A Welcome Break from Shopping by taffy

A Welcome Break from Shopping

Our mentoring group has been focused on street photography this month - an area quite new to me. I'm woefully behind on color and b&w with and without people, but am going to catch up with saved shots this weekend. Here's #1...b&w with people. This brightly pained piano has appeared outside a coffee shop in the middle of a major shopping district called "North Michigan Avenue" though this is a block west of the main drag.

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I have been doing street photography as I could, and am finally getting to post some. I did post two from today for the b&w versions, one with and one without. Thanks for your patience this month!
November 29th, 2014  
What an extraordinary sight - a piano out in the middle of nowhere. This shot really appeals to me Taffy, lots to feast the eye upon and an untold tale that tickles the imagination. Well spotted, I like this kind of street photography.
November 29th, 2014  
We have a roaming piano in our town. It's brightly painted and moves to various store fronts for anyone wanting to play! I like this in B&W!
November 29th, 2014  
Wow, what an excellent find! Great extra details from the shopping bags, to the Christmas tree, the sprinkling of snow, etc. Really well done all around!
November 29th, 2014  
Interesting shot!
November 29th, 2014  
Interesting and dramatic capture. Great to find that scene.
November 29th, 2014  
Great b&w
November 29th, 2014  
excellent street image
November 29th, 2014  
Nice shot... how neat to have a piano in the park..
November 29th, 2014  
Super shot and find, love how they have abandoned their shopping bags to enjoy the piano!
November 29th, 2014  
Love this. There are a few of these around Portland and I saw one in the Oregon State University town of Corvallis. I think it is wonderful. Love your street capture. Well done!
November 29th, 2014  
What a great shot. I love random pianos
November 29th, 2014  
It looks rather cold to be sitting out here playing but I guess if you like playing (like I do) you would do it anywhere!
November 29th, 2014  
Wonderful cityscape and composition.
November 29th, 2014  
This is great, but I'd love to see what it looks like in color too. FAV
November 29th, 2014  
Great capture of street musicians! B &W works so well in this shot.
November 29th, 2014  
Great shot!
November 29th, 2014  
Super candid capture
November 29th, 2014  
Wonderful street photography.....there is so much to look at from the Christmas tree to the piano in the middle of a street, to the shoppers setting down their packages to play the piano, kind of surreal, and perfect in B&W. There was a piano like that in the middle of Washington Square Park in NYC, and it always brought a smile to my face....
November 29th, 2014  
Wonderful capture.
November 29th, 2014  
Pea
Tells a great story!
November 29th, 2014  
that's cool-and it suits b&w
November 29th, 2014  
Covers all the bases!
November 29th, 2014  
Looks very cold!!!
November 29th, 2014  
This is a great street shot, love the piano and how the people are all dressed in winter clothes it tells a story.
November 29th, 2014  
Fab. I love these pop-up pianos!
November 29th, 2014  
Great gritty and urban street shot, love the piano!
November 29th, 2014  
What a lovely shot! feels very christmassy!
November 29th, 2014  
Wow, what an amazing sight, with this piano outdoors. I love how the shopping bags are sitting next to the stool, and they are sitting there together. A fav.
November 29th, 2014  
I think you demonstrate that street photography works best when you tell a story with the picture and not just "represent" the street.
November 29th, 2014  
How unusual to have a piano outside it's a wonder it works. What a great photo of street life. FAV
November 29th, 2014  
That is just wonderful, tells quite a story fav :)
November 29th, 2014  
Wow, what a brilliant shot, it tells such a story too. This is something you don't see every day, well spotted.
November 29th, 2014  
Terrific composition! It really strikes a chord!
November 29th, 2014  
Makes for a great candid shot
November 29th, 2014  
Saw this on Trending Page, love this shot, great that the people stop and play a bit.
November 29th, 2014  
This is fun! Nicely captured. Fav!
November 29th, 2014  
I like it -A great find and capture !
November 29th, 2014  
