“I see dead people.” O.K., so I don’t really possess a sixth sense, but it’s a fun thought to round out this little trio of apparitions. :)
Despite the simple composition, this was a tough scene to balance in terms of light. I didn’t have the luxury of standing there for an inordinate amount of time to try and find just the right exposure. Taken on a quick grab, so as not to be so completely blatant in my actions and annoy the guests, I ended up with one of the patrons in particular being completely “blown out” by the sun…making him rather pale, or should I say “ghostly” in appearance? If I had any worse over-exposed highlights, he might have become completely transparent!?
This is the café/restaurant Les Deux Magots, probably the most famous in all of Paris. It once had a reputation as the rendezvous of the literary and intellectual elite of the city…among the long list of notable patrons were the likes of Hemingway and Picasso. It has become quite the popular tourist attraction these days, and from my quick visit here, a difficult one to find a clear shot because of the constant movement and amount of people around this place.
Just another traditional Parisian scene, with a “spirited” presence.
Thanks for stopping by.
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ikeharel (54397) 2014-08-10 21:38
A summer common scene out on the streets in Paris, Jason.
This town draw many tourists who just enjoy being in this charming town.
Well collected a view of those people at the Cafe', from the side. Difficult light managed fairly good.
berek (35646) 2014-08-10 23:47
humorous, I really liked the image name. very successful photography of everyday life. congratulations.
Have a nice week
Didi (55681) 2014-08-11 0:37
Interesting scene but now it's expensive to have a drink here or having a sandwich for 5 € before the price was 5 fFrancs, a big difference
You should under expose a little bit :)
Royaldevon (27781) 2014-08-11 1:09
I can think of no-one else who would go ghost hunting on a sunny day, in the centre of Paris!
It is a lovely, candid view, with so many people unaware of your presence. Not an easy thing to do and fraught with difficulties. There is a lovely, curved composition.
You could, if you wished, make the ghosts appear like the 'normal' diners with a little selective underexposing. Perhaps a little sharpening would help, too.
Have a lovely day,
Tue (27554) 2014-08-11 2:22
Lovely view of this famous Parisian café. It's nice to look at all the people's faces and it makes you wonder what they were looking at, especially the couple in the foreground. Thanks for sharing!
Cricri (103343) 2014-08-11 4:06
Ah oui j'aime me mettre a une terrasse et regarder les gens passer :-) encore un beau soleil en ce mois de septembre, un café que je ne connait pas, celui ou je suis allée me plaisait , je me suis mise a la terrasse, je ne savait pas que ce café était fréquenter surtout par des artistes, quand j'ai reçu la note, imagine ma tête quand j'ai vu le prix d'un verre, le nom du café c'est le "Fouquet" au champs Elysée....mais a part cela avec une copine "4 jours de folie :-)
Pour l'instant je me fait des mollets en béton :-)) et c'est pas fini, encore une semaine...si tout va bien
Bise du nord ou il fait beau :-)
PS) si un jour tu va a Paris ou ici en Europe, l'on pourrait faire un meeting toi et moi et d'autre aussi :-) quand pense tu? j'ai vraiment envie de rigoler avec toi:-)
danos (84497) 2014-08-11 4:16
nice the snapshot in this caffee of Paris with all these people to sit enjoying? seeing something.I think that rather looks boring but it is an interesting street photo.
holmertz (38851) 2014-08-11 5:01
Ha ha, I had to laugh at your blatant attempts to turn an overexposure to your own advantage :-). I'll gladly buy that one. After all, accepting that man as "ghostly" is a lot easier than trying to make him look normal through PP. Anyway this is a nice shot of visitors to this famous café, where I suppose Hemingway, Picasso and other celebrities have pushed the prices up quite a bit.
