I didn’t quite get away without being caught while taking this picture, but I came close. Wandering through the streets of Eze I stumbled upon these two friends who had apparently decided to stop and take a break during their tour of the village.
Since we were the only ones occupying this particular corner, there was nowhere for me to hide my intentions of taking their picture. So, we played a little game of cat and mouse…I pretended to focus on something else so that their conversation would resume naturally, but each time I pointed my lens in their direction I immediately got “the staredown.”
This went on for probably close to ten minutes before I finally gave in, quickly turned and snapped the shutter without worrying about the reaction…and I ended up with what appears to be a curiously annoyed expression. Oh so close, but I still consider it a win! :)
Thanks for stopping by.
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berek (45369) 2014-08-16 23:12
I think the most beautiful place can seat. narrow streets, interesting architecture and I really liked it here. a balanced frame very successful. take care
Royaldevon (34665) 2014-08-17 0:08
Oh, I know just what you mean about the 'cat and mouse' game! I have played the game too but am not determined enough to keep it going for 10 mins! Usually a few attempts and I smile sweetly and back off.
The setting is deliciously textured in so many ways and, where else, in a quiet backwater, would you get a red carpet to lead to your focal characters. A quiet tete-a-tete would have added mystery to your shot but, heck, you did your best!
Have a great Sunday,
timecapturer (49288) 2014-08-17 3:54
send us some of your warm weather old chap, it's bleeding freezing here! Autumn is knocking firmly, and too early, on the door and I am trying hard not to let her in…..
Pap-pap-paparazzi springs to mind when I look at this - the Feeenix stalker strikes again eh? It makes for a compelling and strangely intriguing shot. I love the guy on the lefts expression and his quizzical look at you, it makes this image all the more fascinating. It is a beautiful little corner and I can understand you wanting to get an image of it. The red path invites us in and this crop is perfectly balanced too with all the elements naturally placed. Without the two strangers sitting on the steps it would not have the same impact though - so - well done!
One wonders what they would think if they saw this shot of them plastered all over the internet.
npecanhuk (72000) 2014-08-17 6:46
Lovely and charming place!
Beautiful and attractive picture!
Sharpness, exposure, colors, vertical format, slim black borders, chosen pov and composition are all excellent!
I also loved reading your note, because I have serious problems on taking people's pictures and had fun knowing all your "troubles" while shooting this one here! LOL
TFS - congrats,
Enjoy your Sunday,
Tue (30986) 2014-08-17 6:56
I really like the story behind this photo as well as the expression on the face of the man on the left. The old stone walls, the many small trees and the red path all create a great frame for two men. Well seen, a photo worth waiting for.
Noel_Byrne (28160) 2014-08-17 7:00
Your note has made me laugh, the expression on this guys face is priceless, he looks so annoyed, but as your importantly say, you won and that's all that matters. To be fair, he should not really be surprised to be in a photo. If somebody is going to sit in a scenic place, they sold expect people will take photos. It's like me dangling out of the statue of libertys nose on a rope and being annoyed when tourists start snapping away. There is a great selection of colors through the scene, and the red stone on the pavement adds a great vibrancy. The yellow lantern is cool too.
Have a good Sunday
Sergiom (70532) 2014-08-17 7:03
Ce qu'il faut comprendre en admirant cette photo, c'est que les Français apprécient plus la vie que nous et surtout qu'ils prennent le temps. Le cadrage est excellent dans ce décor magnifique.
holmertz (47066) 2014-08-17 7:15
In a way the note is funnier than the picture. I recognize so much from your description of pretending to be aiming the camera somewhere else - but for almost 10 minutes, OMG!
The picture shows an extremely nice corner of the village. The red tiles make it look very inviting, and so do the pots and plants and the lamps etc. It's definitely a place worth a photo, but it needed human presence. I think it was the moral duty of those two persons to be parts of your composition, so they shouldn't look so annoyed. Now they're on TE, getting their day of global fame.
