A-ha, caught you looking! Don’t worry, I won’t tell.
Cast all of your Friday the 13th superstitions aside, there actually can be some luck involved this day!
So, what do we have here…members of the oldest profession in the world, or a couple of well dressed ladies out for a walk, which just happens to be in one of the most risqué parts of the city?? You be the judge.
I realize the image quality is far from optimal, and I tried my best to clean it up, but this was about as good as I could muster. The more I’ve pondered it though, it actually feels somewhat within reason considering the scene itself…..kind of dark, raw, gritty and evocative. I tried a black & white scheme to see if that was more “artsy” and helped hide some of the flaws, but it really took away from the mood I wanted to express.
Taken on the spur of the moment, I had just rounded onto this street when I saw these two women out for a slow, late night walk…so I scrambled to compose the shot without worrying about technical details, as it was too good of an opportunity to let slip past.
Now, you may be asking yourself “Just what was it that I was doing here in the first place??” I have a feeling that no matter the reason I give, it’ll be met with a resounding “Suuuuuure, whatever!” hehe A seedy neighborhood, yes…but as you might know, I have a love for wandering the streets…sometimes at my own peril!? Besides, every now and then you really do just get lucky enough to stumble on a chance like this.
Thanks for staring, I mean…looking!
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rigoletto (33778) 2013-12-13 3:46
hi jayz. suuuuure yes, i would also enjoy a night walk in paris, provided that i'd stumble upon lucky friday bar double girls in a single shot. having said single shot, i am single and i can shoot, but no need to advertise it to the whole world :) good that you didn't go monochromic artistry, the neons and lamps do the artwork for you. nicely stolen moment and a good one for the paris/barcelona competition between you and kris.
timecapturer (41882) 2013-12-13 3:48
Yep! there is no end to my talents I can parlez French too! Not sure what is going on today on TE! No sooner do I see JJ's erection and then you show us the very reason he got one! This is a moody and bold posting, but not as bold as you taking it in the first place. Wandering the streets and trying to convince us it was in the name of art! I can only assume that you had a good drink in the Lucky Bar too! I did smile when you said you tried to clean this shot up. Strangely I think the grainy effect and dark mood really sums up this place and it is a unique shot for TE - a bit like JJ's "X certificate" posting!
Have a good weekend, and keep yourself off the streets bad boy!
ikeharel (48388) 2013-12-13 3:57
two ladies out on town, not necessarily looking for a job, just hang out to a ladies bar.
It seem as a swift action taken by you, had not enough time to set the camera properly - but i appreciate you did not give up this night shot in Paris.
Tried to clean some of the "noise" - but to no avail.
Have a nice friday,
mirosu (10942) 2013-12-13 3:59
First my comment to Friday 13, this was always my luckiest day, could write a book about it. Friday 13 changed completely my life long time ago....
I like this strong night photo from Paris. I believe that they are going to enjoy "Lucky Bar Girls"(?). Considering 1/30sec, the quality is very good. I hope that you have enjoyed this fabulous city.
Royaldevon (24350) 2013-12-13 4:13
Ha! Ha! Jason, my neighbour, today, this is a little saucy and what a brave adventure. Not that you needed keeping safe from the ladies ... but maybe their boss!!!
Yes there is noise but considering the conditions and the lack of tripod, you did very well and, the noise does accentuate the mood and the location. For a quick, spur-of-the-moment shot, it's jolly good, with fine leads and well positioned figures.
Have a good w/e,
Friday the 13th ain't all bad! It's my daughter's birthday today!
tyro (17256) 2013-12-13 4:32
Oh, dear, I've just written a critique on this picture so I am wondering if today is a day for uploading lots of suggestive images? :o)
Although this has been taken in very poor light (and there's quite a bit of "noise" as a result), nonetheless it is an inspired shot and very well taken on the "spur of the moment" with the two attractively dressed young ladies perfectly placed in the frame. I'm pleased that you decided to leave this one in colour because the colours are very good and add to the atmosphere, just as does the brightly lit sign at top left, again perfectly placed in relation to the main subjects.
An excellent example of quick and expert candid street photography!
Sergiom (50674) 2013-12-13 5:32
Cela deviendra très difficile pour ces filles de gagner leur vie avec la nouvelle loi française qui pénalisera les clients plutôt que les filles. La photo est très bien réalisée à cette heure du jour entre chien et loup. L'affiche lumineuse dit tout.
Cricri (97075) 2013-12-13 5:43
Ah Jason , Ainsi tu fréquente les quartiers chaud de Paris :-) elle me rappelle mon séjour de 4 jours a Pigalle, j'en garde un très beau souvenir....comme le moulin rouge :-) je ne suis pas contre de ce genre de travail.....j'aime l'atmosphère transmise dans cette image
macjake (49348) 2013-12-13 6:03
Nope, no judgements passed here! Lol
There are plenty of jokes and comments that come to mind ( and memories ) but i'l leave those off of TE :)
Totally understand your situation about just taking the photo...we all do that every once in awhile....and heck....the photo aint that bad either!
Every scene, glitzy, dirty, or pristine deserves to be shown!
