I’m sure we all understand that not every picture taken requires a great distance traveled to obtain. Here was a case that didn’t even make it necessary to leave my hotel room…which was a big bonus for the general public not having to bare witness to my half dressed, jet-lagged corpse!? Luck of the draw, perhaps…I didn’t request a specific room, but got one that presented me with a pleasant view of an otherwise routine street.
As convenient as this was, I would still have much preferred to have obtained this viewpoint from a balloon chair, hovering slowly over the Parisian streets. (Nod to Noel :))
Unlike a majority of the traditional wicker café chairs, to which you can see one in closer detail from my previous picture…these are obviously a lot more colorful and even somewhat eclectic. They certainly stand out from the crowd, and I’m sure the owners would like to attract those same crowds through some unconscious advertising in neon color. Anyway, it’s just a simple scene that got my attention as soon as I opened the window for a look around the neighborhood.
Thanks for stopping by.
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emka (76213) 2014-08-12 23:11
Hello Jason, Something for lazy travellers - just doing photos from the hotel windows or balcony. Very pleasant place by joan. Nice colourful chairs and tables, luckily not the most popular plastic ones. Very nice picture.
I am looking forward to seeing half dressed, jet-lagged corpse. Still three weeks..:).
Warm regrads MAlgo
jemaflor (82874) 2014-08-12 23:12
well seen all these colors, good idea for a photo and good angle to present this café, tfs.
lousat (74853) 2014-08-13 1:43
Hi Jason,bar pics are always welcome,a nice gift to a barman like me...ehehe...and this is very very nice,i like the different colors of chairs,so vivids ans brilliants,an excellent choice of point of view and perfect exposure of the different light levels too.Have a nice day and thanks,Luciano
Tue (27696) 2014-08-13 2:40
Well seen from your hotel room window, it is often the photo opportunity that is right in front of our nose in everyday life, that is most difficult to spot, isn't it, so you did an excellent job here! Two daily life things Paris is famous for in one shot, the cafés, and here a very colourful one, and the motor scooters. You all captured it in a pleasant sunlight.
ourania (29263) 2014-08-13 2:54
I appreciate very much this glimpse into the daily life of the area around your hotel. It's a pleasant impression of a rather tranquil place and I like how the people are associated to the scenery. The morning light is very agreeable and the shade has appealing softness and clarity. The bright tones are excellently defined and very attractive. Knowing the vantage point and circumstances of this shot makes it more personal as a first impression and more effective. It also gives you the wish to enter the scenery and flow with the daily life in it. Congratulations and thank you!
All the best, have a lovely day,
holmertz (39415) 2014-08-13 3:18
Isn't it funny that people could spend hours climbing a mountain, walking through heavy rain, maybe crawling flat on their stomachs, just to get a good photo, when all you have to do is to open your window?
This is a simple but colorful shot, the kind of view i would enjoy when looking out my window after waking up in a new city. It's a pity that the motorbikes don't match the tables and chairs for brightness. Or maybe the effect of so much color would have been overwhelming.
I note that the only ghost this time was the jet-lagged corpse behind the camera :-).
macjake (54824) 2014-08-13 4:58
so were you a private dedective when you were over there in Paris...thats what you were REALLY doing wasn't it!
thats certainly what it looks like my friend!
as for the scene itself 2 things caught my attention.
first...the row of small motorbikes...you and I both know this is most definately NOT a scene in North America! other than a bike-shop dealership, when was the last time you saw that in our part of the world - never.
second...the neon chairs and tables. You know what that reminds me of...the 80's man, the 80's.
remember girls used to wear neon leggings and neon headbands...the strange thing is we used to think that was HOT!
fun post from the hotel window..now put some pants on!
timecapturer (47320) 2014-08-13 6:24
thought this was going to be another ghosts and goolies (is that the correct spelling) shot to follow your recent theme. I have studied it carefully but come on "Where's Casper?" This shot could only have come from your roving lens; it is pure Cowling-esque. A candid, original and yet compelling study of everyday life and one that captures that lazy carefree spirit that pervades parts of Paris. The side-lighting here adds to the mood and of course the colourful chairs do give it impact and appeal. It has made for some interesting comments and we get to hear about Craig's confession about his fetish for 80's neon! Gulp!
