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La Place Du Tertre, Montmartre

Posted by
Ian Bramham (Manchester, United Kingdom) on 9 January 2008 in Cityscape & Urban and Portfolio.

Following on from the other photos of Paris that I've been posting over recent days, here's one of 'La Place du Tertre' just before dawn with the first of many painters who work in this picturesque square setting up their easels for the day.
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kairospix from Singapore, Singapore

very nice street shot!
rated you @ CoolPhotoblog and voted you at Awards :)

9 Jan 2008 7:46am

@kairospix: Cheers Kairospix.....and thank you very much for the votes which I take as the ultimate compliment!

Nimrod from Tel Aviv, Israel

Beautiful Paris set. You certainly bring out the romantic atmosphere of the city (at least the way I remember it ... a long time ago)

Can't wait to see pictures from Italy :)

p.s. Was this shot with a tripod? Can't really see myself lagging one around the city.

9 Jan 2008 7:46am

@Nimrod: Thanks for stopping by again Nimrod...its great to hear from you again. I hope things are going well with you!

Yes, I used a tripod and a great hulking thing it is too. I carried it for up to 6 hours a go on several occasions for some night photo excursions in Paris!

jkjond from Grange-over-Sands, United Kingdom

The best of a good set. The colour adds a lot to this shot, it has great atmosphere, makes me want to be there. Nice balance to the shot despite a tree bisecting the composition, or is it because of that? I prefer your Montmatre shots to the daylight set - which were very nice. They all embarrass the 300 crowd.

9 Jan 2008 8:12am

@jkjond: Thanks John...as always you make me think much more closely about composition. I'm with you all the way on the issue of bisecting lines but I think I got away with it on this one as the rest of the image is strong. I'm not sure who the 300 crowd is so I'll have to guess.

By the way, I did some experimental Paris Metro shots and I'd value your opinion...they are posted here http://forums.dpreview.com/forums/readflat.asp?forum=1034&message=26356650&changemode=1 and if you find the time for an answer by all means post it here rather than there as my intention is not to try and tempt you back although I do miss your analytical and thoughtful commentaries :-)

Calusarus from St Sorlin en Valloire, France

Lovely shot. And it's so rare to see the Place du Tertre with no people.

9 Jan 2008 8:42am

@Calusarus: Thanks Calusarus! - I love night photography for the peace and calmness that it can bring as well as the dramatic lighting of course.

ManuelaR from Hainburg, Germany

Yes, unusual to see it that empty. You brought out how romantic the place can be, excellent light and tones.
Thanks for the info, will try to pass it on ;)

9 Jan 2008 9:30am

@ManuelaR: Thanks ManuelaR.....yes, please do try and pass the tip on to other AM3ers.

Steven from Montreal, Canada

Nice setting, well done!

9 Jan 2008 10:01am

@Steven: Thanks again for looking Steven!

eddy from Tehran, Iran

I like this image

9 Jan 2008 10:20am

@eddy: Thanks Eddy!

Sujit Sudhi from Hyderabad, India

Fantastic image. Love the tones.

9 Jan 2008 11:16am

@Sujit Sudhi: Thanks very much!

Guillermina from Buenos Aires, Argentina

Qu'est-ce qu'elle est belle, cette scène ! As you've portrayed it, I'd pair it with a song by Jacques Brel, of course. You choose which.

9 Jan 2008 11:43am

@Guillermina: Thanks Guillermina!.....Well my favourite song of his is "ne me quittes pas" but its a bit too dark for this photo which makes me feel very happy. I'd be glad for any suggestions you have!

Maybe Edith Piaf's " La Vie en Rose" would be more appropriate?

While I'm thinking about photos of Paris I'd appreciate your thoughts, if you can find a moment, on some experimental shots I've done of the Paris Metro http://forums.dpreview.com/forums/readflat.asp?forum=1034&message=26356650&changemode=1

GJC from Kyoto, Japan

This is it -- the coup de grace of the Paris set. What I like is the rhythm of the man, the tree and then the tree again -- three verticals across an otherwise very horizontal image. The color is superb and the balance between foreground and background is well done. All in all a wonderfully pleasing shot.

