So here I was, setting up for a postcard shot of this well known view in Montmartre, when the lady in pink decided to gather with her friends for a break. Certainly nothing out of the ordinary for people to do after seeing the sights, but her group decided to really take advantage of the placement within my composition. Too bad we can’t just position people where we want, right? Maybe I should start traveling with some of those orange safety cones to keep spaces free of other tourists.
I really didn’t want to take a picture of her back side, as she's positioned right in the 1/3rd portion of the frame…not due to any physical feature that stood out, but that stark, colorful ensemble was taking complete control of the attention because of where she was standing.
After waiting for over 10 minutes I finally grew impatient enough that I snapped the shot anyway. Looking back now it’s made for a fun memory, but I was quite frustrated at the time. I think it still worked out o.k. though. Oh well, as they say….”C’est la vie!” :) Unless you get here at the crack of dawn before the hoards of tourists arrive, it’s basically impossible to get a clear shot anyway.
Thanks for stopping by.
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mcmtanyel (14989) 2013-12-15 21:41
Hello Jason, my left-door neighbor for the day,
I think the people in this photo are just fine where they are. I, too, have resented intrusion of people into "my" photographs only to come home and realize that the photos are just fine with them.
I like your postprocessing. Like good makeup (as my mother used to comment), it has enhanced the features of your photo without being obvious.
Subhogen (4067) 2013-12-15 22:01
Well chosen POV and vertical format.
Very good framing with buildings on both sides which leads us to this beautiful dome on the BG. I like the detailing you have got on the cobbled street.
The group of relaxed people in the FG adds life to your composition.
Nice shot and thanks for sharing. A good title as well!
emka (82678) 2013-12-15 23:54
Hi Jason, nice title, PPPP :).
Pity that the lady in pink showed only her back side, but what one can do... maybe you could come to her and ask to to change position? :) Of course, such situations are funny to remember, so it is better like this. It seems to me that in france they eat more healthy food, but I see young fat girl on the left side. Maybe tourist from UK, they are so fat... After my visit there I feel almost skinny :).
Very nice composition with this sign Boulangerie and the view of Sacre coeur in bg. Nice Parisian atmosphere.
WArm regards Malgo
Noel_Byrne (26117) 2013-12-16 2:01
Hello again Jason,
Having just read your last note and enjoyed the image, this is a perfect follow up. In fact, I can think of no better follow up to Murder She Wrote, Jessica Fletcher does Europe than a second movie entitled Murder She Wrote, the lady with the pink bottom. Reminds me of the girl with the dragon tattoo series. I know exactly what you mean about people jumping into shots at the worst possible time, but I really think on this case she has added to the photo, that pink is SO vibrant (aaah, my eyes) that you cannot but be drawn to look at her, and she brings life and color to the scene. The scene itself is composed perfectly, you caught the entire Boulangerie in the frame, and the street leads enticingly up on a curve to that wonderful which almost looks to be painted!
Excellent scene again Jason, and thanks for sharing your note! I see you say that you didn’t manage to get there at the crack of dawn. Then again, perhaps her name was Dawn, and you did get it after all :)
SnapRJW (31623) 2013-12-16 2:15
A sad fact of life Jason.... people get in the way! Your note made me smile and reminded me why I like to take landscape shots in remote locations ;) I must remember not to wear a pink track suit next time I go out. I like the group of people clustered on the corner, they couldn't have chose a better spot to stand and enjoy their bread. I like the busy real life atmosphere of your composition. warm regards Rosemary
Royaldevon (31873) 2013-12-16 2:47
Never mind about the crowds and particularly the pink lady, whose bottom is perfectly placed, for they add interest to your shot. It really is a very well composed shot including good leads, excellent textures and lots of details to capture attention. Who can resist following that cobbled street, past the boulangerie, to meet the crowds and naughtily travel the wrong way up the one-way street!
