Before heading out for the day, I decided to take in a few moments by having a seat on the stairs leading from the St. Charles train station, just above this gentleman you see in the foreground. After sitting there for about 6-7 minutes, slowly taking in the view and morning atmosphere, I stood up to make my way onto the city streets when it finally hit me. “Hey dummy, this would actually make for a half decent shot!” ☺
Sure thing, his red shirt was just enough color to use as a focal point. Funny how the most obvious opportunity can still pass by when you’re lost in thought…even though I can’t remember what I was actually thinking about at the time. Stands to reason though, most days I can’t even recall what I had for breakfast!?
In my experiences, Marseille is my favorite when it comes to first impressions leaving the train station, the view over the city is distinctly Mediterranean. This particular section of the cityscape is Boulevard d'Athènes, one of the main thoroughfares which connects to La Canebière, and will take you right down to the Vieux Port. Hope you enjoy the view as much as I did.
Thanks for stopping by.
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jemaflor (79824) 2014-04-07 23:03
well seen this pov with an interesting depth with the veiw of the stree, well composed with the lonely man in orange, well done.
carlo62 (26654) 2014-04-07 23:14
questa foto è dello stesso tipo della precedente, ma in questo caso la messa a fuoco
Perfetta composizione, l'uomo con la maglia rossa è posizionato correttamente e si ha una fantastica profondità, aiutata anche dalle ombre della scalinata.
krzychu30 (15258) 2014-04-07 23:14
great to see you hadn´t missed such an opportunity to take this shot.
The man in orange(I thin)t-shirt is certainly a perfect "focal point" for this scene,but here I like also the way you used the handrail and these stylish streetlamps on the left to lead our eyes down the steps.Cleverly done!
And finally the view in the distance-WOW,it´s really breathtaking and I can easily understand when you write about your first impression after leaving the train station.
Magnificent shot and well convey "Mediterranean" atmosphere!
Have a good day
siudzi (31617) 2014-04-07 23:19
This is another outstanding shot from your series. I love it due to the very long perspective of your composition and totally amazing afternoon light. All looks simply marvelous. Great image. Bravo!
Have a nice day!
mirosu (12240) 2014-04-08 2:05
Another superb view down to Marseille street. I like the arrangement with well-placed street lights in front and the hills in background. The building facades are in excellent light. The view down is very good.
Very well done.
Royaldevon (25884) 2014-04-08 3:09
I can imagine you patrolling the beautiful regions of Marseille, petitioning people in red, to sit quietly whilst you compose your shot! Good one!
It is a fine scene, good f/g interest and a wonderful sense of depth, perfectly guided. The red shirted model is strongly placed and is nicely balanced by the filigree shadows on the left.
Have a great day,
holmertz (36299) 2014-04-08 4:57
These steps and the view towards the city is just about all that I remember from a brief visit to Marseille almost 40 years ago. Surely that's an unforgettable railway station. Yes, the guy in the red shirt is an obvious focal point for a good composition. The African woman and the lamp-posts to the left also contribute considerably to the balance of the picture. Between the two we get the magnificent view of the shaded boulevard cutting through the city. I also like the haze of the Mediterranean sun in the distance.
Cricri (100105) 2014-04-08 5:21
Hello Jason, c'est cricri du pays du chocolat et de la bière Mmmmmmm c'est super bon surtout le chocolat :-)
J'aime la profondeur du POV, le cadrage des lampadaires et de leurs ombres, le jeu ombre et de lumière, le top avec le garçon au pull over rouge, une région que tu a bien apprécier , te laissant de bons souvenirs, cela se sent dans tes notes et tes images
Un repas de chez toi que j'aime: Pancakes (le matin)Le peanut bruttes, je ne sais si c'est bien écrit!!! enfin Sandwich au beurre de cacahuète ou hamburger, frites, salades, tout cela je connait mon cousin a vécu des années en Californie, quand il revenait en Belgique il me fessait gouter ces plats là :-)
Si je ne trompe pas a heure de chez moi 14h20, toi tu te lève peut être il doit être 6h20 :-)Bonjour mon ami, passe une belle journée sous le soleil
Sergiom (53539) 2014-04-08 5:40
Une très belle plongée vers le centre de Marseille. J'aime bien la position du jeune homme dans l'image très profonde. J'aime la lumière en diagonale qui frappe le côté droit de la rue.
ikeharel (51305) 2014-04-08 7:15
The known stairs in front of the Marseille RR stastion entrance, Jason, a place to view the city and its wide boulevard ahead.
To my himboe opinion, a wider and horizontal POV would show more of the beautiful green lamp-posts on sides. But anyway the grandeur of town is shown, inspite of the morning mist.
Kamilutka (8079) 2014-04-08 7:37
lucky that the thought had occurred to you not to late since it was a splendid idea to take a picture from this POV. The red top of the man sitting in front of you adds nice and contrasting color to the composition, but I love also great depth you managed to achieve. Very pretty framing and good colors.
