Friday, July 04, 2008

Photography Lesson - "Scratching In The Spotlight"

"Scratching In The Spotlight"

On the 21st of June in Paris everyone fills the streets to enjoy the melodies, and sometimes god-awful racket, flowing from every street corner as part of the Fête de la Musique, our annual free music extravaganza.

Well, not everyone. Just off the beaten track of boulevard St. Michel, in the Jardin du Luxembourg, we find plenty of laid-back Parisians enjoying the warming rays of the longest day. It's always strange to think that the nights will get longer from now on, when you don't really feel that summer has even begun yet.

But there it is. The legendary Jardin du Luxembourg, inspiration for countless monochrome photos of weathered gents leaning on walking sticks and solitary iron chairs contemplating still lakes and life.

These days there's always a bunch of weird sculptures round by the orangery, and I'm quickly itching to get my camera out whenever I go there...

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Abraham Lincoln said...

It is a funny photo but very well done. The lighting is super.

I think this is one of the best photographs I have seen today. It is very encouraging and your photography is spot on.

I really admire your selection of what to photograph and your critical eye for composition, lighting and texture.

Abraham Lincoln
—Brookville Daily Photo

Paris Set Me Free said...

Good of you to visit Abraham and I appreciate the comment.

I enjoyed visiting your blog just now - beautiful photos you have. Keep on snapping and inspiring.

Dusty Lens said...

I always have such difficulty with lighting, especially scenes similar to your image shown here. Dark areas, bright areas, I can imagine the camera LCD was blinking in the bright areas.

Countless photography articles tell us to expose to rid the blinking areas when reviewing on the camera's LCD screen.

But wow, this works so well here! Now I am a little upset by all the images I re-exposed to rid the blinking areas. I could have had a decent shot similar to yours. I'm now inspired to break these so called rules.

Paris Set Me Free said...

I'd suggest, Dusty, that you don't have 'difficulty' with lighting; lighting is. We have to use what is in front of us and manipulate and twist it to our purposes. There isn't such a thing as 'good' or 'bad' lighting. It's what we choose to do with it that matters.

It's funny you mention the blinking feature that I know exists on some cameras. I've never found it on my Nikon D200 and honestly couldn't tell you if it's there or not, but I can tell you that I'd switch it off if I did find it! For me it's too intrusive and although I like techy stuff this is a bit too techy for me. I like to trust my eyes as much as possible and I do zoom in on shots I've just taken but that glaringly flashing effect does my head in! I'm not a fan...

And as for rules... who wrote them anyway?


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