There was a good crowd there this day and during proceedings I became aware of this man carrying out his animated telephone conversation at the edge of the footpath opposite my table.
My camera is always within reach and preset for candid shots on these days so I got the chap in my sights and rattled off a series of shots hoping to gat one I could use. This one was the prize shot as I feel it conveys what was happening extremely well.
The dappled light was a bit of a problem as flash was out of the question but Lightroom's Fill Light function helped with that.


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Carla Capra 12/20/2010 10:50:00 AM

Hi Dennis;
My, my, my this fellow certainly appears distraught. You have captured raw emotions in this image; Quite tangible.
Your use of B/W is outstanding, as always. I like your focus and how the background has blurred away. The reflection is his glasses is pretty awesome, too.
;) CC #9116304

Dennis Gay 12/20/2010 3:50:56 PM

Merry Be *CARLA*!

Always a seat for you at my table at the Crèma. Let's lay back, slurp some coffee, stay cool and shoot a few people. 8-)
My mega thanks for your most uplifitng and inspiring feedback on this candid caper.
The reflection is part of the car park at the side of the road. In it there is a car and three vacant spaces, one with the invalid sign. Considering the state of the subject I leave you to draw your own conclusions and find a message there. 8-)

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Douglas Pignet 12/20/2010 4:23:15 PM

Great title for the expression on this fellows face...Well done #9116714

Dennis Gay 12/20/2010 5:31:12 PM


Welcome to one of my Crèma café candid shoots.
Many thanks indeed for your very encouraging wrap and WD Award for the shot mate.

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Lonnie M. Scott 12/20/2010 8:16:07 PM

You IDIOT!!! You lost how much at the friggin horse track!!!

Bye the way the great PJ !!! #9117234

Dennis Gay 12/20/2010 10:12:37 PM

Och Aye *LONNIE*!

Plenty of room at my table at the Crèma mate. Take a seat and get your camera ready while I buy you a coffee.
My ultra Aussie thanks for your most amusing and encouraging comment and wrap for this caffeine induced candid shot.
Happy to see you enjoyed the narrativce as well.

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Chris N. Sweet 12/21/2010 3:42:12 PM

OMG your pregnant? Lol!
Great work as always Dennis! #9118668

Dennis Gay 12/21/2010 5:52:17 PM

G'day *CHRIS*!

So good of you to drop by the Crèma and to leave your very amusing and inspiring comments for this distraught candid.

With people's fertile imaginations and a good senses of humour I am sure I will get to see more fun captions to suit this one.

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Dennis Gay 12/21/2010 5:53:42 PM

Goodness Gracious Me!!!!!!!!!!

Great to see the Editor at the Crèma once again.
Mega Aussie thanks for awarding my stressed out candid a PICK!

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I could not hear the conversation nor did I want to as I watched this obviously emotional man as he paced up and down, clasping his forehead, flinging his arm and looking so grim and angry. I hope it all worked out for him. It was Christmas in thirteen days time.

Shot at the Crèma Espresso Bar in Port Macquarie, NSW, Australia.

Canon EOS 40D & Canon USM 100-300mm Lens: RAW, f/5.6 @ 1/500sec, 220mm, ISO 100, -2 EV, Hand held.
Lightroom 2.2 & Photoshop CS3.


Exif: F Number: 5.6, Exposure Bias Value: -2.00, ExposureTime: 1/500 seconds, Flash: did not fire, compulsory flash mode, ISO: 100, White balance: Manual white balance, FocalLength: 220.00 mm, Model: Canon EOS 40D

Uploaded on 12/20/2010 6:09:07 AM

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Camera: Canon EOS 40D Digital SLR Editor's Pick

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