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Rhythm in the Night

Posted by
Ian Bramham (Manchester, United Kingdom) on 10 April 2008 in Cityscape & Urban and Portfolio.

The rhythm of streetlights and trees along a walkway below street level on the banks of the River Seine in the heart of Paris.

The river was full that night....another few inches of water and this walkway would have been part of the river.

There's a larger version here for anyone whose interested

NIKON D40 1/20 second F/4.5 ISO 1600 105 mm (35mm equiv.)

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alun lambert from cheshire, United Kingdom

Very nice mono

10 Apr 2008 8:14am

@alun lambert: Thanks very much Alun.....I know it's not a mainstream photo but I love B&W and had to post this one!

hugo poon from Hong Kong, Hong Kong

How beautiful is the pattern of the trees, benches and reflections... a classic shot! Yes, I enjoyed the larger version more.:-)

Best regards,

10 Apr 2008 11:40am

@hugo poon: Thank you Hugo.....I realise that it's a far from perfect image however I do like it more than many of my more technically superior ones.

Guillermina from Buenos Aires, Argentina

Since you asked, I like this one much much better than Tuesday's... But they're very different photographs, so it's hard to make a fair comparison. I'll just say this one strikes me as extremely poetic in its composition, darkness, and interplay of light and shadows/perpendiculars and parallels...

(Sorry I can't elaborate on technicalities...)

10 Apr 2008 2:37pm

@Guillermina: Guillemina.....thanks very much for replying to that query of mine from tuesday.

The reason that I asked is that I too prefer today's shot over the one from tuesday although technically of course it's not as good and I realise that it's never going to be as popular.

From what I've seen over the last 9 months of posting photos here, B&W images are far less popular than colour and in any case, this particular photo isn't exactly mainstream is it!

The technical faults with this photo are numerous, from the dark patch 3/4 of the way along the line of trees which interrupts the rythm to the fact that it's not an easy image to read at first sight; nevertheless it invokes more of an emotional reaction in me than the technically superior and 'prettier' one from tuesday.

haisea from Barcelona, Spain

Nice shot and superb blog ;)

10 Apr 2008 3:18pm

@haisea: Thanks heisea.....that's very kind of you!

Lorraine from Gatineau, Canada

It was a dark and stormy're an inspiration

10 Apr 2008 5:13pm

@Lorraine: Thanks know how much i love night photography!

Luis from Mexico City, Mexico

Really lovely composition and night photo.

10 Apr 2008 5:44pm

@Luis: Thanks Luis!

tom from Frankfurt, Germany

Lovely shot. I like the reflections in the water and your B&W rendition.

10 Apr 2008 9:20pm

@tom: Thanks very much Tom!

Damon Schreiber from Toronto, Canada

Love the patterns. (and I really liked the Large version)

10 Apr 2008 9:20pm

@Damon Schreiber: Thanks for taking the time to look at the large version Damon - I appreciate it!

Guillermina from Buenos Aires, Argentina

Well, to me the dark patch you mention is the living proof of imperfection. You can't expect anything to be perfect; I think we should strive for beauty instead. (Beauty is not the same as "perfection.") And that's what I find in this photo... Not that I don't find it in Tuesday's photo as well, but it's a different type of beauty. Besides, images that are hard to read, as you say, always appeal to me: that way they have of secretly telling you something, of making you want to search for something that's beyond you and the photographer and the work itself...

And I was apologizing for not being able to say much on the technical aspects, but after all, sometimes I really don't care... I've seen seemingly "perfect" photographs that will never ever evoke anything in me, so... Perhaps it's a question of how we conceive of photography, whether we think it's an art or some kind of hard science. I don't know, just some random thoughts.

By the way, I was intrigued by a comment you left here a while ago. Maybe you could elaborate on it when you have the time?... I'd really like to know.

10 Apr 2008 9:23pm

@Guillermina: Part of the reson I love photography so much is the almost equal balance between the frustrating times and the rewarding ones - normally they don't both come together in one photo like this one but I'm sure that's part of why i like it so much!

John Leech from Grange-over-Sands, United Kingdom

Yup, technique it something which can be defined, emotion isn't.

10 Apr 2008 10:49pm

@John Leech: Hi John......yes, usually the reasons that I like a photo are difficult to rationalise!

KimberlyC from United States

Everyone else has said it all, so I will just say its beautiful. :)

12 Apr 2008 4:14pm

@KimberlyC: Thanks very much Kim.....I'm so pleased that you liked it!

dj.tigersprout from San Bruno, United States

wonderful night photo... great scenery and lighting.

5 Jun 2008 6:35pm

1/20 second
ISO 1600
105 mm (35mm equiv.)