This wall is part of the big wall around the city of Aigues-Mortes.
WEB infos: "The origin of Aigues-Mortes goes back a long way. Men used to collect salt, to tame the whims of a wild nature, and a malarial climate long before King Louis IX came in the XIIIth century to glorify the history of these sites. Henceforth Aigues-Mortes, a withdrawn medieval witness, evolves and surprises, crossing inexorably wars, conflicts, times of peace, centuries of glory and misery. Its towers and ramparts are marked by time, haunted by the mystery of their resistance"
I posted this picture (Cropped & made B&W) to make a twin shot to Yitzhak's picture: The Wall
PS: I've send the original of this wall of Aigues-Mortes in a WS. Somebody who can offer a better WS please?
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avigur_11 (22069) 2004-01-20 17:22
Yes, Viviane, this is a twin shot to mine. This is exactly what I like. I can see many WS here. It's a great shot itself, but I think it is also a very good base for many great compositions. I'm out of WS now, but I can give some hints:
a) crop a square format, starting at the upper right corner and ends where the shadow meets the steps. Darken the arch..Add a lot of contrast. Should be great.
b) Straighten the steps horizontally. Apply a clarify tool many times, too highlight the texture. Crop to keep a narrow frame of about 700 x 300 pixels. Add a thick black frame.
It's an excellent shot. This could be a great raw material for me, but..eh..it's yours..
I'll try to play with it more tomorrow, it's a big challenge
pascalbene (1717) 2004-01-20 18:28
Je déduis à l'ombre portée sur cette photo (qui penche sur son segment supérieur et ne penche pas dans son ogive), que le mur d'extrême gauche se termine non loin du segment de mur supérieur droit. Car l'ombre se casse sur les escaliers. Je ne sais pas si j'aime la trajectoire de cette diagonale, d'ombre par rapport aux autres lignes (je crois que non) mais j'aime cette photo. Comme quoi, la symétrie n'est pas tout. Vous devez aimer beaucoup aimer Aigues-Mortes car l'émotion passe bien.
steeve (1497) 2004-01-21 7:18
The B\W has a nice contrast and works good here but still like to see all the different tones of colors on the original version. Well done Viviane.
roshangar (1680) 2004-01-21 12:53
nice copposition in this picture this is good contrast and also harmony between carves and straight shadow and the form of the stair.I can see many good coposition hidden in this pic.I choose one of the and show to you.
thien (2112) 2004-01-21 23:36
I love the wonderful textures of the stone walls. I am not so sure about the dark shadow on the stairs. The curve wall at the bottom right does not seems to fit the mood either. I think a tighter crop might help, I have a litle WS for you, Viviane. :)
ilouy (3370) 2004-01-22 13:09
I like it a lot! Very nice textures and graphical geometric composition. WS are also very interesting. Great shot.
philip_coggan (11) 2004-01-23 18:51
This is something new from you! I don't feel very competent to judge these quasi-abstract pictures that depend so much on textures and the balance of light and shade to make their impact, but as Avigur says,it does provide lots of potential. I like it. Incidentally, are those really stairs? - they seem to go up from the bottom and then end abruptly.
Georges (11185) 2004-01-25 17:25
L'image est renversante a elle a un effet spécial et personnellement c'est un bon coup d'oeil que vous avez eu la.
Le N/B accentue davantage le style.
Bravo Viviane pour cette image.
quegardens (1469) 2004-01-25 19:04
Depending on how you turn you head to view this image, you could either see the steps going up or going down....much like the illusions displayed in MC Escher's stair drawings.
Black and white suits this composition perfectly.
zuena (0) 2004-01-26 19:11
je ne vois pas l'intéret de cette photo..
la mase noire gène énormément..
Mais on voit bien les pierres!!
ronners (10) 2004-02-01 15:53
I hadn't seen this one before Viviane, and it seems to be a bit of a departure for you. I like your composition and the energy added by the steps. Looking at the original, I think that the best 'workshop' would have been to take the photo at a different time of day. Your B&W conversion has brought out more detail, but the original could have been better with a lower sun picking out more detail on it's own. The light in Southern France is similar to the wonderful light in California - but only at certain times of day.
Vagabond (5848) 2004-02-02 15:54
Very interesting composition
Eagle78 (1925) 2004-02-05 14:02
BW was a wonderful choice Viviane! You really managed to get a wonderful patern with great textures from those walls given by the BW. Good job :)
dsidwell (9771) 2004-02-19 17:04
Keep giving us these walls, Viviane! I enjoy the high contrast here, and the shadows. Your point of view is formal, but captures the textures and shapes so effectively.
zeidan (73) 2004-03-03 4:40
really nice composition with light and shadows..
erthmuffin (1551) 2004-06-14 15:06
i like the textures and lines. nice shot. good choice for black and white.
danielswalsh (13593) 2004-08-26 21:20
I really like this shot. It's very abstract and could be turned almost any direction and still not know which way is up!
Very well spotted. A very good choice for black and white, with perfect contrast and balance.
Very well done Viviane!
igor_wo (191) 2004-08-31 13:30
great picture, a bit like Escher...
jpdeloof (2546) 2005-01-23 9:20
AIgues-Mortes perdue dans les terres, seul un petit canal y passe. Ancien port, départ de Saint Louis pour la croisade ... et j'oubliais, sa gardianne hummmm plat délicieux avec un bon petit cru des vins de sable.
Très belle photo et le N&B est idéale pour la vieille pierre
sergio1 (12152) 2006-01-04 10:53
Hola de nuevo Viviane
Bonita composicion y juego de b&w especialmente me encantan este tipo de fotos simples pero atractivas.
PD: El WS muy acertado tambien.
- Copyright: Viviane Faguay (Porteplume) (3393)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Black & White
- Date Taken: 2003-09-02
- Categories: Architecture
- Camera: Fuji Finepix S602Z
- Exposure: f/8, 1/420 seconds
- Map: view
- Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
- Travelogue: South of France in September
- Theme(s): In the spirit of M.C. Escher, Twins?, Beautiful Black and White [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2004-01-20 17:07