Have a nice week,
Sergiom (56819) 2014-08-11 5:39
J'ignore d'où vient la coutume de s'asseoir dos au restaurant et face à la rue sur une terrasse.On a le choix entre l'ombre ou le soleil et on regarde les gens passer souvent en commentant.
stego (23738) 2014-08-11 9:41
You summarize it very well when you wrote "just another traditional Parisian scene, with a `spirited´ presence". Indeed a typical Parisian scene in a sunny day and in a famous place. You captured very well the atmosphere, choosing a good POV and controlling very well the exposure in a very difficult situation. The perfectionists may say that there is some OE, but that seems inevitable for me, at least while keeping the image realistic.
Noel_Byrne (22260) 2014-08-11 13:40
I know I once spotted Barack Obama in a cafe in one of your shots, and I don't want to make a terrible habit of spotting presidents, but is that ghostly dude George Bush? This comes as a surprise for a couple of reasons, one in that I am surprised to see him in a Parisian restaurant named after fishing bait, but also because I thought he was still alive. Still, trekearth is all about learning and by gum, I've learned from this one!
It's an interesting scene, not only for the spooooooky features, but also the sense of life and the well managed light. Good moment. You should sell some of these to the National Enquirer, batboy wouldn't have a chance against ghostbush,
Hmmm, that is not meant to sound rude. :)
Cheers from the soggy land.
mcmtanyel (11639) 2014-08-11 18:56
Nice photo, overall. I like the reflections from the glass panes that introduce all the ghost images. I have recently figured out how to change the EV on my point-and-shoot and I would turn it down a few notches and hope for the best in this setting. That might be the quickest way when you are in a hurry.
macjake (54240) 2014-08-11 22:03
so, Picasso and Hemingway huh?
thats quite the pair - i'd be thrilled just to see Kramer and George! haha!
what i like about this one, is looking at all the stuffy people :)
I think if this was in the USA, the people here would be looking for relaxed and casual.
or maybe thats a stereotype?
the people here look like they're all watching a movie across the street, and if you look real close, not 1, not even 1 person has a smile on their face!!!
Maybe the old guy in the middle, but he's looking more like he's constipated than smiling :)
good capture of some dull people in a great historic place lol
jhm (136868) 2014-08-12 5:08
These people enjoy what she see in foreground what we not see.
But on these terrace are also people without attention.
Excellent perspective and depth picture.
Nice sharp and attractive.
Excellent captured and lovely presentation
Very well done, TFS.
Have a nice day,
ourania (28576) 2014-08-12 5:58
I like very much the concept of this photo, it's really effective and intriguing. Once I grasped the story I started finding references all over, I like how the other guests seem so oblivious of the fact (maybe a couple of them are guessing) and how the "special guest" seems to have an attitude that demands to be part of a story. You've a lovely layout in a vertical frame, fine natural colours and a great work with the light, that produced more than it aimed at:) Congratulations and thank you!
All the best, have a lovely day,
nikkitta (14036) 2014-08-12 15:43
Bonsoir Jason, mon pale amie
Opss tu est dans la photo ou il est un ghost?, bien cherche le nom
On dit que si qq ch n est pas posible de la masquer le mieux est de bien la mostrer, le cas du Pompidou Center ou les tubes sont poses dehors et pleines de couleur
Ce que j aime de la scene ici, est que les gents semblent tous regarder au front sans parler
Je prefere de loin Le Fiore, plus petit, pas tres turistique
Merci par le bon post
Marie du Sud
Tu continues avec les chiens?
mirosu (12770) 2014-08-14 0:08
This is an excellent snapshot from busy Paris café terrace. The people are enjoying the autumn sun and the drinks. Relaxing photo. I agree with you, it would be much better later in the afternoon. But even under bright light conditions, you managed the light contrast very well.
Very well done.
p.s. I finished my touring through south-west Switzerland, but I still have some more photos from this interesting part of the country, I wish to post here.
Waylim (25174) 2014-08-15 16:11
Kind of a funny shot. The outdoor cafe, you're in Paris, every American's dream to be sitting there sipping cafecino...ideally with a boy friends/girl friend or perhaps newly weds. Anyway, the expression of the people here make it kind of comical and funny, they seem so ditracted and uninterested of their location...Anyway. It is not cheap to be sitting there. You would think they people would show a little more appreciation :)