Cool mood and its made better with the two ladies.
jemaflor (77482) 2013-12-13 8:46
Well framed your night shot with interesting colors and light capture even the result is a bit noisy, good focal point with these ladies.
krzychu30 (14996) 2013-12-13 10:28
although I´ve already had the privilege to see this picture,now after reading your note it takes on a new meaning:)and refering to Brian´s and John´s comments we can say:Every action has a reaction.And in this case I think reaction will be jjcordier picture:)btw.the guy has really good eye and imagination:)
But seriously-I concentrated to improve the quality of the image,but did not noticed how great and complex the picture really is.The "Lucky Bar Girls"neon sign,these girls going to paint the town red(ok.maybe now I misuse my imagination:)and finally beautiful Parisian street as a scenery for the scene.For me-brilliant combination and no wonder you wanted to capture it so much.
Even the grainy look you were trying to get rid start to suits the scene and adds it the ambience.
Have a nice weekend
serp2000 (35826) 2013-12-13 11:01
Ha! Why not? We are the men )))And I don't ask you what did you do there )) This is very interesting report from the night Paris, and very interesting and so emotional article too. My congratulations, Jason!
Have a nice Friday! We wait for a weekend .
Best wishes from the dark side of the Earth! ;))
nikkitta (11170) 2013-12-13 15:51
Hola Jason, mi amigo del norte
Te felicito por :
El sentido del humor
La foto tomada en el momento justo
Tus comentarios a ella
Et aussi que le vendredi 13 est en train de finir...
Et..seul a la nuit en Paris cherchant des photos... possible, peu probable...
Et pour finir un commentaire sérieux,la lumiere de néon est pour moi, le protagoniste, pas les filles
Maria Du Sud
KristinsCamera (2373) 2013-12-13 20:25
haha, it sounds like I've missed out on some excitement on TE today, but I'm glad I didn't miss this shot! nice street photography, Jason, what took you so long to share it with us?!
and so, at least according to Deniz, you and I have a little competitiion going?!
bring it on, my friend, I will enjoy seeing more shots like this from you :)
emka (68704) 2013-12-14 4:44
Hi Jason, First, I am not superstitious and specially nothing against Friday 13th, as I was born on such day (probability of such an event is about 0.5%) and I think I am lucky person.
After your note, I am curious if you know the answer, who are the girls? :) And where is this area in Paris? Nice shot from your archive. The are quite many people on the street and many parked cars, it doesn't seem specially dangerous. I like the colours that the neon gives to the whole street.
Warm regards Malgo
worldcitizen (6139) 2013-12-14 9:02
Hmmm...there seems to be something on this site lately that's making members a bit naughty! ;-) I can certainly feel the mood, with the neon bar sign and the ladies strolling by. It's nice for a quick capture.
fabbs99 (14463) 2013-12-14 21:02
Nice shot from the redlight zone in Paris.This is a very good picture with perfect colors and clarity.TFS.
delpeoples (50707) 2013-12-14 21:40
Again you don't disappoint me or your nickname with this one. Actually a very brave and difficult shot to take. Some time ago, one of the other TE'ers dared me to take a similar shot - this was the result: Roxanne.
I was petrified and the quality wasn't great. But as with your shot, you captured the moment and that's the important thing. I love the colours, the grain, the parts of the frame that a dim dark and sleazy. Excellent work. Dare I ask why you were skulking about in the Red Light District? Actually, I think I'll stay quiet for one :D
EstudioChispa (1846) 2013-12-15 12:27
Aaaah, the demimonde... I should say nothing else, besides, "You have captured it perfectly."
mcmtanyel (8269) 2013-12-15 16:44
But you were in France, so that excuses everything!
I think it turned out to be an excellent photo. I like the fact that there is a veil of darkness, no matter how long we gawk (oops, a slip of the finger, I mean look), some details are hidden and we see just enough to leave room for imagination.
An excellent photo, just don't show it to your grandmother!
Noel_Byrne (17301) 2013-12-16 1:50
Happy Monday, yeay the beginning a new week, woohoo…..
Like this picture a lot Jason, it has a great gritty urban feel to it, with the pink neon, the Parisian backdrop and the ladies off to enjoy an evening at the opera (I am sure of it…) This could be a great shot to use in the opening scenes of a modern European crime show. Poirot revisited perhaps. Or Murder She Wrote, Jessica does Europe.
Bless you Jessica Fletched and the many murderers that seem to follow you around.
But I digress It is a cool scene, and I would like to say that of course these beautiful women are only out to enjoy a night out, but I think you know I have a filthy devious mind, so I’m gonna assume the worst and say that they are….on the way to see the latest Transformers movie in the cinema, such a terrible film…..
Officer, how could you think that about us? Are you being biased against people in cadillacs with bouncy suspension? Why don’t you know that leopard print full body suits with 8 inch platform shoes containing live goldfish inside is the new black? And this man beside me, he is my father. That large diamond on the end of his cane is just there to help him keep his balance when walking, and that feather in his oversized hat? Well, that’s for helping us deal with calligraphy emergencies, you never know when you might get caught out with the need to create an illuminated manuscript…..
Cool shot Jason, gritty and real and its brought a real smile to my face reading all the notes and comments.
CLODO (27700) 2013-12-16 11:18
to take or not to take, that is the question! Even if there are some noise (ISO increased), you got te situation and are proud of it.
I propose you to darken the shot, so the noise will diminish. I have done a picture on this theme, but from my hotel window http://fr.trekearth.com/viewphotos.php?l=7&p=1187155
Didi (53373) 2014-03-03 9:39
In spite of the noise
Its a good subject with a very good lights control