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Shooting the Breeze

On a street corner in Brussels, Belgium, last July, 2008.

Enjoy your weekend!

Shooting the Breeze

On a street corner in Brussels, Belgium, last July, 2008.

Enjoy your weekend!

comments (48)

  • Ian
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 19 Jun 2009, 00:14
Oh, how cool. Man, the colour palette again is superb, especially the blacks - like a Guinness ad! Excellent shot.

Happy weekend!
Ginnie Hart: This is so European to me, Ian. There are few places here in the States where we would see something like this! Thanks. I'll drink a Guinness to that. smile
Ginnie, the man seems to be wondering why you're more interested in pointing your "glass" at him instead of sharing a bottle grin
Ginnie Hart: Exactly, Kunle. I think I was bordering on invasion of privacy. But he did seem to take it in stride. I guess when you sit out on a corner like that, you give up any privacy you thought you had!?
  • Aussie
  • Australia
  • 19 Jun 2009, 00:43
I love all those different timbers you can see in this, especially above the doorway
Ginnie Hart: You and I both love wood, Aussie. I even like the stains on the foreground table. smile Thanks.
  • JulianG
  • Argentina
  • 19 Jun 2009, 01:30
I love the color... prettily shot Ginnie!
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Julian!
  • sherri
  • Little Rock, Arkansas, U.S.A.
  • 19 Jun 2009, 01:58
Your processing gives this such a vintage feel. It reminds me of a Norman Rockwell...in Europesmile
Ginnie Hart: That's a very high compliment, Sherri. Thank you kindly.
Reminds me of a Norman Rockwell as well with the signs and all the angles.

Looks peaceful. I think I will go find a cafe or pub and relax.

Ginnie Hart: I'm honored, John, so thanks. Yes, go find yourself a street-corner cafe and just relax...and shoot the breeze with someone.
  • rian
  • United States
  • 19 Jun 2009, 03:17
such a nice shot of a slice of life over there.. love the warm tones.. great shot! smile
Ginnie Hart: We just don't see it quite the same way here, Rian, do we?! I love it. Thanks.
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 19 Jun 2009, 04:49
a nice scene- I also like the different timbers- the little feel of chaos and decay- an 'urige/gezellige, a bit oldfashioned taverne for sure- and a good beer you will find everywhere in Belgie! (I'm on way to Amsterdam- in order te kijken de open grachtentuinen!) A fine weekenend for you, too!
Ginnie Hart: Ohhh, just think of all the times you have been to AMS since I saw you there over a year ago, Philine! One day we will meet up there again, this time with Astrid. I can hardly wait. Bedankt.
  • Astrid
  • Netherlands
  • 19 Jun 2009, 05:31
...erm....That is a nice place to enjoy a glass of red whine, there are two seets, lets sit down........
Geweldige foto, love the tones, it is so 'you'....
Een heel goed weekend ook voor jou, MDTSLL....
Ginnie Hart: One day we WILL sit down at one such table, MLMA, and drink a glass of wine or a nice cuppa koffie. We won't always be shooting off our cameras! smile Bedankt.
  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 19 Jun 2009, 05:45
Your eye and processing skills have pulled an exceptional image out of a street corner...brilliant work, Ginnie.
Ginnie Hart: You're so kind, Ray. Thank you.
quel joli coin de paix dans une ville relativement agitée
Ginnie Hart: There's always a moment and time to find the sublime, O-P, even midst all the chaos, right?! Merci.
Wow Ginnie ... street candids from you ha! Great. richard
Ginnie Hart: Gotta throw them in every once and awhile, Richard. grin
  • Chris
  • England
  • 19 Jun 2009, 07:34
Ahh...I have happy memories of Belgian bars Ginnie!
Ginnie Hart: I bet you do, Chris. grin
  • Tracy
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 19 Jun 2009, 07:37
Great take Musketeer, that guy looks like he is ready to punch your lights out,while the other is obviously shy and does not want his picture taking.
Have a great weekend mijn vriendsmile
Ginnie Hart: I think this was a father-son moment, Tracy, so the dad constrained himself...while the son was totally oblivious. When they're out in the public like that, I assume they give up their privacy? HA! I may be totally wrong about that, so I claim my ignorance! smile
This looks very cosy, apart from the man's look. Nice photo!
Ginnie Hart: I'm not sure what he was thinking, Wim, but he did constrain himself, thankfully. smile Bedankt.
  • zed
  • Australia
  • 19 Jun 2009, 08:09
l will just have to have a beer as well Ginnie, great find
Ginnie Hart: Cheers, Tony. How many SCers do you think we could crowd into that picture?! smile
you too Ginne...nice shot by the waysmile
Ginnie Hart: Thanks a million, Bill!
looks like a good spot to sit and watch the world go by (and take photos of them doing so.
Ginnie Hart: Yes, Mike...he should have pulled out his camera to take a picture of me taking a picture of him. Now THAT would have been fun. smile
great sepia and color combination
Ginnie Hart: Thanks, Chantal.
  • Ray T
  • United Kingdom
  • 19 Jun 2009, 10:35
Lovely - I just want to be there.
Ginnie Hart: Me, too, Ray! Thanks for stopping by and commenting.
  • namaki
  • France
  • 19 Jun 2009, 12:13
How funny ! and you know what ? I think I have eaten in that same restaurant upstairs ...in the "salle à l'étage"
Ginnie Hart: It's a small world after all, Namaki!!!!!! smile
  • Marc
  • France
  • 19 Jun 2009, 13:33
Oh, great tones here, and nice composition too !
Ginnie Hart: Merci, Marc. Thanks for stopping by and commenting.
I like this Ginnie although I might have cropped just to the right of the sign. This reminds me of my favourite Jupiler beer I drunk in Belgium which we can't get in the U.K.sadly.
Ginnie Hart: Cropping is always the devil, Brian, isn't it! You're probably right. I'm not sure which sign you mean but I did want to keep the effect of this being on a corner because it's something we rarely see here in the States. Thanks.
  • david
  • United States
  • 19 Jun 2009, 14:12
that's exactly the type of place that columbus needs! it's pretty bad on the pub/bar front!
Ginnie Hart: HA! After seeing all those old signs, David, I would quite agree. grin Thanks.
  • MikeH
  • Bahamas
  • 19 Jun 2009, 14:44
Love the treatment, puts me there with my own story...
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Mike. I have a feeling we could all come up with our own story! smile
Great shot Ginnie, did you treat the photo go get the woodsie feel cause i love it. If make the whole scene very warm.
Ginnie Hart: This actually has a B&W/sepia toning through the Multiply layer in PS, Ryan, which ends up muting the colors. Thanks for asking...and for stopping by to comment.
  • Alan Rolfe
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 19 Jun 2009, 16:27
The Europeans always seem to do street bars better than we do in the UK. Our yob culture helps little. sad
Ginnie Hart: Well, we don't see it here in the States either, Alan! That's why it always mesmerizes me! Thanks.
Ah! Charming, and brings back good memories. Now mines a beer please! smile
Ginnie Hart: A beer sounds good just about now! grin Thanks, Alex.
  • Marcie
  • United States
  • 19 Jun 2009, 17:24
Wonderful warm tones and colors. Couldn't create a more perfectly monochromatic scene if you tried.
Ginnie Hart: You're a sweetheart, Marcie. Thanks.
hi Ginnie! this is the shot that caught my eyes and brought me to your blog!

