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Half-past-three ("3 heures et demi")

Half-past-three ("3 heures et demi")


Exposure Date: 2015:03:15 21:19:06;
Make: Leica Camera AG;
Model: M9 Digital Camera;
ExposureTime: 1/60 s;
ISOSpeedRatings: 320;
ExposureProgram: Manual;
ExposureBiasValue: 4294945536/65536;
MeteringMode: CenterWeightedAverage;
Flash: Flash did not fire;
FocalLength: 35 mm;
FocalLengthIn35mmFilm: 35 mm;
Software: Adobe Photoshop Elements 9.0 Macintosh;


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I was interested by the lines of perspective of the cafeteria and those of

the lady's arms, and the interaction of both with the mood. Thanks for


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Arthur, the perspective and the geometry in the ceiling and walls remind me so much of da Vinci's Last Supper.  The woman has her hands to her face, and could be expressing shame or regret - in a Judas-like way.

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Funny, I had exactly the same feeling as Mark in regard to the Last Supper and also the implications of the woman with her head in her hands.
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Mark and Jack, thanks for your comments and reference to the Last Supper which has a somewhat similar composition, although the table here does not go from left to right. I guess I am rooted in the Judao-Christian culture.


Originally I thought to photograph the lady more in the middle, but somehow the differing densities of the left and right walls suggested a slightly off centre viewpoint. This was not a very conscious decision I think, and she is in any case not placed centrally in regard to the table or the rest of the room (witness the overhead grillwork). 


The last supper, if we consider the perspective in terms of a 35mm camera lens, equates I believe to a roughly 28mm lens angle of view. Here I used my 21mm lens to exaggerate the effect of the receding lines and their mimicking in the arms of the person. I didn't want to come too close and I presume her pose suggests that she was simply tired or was experiencing a headache, although one may sense a certain desolation in the scene (subjects position, completed lunch or snack and empty or already sipped coffee mug).



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