Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Voted Best in Ballard

Voted Best in Ballard

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In the land of roasted beans-a-plenty, there are coffee shops on nearly every block of Seattle's neighborhood shopping streets. Sometimes two. Sometimes right across the street or a few doors away from each other! Many are great places to savor a delicious cup, some become friendly neighborhood gathering places. Java Bean Coffee House in the Ballard neighborhood is very popular and offers breakfast sandwiches, pannini, and lovely pastries from great local bakeries. They feature only certified Fair Trade, organic, and shade grown coffees. Through the lens what I saw at closing time was a brightly lit storefront with two figures conversing in the shadows outside and an employee cleaning up. I was concentrating on focus, lighting, traffic and headlights flying by between. It wasn't until I saw the shots later that I noticed anything about the figures' facial expressions and their body language. Yikes! We've all lived that scene before, right? A couple days later I was having lunch with someone in a completely different neighborhood and this same couple walked by on the street hand in hand, all smiles. . .nice to know there was a happy resolution to whatever it was.


Eli Edmundson said...

Nice shot! I like the warm glow of the coffee shop with the cool blue in the background, and of course the figures hint at a story which is always compelling in a photo.

Mike said...

You have a flair for getting the feel of your town, and all the coffee shops.

Kim said...

Eli, thank you for your kind comments!

Mike, Many thanks. If I had a lifetime, I don't think I could find and cover all the coffee establishments.;^)

• Eliane • said...

I love the atmosphere of that shot, And now with the little story that goes with it, it looks like a movie set to me. With a happy ending. The colors are really beautiful and the way it glows on the "characters" is lovely. It is weird that we often see more when we have our camera but at times the opposite happens and we miss the details that are right in front of us.