Have a great day,
macjake (58956) 2013-12-16 3:36
Reading the title, i knew there had to be a funny story here somewhere.
and yeah, i guess we've all encountered these frustrating people!
I know i do all the time!! Argh!!!!!!!!!!
maybe i should try that orange cone thing lol...it may actually work you know. Or perhaphs bring along the yellow police tape and baracade everything off so nobody enters the scene, then clone out the yellow tape in photoshop afterwards lol
you mentioned getting up before the tourists do...thats me...i'm always up super early for photoshoots and trust me, it pays off bigtime.
best example was in Prague with the popular Charles Bridge. On any day the bridge is teaming with people, hundreds....like a Walmart on Black Friday and Boxing Day combined - its hell!! but i walked it and photographed it at 4 am....incredible! I had the entire bridge to myself - it was actually kind of spooky. Like some sort of twillight zone where maybe i killed everyone in Prague and I was the only person left. haha
as for your shot here, i love the little curve, and the dome at the top seemingly is peeking around the corner like some shy child :)
but as you say, you come home with a fond memory, whats better than that!
timecapturer (49288) 2013-12-16 3:49
you are going to get a reputation here soon! Yet another shot of a woman's derriere. See more French words - you have to be impressed ;-). I agree that sometimes people get in the way, and I must have waited for hours to get human free shots. Even in today's shot in the forest, no sooner did I set up the tripod then a dozen dog walkers appear. Strangely this shot in Montmartre is all the more compelling because of the human interest, but perhaps the cheeky pink lady does dominate the frame a little. But your choice of POV is wonderful at capturing the atmosphere of my favourite quarter of the French capital. It has retained its postcard quality and is all the more original for the busy feel of this place. I like it Mr C!
Have a good week - B.
I am not going to go there with Dawn and cracks, I think Noel has more than covered that topic. But this image has certainly stirred up some controversy, not sure how the UK girls will feel about Malgo's comments.
mirosu (15102) 2013-12-16 4:55
I enjoyed to reed your interesting note. I like this street photo rich on many subjects & details. The "pink lady" is one of few very good focal point in this photo. I like inclusion of the street crowd around and especially the houses facades at the left side and the boulangerie shop at the right and the church dome is filling nicely the BG. Well done.
cornejo (34066) 2013-12-16 5:19
Hi Jason, very good picture of this interesting scene of daily life in Montmartre, beautifully captured in this interesting image with good sharpness, depth, light and color. Very good job well done, congratulations my friend. Thanks for sharing this interesting work.
Good morning and happy start to the week.
Warm greetings from southern Spain.
Sergiom (64083) 2013-12-16 5:31
Je trouve que l'attroupement autour de la dame en rose apporte un certain charme à cette composition. On ne peut pas s'attendre à ce quel toutes nos photos soient parfaites en tous temps. Le cadrage vertical va tout chercher, des pavés au dôme à l'arrière plan.
ikeharel (60451) 2013-12-16 7:17
This place is always full of toursts, Jason, strolling down from the Scarecour which its dome shown between the houses, and than - they take a beak to have something in the local Boulangerie... Just invented this.
Fine street downhill-view, on the stones paved road.
Paris ambiance par-excellence.
nikkitta (15810) 2013-12-16 11:01
Bonsoir mon ami le frustré par..une femme en rose
Amazing title and quite known history, waiting for people to move, hate them, and the other side is when you see a person at the right place and you pray God... please dont move, dont move and the moment you framed , they move or went
Here quite understand you, well positioned, good angle, curve, parisian capture and the rose...which you could have said was a special subject to match the curtains at the right and the kind of deep pink wall at the left
All the same, well done
Cheers from the South
Tip, sometimes it works asking in a VERY soft and kind way to move at a side for a quick photo
carlo62 (36213) 2013-12-16 15:25
sono talmente abituato a trovarmi turisti da ogni parte, che non ho fatto neanche molto caso ai particolari della tua foto, come ho letto dalla nota.
