Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Chair 'n' Back

The effect I've used has added a kind of halo to the chair, which some purists would balk at, but I rather like it, as it gives it a rather supernatural feeling, and seems to be being lit up by the Eiffel Tower which is conveniently pointing its beam at it.

Taken from such a low angle (groveling on the ground if you must know - chair-leg-level in any case) the camera is tilted up slightly, which leads tall think objects like the Eiffel Tower and the Obelisk to lean into the photo. This can easily be corrected by software if you want to but I didn't bother. Actually, even the water seems to be sloping rather unnaturally but hey, you know what? I just don't care!

Another aspect of this pic is that it is very dark. The sky is a deep grey-blue, and the trick is to get the chair dark enough for it to still be a significant silhouette against the heavy clouds, whilst still having bright highlights in the form of the lights and spotlit structures. This picture just about manages it. Taken in the Tuileries gardens, by the way.
© 2007 Sab Will / Paris Set Me Free

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Di Mackey said...

A chair by the water is perfect enough, what you've done to it has only deepened the promise of a quiet night spent near the water watching Paris sparkle.

I guess I'm not a purist ... I like the chair halo and wouldn't have questioned the magical quality of Paris and its chairs.

Paris Set Me Free said...

The chairs are famous in Paris because the Tuileries and Jardin de Luxemboug provide them for free and they have featured in some great shots by the classic French humanist photographers such as Doisneau, Cartier-Bresson and Ronis. I can but dream!


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