I need time to get used to the rhythms and traffic of the city, on my rare visits. I thought to take a picture of the Parliament from the start of commercial Ermou Street, through Syntagma Square and between the two balloon bunches.
By the time I got my point of view, the balloon sellers had moved closer to each other, the traffic light had turned green for the pedestrians, some cars and the truck of the City of Athens that collects electric appliances for recycling were trapped by traffic and pedestrians.
I was halfway kneeling down when the balloon seller stopped arranging her balloons and turned to look at me. It was the girl's questioning look and papa Smurf's condescending one that made me like and post this photo.
Thank you for visiting, a great weekend to all
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ikeharel (62829) 2014-01-04 2:17
City action in vibrant tones, and the balloons lady as main subject, made this a nice scene collected well.
Not your daily rutine, but an easy going photo, you managed.
The lady seller was directly in line and looking at your camea, she looks beautiful and has a decisive face expression.
Traffic and people added dynamism to the whole.
My best regards, and enjoy the weekend,
snunney (89806) 2014-01-04 2:37
An action filled shot that sums up life in the big city! I like it, thanks for sharing. Have a good weekend.
Giustiniani (3596) 2014-01-04 2:59
votre histoire est amusante et vos mésaventures donnent spontanéité et fraîcheur à votre photo qui est du coup très réussie.
Merci et excellente année 2014.
your story is fun and misadventures give your spontaneity and freshness to your photo which is finally very successful.
Thank you and Happy New Year 2014 Thank you.
colibriav (2158) 2014-01-04 3:22
Bonita imagen que estampa perfectamente el ajetreo de esa gran ciudad.
Un saludo desde España
Graal (100068) 2014-01-04 3:41
amazing reportage and portrait in one. Good shot and fine stopped while. Nice colorful theme and view.
Have a nice all year 2014!
pajaran (54967) 2014-01-04 3:44
Interesantan tekst o mestu i trenutku ...
Dobar kompozicija, lepo pokazano mesto i trenutak.
Dobar trenutak snimka i kontrast, lepe boje.
Lep trenutak i baloni.
Lepo popodne i sve najbolje za vikend, srecno.
An interesting article on the place and time ...
Good composition, nice place and moment shown.
Good time recording and contrast, beautiful colors.
A nice moment and balloons.
Nice afternoon and all the best for the weekend, good luck.
timecapturer (49288) 2014-01-04 4:08
love the originality of this shot. It is such a creative POV being full of the hustle and bustle of Athens life and yet has an enticing fascination about it. Wonderful and well done!
Enjoy the weekend - B.
Silvio1953 (130236) 2014-01-04 4:15
Ciao Ourania, bella scena di vita quotidiana coi venditori di coloratissimi palloni, bella composizione, ottima nitidezza, brava ciao Silvio
holmertz (45132) 2014-01-04 5:26
I am trying to imagine what this photo could have looked like if you had your way. It may have been good but as things turned out this is probably better. At least this amusing chaos is very different from what you or anyone has ever shown here. Usually we are afraid to use our small misfortunes for our own advantage. This shows the problems of street photography in busy cities. You never know what will happen, but sometimes the unexpected is quite funny.
Sergiom (67294) 2014-01-04 5:36
J'aime beaucoup cette scène de la vie quotidienne. C'est comme si on voyait la ville à travers un bouquet de ballons. On constate aussi que les téléphones mobiles sont très à la mode.
krzychu30 (15510) 2014-01-04 8:02
busy,often chaotic,but I fell in love with Athens from the first sight.It has definitely "something" that makes it unforgettable(not only its Ancient heritage),but also its atmosphere.
This one is just brilliant and I love the way the girl in the FG looks into your camera.
Have a nice weekend
npecanhuk (69914) 2014-01-04 8:07
Lots to see in this one! Sometimes we get mad because of all that crowd and all that trouble we all face in big cities, but other times, at least I do, we miss everything too when we're away for a long time! All that excitement has its beauty too!
I really enjoy this picture!
TFS - congrats,
Enjoy your week-end,
subhendu_bagchi (25973) 2014-01-04 8:47
I don't know what are you doing here, I only can say I am enjoying this composition. Fascinating and colourful. Love the festive mood. Nice framing, beautiful work. Tfs and Happy New Year.
mesutilgim (89044) 2014-01-04 13:11
Hello dear Ourania,
A wellknown scenery from all metropoles of our World well seen and captured.
