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A River of People

Posted by
Ian Bramham (Manchester, United Kingdom) on 12 February 2009 in Documentary & Street and Portfolio.

A long exposure photo of the crowds of tourists passing up and down the stairs at night in Montmartre, Paris.... a river of close packed humanity.

NIKON D40 3 seconds F/4.0 ISO 200 33 mm (35mm equiv.)

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Suzanne from Huntington Bch, California, United States

This is terrific. I love the feeling of movement along with the subtle colors. Excellent capture.

12 Feb 2009 6:19am

@Suzanne: Thanks Suzanne....the part of this long exposure photo which surprised me the most when I saw it on my computer screen was the 'stutter' - the way in which each person's image has been caught several times as they hesitated before taking the next step in that long flight of stairs.

Patrick from Louveciennes, France

Encore une photo originale. Bravo

12 Feb 2009 7:03am

@Patrick: Thanks Patrick!

Marie LC from Voiron, France

Génial !

12 Feb 2009 9:01am

Hoshisato from Ealing, United Kingdom

Well done; it is weird how long exposure of crowds make them resemble smoke.

12 Feb 2009 9:08am

k@ from Paris, France

THIS is motion blur - grandiose !

12 Feb 2009 10:23am

Scene by Sharon Photography from Kingston, Ontario, Canada


12 Feb 2009 10:55am

Cheryl from Texas, United States

great title, it does look like a river of people! I like the motion and the light! Bravo

12 Feb 2009 11:19am

Polydactyle from Montreal, Canada

Nice shot! Excellent colors. We can feel the mouvement!

12 Feb 2009 12:45pm


!!!!!!Brilliant !!!!!

12 Feb 2009 1:51pm

Michael Paulison from United States

What a nice and really interesting photo! The movement is fantastic.

12 Feb 2009 2:54pm

grant from kansas city, United States

very cool shot - it's a bit eerie. there is a sense that the people are moving passively, a 'lambs to slaughter' feel to it.

12 Feb 2009 4:01pm

Anna.C from LA ROCHELLE, France

oh ! yes ! terrific effect ! well done !

12 Feb 2009 4:53pm

Mirko Herzner from Mühlheim am Main, Germany

What a fantastic effect, Ian. I bet you received quite some weird looks from your models...

12 Feb 2009 7:02pm

Darhy from France

Great one. Amazing the effects can be made with long expo.

12 Feb 2009 7:53pm

MadScientist from Düsseldorf, Germany

Very disciplined people, all running in a queue. Japanese? :-)

12 Feb 2009 7:54pm

@MadScientist: :-) no, just the Christmas holiday crowds moving slowly up and down from Montmartre which is the hill withe the spectacular church overlooking the city centre.

SKHallisey from Montreal, Canada

great shot, im loving long exposures these days

12 Feb 2009 9:28pm

probob from Kaliningrad, Russian Federation

I like how colors are balanced. And exposure technique is great!

12 Feb 2009 10:18pm

Daryl from Amagasaki, Japan

Yes! Interesting to see everyone carefully following the designated path.

12 Feb 2009 11:37pm

lydia from Paris, France

Great !!!!!!!!!! amazing shot !!

13 Feb 2009 2:49am

lucie from san francisco, United States

reminds me of Marcel Duchamp. Nude Descending a Staircase

23 Feb 2009 5:21am

@lucie: Thanks Lucie. You're the second person whose said that to me! Although I didn't have that particular painting in mind when I did this photo. I've seen plenty of cubist paintings before so maybe I processed it subconciously in a way that accentuated those type of qualities.

Russ Devan from New Hanover, United States

Very clever to use a long shutter speed here. I love the sense of movement of the crowd. I like how I can make out individual people in the blur. Top marks, Ian.

25 Feb 2009 7:39pm

Céline from Paris, France

That is just excellent, I love it. Well done! Funny, cos I was there last night ! :)

4 Jun 2010 9:55am

3 seconds
ISO 200
33 mm (35mm equiv.)