Wow, a piano, and being played. Love the trust of the bags left out of view
November 29th, 2014  
I love the way these pianos appear and people just play them. There's one at St Pancras International station, and often there are people playing lively pieces, which makes for a great atmosphere.
November 29th, 2014  
A great find and capture
November 29th, 2014  
I love this - something a tad bizarre about a piano outside in the cold. Love the bags full of their Christmas shopping. FAV
November 29th, 2014  
Wonderful bit of street photography taffy. Tells stories. It's an unusual sight. It's a capture of a moment in time. Great.
November 29th, 2014  
Lovely street shot :)
November 29th, 2014  
What a wonderful place to find a piano and someone playing it on such a cold day. Great shot
November 29th, 2014  
This I would say is an excellent street shot.
November 29th, 2014  
Cool and unusual!
November 29th, 2014  
How fantastic that people are using it! A great shot.
November 29th, 2014  
Great shot!
November 29th, 2014  
Outstanding street shot, great composition, textures, lots of interest, neat tones, fav
November 29th, 2014  
Fabulous find, great street shot.
November 29th, 2014  
What a great sight to see the piano outdoors and I love that the couple have stopped off after their shopping to tickle the ivories. A great story captured! This is the kind of street photography I like. I have seen a couple of pianos at St Pancras station with people playing - such a wonderful atmosphere! I wonder how long this one will survive the winter weather?
November 29th, 2014  
Outstanding find Taffy, love it in b&w, so nice that it is being used!
FAV
November 29th, 2014  
Excellent... a magic piano, just out on the street. Nice shot! I enjoy the whimsy of the entire thing.
November 29th, 2014  
Awesome shot, love the couple on the piano with their bags alongside.
November 30th, 2014  
What a surprising image, and a perfect street capture! It tells such a story, and you didn't even have to be "in their faces" to get this scene.
November 30th, 2014  
Love this street vignette. A pocket of music. I'm listening to piano Christmas music right now and therefore imagine they are playing some Vince Guaraldi in this photo.
November 30th, 2014  
Great black & white shot!!! What a fun find!!!
November 30th, 2014  
What a great find. Perfect for B&W.
November 30th, 2014  
@maggiemae Yet, this seemed to be not in great shape as a piano. When I walked by I couldn't tell if it was actually a player piano, or if it was just the case that some keys were not working as they should be. It was so cute to see the two of them intensely trying to make it work -- and they had to be tourists to have left their bags sitting behind them!
November 30th, 2014  
This shot rocks! :) What a terrific find!
November 30th, 2014  
This is a fun find and great capture. So, people pass by and play?! Cool
November 30th, 2014  
Sue
So cool. :p
November 30th, 2014  
Street photography intrigues me yet I loathe the struggle it is to accomplish it. To find the opportunity for a shot like this is a real treasure! The B&W presentation is perfect I think, even tho the bright colors of the piano are missed. The imagination can paint those in well enough.
November 30th, 2014  
What a fabulous idea, love your candid ,super shot
November 30th, 2014  
Beautiful street capture
November 30th, 2014  
What a great find! I could almost imagine it being my two daughters! They would love such a find, by the way, and would provide a street concert on the spot! :)
December 1st, 2014  
Great capture. Love that the piano is being used even in what seems to be cooler temps.
December 1st, 2014  
@anazad511 These were the only two that sat down to play while I was in the coffee shop. The piano looks a little the worse for wear, despite the colorful paint job. The keys didn't look so great...the two young girls looked to be tourists, or possibly students.
December 1st, 2014  
What a great find, Taffy. Love that there is a Christmas tree behind it. You sure had great timing for this awesome photo. FAV
December 1st, 2014  
Well composed, well balanced and well processed street shot, Taffy. It certainly relays a bit of the Christmas spirit!
December 1st, 2014  
i love this shot. fav
December 3rd, 2014  
Fantastic scene, quite an unusual sight - nicely done!
December 8th, 2014  
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