Enjoy the upcoming week.
ourania (38892) 2014-08-17 8:55
this picturesque corner is wonderful, the architecture and the textures are so attractive and I like how you filled a vertical frame with them. Even from the thumbnail I loved the soft, diffused light and the fine, subdued colours that give to the setting a very agreeable feeling of intimacy -until you broke it:) It is a superb scene, I think the red path is such an accomplice. It doesn't feel like you 'd been standing there for ten minutes but that you followed the red path, turned around the corner and discovered them:) Their different reactions to the same challenge are a superb part of the story. If they ever reach you, show them our comments of appreciation, that's what I'm going to do, if necessary, with the heroes of my latest picture":) Congratulations and thank you!
All the best, have a great day,
serp2000 (42516) 2014-08-17 10:56
Hi again, Jason,
Funny story about "a little game of cat and mouse". LOL!
yeah, sometime I've use this cheap trick too ;)
Good result of your photo hunting, excellent photo, good presentation of the old back yard in South France.
Cricri (113589) 2014-08-17 12:07
Hello cher ami
L'on dirait Italie, une image comme Silvio.....
J'aime ce cet endroit de vielles pierres et de plantes vertes, les personnes surpris par ta venue, moins bien le "tapis ou je ne sais quoi sur le sol" la présentation est parfaite et très jolie
Bise de loin...
danos (92538) 2014-08-18 4:18
a really charmy and beautiful sit down corner with the red decoration of the yard to makes the image even more effective.The two men adds life in the scene with the lot of the pots and jar with the flowers to make the image even more effective.
ikeharel (65141) 2014-08-18 7:31
Reading your note, one might think you had commited a sin... but all you did is captured the nice moment where the two guys set, and added vivid scale to the old-alley scenery.
I don't think you had to run away... nice outcome of a special corner with a number of interesting elements.
COSTANTINO (61391) 2014-08-18 23:04
Hello dear friend
interesting capture with a great originality
shot with many interesting details very
wellcomposed I red your useful notes
carefully you are a very lucky
have a nice time
nikkitta (17066) 2014-08-19 13:45
Hola , salut mon ami du nord
Charming place, more with the presence of the friends, of course they add life and a personal touch, good to wait and lucky they stayed, quite obvious you are noticed and .. . not obtained A Like ( FB) from them
Good contrast with the red path leading the way to the very back
Take care in Russia where at the Red Square entrance the is a restaurant with people dressed old way to call the attention
Not photos allowed, I took one, one of them noticed and run for me with a very big of lance , the group with whom I was said it was the best of the visit
Take care, behave
Maria de las pampas
jhm (146570) 2014-08-22 3:21
You strolls through this picturesque village, has a very nice picture completed.
These two friends sitting on the stairway, are a very nice addition on these picture.
Excellent colours, nice presentation with this small village with a lot pleasant corners.
Very well done. TFS.
Have a nice weekend,
PS: Glad that you gives sun in my life, and thank you very much for your visit.
Gigidusud (18691) 2014-08-22 14:35
Chaque photo est une aventure! Un très bon cadrage sur ce petit coin du village, j'aime bien la texture des pierres et l'expression de surprise du monsieur. Bien joué!
Bon Week-end mon ami du désert.
adores (42227) 2014-08-25 16:51
Sometimes it's not easy at all:)! This really seems a nice corner, with so many nice details and his surprised face is priceless:)! I guess they were wondering why you wanted so much to take their photo:)! A very nice composition!
mcmtanyel (18039) 2014-09-11 20:05
Welcome back! Were you in Russia? It's nice to have you back. The environment in which these gentlemen are sitting is like from a movie set, it is enchanted! I wonder why people in touristic places get annoyed at their pictures being taken.
fritzi007 (9855) 2014-09-13 6:55
Excellent composition, nice presentation, good information.
Very well done, TFS.
kordinator (20337) 2014-12-07 11:33
Nice place and very nice texture of the walls.
Excellent sharp image with two men on the stairs.
Nice decor of the vegetation.
Great photo job.