Smoke but no fire

Keep Calm | Genoa | 2018 | 1/50 sec - f/4 - ISO 1600 - 100mm
Studies| Genoa | 2018 | 1/50 sec – f/4 – ISO 1600 – 100mm

After yesterday’s coffee photo (a vice I admit adhering to) here is one with a bit of smoke.  Like coffee drinkers, also smokers claim they can relax over a cigarette, although I personally can’t find why that is, with all that smell. But I do admit, a passerby puffing steam can make for an interesting street image. And this lady sure looks relaxed, as she is studying real estate offers in a shop window in Genoa’s old town.

I thought of converting the photo to monochrome, but eventually decided against, as the blue-yellow-blue sequencing of colors makes for an eye-catching color combo (as blue and yellow combined always does). Also, her blowing smoke (and looking) towards the upper left corner and her body shape angling towards the lower left adds a triangular component to the composition. And there is a story, as you would wonder what she might be looking at (in case I hadn’t told you before).

Taken with my Olympus OM-D E-M1 and the mZuiko 12-100mm F/4 – image specs 1/50 sec @ f/4 and ISO 1600,  100mm focal length.

Have a great Wednesday!


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  1. I like the blue and yellow combinations. She does seem to be intently reading. It’s interesting that the smoke seems to be coming from the corner of her mouth. Perhaps she didn’t want to “cloud” her vision. Hope you’re having a great week!

  2. Great shot Marcus. She looks all caught up in the moment and like she is taking her smoke seriously. I thought of monochrome too, but the yellow is what adds to the picture. Great work as always.

  3. I like the blue and yellow. Smoking always makes interesting street photography even though I don’t smoke myself and think it’s acky, but I do like looking at images.

  4. Great moment, Marcus! I don’t understand smoking either — especially when it causes you to make faces, as shown above. But everyone is entitled to at least one vice, so long as it’s not illegal, right? 🙂

  5. That is an excellent photograph! Marcus, you made a good decision not converting this photo to monochrome. The colors are strong characters also. I love this moment! Unique!

  6. This is a great photo, Marcus. She looks like she is blowing it out of the corner of her mouth. No, I don’t get the ‘smoking’ thing, either. Coffee; however–oh, yes!

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