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Lovely Rita

Lovely Rita
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Copyright: Rosemary Walden (SnapRJW) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2818 W: 85 N: 6957] (31629)
Genre: People
Medium: Black & White
Date Taken: 2014-09-03
Categories: Daily Life
Exposure: f/11, 1/320 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): My Monochromes [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2014-09-19 6:52
Viewed: 2393
Points: 38
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
In addition to William Shakespeare, Stratford-Upon-Avon is known for its black and white, timber-framed buildings. I was strolling through the town when I spied this distinctively dressed lady chatting to two traffic wardens. Were they about to issue a ticket? I don’t know. All I was really interested in was the way her stripped dress echoed the walls of the traditional houses.

I post two versions of this shot. The main shot has been cropped and the contrast is upped. In the WS you can see the full frame with a softer approach to the pp work.

Here is a larger version

The title for this shot was inspired by another Beatles classic

Lovely Rita meter maid,
Nothing can come between us,
When it gets dark I tow your heart away.

Standing by a parking meter,
When I caught a glimpse of Rita,
Filling in a ticket in her little white book.
In a cap she looked much older,
And the bag across her shoulder
Made her look a little like a military man.

Lovely Rita meter maid,
May I inquire discreetly,
When are you free to take some tea with me.
Took her out and tried to win her,
Had a laugh and over dinner,
Told her I would really like to see her again

Got the bill and Rita paid it,
Took her home I nearly made it,
Sitting on the sofa with a sister or two.

Oh, lovely Rita meter maid,
Where would I be without you,
Give us a wink and make me think of you

This photograph is copyright of Rosemary Walden - © Rosemary Walden 2014. All rights reserved. Any redistribution or reproduction of the image in any form is prohibited. You may not, except with my express written permission, copy, reproduce, download, distribute or exploit the content. Nor may you transmit it or store it in any other website or other form of electronic retrieval system

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Hello Rosemary,
I am looking forward with great interest to see how you will handle Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds, or When I'm 64 :-).
This is a great photo, regardless of any Sgt. Pepper's connections. It's the kind where we can make up a story about what is going on. It's always fun to watch peoples' gestures and postures, and the very nice background contributes so much to this composition. I prefer this tighter cropping to the original and the increased contrasts are certainly an improvement. This one has a much stronger "straight on" impact.
Kind regards,

Love this shot Rosemary, well spotted. Great composition and contrast, the b/w an excellent choice.

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  • stego Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4422 W: 612 N: 7301] (24132)
  • [2014-09-19 9:25]

Hello Rosemary,

Apparently just a simple snapshot, it is actually an interesting photo, because of the display of daily life and the visual impact of the lady and the combination of her stripped clothes with the houses behind.

Both crops are good, IMO, and each one of it have their own charm, but I prefer the WS.

TFS, regards, José.

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  • tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1835 W: 415 N: 6630] (26832)
  • [2014-09-19 9:36]
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Hello Rosemary,

I've never been a great fan of the Beatles' music and I'm certainly not at all knowledgeable when it comes to modern music, so as soon as I saw your title I was reminded of the film Rita, Sue and Bob Too but your photograph soon put me right!

I like this picture and, in fact, I think I probably like even more your workshop photograph with the slightly softer and less "gritty" tones. But both images are excellent and I'm just wondering how you managed to get this shot without upsetting the subjects here - did you shoot from afar with a long lens?

An excellent candid shot with stunning details and clarity. Very well seen and very well taken too.


Kind Regards,


Hi Rosemary
I know from some debacle I have received that the high contrast PP is Motorola everyone's taste, but I like this result very much and have recently been booming more and more a fan of such work. A you say, the similarity between the buildings and the clothing is striking, and the black and white serves to emphasize this really well. Another wonderful choice for black and white

Ciao Rosemary
personalmente preferisco questa versione.
In effetti il vestito della signora si abbina perfettamente allo sfondo, lei ha le righe orizzontali, mentre le facciate hanno le righe verticali, ma l'insieme di questi particolari è perfetto.
Buon we

Belle scène de rue avec ces rayures horizontales et verticales qui semblent se répondre. Un noir et blanc de très belle qualité. Je préfère la version plus serrée du post principal.