The title is top !
TFS and have a nice weekend
rbassin (19902) 2014-01-04 13:32
une superbe scène de rue prise en ville.
L'animation, les ballons créent une superbe ambiance.
Bonne gestion de la vitesse.
tyro (22102) 2014-01-04 15:41
Oh, the chaos of the city! Not the sort of place that we who live in the country relish, but it has given you a wonderful photographic opportunity and you have come up with something quite different from your usual countryside and coastal images, a picture full of colour, confusion, people and - that curse of society - the motor car.
So that is papa Smurf? So now I'll recognise him in future! His smiling face is balanced nicely in the frame by the rather querulous look of the balloon seller.
A fabulously interesting shot with lovely colours, lots and lots of things to look at and excellent technical quality too considering that this must have been a "grab" shot!
Have a Wonderful 2014, Ourania!
aliabazari (16053) 2014-01-04 18:47
Hello dear friend Ourania
Vibrant beautiful views of people on the street and eyes searching the girl selling the balloon. I like the people shown in the pictures. Thanks for sharing.
mcmtanyel (16561) 2014-01-04 21:47
Let me take a wild guess: Taking a picture, yeah, that's it, aren't I a smart Alec? Sudden turn of events changed this from architectural to people photography and you rolled with the punches. I think Papa Smurf just winked with approval.
fabbs99 (16817) 2014-01-05 0:57
Nice shot of the so many activities.Young lady buying balloons. A bright yellow car.People talking on cellphones.A nice building at the BG.Lots of things to observe in this frame.Very well done,TFS.
jhm (144158) 2014-01-05 2:33
Your picture shows different details, really a daily life picture.
The young boy with balloons care for a nice colour image.
Composition and presentation are pleasant to look at.
Very well done, TFS.
Have a nice Sunday,
Noel_Byrne (27350) 2014-01-05 6:29
Photobombed by Papa Smurf, now that is not something that happens everyday :) I like the result you acheived here, you got the parliament building in, but got it in a very nice busy urban feeling. The lady with the balloons makes this an unusual capture, with a lot of different elements to view. Nice timing!
All the best
jcpix (13814) 2014-01-05 7:46
Oh, this is kind of wild and crazy, there's so much to absorb here...but it's fun! :) A term that I like to use describing a scene like this would be "controlled chaos." There really is a frenetic energy about this moment, and your wonderful note builds up to the visual. Crazy sometimes when the most frustrating of situations can turn out some of the most interesting pictures because of the spontaneous moment. The best layed out plans don't always come to fruition, but the end result may be even better! It's all so colorful, lively and fast paced...I really enjoy the mood of this shot. Hope your holidays were well spent with family and friends. All the best in 2014.
Cricri (111309) 2014-01-06 5:55
C'est capturer au bon moment , en plus des ballons, le regard de la jeune fille vers vous, ce qui est un plus, c'est une image pleine de gaieté, bien mise en image
abmdsudi (46784) 2014-01-07 6:29
A slice of hectic street life and urban rat race shot filled with vivid colors to hold the attention in a well balanced composition. There is enough clarity and details to attract viewer to hover around, the boy's eye connection is vital in this context with a keen sense of motion effect and the blurry figures This shot conveys your objective really well. Congrats
eldancer1 (31977) 2014-01-08 7:40
Those are some creative and colorful balloons this lady is selling. I like the little blurring of the people which denotes some actions. Good details. Well done, tfs.
COSTANTINO (59809) 2014-01-11 6:55
Γιά σου Ουρανία
εύλογο το ερώτημα σε μια μεγάλη πόλη
απλή φωτογραφία για παιδιά και για
μεγάλους ταυτόχρονα κόσμος πολύς
κίνηση αυτοκίνητα άνθρωποι βιαστικοί
ολοι τους μέρος της δύσκολης αστικής
ζωής ενδιαφέρουσα εικόνα
καλό σου βράδυ
serp2000 (42048) 2014-01-29 3:47
Very intense composition with a lot of details. The cords make good graphic pattern. I like this title, you show us good journalist work. TFS!