Frank N Stein.
Sergiom (57641) 2014-08-13 6:40
On dirait bien que tu as un petit faible pour les cafés parisiens. Tu les saisis sous tous les angles possibles et sous toutes les lumières avec en prime les célèbres scooters qui sont littéralement partout.
ikeharel (55170) 2014-08-13 7:53
Just a look from your hotel room, and saw the attractive and colorful set of chairs - an element that made the whole difference on the beautiful POV from above.
Side light also gave extra shades playing along.
Nice taken, best regards,
Cricri (104267) 2014-08-13 11:42
Un autre café parisien qui attire le regard par sa terrasse colorées, j'aime le haut avec le feuillages des arbres, le jeu ombre et de lumière, un cadrage parfait, une belle présentation d'un coin de Paris
Belle journée a toi
PaulVDV (21569) 2014-08-13 14:01
What struck me immediately is the contrast between the vividly coloured tables and chairs and the grey and almost unattractive looking row of motorbikes.
The diagonal lines of the shadows are an important element for the composition.
Best regards, Paul
carlo62 (30409) 2014-08-13 15:33
ottimo pov, la vista dall'alto rende più originale lo scatto e mette in risalto i colori di tavoli e sedie, in netto contrasto con gli scooter.
berek (36321) 2014-08-13 22:23
Looks like you have a soft spot for Parisian cafes. You took them from all possible angles and under the lights with the added bonus that the famous scooters are literally everywhere.
serp2000 (39244) 2014-08-13 22:48
Sometime your notes and replies more interesting the photos. ;) But as you know I am working in an advertising agency and the colors are just like an equipment for me. Perhaps these acid chairs and tablets were used for public attention, for new customers. I see this is lonely picturesque spot in this grey interior (everything is grey around!). IMHO. ;) And I also don't like the leggings of glam rockers ;))
cornejo (29965) 2014-08-14 13:25
Hi Jason, very good picture of this beautiful and interesting composition, very well captured in this interesting picture with good sharpness, light and color. Very good and interesting job well done, congratulations my friend. Thanks for sharing this beautiful work.
Good afternoon and happy weekend.
Warm greetings from southern Spain.
nikkitta (14274) 2014-08-14 13:48
Bonsoir mon ex pale ami
Uauuu, the view is charming and unusual the chairs colors
From your room you obtained a well organized capture in levels, cadre with the green trees, the only french touch here is the name
Good daily live capture
Well done and easily taken
Maria from the sunny south
And the motors, what happens at night with the terrible noise they did?
siudzi (32955) 2014-08-14 23:15
What a great view you have photographed! These colorful chairs and tables look so attractive and made the scene so positive and unique. Well seen and taken image. TFS!
Have a nice day!
stego (23962) 2014-08-15 11:05
Very nice scene indeed. When I look at it I think that it must be quite pleasant to enjoy that cafe for a while and see the tranquil street life with that sunlight of the morning or the end of the day. The colours really stand out, but the compo is also excellent, very nicely arranged, with the shadows of the tree trunks disposed diagonally, and the framing effect rendered by the trees, the foliage and the line of motorbikes.
Photographing the view from our hotel rooms is often a temptation and we could expect that our joy for being in a place (traveling!) must correspond to a higher inspiration (and sometimes it does), but I have very few cases where that happened. Here you had the luck that the view was really photogenic, but we all know that such thing is only a part of the things needed to make a good photo.
Regards, TFS, José.
Didi (55963) 2014-08-16 0:43
You had a good chance to have a dominant point of view on the street
Very nice lights ambiance of the scene
mcmtanyel (12017) 2014-08-21 21:14
Yes, we're back, which means summer has ended for me. The multi-colored chairs with the magenta tables have turned this corner into a cheerful meeting place. Too bad the motorcycles refused to play along.