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Small talk in Pärnu

Small talk in Pärnu
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Copyright: Gert Holmertz (holmertz) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 7735 W: 431 N: 15248] (70174)
Genre: People
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2013-06-01
Categories: Daily Life
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): Small Talk [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2017-04-02 1:29
Viewed: 1803
Points: 94
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This is the last photo in my series of "small talk". It clearly also fits my ever ongoing theme of "nothing special".

I took this photo in Pärnu, an Estonian seaside town. The woman is a waitress at a restaurant serving "traditional" food and it seems the staff were dressed to create an atmosphere of long ago. She had taken a few minutes off the job to re-enter present days by engaging in some small talk on her mobile phone. She was too absorbed by the conversation to notice the person with the camera a few metres away. In a workshop you can see her a minute earlier.

Here is a larger version.

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Hello Gert,
Excellent street capture. I like her relaxed pose sitting on the balustrade. Ideally framed for a strong composition and perfect technical realisation.

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  • CLODO Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2677 W: 1317 N: 2987] (38375)
  • [2017-04-02 1:40]

Hi Gert

Good contrast between the lady's old and conventionnal dress and the fact that she is using a mobile phone. As you say, it's nothing special, we see many people in the streets using their mobile phones, but it's a good mark of the new century.
Have a nice sunday

Hi Gert
The ongoing proliferation of the mobile phone distracts us all, and this is a great example. Only metres away and she didn't notice you, but that have got the chance to get this great candid photo. Nicely done

Hi Gert
its funny, you can really see and tell the difference in the two buildings. And what an impact an new coat of yellow paint can make huh!? its night and day comparing the two.

for me personally, there are 2 elements which stood out for me right away, can you guess?

the green door and its design patterns, and the large heavy black lock on it. now thats a locking mechanism!

imagine how different this scene would be if that green door was a drab grey like the steps, it just wouldn't have the same impact. another fine post of talking away. i like it

Dear Gert, My neighbour today,

So the category is officially merged into nothing special? :O
Anyhow, this is a simple, but fine street candid.

Best Wishes,

hello Gert,
une scčne bien saisie, bonne observation:
les couleurs entre le costume et la porte sont en harmonie.

Dobar dan.
Lep pogled, dobar tekst ...
Dobar rad sa lepom fotografijom u radionici, lepo pokazano, dobar kontrast i ostrina, lepo uhvacen trenutak. Lepa narodnja nosnja i arhitektura.
Lep popodne i sve najbolje.

Good day.
Beautiful view, good text ...
Good work with beautiful photography workshop, beautifully demonstrated, good contrast and sharpness, well caught moment. The beautiful national clothes and architecture.
A beautiful afternoon and all the best.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 11649 W: 126 N: 20954] (108189)
  • [2017-04-02 2:39]

Hi Gert,for me one of your most beautiful pic of your serie "small talk". This time the alone woman and her mobile,but the composition and the way of how she's dressed are lovely. A great shot,and a very interesting view from this estonian city very rare to see on TE.Have a nice Sunday and thanks,Luciano

Hi Gert
I'm always fascinated by images of people wearing traditional (real or just for show for tourists) clothes and using accessories that seemgly belong to another epoch. You caught her in the right moment, her face shows she is deeply engrossed in conversation.
To answer the question in your last critique - I've got some paperwork to look through and some stuff to read but other than that I can only do a couple of hours' work as I forgot to bring the charger for my work laptop... In a way it was... a nice surprise... but I'll regret it on Monday.
Have a nice Sunday! :-)

Ciao Gert, great portrait of lovely girl, fine details, excellent clarity, splendid light and wonderful colors, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio

Bonjour Gert,

J'aime beaucoup le contraste entre les vętements traditionnels de la dame et sa conversation sur téléphone intelligent. Cela fait quand męme tout drôle de ne pas voir ses pieds.

Bon dimanche


Hello, Gert,
It looks like a backstage scene, when an actress has a minute to call to somebody. Simple but very attractive daily life moment. Fine details of the traditional clothes and the old door.
Best wishes!