Anzi, la prima cosa che ha attirato la mia attenzione è la cupola del Sacro Cuore e immediatamente dopo, l'insegna della Boulangerie, un luogo che frequento molto quando sono in Francia :)
La foto mi piace così come è, con tutta l'animazione che contraddistingue questo luogo.
lousat (79912) 2013-12-16 15:31
Hi Jason,how is nice this bread shop,a strategical position and a beautiful old style doors,there is all the juice of Montmartre into your pic,i like it! Have a nice day and thanks,Luciano
fabbs99 (16803) 2013-12-16 19:03
Fascinating composition of the Lane from Paris with great exposure, splendid light and wonderful warm colors.Great POV and very well done .TFS.
serp2000 (41390) 2013-12-16 22:58
I see you have the returns to the old world too ;) Well, but I wll come back to the US very soon. With the photos of course.
The photos from Paris have got some romantic mood, this is a very special city in the world. And I'd like to visit these familiar places again and again. But this is only my dream today. ”C’est la vie!” ... )))
best wishes from cold Ura,
We have got -24 C today. Oh, my poor car!
delpeoples (54185) 2013-12-16 23:41
hehehehe, yes that hot pink velour tracksuit certainly stands out, for many reasons, some you mention, others you very kindly do not :) Would I be on the right track in betting that the wearer of this attractive ensemble would be a countrywoman of yours? Or maybe an Aussie! :O I dunno what's with some middle aged American women, but the trakkie seems to be their national costume, if you don't see them coming, you hear them! hahahaha. Anyway, it's still a great photo. I like the characteristic Boulangerie, the cobblestones, the curve of the road and the beautiful dome of the church in the BG. Nice work, and I love your note.
krzychu30 (15510) 2013-12-17 0:11
ohh,I can feel your pain my friend:)
There´s nothing more irritating than tourists placed directly in our frame,right?
That´s why I like to get up early in the morning and to have the streets for myself before all "normal" tourists take control over the city:)
But now seriously-even despite all these tourists(especially the lady in pink)it´s still magnificent postcard(in the best sense of the word)from Montmarte.
Excellently framed and having really eye-catching graphics!
Btw.did you process the image to achieve such effect?looks really great!
Have a nice day
Cricri (109761) 2013-12-17 10:11
Il est vrai que la dame en rose attire le regard, j'aime le rose mais pas a ce point là!, mais chacun ces gouts, belle vue sur le haut du sacré cœur et l'ancienne façade de la boulangerie, amusante la note :-)
tyro (21150) 2013-12-18 2:43
I wonder how I missed this one? It really is a smasher. I know that we photographers complain when people clutter our pictures and we often wish we could have a place entirely to ourselves to photograph, but human beings often do really "make" a picture and this one is no exception.
I've seen the other amusing comments on this one but the trouble I find is that, while people look at pictures, they rarely read notes in their entirety. And so I almost fell around laughing when I read you last sentence. Perhaps the lady in pink is called Dawn and you have indeed captured a perfect crack picture!
But seriously, I find this a very appealing photograph and I think the crowds of people here really add to that appeal, especially the more colourfully dressed ones. Your composition is excellent, the curve of the kerb leading the eye to the people, the street and the distant dome (of Sacre Coeur?). Lovely light and colours (the recent rain has brought out some lovely colour in the cobblestones), perfect exposure and excellent details and clarity.
P.S. Hey, Jason, you know what would be really cool? Why don't you try to add some maps to your uploads? I absolutely love maps and love to see just where pictures have been taken!
Have a look at this map then drag the little yellow man down to the red cross and pan around. Cool or what, eh?
jemaflor (87391) 2013-12-18 8:17
Well composed this view in Paris, Interesting composition and Fg with the street and the pavement. Tfs.
mesutilgim (87404) 2013-12-22 12:00
A well known corner of the city of love !
Very good pov and perfect layout.
Interesting notes makes your entry a perfect TE job.
TFS and have a Merry Christmas.