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The Ladies' Klatch

In stark contrast to yesterday's Red Light District, how is this for a get-together, right on the street!  This is NOT a cafe or restaurant's terrace.  This is in a residential area, right off the street. 

At first I converted this to sepia and then decided you needed to see the flowers!!

[Today I'm in Amsterdam.]


The Ladies' Klatch

In stark contrast to yesterday's Red Light District, how is this for a get-together, right on the street!  This is NOT a cafe or restaurant's terrace.  This is in a residential area, right off the street. 

At first I converted this to sepia and then decided you needed to see the flowers!!

[Today I'm in Amsterdam.]


comments (31)

See what I mean .. people are you ! And she's looking right at you, great great shot.

J
Ginnie Hart: Awww. Thanks, Johnny. I'll have to think about what you're saying because I usually DON'T capture people, unless they're my own family.
I'm glad you left the color. Your lady in red seems unsure about being photographed.
Ginnie Hart: HA! I'm still not sure that lady was looking at me, Red Pen. She seemed to be listening quite intently to what the lady next to her was saying. I'm not really sure she ever saw me because I was pretty far away.
  • Kay
  • in the Pacific Northwest
  • 12 Jul 2007, 02:45
Hi Ginnie,
I think this is great! I like it that people take the initiative to do something different...like moving their dining table outside on the sidewalk, chairs and all. A little wine to sip doesn't hurt either. Nice shot!
Ginnie Hart: HA! A "little wine to sip" just made my day, Kay. grin
I'm glad you kept the colour. We need to see not only the flowers, but the outfits, too. I like this. smile
Ginnie Hart: HA! I like that, Karen. Fashion statements in Amsterdam? smile
  • Shailja
  • Boston, USA
  • 12 Jul 2007, 03:44
Nice street shot Ginnie! Everybody seems to be enjoying the drinks except one who is looking at you smile
Ginnie Hart: I know, Shailja. As I'm telling everyone else, I'm still not sure she was looking at me. But if so, I think she was also listening quite intently to her neighbor.
The colors focus the shot. I agree that this is better than b/w. This is a very true capture of European street life.
Ginnie Hart: We certainly don't see this in Houston or Atlanta, do we, Martin!
The Golden Girls seem to be having loads of fun here! We have our own variant of these street parties in my original home country, although decidedly less sedate. They usually feature canopies and live bands playing music, they're called 'owambe's' Lol! grin
Ginnie Hart: Wouldn't it be fun to see variations on the theme from all over the world, Fehinti! smile Thanks.
A lovely sight of people having a relaxing break from the hustle and bustle of life. An excellent shot shot.
Ginnie Hart: Thanks, Shakara. It was a nice break for me to see it!
Great capture Ginnie...really like this and love the lady in red's expression. I had the same thought as Fehinti as I read your text, waiting for the picture to be displayed...
Ginnie Hart: Awww. Thanks, Bridge. This was really fun for me to see and then capture. It caught me by surprise because this IS a common sight to see at cafes and restaurants. But as I passed by I said, "Wait a minute. That's not a cafe!"
Terrific shot, I don't know that I would have been game enough, I'm a bit timid about taking strangers pics.
Ginnie Hart: I usually am as well, Aussie. I think if I had asked to take their pic (which I probably should have done) they would have been more than willing. Next time I'll try that. Thanks.
See I love things like this. These ladies have a long time to be around...I love that they r having fun and sharing gossip and everything else...instead of going theu a crisi cos they're ageing. Very well captured Ginnie...u tell gr8 stories in ur photos.
Ginnie Hart: HA! I felt the same way, Ngozi. These ladies are aging well. grin Thanks.
  • nev
  • Australia
  • 12 Jul 2007, 10:14
Hope i get to mix it up with good friends and good wine when i am their age. Though lady in white does seem as though she just swallowed a fly.
Ginnie Hart: Ain't that the truth, Neal! I think the lady in white DID swallow a fly and now realizes she needs more wine. smile Thanks for stopping by, Neal.
  • Ruth
  • Michigan, USA
  • 12 Jul 2007, 10:50
I don't think she was angry, just curious about this lady photographer. She's proud of her hollyhocks, and she is sitting in public after all!

