Thursday, November 22, 2007

What a Whore House!


Or 'Quel bordel', which is the emotive French expression which means 'what a total mess' which is exactly what the Parisian public transport system is at the moment.

Even though we are admittedly in the striking high season, this looks like it's going to be a vintage year. Yesterday it wasn't only the transport people who were protesting, but a whole bunch of others too. Hence scenes such as the one above, where we can see the Porte d'Orleans metro cowering under a hideous pile of festering rubbish. Everywhere people were trudging resignedly (but more and more angrily) to and from work along the filthy pavements. And motorists were getting even more frustrated as their greatest irritation was realised: hoards of pedestrians moving faster than the cars.

Getting the exposure right on this shot was a nightmare. For a start, I wanted the big pile of black bags to dominate the shot, or at least be very prominent. But black comes out as, well, black in shots and isn't easy to see. So I had to lighten it up with a longer exposure.

Unfortunately this meant that the bright metro sign burnt out and you can't see the map at all. A long exposure, handheld, at night also equates with one thing - blur! So combining a high ISO (1600) with as steady a hand as I could muster I did my best.

=> (View Flickr Slide Show - November 2007)
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