Hello Rosemary
are you slowly working your way through the Sergeant Pepper masterpiece for working titles? If so - more please it is intriguing me now. I like this Stratford-upon-Avon tableau as it is both effective and a real brain teaser as to who is trying to achieve a result. The lady trying to convince them not to issue a ticket or the "Not so Lovely Ritas" just taking a rest and time for a natter. An arty and distinctly 60's mood about it this one.


Enjoy the weekend - B.

Hey Rosemary..i see the juxtaposition with the horizontal stripes of her dress and the verticals of the building behind, right choice to use the conversion, her glasses quite chique too, overall a pleasant street contact..


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  • Gerrit Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5827 W: 95 N: 9344] (52935)
  • [2014-09-20 4:24]

Hi Rosemary,
I wonder why Rita is under suspicion but it's a great scene and perfectly presented in good contrast and a beautiful setting.
Regards, Gerrit

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  • Fis2 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 9185 W: 157 N: 14670] (120747)
  • [2014-09-20 10:06]

Witaj Rosemary!
A very interesting from street.
The black and white increase this emotions.
Good frame and sharpness.
Well done.
Best regards

Hello Rosemary
Great street shot with the three people making a great foreground. Perhaps she is asking for directions. I loved the monochrome with perfect sharpness and detail and of course the beautiful background.
Thank you for visiting my gallery
have a great Sunday

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  • CLODO Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2655 W: 1304 N: 2963] (38048)
  • [2014-09-21 0:00]

hello Rosemary Cartier Bresson!

Starting from this street photography, every one starts his own story, and that's what is interesting. The hands of the lady are expressing her feelings, explaining to te warden her position on the subject, but which subject?
I like the contrast of B&W stripes: vertical for the houses and horizontal for the lady's cloth.
I prefer the post, more agressive with the cropping and the reinforced contrast.
Have a nice sunday.
What's the next Beatles title?

Hello Rosemary. A daily photo as I like it. Prima titles and good black and white version. Everything is authentic here. Well seen and realized.
Best rgds, Wolfgang.

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  • jcpix Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1857 W: 2 N: 3792] (14024)
  • [2014-09-21 11:48]

Hi Rosemary,

Of the two, I do prefer this main post for its higher contrast. It has more of a punchy effect, and even feels to render a antiquated kind of appearance. Do I see a trend developing, seeing those vertical and horizontal aspects coming together once again? :)

This is certainly a fun combination of attire and personality, and the idea of what's taking place leaves it open to the imagination. A lovely street scene full of character, and apparently characters! :) Enjoy the new week. Take care.

Friendly wishes,


Hello Rosemary,
I do enjoy your title and the people involved in this lovely street scene,the hands on hips traffic warden and his trusty side kick are being put straight by the lady is how I like to interpret the scene..
The mono treatment works well for me,especially the choice of contrast and tones.
Warm regards Les.

Hi Rosemary
haha..yes, what a perfect contrast and similarity to the bg architecture.
I'm sure Gert and Wolfgang and Clodo will very much appreciate this photo :)
but so do I. Its a fine observation that you captured, not easy to do.

I also like the stern hands on the hips stance of the man, a dominant stance
great street work

Hi, Rosemary,
Excellent art work! Just a masterpiece of the black&white photography! I also like this note with the song of the Beatles. With the lyrics this picture getting more attractive, it looks like a story of life.
Best wishes from Turkey!

Hello my dear friend and have a nice
new week
excellent photo taken in an artistic way
in black and white but according to your notes
in addition to William Sjakespeare Statford Upon Avon
is known for its black and white timber framed buildings
this is a great photo its a kind where we can make up
a story about what is going on
an excellenr candid shot with interesting

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