Hello Gert,

this is a different talk, I like the composition with the waitress wearing a traditional costume, I also like the green door in the back, well seen,

Best regards,


A sight we see all around in modern era, Gert, but this lady with her traditional dress for work, and the special hat, looking different to my eyes. Both this pic. and the WS with the yellow-cream tone facade are well made photojob.
Simple and yet beautiful outcome.
Good afternoon,

Hello Gert,

The combination is a little incongruous, the lady in period costume conversing on very modern equipment!
Having made that observation, this is a fine close-up of the waitress, clearly defining her facial expression and her outfit. The steps create a very natural guidance to viewers, leading from f/g to b/g and we are extremely curious to view what's beyond the doorway!

My warm regards,
Bev :-)

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  • Nicou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 13695 W: 0 N: 16033] (168264)
  • [2017-04-02 8:14]


quelle dame au phone quelle attitude et vue sueprb eiamge et ces escaliers cette porte verte qui s'accompange avec le costurme de la dame grandisoe vue et compo sueprbe.
Braov et amitié

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  • rychem Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3292 W: 0 N: 7498] (55125)
  • [2017-04-02 8:16]

A very nice shot, the traditional dress is very original, very well captured
regards Ryszard

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  • Fis2 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 9461 W: 157 N: 15282] (123067)
  • [2017-04-02 9:29]

Witaj Gert!
Good shot from street.
Pretty woman and interesting traditional costume.
Interesting door lock and stairs.
I like it.
Good frame, colors and sharpness.
Well done.
Good evening and nice new week.

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  • jhm Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 24291 W: 523 N: 40622] (174858)
  • [2017-04-02 10:38]

Hello Gert,

Also your second picture is wonderful but your main picture with the comely lady is superb.
This create depth and perspective.
Also soft colours and peaceful place.
Very well done, TFS.

Have a nice evening,

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  • Cricri Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 15359 W: 159 N: 26900] (140972)
  • [2017-04-02 11:26]

Hi Gert
Un portrait bien saisi, l'expression naturel, sa position assise sur le bord, trčs beau portrait
belle soirée

Bonjour, cher Gert,
L'on dirait que la scripte a fait une erreur lors de la prise de vue avec cette femme en tenue d'époque tenant ā la main un smartphone en conversation avec une autre personne.
Bien vu et trčs original.

Hello Gert, very good photo of this interesting scene of everyday life with the lady talking on the phone, very well captured in this interesting image, with good clarity, light, color and quality. A great work perfectly done, my congratulations, my friend. Thank you for sharing this interesting work.

Good night and happy start to the week.
All the best from the south of Spain.

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  • emka Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 10008 W: 144 N: 25073] (122437)
  • [2017-04-02 13:23]

Hello Gert, I wanted to post a picture "big talk" but I had not time yet to see my today photos. I remember from Tallinn that they like such traditional dresses in restaurants and many shops. Good for pictures. Funny that now the talk is by mobile. Nice picture.
I enjoy wonderful days in Spain, it is warm and sunny and spring in full.
Kind regrads MAlgo

Ciao Gert
sembra una foto fuori dal tempo, siamo abituati a vedere persone al telefono, ma se cosė non fosse ci saremo chiesti cosa stava facendo questa donna venuta da un'altra epoca.
Ottimo colpo d'occhio, la foto non č influenzata da nessun oggetto del nostro tempo.

I like the contrast between the traditional costume and the modern way represented by the mobile phone. Well observed.


Hello dear Gert,
I wounldn't end up thise last series of your as ist goes very well.
Also this one is jut perfect. !
TFS and best regards

Hello dear Gert and have a nice time
and a happy new day
simple but nice
interesting and original
your inspiration about
small talk is clever
welldone and wellseen

Hello Gert,
I like the wider context and the information in the workshop picture but I think that the close up is really interesting as the lady seems to be emerged in a serious conversation, her expression and gesture show some sort of tension. It's a great contribution to your "small talk" theme with the traditional costume, the interesting context and the harmonious colours you got. Congratulations and thank you!
All the best, have a good night,

PS I'm sorry I had to stay away from TE for a while, I think and hope that after a busy and strenuous period, I can be present as usual again.

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  • ChrisJ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 14161 W: 1033 N: 28276] (134812)
  • [2017-04-03 15:16]

Hi Gert

Another fine entry in this 'small talk' series, with good sharpness and excellent color and saturation. The woman seems totally absorbed in the conversation. Tfs!

