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Post by Bob Yankle » Sat Oct 21, 2017 1:06 pm

LatIn Quarter - Paris. Wonderful streets, wonderful people.
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Post by Charles Haacker » Sat Oct 21, 2017 2:31 pm

Boy! That's GREAT! I suspect I may overuse the term "painterly," but when I see something that evokes a late 19th century Post-Impressionist street scene (and many were made in Paris), what else shall I call it? You have also applied a texture that makes it look almost pointillistic, putting me in mind of Georges Seurat and his massive masterwork, A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte (1884-86). (I've seen the original in the Chicago museum.)

There is SO MUCH happening here! The couple in the foreground appear to have just arrived, he from the airport, and the waiter has not yet appeared but they are getting comfortable and chatting amiably. She just now dropped her purse. There's a soft breeze blowing her loose hair in a charming way. Entering the frame from left is a bicycle commuter. The table to their right rear holds a foursome at a late business lunch. One man listens to a woman (back to camera, her hair blowing too, the wind is coming from right). The other man at the table is busy on his cell phone. I conclude it's between busy times because there is a line of empty tables. This is confirmed by a clock down the street that says it's about 4:10 p.m.

I often assert that "cameras don't matter," but in this case that fantastic depth-of-field that make the shot so detailed and "painterly" is due to a 1/1.8 sensor in your Panasonic DMC-FZ50. There's a slight telephoto compression due to the lens being zoomed to aprx. 80mm equivalent, but if you had made this at f/5.6 with a true 80mm on a full-frame you'd have nowhere near that DOF, and I believe it would diminish the picture. So in this case, the camera did matter! (And who sez tiny sensors can't make great pitchers?! :x )
(Incidentally, if this ain't "street" I'd like to know what is? :D )
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Post by Bob Yankle » Sat Oct 21, 2017 2:57 pm

Thank you, Chuck. I think what struck me most was the leading line coming straight down from the framed buildings in the background, down the street with all the people, across some empty tables and straight through the space between the main protagonists. I wish I could say I had seen all that when I composed the shot when in reality I was concentrating on the couple in the foreground and only discovered those other elements later. I believe it's called serendipity.

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Post by Charles Haacker » Sat Oct 21, 2017 3:16 pm

You mean sérendipité, Monsieur. :D (OK)
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Post by Duck » Sat Oct 21, 2017 5:00 pm

While it may have been serendipity, there is no denying how strong that leading line is to the couple. I see it starting with the bright area of the far building, traveling down the row of cars, transitioning to the row of tables to be stopped by the subject's hands and, BAM! You're there.

Really great shot.
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Post by Psjunkie » Sun Oct 22, 2017 4:02 am

All I can say is one well taken and well presented image...Chuck's gone way over my head and I've no comment for improvement Bob....wish I had the knowledge for this kind of thing.

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Post by St3v3M » Wed Oct 25, 2017 1:18 am

I think you've found a winner, but more importantly a style all your own! Beautiful! S-
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