Our hollyhocks are still just leaves, grown from seeds this year. Don't think they'll make it big like these. What's a farm without hollyhocks??
Ginnie Hart: I agree, Ruth, about that lady. I wonder if she would laugh about this discussion of her. smile

So those are hollyhocks! I had forgotten that's what they're called. I don't see them in Atlanta and almost forgot all about them.
enjoying some nice wine and weather
Ginnie Hart: Exactly, Chantal!
  • Petra
  • Netherlands
  • 12 Jul 2007, 12:12
Lovely capture Ginnie, I dont think the lady in red is annoyed...she is curious, because its all about watching and getting watched on the street...isn't it?
Ginnie Hart: I couldn't have said it better, Petra. That's exactly what I sensed from her. Thanks for putting the words in my mouth. smile
Think it would have been a shame to lose the colour from this shot.
Ginnie Hart: So glad I left the color in, Bernie. grin
Ahh, a glass of white wine, relaxing in the sun. smile
Great street shot Ginnie, glad you kept the color
Ginnie Hart: The better things in life, right, Magnus?! Thanks!
Look like a bunch of formidable ladies Ginnie. I remember those bollards, the ones with the XXX on. A friend of mine used to call them "dead Dutch lovers". (It's a little rude...but funny smile )
Ginnie Hart: HA! I'm sure you can imagine the postcards we see all around Amsterdam, using them as "props!" grin
good idea to keep it in colour...did the lady notice you?...like her expression anyway....
Ginnie Hart: I think she noticed me but I'm not sure she IS looking at me. She seemed quite intent on what her neighbor was saying. smile
Ah ah... You've really well catched their very differents expressions and looks ! Nicely colored too Ginnie
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Roland! smile
Ladies that do lunch!! or what ever else comes to mind. smile
Ginnie Hart: Lunch, gossip, etc. Oh yes, all of it, I'm sure. Ladies will be ladies. grin Thanks, Tracy.
  • Louis
  • 12 Jul 2007, 19:18
The dutch always go to great lengths when the sun is out. And this seems to be one of the better ways to enjoy the sidewalk you often have to sweep.

Great picture, glad it is in colour.

PS. she is looking at you smile
Ginnie Hart: How did you know what my post is for tomorrow!!!!

Thanks, Louis. smile
I don't know how these women would look in sepia...bit I think they deserve all the strong colours they can get...to me you have captured a very important part of life - getting together, sharing, where ever you are smile
Ginnie Hart: I agree, Aksel. We all should do this more often!
Good time rolls !! Ah, to have the time to take time... smile
Ginnie Hart: Exactly, Flo. After every vacation we always say we now need to take a real vacation! Hope you totally enjoy yours coming up!
Hi Ginnie - this reminds me of how uptight we still are in the UK. Nice informal shot. Mike (Yo ho ho)
Ginnie Hart: Well, not just you in the UK, Mike...almost everywhere I've ever lived in the USA. Maybe it'll start rubbing off on me here in Amsterdam! smile
  • Suby
  • Milton Keynes, UK
  • 12 Jul 2007, 23:34
Interesting contrast after the red light district shot :d

Suby
Ginnie Hart: Indeed, Suby. Thanks.
Very nice Ginnie. Of particular interest is the lady in white inspecting or admiring her glass of wine. And oops i think the spanish lady just spoted you.
Ginnie Hart: Yes, Busola. My favorite lady is the one inspecting how much wine is left in her glass. grin
  • Jimbo
  • 14 Jul 2007, 09:46
Oh to have the weather to be able to do this! Even if we had, though, I'm not sure I'd be uninhibited enough to strut my stuff like this in front of the neighbours ;-)
Ginnie Hart: It's quite amazing, isn't it, Jimbo!
Un buen lugar para ver pasar a la gente y poder hablar sobre ellos. Pensaba que era la terraza de un bar o restaurante... así tiene más importancia el momento.
P.D.: No se enfanda la gente cuando les enfocas? A mi me dá un poco de verguenza!

A good place to see pass to people and power to speak over them. It thought that it was the terrace of a bar or restaurant... thus has more importance the moment. P.D.: Not enfanda people when you focus to them? To my dá a little verguenza!
Ginnie Hart: I guess I was a bit brave when I took this one, Jose. Actually, I could have asked permission, and almost did. Next time I will. smile Thanks.
It sure is a great way to gather together. Ginnie, thanks for sharing this shot and the flowers are lovely.
Ginnie Hart: You're a sweetheart, Helen. Thank you.
Lol smile Sure it is different than the Red Light !!!!
A nice street shot Ginnie smile
Ginnie Hart: HA! Yes it is, Zeb. smile Thanks.

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