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  • jmdias Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 10448 W: 174 N: 17679] (78539)
  • [2017-04-04 1:41]


in some aspects is almost a view of 4 centuries ago, funny and precious flagrant. very special and interesting. the small surprises and treasures of a trip. TFS.



Hei Gert

En fascinerende scene. Som blant annet Craig nevner, er døren, både hva angår dimensjoner, arkitektur, fargevalg og låsemekanisme, svært iøynefallende. Jeg liker også det morsomme innslaget av mobiltelefonen, som nærmest fører til en kulturkollisjon mot den gamle arkitekturen og klesdrakten. Jeg liker også utsnittet ditt, at du har gått nært nok til å isolere de viktige elementene som bærer komposisjonen. Veldig bra:)

Ha en fin kveld.

Hilsen Erling

Hi, Gert.
Magnificent portrait of this woman, talking absently with her mobile, her work uniform reminds us of a typical costume of the area, the image of WS more open shows us a nice property for the restaurant.
Very beautiful colorful, in a few tones, very attractive.
Good lighting management and superb sharpness.
Very well done. I like it.
You have a good day.

Hello Gert,
Lean view..
Natural posture..
Plain document..
Your style..

best regards

Hej Gert,
En snyggt komponerad bild med en fin och dämpad färgskala. man ser ju inte telefonen så bilden fungerar som ett "tidsdokument".
PS Har du sett filmen om Lee Morgan?

Hallo Gert,
Cell phone und diese Trachten-mode, ein kleiner Kontrast, super Idee, gut gemacht!

Viele Grüße

Hello Gert,
This scene is simple, but lovely. I like the traditional clothes of the worker, and the green door behind her is charming, too. Of course the mobile phone tells us that this photo was taken recently, and not in the past. If she weren't using the phone, we could imagine this scene was much older.

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  • Periko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 697 W: 129 N: 1121] (7455)
  • [2017-04-04 22:25]

Hi Gert
You caught a candid moment indeed.
Many nothing special moments form our lives.
The ws is beautiful, showing the entire facade.


Nice Capture, Good Exposure, light and Colors.
Best regards,

Hello, Gert!

The typical clothes of the woman make this photo so special! The clean background, with only some architectural details of the house, also makes it look more attractive! Perfect colors and sharpness! Wonderful job!

Hello Gert,
Oh yes, small tele-talk! I appreciate the WS photo that shows the context, but the main entry is more fitting for your theme.

Hello Gert,well spotted, a brilliant observation!
She is concentrating totally upon the conversation, oblivious to you!
Excellent work.
Regards Jean.

Hello Gert

As you imply in your notes, what creates the interest here is the droll juxtaposition of period costume and modern technology. Well spotted and grabbed!

Kind regards


Ciao Gert

heheheh what an original and compelling series of photos. Small talk is going on everywhere, all day every day. It's amazing how we don't pay attention to it, it's like background noise. And this lady in a traditional, timeless costume looks so incongruous with the modern mobile telephone.

Thanks for sharing a happy Easter to you and your family

Hi Gert,

You have captured well the action of the woman and her expression. The point of view is showing the details of her clothings. The light has a good effect on the colours. Have a nice day.


Hello Gert
It is a pity the small series small talk ends here. I hope you find in the future an opportunity for a small encore. I remember in Estonia as well in Latvia old times (clearly before the Russians came) are very popular and I also remember the good local food in the restaurants.
Looking at her face this must has been a serious conversation.
Lovely work.
Have a good Sunday
Groet Rob

Hello Gert,
Very beautiful combination of someone in grandmother's clothes with the modern habit of having to call all the time.
To me it looks a bit funny to see this lady without feet. Or perhaps she didn't have shoes matching her outfit :)
Best regards, Paul

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  • Lidka Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 380 W: 101 N: 906] (357)
  • [2017-12-16 1:38]

Dear Gert!
Fine woman, beautiful woman.
Fine scene.
Fine pose.
Superb scenery and backrgound.
Excellent colours.
Good point of view.
Good vertical take.
Interesting note.
Well done!

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