9 Jan 2008 12:39pm

@GJC: Thanks GJC....you've read a lot into this...perhaps you're giving me too much credit. I simply set up the tripod where I thought the light shining on the stone paving setts was best and because the colours were just wonderful and I simply waited to try and get one of the painters in the shot. I'm really pleased that you liked it though!

Ohh, I nearly forgot....If you get time let me know what you think about these much more experimental shots of the metro...http://forums.dpreview.com/forums/readflat.asp?forum=1034&message=26356650&changemode=1

jkjond from Grange-over-Sands, United Kingdom

Hi Ian

I saw your metro shots. Amusing, I took some blury portraits last night, though haven't posted them anywhere. Blury photos are a minority interest approach - they appeal to the likes of Alex (Rundadar - good to see him posting). I like them, as commented by Daniel I agree they don't achieve what you intended in your narrative, but I don't think that matters. They are strong images supported by strong processing and work well as a set. Whether the blurred ones would work as stand alone images I'm not sure - but why not?

One point to consider is your use of thin black keylines in the border. None of these need them. Curiously, I put a lot on my Paris pics on flickr - I now wish I hadn't! I've posted a portrait on there today to show the effect of missing them out when you would expect to need them. Worth a play to see what you think.

I used to habitually keyline any subtle image - but then I saw a black and white pic, a detail crop, almost abstract, of an american timbered building which was painted white - subtle shades of grey. The lack of a keyline gave the image an expansive feel which went far beyond his generous white border, a keyline would have stopped it dead. Another example was a graphic profile of a woman with flowing hair - she occupied the right third of the composition in stark dark tones, the rest of the image left white along with a white border to her head. The effect with no keyline was so powerful, yet some commented one was needed. Not at all. The image would have been weakened by it.

I also saw your comments on Lindsy(?)s Blackpool pics. I wish I'd caught your pp version before it was deleted - I had a quick play with the same image, lots of potential. Using layers yet?????

9 Jan 2008 2:59pm

@jkjond: Hi John

Thanks very much for spending so much time on this.

As you say, Alex's lovely supportive comment was a gem....although it was short and sweet it was a bit of a life saver as although I wanted and asked for honest criticism I was feeling rather bruised and battered by then. Even though I pretend to be matter of fact about the whole photography thing it's all a lie really LoL!....it's deeply personal and posting those experimental pics felt like running naked through a crowd full of strangers!

With regard to adding a black keyline to the white borders, I did start off with pure white but on some shots where white met the border in an uneven way the photo ended up looking really unbalanced. I'll give it another look though as you've clearly given this issue a lot of thought.

Linda's got a lot of potential but is very hampered by her post-processing and I wanted to help as much as I could (with my limited ability) in exactly the same way that you did with me in a more expert way when I moved forums at DPReview...I'm sure you must have spotted the similarities in approach and hope you took it as a compliment.

I'm still not using layers apart from auto stuff like text and levels....I just need to sit down with a book I've got which has a chapter on the subject as its getting ridiculous really...it should be easy. On the plus side though, that wacom tablet is brilliant and really easy to use.

Lorraine from Gatineau, Canada

that tip is precious, thanks a lot Ian...now about this photo! as you might have noticed by now, I'm emotional and moody and your photos take my breath away, it fills this drama that I need, it's special, and this one is one of my top Ten

9 Jan 2008 4:00pm

@Lorraine: Thanks Lorraine! - if you're after drama just wait till you see tomorrows shot even if I do say so myself.....another night one but processed in B&W. It was such an exciting moment ....one of those when you know you've got a great shot even before you press the shutter button which for me is as rare as hen's teeth!

Laurie from New Jersey, United States

Looks like a wonderful place. I love places like this. They have such a wonderful old world feel.

9 Jan 2008 6:05pm

@Laurie: Me too Laurie! - it was worth every moment of getting up 5.30am on hoilday in the winter. My lone walk in the dark with a large tripod and two small cameras with hardly a soul in the streets was fantastic!

Michael Rawluk from Prince George, Canada

It looks so friendly and inviting. Lovely shot.

9 Jan 2008 8:20pm

@Michael Rawluk: Thanks very much Michael!

See The Light from Newcastle, United States

Beautiful color.

10 Jan 2008 6:23am

@See The Light: Thanks very much Mary!

NIKON D40
4/5 seconds
F/8.0
ISO 200
33 mm (35mm equiv.)