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Curvey Benches

Posted by
Ian Bramham (Manchester, United Kingdom) on 9 January 2009 in Cityscape & Urban and Portfolio.

Bench seats line a curved pathway in the Parc Monceau, Paris

NIKON D40 1/30 second F/8.0 ISO 450 120 mm (35mm equiv.)

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bluechameleon from Vancouver, Canada

I love the curve in this frame, Ian. Beautiful composition! I have felt an affinity toward park benches as they seem to always tell a story or hold a few secrets.

9 Jan 2009 5:06am

@bluechameleon: Thanks Sharon!...these benches would be full of people at any other time of the year but it was below freezing on the day of this photo. I know what you mean about them holding secrets - empty like this there is something poignant about them isn't there.

Laurie from New Jersey, United States

Excellent! One of my favorite subjects. Great lines here.

9 Jan 2009 6:13am

@Laurie: Thanks Laurie!...I seem to be developing a fair collection of photos of empty park benches and seats!

Marie LC from Voiron, France

I love this composition. Excellent nb also.

9 Jan 2009 7:03am

@Marie LC: Thanks Marie...I'm pleased that you liked the B&W (it's got 5% sepia toning just to take the hard edge off it)

613photo from DALLAS, United States

Something about this scene reminds me of the film 'Blow Up'.

Anyway, it's a beautifully lonely place. Well composed frame, too.

9 Jan 2009 7:05am

@613photo: Thanks!...I have to admit that I know the film but I've never watched it right through. Next time it comes on the TV (rarely) I'll watch it through.

Mike from Lichfield, United Kingdom

Nicely composed Ian. There's something about the photo that makes me want to carry on looking at it. I've been looking at it for a good 5 minutes now.

9 Jan 2009 9:18am

yz from Budapest, Hungary

Perfect composition.

9 Jan 2009 9:42am

Frida from Sweden

Perfect composition. I love the toned B&W. I almost expect someone to turn up down the line of benches. Well captured!

9 Jan 2009 9:49am

Scene by Sharon Photography from Kingston, Ontario, Canada

nice composition - it draws you right down the row of benches - stellar work!

9 Jan 2009 11:02am

Ana Lúcia from Leiria, Portugal

Fantastic composition.

9 Jan 2009 11:24am

zahai from Berlin, Germany

Beautiful composition and contrast. Like this a lot :)

9 Jan 2009 12:24pm

Anna.C from LA ROCHELLE, France

Tout le charme de nos bancs parisiens ;-) nice framing ! I love the concept of the empty benches !

9 Jan 2009 12:34pm

MadScientist from Düsseldorf, Germany

They are made for sunnier days.
(Although you have the best choice between them right now.)

9 Jan 2009 12:34pm

Polydactyle from Montréal, Canada

Beautiful lines and curves. Perfect compo. Bravo again!

9 Jan 2009 1:14pm

Cheryl from Texas, United States

excellent image!! great compositon, love the lines.

9 Jan 2009 1:40pm

mo.langel from Courtelary, Switzerland

Très belle composition, beau cadrage!

9 Jan 2009 3:48pm

Paco Díaz from Spain

Great framing and b/w, of course. They accentuate the feeling of loneliness of the park in that moment of winter.

9 Jan 2009 5:07pm

Rui from Leiria, Portugal

This is truly amazing. All those benches perfectly aligned, making a curve. It was a good choice to process it in B&W... it looks an old photo from an abandoned place. Perfect Ian.

9 Jan 2009 5:41pm

hugo poon from hong kong, Hong Kong

Beautiful curve and perspective... captivating mood of loneliness and emptiness!

9 Jan 2009 6:36pm

lusyamcoga from France

Joli graphisme avec cet alignement de banc, et le noir et blanc leur va si bien ...

9 Jan 2009 8:27pm

Hoshisato from Ealing, United Kingdom

Beautiful composition!

9 Jan 2009 8:59pm

ocorti from Vevey, Switzerland

sperb curve. well done.

9 Jan 2009 9:55pm

Siguidine from Saint-Etienne, France

Great composition! I really like the curves a lot and the B&W too!

9 Jan 2009 11:16pm

Nina from Hamburg, Germany

Fantastic perspective!

9 Jan 2009 11:36pm

kourosh from Halifax, Canada

Surprising shot! When I first saw the picture I just followed the line that the benches are creating. It's really fascinating

10 Jan 2009 3:35am

amy from Nanaimo, BC, Canada

The curving lines are fantastic, Ian! Excellent compo!

10 Jan 2009 4:03am

Vink from Grasse - French riviera, France

A romantic curve ! So beautiful !

10 Jan 2009 9:20am

Chek Kiong from Singapore

Great black and white shot. Excellent composition.

10 Jan 2009 11:35am

Ted from South Wales, United Kingdom

Great capture the lines.

10 Jan 2009 4:08pm

Nataly from Santa Monica, United States

This image is full of romance, Ian. And surely lucky shot with these many benches and empty? Did you get there at the crack of Dawn? Well, aside from being composed perfectly it is rich with emotion. Beautiful!

10 Jan 2009 4:19pm

@Nataly: Thanks, it wasn't that early really but it was freezing cold (about -3 degC) so the only people out in the park apart from us were joggers.

João Mourão from Amadora, Portugal

Fantastic repetion. It gives a feel of never ending situation. Perfect.

10 Jan 2009 5:22pm

Jeffster from Long Island, United States

Very nice composition.

11 Jan 2009 1:39am

Michael Rawluk from Williams Lake, BC, Canada

That is an excellent shot. I love the composition.

11 Jan 2009 5:48am

baby from Canada

Nice black and white shot the curves and angles are fantastic

11 Jan 2009 5:52am

giovanni from Italy

great bw composition!

11 Jan 2009 9:12am

Damon Schreiber from Toronto, Canada


11 Jan 2009 6:53pm

tom from Frankfurt, Germany

Love the composition!

12 Jan 2009 8:44pm

Magda from Vancouver, Canada

Oh I love this! Fantastic use of repetitive objects. The angle and composition are superb!

14 Jan 2009 8:47pm

rafafotografia from Madrid, Spain

This is beautiful and wonderfully framed.

10 Apr 2013 6:07am

1/30 second
ISO 450
120 mm (35mm equiv.)