Thanks for sharing
serp2000 (37378) 2014-04-08 11:39
Hi, dear friend,
When I look through your gallery I want to write the comments for some pictures twice ;)) Very nice daily life scene. Marseille is one of the famous harbor's cities of the South Europa. I am a fan of vertical composition as Craig. Perfect DoF! Another interesting story from your French voyage ;))
Tomorrow I am going to the North of the State.
Noel_Byrne (19939) 2014-04-08 11:53
A beautiful view indeed, and I am glad you paused to shoot this, its a wonderful result. The interplay of light and shadow is class and Mr ORange Teeshirt adds a splash of color in just the right place too. The shadows on the left are fascinating in their detail.
But I have to ask, did you run up the steps very fast while humming the Rocky theme tune? I would have to if I was there, and then when I get to the top, with all the people around looking on to see what happens, just buy and ice cream and sit down :)
Love the early morning vibe in this, always a great time to explore a city.
lousat (71247) 2014-04-08 14:45
Hi Jason,a difficult diagonal light very well managed to have this long and beautiful 3D effect,an excellent memory from Marseille,i like the original and different view and the usual excellent quality,remember me a bit Naples..ehhee...have a nice day and thanks,Luciano
nikkitta (12654) 2014-04-08 14:53
Hola Jason, como estas?
It seems you are now with Marseille and stairs, never went there, so all is new for me
How good is when traveling relax sometime and enjoy the place, as you I like to do it, good place you chose at the top, so not tired at all and composing a good vertical panoramic view with the orange boy as reference point
More than it, like the fine line of lanterns at the left, they gave depth with their their presence and contrast with their shadows
Saludos desde el Lejano Sur ( a glass of water in hand)
omid266 (2977) 2014-04-09 21:35
Surely enjoy from see this picture , nice POV, Peaceful city and moments,
Really beautiful work, well done and Thank you for sharing ,
Have best times and fotos,
mcmtanyel (9947) 2014-04-09 21:52
The kine of buildings on the right side of the street in general and the second one in particular generate nice perspective lines and repeating patterns. A well-thought-out photo, congrats!
Didi (54645) 2014-04-11 0:06
Very good dominant point of view
Good shades balance with lights
I think that this picture was tooken in the morning
You shoul postd with the camera exif file
worldcitizen (6405) 2014-04-12 10:33
It's great that there's this high POV to enjoy, and the lone man in the red shirt is a nice touch. I also like the contrast between light and shadow. The railings on the left made some nice patterns on the steps, and I like the row of old-fashioned lights. I hope all's well on your end. :-)
macjake (51262) 2014-04-13 22:10
France and Italy, how does one even start to pick a city?
there are so many to choose from.
Did you enjoy Marseille more than Paris?
both are cities I'd want to see in person.
great city view, these are some of my favorite types of views to capture and to view - don't blame you at all for capturing this one.
excellent side lighting and depth.
I'm sitting here writing this while i'm drinking my cherry 7-UP :)
doesn't get any better than that!
ourania (25352) 2014-04-15 11:59
I like very much this negotiation with your surroundings while you're out taking photos. Sometimes the negotiation can be stressful and frustrating but often the surroundings are generous, bring you opportunities and even insist if you are not ready to grasp them:) I enjoy this city view very much, it has captivating depth and is full of daily life details, it makes you feel that there are lots of interesting things to explore out/in there. Light and shade are wonderfully balanced, the people in the foreground challenge us to make up stories. I love the light, it reminded me of Athens and I was delighted to read in your note that we're looking into the Boulevard d' Athenes:) Congratulations and thank you!
All the best, have a great day,
daddo (22284) 2014-04-17 17:08
Hi Jason. Great depth to the image with the foreground anchored by the guy in red and the far distance anchored by the steeple/tower.The soft light gives the city a sense of quiet repose, even if it is a metropolis. Regards. Klaudio.
gervaso (9339) 2014-04-24 9:57
Very nice capture of the avenue, full of details in the background and with the foreground more empty, with few people, making an interesting contrast. Very good depth on the image! Great job!
fabianoleite (9367) 2014-04-26 9:42
Wonderful and deep perspective. The guy in the foreground gives a great dimensionm, even though he's not looking straight to the scene. A lot of harmony with the tall old buildings and the mountains on the background. Excellent work, congratulations!
Robert1969 (6832) 2014-04-30 8:28
The stairs, the diagonal lines of the
road/street, the layers and the vertical
position creates a lots of depth (good
point of view and composition). Light
management is also very good.
adores (33846) 2014-05-04 15:47
I like this, the man sitting in front of the long avenue, the woman near the handrail but both looking in opposite directions, the shadow on the pavement... That's how life is in big cities. Good shot!