A tale of two stories. Unlike my previous picture where I was rapidly making my way through the park and rushed to snap the shot, this instance left me with all the time in the world…and yet, I still had to be quick about it.
Once again, not the sharpest focus due to my inexperience and circumstance, as I was being given the proverbial “stink eye,” and thus being the object of this mans ire at the notion of taking his photo unsolicited.
As anyone that’s visited the area around Place du Tertre in Montmartre can attest, it’s a non-stop parade of tourists…and of course, I was one of ‘em! :)
Sitting across the street from this café I noticed a local artist taking a break of his own. With so many people and cars crossing my line of sight each time I held up the camera to take the picture, it didn’t take long for him to notice me as well…especially since I had already attempted about 6 or 7 different shots. I could tell he was becoming irritated with me, so I decided to walk away with the best result I had before having that cigar put out on my face…et voilà, this is it…for better or worse, I at least came away with something other than a black eye.
Thanks for stopping by.
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serp2000 (40990) 2014-02-05 23:44
Good morning, Jason,
Unlike your previous photo it is more interesting topic, funny note, I can imagine this street scene too.
There is an article about one 86-years old man from my city in a local newspaper, he had visited 72 countries and he goes on do it. Good example for imitation. ;)
krzychu30 (15510) 2014-02-06 1:04
yes,his facial expression leaves no doubt-he´s no fan of photographers:)and it was probably the best you could do-get away from there:)
But seriously-this one is great and you certainly did not need any other attempts to this scene.
It´s excellently composed and framed,but the most important thing about it is the timing.Perfect!
His facial expression is one of a kind.
(I have similar photo from Malta.If you don´t mind I´ll send You it via e-mail)
Take care my friend
Subhogen (4065) 2014-02-06 2:55
That is one angry cigar smoking artist. Smoking hot! you can say :-) The out of focus man with glasses in the BG is also measuring your movements as he is sipping on his drink. Very interesting and expressive DL shot. I like your timing to capture the scene. Composition wise also very good. Well seen, taken and presented with a well written note. Like the witty title as well. Thanks for sharing.
Royaldevon (31293) 2014-02-06 3:16
I have never heard of 'stink eye' before but looking at this guy's expression, leaves me in doubt of its meaning! I have always thought that the difficulty of people snapping is their reaction! Sometimes they are pleased to be photographed; some are like this guy. It is always best to get the shot without being noticed but - easier said then done!
You could always have walked across, shaken his hand and in your very best American accent, thanked him for posing for you, as you were 'testing' and might consider him for your latest film!
It is a candid shot, in a good location with lots of contextual details. It is possible to get more sharpness to the 'fish eye' face just by selectively sharpening.
Entertaining notes, as usual!
Have a great day,
timecapturer (49288) 2014-02-06 4:16
Hi Jenga Warrior
Looks like the natives are restless. You been upsetting the good folks of Paris yet again? I sometimes wonder whether anyone who is captured like this ever sees the result. I suppose with more and more images being posted on the internet at some stage somebody will see themselves. I have been on a couple of local website pages having been on Brighton streets for various festivals. No "stink eye" from me though, which I thought was a well know Stateside Indiana BBQ sauce!
Needless to say shots like this, apart from being evocative, are great. It brings out the character and appeal of a place like Montmartre so beautifully. Captured superbly and yet another caption competition shot from you.
Looks like the diner with fork behind him was gunning for you too! Dangerman.
Guess what? Yep! You got it - tiddling down again here. No let up and a big storm hitting here tomorrow apparently.
williewhistler (14787) 2014-02-06 4:31
now that is one irate gentleman and the guy behind him at the table appears to be none to well pleased either..
It`s a delightful cafe scene full of charm and atmosphere but I guess you judge the timing of your exit pretty well.
Best regards Les.
Sergiom (62910) 2014-02-06 5:36
Tel est pris qui croyait prendre.Il a un oeil très perçant ce peintre au repos, entre son cigare et son rosé.Un très beau choix de profondeur de champs qui isole le personnage dans la foule.
ikeharel (59569) 2014-02-06 7:12
Local painter is looking for an object and a muse to start a new painting.
Hisd face expression concetrate on a target, but looks as not yet decided.
People around him in the Cafe', busy with lunch, even ignoring him, except one guy who's spotted you.
Nice taken street scene,
rbassin (18965) 2014-02-06 9:25
une scène de rue bien tirée avec une belle profondeur.
une scène enrichie par les écritures, panneau jaune et la nappe rose.
Noel_Byrne (25730) 2014-02-06 9:26
Haha, stink eye. I'm going to use that one if you don't mind. I like the result here, he looks like an unhappy camper, and I reckon it was wise to leave with this result. What about the guy behind though, he is pointing his fork at you and pointing his finger in a very Im gonna get you kind of way.