i love the colors and the antique-ish look!
Ginnie Hart: You're a sweetheart, Lydia. Thanks a million!
People shots are my most favorite! Love the expression on the mans face!
Ginnie Hart: I guess people WOULD be your most favorite, Heather! smile I do them from time to time and enjoy them when I do. Maybe I should try them more often? Thanks.
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 19 Jun 2009, 21:09
All the woodwork look so old, with matching chairs and table. Good for taking a few minutes out. Great shot.
Ginnie Hart: Exactly, Louis. And when you're walking by with a friend, it's very tempting to stop for a nice break! smile Thanks.
Love it Ginnie. But that's not news. Good weekend
Ginnie Hart: You're a sweetheart, Albert! Thanks.
  • Larry Bliss
  • Raleigh, North Carolina, USA
  • 20 Jun 2009, 00:52
So full of life... excellent all around...
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, kind sir!
  • Mroy
  • United States
  • 20 Jun 2009, 00:59
You meant to show a drinking image to usher in the weekend, eh?

I'll down a pint for you.

Enjoy the weekend.
Ginnie Hart: HA! I guess so, Maria. My daughter and family celebrated my birthday yesterday (Saturday) and we all raised our glasses with a nice Cheers! smile
  • Klaus
  • Germany
  • 20 Jun 2009, 09:02
Ginnie, great urban shot .. so much to see
Ginnie Hart: It doesn't get any better than the great cities of Europe, Klaus, as far as I'm concerned! Danke.
Once again, I like very much the tones and the composition !
Ginnie Hart: Merci, dear Zeb!
  • kiji
  • France
  • 20 Jun 2009, 16:52
hi Ginnie

I love this harmony of colours! I hope you enjoyed your stay in BXL wink
Ginnie Hart: Yes I did, Kiji, and as you'll see, I still have many more pictures to come. smile Merci.
  • Ilan
  • Israel
  • 20 Jun 2009, 19:22
Splendid portrait.
Not only due to the father and son moment, but all the colors here seems to come from the same variation of brown.
Ginnie Hart: It was a Kodak moment, Ilan. smile Thanks.
Very atractive shoot, great work!
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Robert!
  • Liang
  • United States
  • 20 Jun 2009, 20:35
excellent candid street shot, the colors stand out nicely on this shot. nice for them to enjoy a break! =D
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Liang. It's always nice to enjoy a break! smile
  • rags
  • United States
  • 21 Jun 2009, 07:22
I love the expression in the image. The man on the right does not seem to believe that he really is in that pub.
Ginnie Hart: That's what I like about outside cafes, Kanyi. You're kinda on the border between two worlds. smile Thanks.
Lovely composition!
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Hin/Victor, for stopping by and commenting.
  • Alex
  • Spain
  • 21 Jun 2009, 12:13
Buena composicion, a parte del tratamiento que has aplicado me encanta.
Buen trabajo, saludos.
Ginnie Hart: Muchas gracias, Alex!
The home of very strong beer, Ginnie.
Ginnie Hart: So I've heard, Chad. smile
Wow, what a look. And the tones........
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Christopher.
  • martial
  • France
  • 27 Jun 2009, 08:20
Why looking for something else : a cosy bar, a friend, a beer, what else ??
Ginnie Hart: You need nothing more in some moments in time, Martial! smile
I love the saturation on this one Ginnie - classic smile
Ginnie Hart: Thanks, Thomas. It's good to see you again! smile

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