Taken in the main town square of Es Castell in eastern Menorca one Sunday morning. I was watching these boys having fun with a basketball - they were aware of me and didn't seem to mind being photographed - but were they aware that they were also being watched from those windows behind them?
Of course, there were no people looking out of those windows - just paintings placed in the empty windows - almost an example of Trompe-l'œil, but not quite!
The square here has some very attractive buildings around it and all are painted this wonderful maroon colour, including the town hall. In fact, the town of Es Castell was founded in 1771 by British Col. Patrick Mackellar and was originally called Georgetown in honour of King George III. However, it takes its current name from the large fort nearby, known to the British as St. Philip's Castle. And during Menorca's possession by the British in the 18th Century, this square where these boys are playing was a military parade ground.
You can see a larger version of this photograph on "beta" TE here.
Critiques | Translate
jjcordier (76852) 2014-07-02 22:50
Ils ont des spectateurs enthousiastes aux fenêtres -) Belle street view, dynamique et colorée.
saxo042 (37578) 2014-07-02 23:12
Interesting windows! But all lines and geometric patters are also very interesting here. There is even an imaginary line from the eyes of the boys up to the ball, perpendicular to the lines along the paving stones in the lawn. Many squares and rectangles too and a dominating red wall.
CLODO (30597) 2014-07-03 1:21
So you're trying street phtography!
You were located at the right place in order to have the live scene with the ball in the air looked by the 3 boys and the painted wall as a background.
I would have cropped the left part (now the picture is taken) or moved slightly at left to remove that ugly electric pole.
Have a nice day
Nicou (123190) 2014-07-03 2:47
fantastique image et compo superbe quelle vue et image de ce jeunes qui jouent au basket avec le ballon dans les airs un déclenchement parfait et en fond ce trompe l’œil en rouge quelle ensemble.
Bravo et amitié
Royaldevon (30181) 2014-07-03 3:25
Aren't these murals amazing!
In this instance, this one makes the perfect, b/g audience for the f/g activity.
Excellent capture of these boys, so intent, so well positioned in the frame and making a natural curve from f/g to b/g.
The light is gorgeous!
Did you go for speed priority on this occasion?
Have a great day,
jhm (140026) 2014-07-03 4:56
First: I've your reply read on my reaction, indeed your previous picture was a good action picture, taken in panning, with the horse and in full speed.
The high ball and the boys looking, where is the ball.
Here these picture is real an action picture but totally in an other style.
Wonderful place with pleasant colour to look at.
Excellent composition, nice presentation.
Very well done, TFS.
holmertz (41725) 2014-07-03 8:19
Now and then I have seen similar windows. They are often quite amusing and sometimes I take pictures of them but I have never posted any here. Such windows need a complementary focus to function, just what you have done here. The boys look great by themselves but the real point of this composition (as indicated by the tile) is the "interaction" between them and the faces in the windows. This is really a good action photo with wonderful colours, and I don't care at all about the electricity pole. There is so much else to watch that I hardly notice it.
ourania (32049) 2014-07-03 13:34
a wonderful daily life scene with the three boys watching the ball so expressively while being watched themselves. You have widely increased the number of spectators with this fine and timely photo posted on TE:) Your composition is well balanced and dynamic, you included a very attractive backdrop that enriches the scene without getting distracting. The ball is at an excellent spot where it's viewed clearly and will keep us wondering whether the boy scored:) Your colour and action management is superb too. Congratulations and thank you!
All the best, have a great evening,
carlo62 (33779) 2014-07-03 15:09
bella scena, molto dinamica, che si contrappone alla facciata del palazzo e ai murale immobili.
Belle le pose dei ragazzi, i loro sguardi sono concentrati sul gioco e non hanno nessun interesse verso il fotografo.
macjake (57074) 2014-07-04 0:00
haha..i know you sometimes post a photo of horse racing, but i can't recall you posting any other 'sport' themed photo...no?
you pointed it out already in your note, but i honestly think the tiny paintings in the window make the shot for me! Funny how something so small in the photo can makes such an interesting and dynamic impact, really.
how strange looking are those creepy paintings lol
and why on earth are they there lol
love the ball in the air though, thats a nice touch, gives a true sense of action.
wonderful photo full of colors, love the Maroon as well.
Tigerlily (3107) 2014-07-04 8:09
Wow.. That's great timing, John. I can't do that.
Wonderful clarity. An interesting, fun picture with beautiful building as background.Very well done.
jemaflor (85456) 2014-07-07 23:11
Good timing with the postion of the ball and the boys attitude, light is well managed, nice color for the wall in the Bg, good dynamic result.
- Copyright: John Cannon (tyro) (20696)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2014-05-11
- Categories: Daily Life, Architecture, Decisive Moment
- Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark II, Canon 24-70mm f/2.8L USM, Hoya 77mm Pro1D UV(0)
- Exposure: f/7.1, 1/320 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Map: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2014-07-02 15:46