And, if that's not enough, the menu says Pot Au Feu. Pot of you? They are threatening cannibalism on you, so a good job you left or the threat with the fork could have come through.
Did you get to see the artists work? I reckon he was drawing a picture of you, and working out the lines for best cuts of meat. You have stumbled across a coven of cannibals here, you must warn the world!!!
On a lighter note, I had to translate the menu threat and I see its French for Stew. Oddly, its also Catalan for Bird Can Do. So there's something new for me to learn. Cannibals are bilingual in their menu painting. Result!
all the best from the storm laden rock. (Seriously, fourth storm in four weeks arriving tomorrow, what did we do to deserve this??)
ourania (33493) 2014-02-06 10:54
this is great, a very rich image full of spontaneity and character, like a scene from a film. It's wonderful and so funny to know that you are one of the heroes in this scene. You didn't act just as an observer but interacted with the subjects on the other side of the street and actually led things to this:) The looks and gestures of the two gentlemen are aimed at you and are meaningful so you are part of the story. I like very much the tight composition and the complementary information that enhances the vividness and naturalness of the scene. It's also funny that you included the signs with two characteristic dishes, they provide comic relief:) Congratulations and thank you!
All the best, have a lovely day,
PS When I try to capture a street scene that takes a long time, I instinctively stand still for the whole while holding up my camera because I feel that any movement might draw attention and even cause trouble. I pretend that I'm invisible, it's a childish approach but it's worked many times:)
nikkitta (15334) 2014-02-06 13:19
Bonsoir monsieur Jason
Wuau, in spanish is :
Hay miradas que matan (there are looks that kills), and he is obvious disturbed by your insistence, funny and quite true is your note about the capture
What I like the more are the Moules Frites at the back, they catch my atention and made me ungry as did the Pot au Feu at the front
Delicious street life capture
Take care and behave
Each time I am in Paris I go Place du Tertre to catch and capture artist at work, have a collection of them, easier, you stay at the side of them and catch artist, work and model
fabbs99 (16783) 2014-02-06 22:26
Very colorful,but still the guy with beard looks angrily at you.I am really amused by his expressions.Very well done,TFS.
Cricri (108693) 2014-02-07 7:01
Ah pauvre Jason :-) j'imagine la scène en plus avoir son expression " dit t'en a pas marre" du peintre, j'aurai arrêter aussi, mais finalement tu a réussi une superbe prise, toute en naturel :-) entre les pancarte Moules/frites et le Pot au feu!!
Je suis allée à Montmartre , mais il y a longtemps, j'ai beaucoup aimée, sauf quand un jeune homme a la peau noir, ma mise dans les mains des montres et ma donner rendez vous, j'ai eu bien que mal de lui rendre les montres, bien sur je ne suis pas allée au rendez vous :-)
aussi devant le Moulin Rouge, tard le soir avec une copine, je lui avait demander de me prendre en photo comme si je "fessait le trottoir" je prend la pose ( pour rigoler) mais un homme ma abordée, ma tenue, ma serré, bien que j'avais peur, ne le montrant pas je me suis défendue , ma copine elle , elle a foutu le camp, sympat :-)) sur ces 4 jours là , il m'es arrivée plein de choses, et Quesque l'on a rigoler, c'est un très beau souvenir...
Je part cette nuit vers 3h, il y 900 km, je vais voir l'Autriche pour la première fois et ça m'enchante
A très bientôt
Passe une bonne semaine
SnapRJW (31617) 2014-02-07 21:00
Hmmm... stink eye; I like that Jason and here the artist in none too impressed with your lens! Is it so different from his sketch pad I ask? I'd love to take street scenes like this but I'm never too comfortable pointing my lens at people and getting a reaction like the one you show here ;) Nicely framed between the sign boards and pink cloths, I hope the wine and cigar calm him down. Warm regards Rosemary
macjake (57848) 2014-02-08 22:41
I was in the middle of my critique yesterday with this photo but something came up and i had to log off...so i'm back!
you know what this chap is drawing right? he's drawing up ways to beat the living crap out of you haha! lol
you can see it on his face too!
just out of curiousity, what the heck costs 15.90 Euro's in the bg? thats alot of cash for a snack!
did you find Paris it be expensive? i know it was bout 6 years ago now...
fun shot, glad to see you made it out alive and not followed or pursued by this guy lol
Didi (57724) 2014-03-13 11:00
Very interesting scene
I know very well this place I had a meeting with thekers in july 2010
I note that the Moules frites plate is very expensive :)
Too much for 15,90 € :)