Wednesday, October 11, 2006

Wobblisk


From the 'nuit blanche' in Paris, when they do funny things with sculptures and lights, and slightly bemused locals and tourists trog around in search of monuments and meaning. A lot of it's really weird, but quite fun, and some is just impressive, like the obelisk at place de la Concorde lit up in purple which they claimed in all the newspapers was going to be Klein blue but wasn't at all. The statues around the edges were tho'.

Tricky to hold the damn camera still enough mind you, as I'm not much of a fan of lugging a heavy tripod around with me and like the effects you can get from night lights and movement. Here I just had to try and brace myself against a lamppost and hold the camera as still as possible. It was shot on a Canon 350D and even though I bumped the sensitivity up to the max at 1600 there was still a lot of shake. From a distance it looks ok though.

Place de la Concorde is great for photos because you have the omnipresent Eiffel Tower in the background and lots of lamps and signs sprouting up like mushrooms to play with. Here it looks like the Eiffel Tower is actually trying to light up the obelisk which wasn't the case at all, and I took another shot from much closer which makes the Eiffel Tower look tiny in comparison. That's where your legs do something the zoom doesn't: completely change the size relationship of near and distant objects. Use your legs as much as your zoom when sizing up a shot - that's what I say!

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© 2006 Sab Will / Paris Set Me Free

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Tuesday, October 10, 2006

O! Those Crazy Parisians...

Well, don’t say we didn’t warn you… if you’re in Paris, it could and probably will happen, so there you go!I like to call this pic ‘Tree Head’ and it’s one of those fabulous moments which you either see or you don’t, and which actually means something or it doesn’t, when there’s the most wonderful coincidence…

Check out the guy with the ridiculous green wig, under the tree which perfectly echoes his headwear.

Technically, I’d have liked to have equal space on each side of the tree, and I had a shot with this, but there wasn’t the same interaction between the people in the pic.At least the green headed guy is nicely placed in the lower left side of the pic giving a pleasing composition.

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Tuesday, October 03, 2006

Fat Bassist


A lazy sunny Sunday afternoon on a bridge in Paris...

... and what could be more agreable, indeed, more Parisian, than to stumble across this guy, lost in music, a man and his partner, his double bass, singing like Louis Armstrong, plucking spontaneously with nonchalance - a real prize.

Technically, I didn't feel like approaching the guy, so as not to distract him, so it was taken from the other side of the bridge, a good 25-30 metres away I would say, with my digital telephoto lens at max, 200mm, (300mm equivalent in old system).

So quite a good chance of wobble setting in there but luckily the guy was facing the sinking sun behind the Eiffel Tower so there was plenty of light. Then it was just a question of making sure the background would be a bit fuzzy but still clear enough to show that it's Paris with its typical building and then... wait for the moment!

The Moment is the most important aspect of a photo I would say, when you are including animated subjects in the photo. Here I got a lot of shots but this one pleased me the most.

I could of course have got him plucking the instrument but I found his outstretched hand much more expressive, his expression almost ecstatic or celestial, and which could mean so many things... His other hand is of course holding the double bass which gives the all important contact between them.

All in all a marvelous moment in the midst of all that horrible grumbling growling traffic we can also see in the shot.

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