As anyone that’s come to know me, I’ve mentioned it ad nauseam that my favorite color is blue…so it was only natural that my eyes gravitated towards this particular bakery. In fact, I can’t even remember consciously taking the picture…I believe my mind and body switched into “auto-pilot’ and snapped the shot. :) I can only vaguely recall voluntary muscle movement.
I had actually gone to this spot in The Marais district to try a well known falafel restaurant that I had read about in a guide book. Having never eaten one before, and based on the rave reviews, I figured I’d give it a whirl. Well, as you can see by the WS picture, the place is insanely popular…queues in both directions!
On the opposite corner of the tiny square/street was this boulangerie, which I found to be much more interesting and aesthetically pleasing…and so of course, *click*!
Just me, or does this look like a little HDR'sh? I was perplexed by the final result. I don’t own any software or programs to create that effect, nor do I possess the PP skills to manipulate it that way…and yet it somehow turned out to have that appearance. Crazy!?
And if you’re interested, I did try a falafel at the place next door…I wasn’t about to wait in those lines, I had to eat and get back to taking pictures! :) As far as the the sandwich itself, not really my thing…good enough, but I’ll take a steak-frite or doner kebab any day of the week instead.
Thanks for stopping by.
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Periko (2813) 2014-01-29 20:49
Nice picture, Jason, showing an interesting place. Pleasant atmosphere with such a difuse light.
mcmtanyel (14225) 2014-01-29 21:26
Yes, I can see a subtle HDR - if you increased saturation, sharpened a bit and darkened highlights along with lightening shadows, you mimicked subtle HDR.
I love the blue in this photo.
ikeharel (58863) 2014-01-29 21:50
Nicely taken the typ[ical corner sight in Paris, jason.
looks to me a local people place, more than tourist's.
Fantastic blue, lovely ambiance around.
emka (80830) 2014-01-29 23:01
hello Jason, Indeed, it has quite strong HDRish look. It happens sometime to me too. I am amazed seeing these long queues. Even if the fallafel was the best in the world, I would rather eat something else than stand in it and lose time. very nice blue boulangerie. (creative title!). Nice shot from Paris, I must go there too one day.
WArm regrads Malgo
krzychu30 (15498) 2014-01-30 0:12
indeed,it looks like a best HDR!Now,You don´t need Photomatix anymore:)The graphics you´ve achieved here is truly spectacular!
And the scene itself has also its own,unique charm.Lovely corner of Paris!You have excellent intuition and taste to present us its different,maybe less known by tourists places.
Magnificent composition my friend!
Have a nice day
Noel_Byrne (25230) 2014-01-30 0:46
Lovely place, and I must admit, I always liked the word Boulangerie. There is something about how it rolls off the tongue that is very cool. And I guess it doesn't hurt that it describes a plac where you can buy donuts too! I do agree, this does have a kind of HDR look to it, but its not a negative at all, it looks great. Its funny how that happens, as I have sometimes taken shots too and when I look at them on the PC, I think that the real scene did not look like that. I think our cameras may be alive!
Great timing on this for the fact that the woman behind the counter is peeping out and we can see her behind the door! Nicely done, and love the title!
All the best
carlo62 (34414) 2014-01-30 0:48
molto caratteristica e originale questa boulangerie, simpatico anche il titolo.
Le boulangerie sono le nostre tappe giornaliere quando siamo in Francia, hanno sempre molte cose buone e il profumo che arriva per strada, è irresistibile.
timecapturer (49288) 2014-01-30 2:09
Hey Dude - Don’t bake it bad! (Sorry Sir Paul!)
How you doing you old Dessert Corn-dog (wrong spelling intentional).
As a renowned blues lover too, just look at my gallery, I just couldn't resist this one. I thought you only walked the streets of Paris unconsciously at night?
It does look like a really typical Parisian place to eat and you have captured its Gallic charm and appeal superbly, in fact I would go as far as to say HDRish too! I like it a lot.
Laughing out loud now at the thought of you eating falafel. As for the title, well it would be something, I'm sure your psychiatrist would like to sit you down and talk to you about ;-)…………………………
Thanks for your appreciation of my recent B&W castle shot, took a lot of umming! and erring! To get to the point where I felt happy with it………….still unsure…….now who needs a shrink! - Woof!
mirosu (14964) 2014-01-30 5:24
You have excellently captured typical atmosphere from small French town. You do not know how much I always enjoy to sit in similar coffee shop when I'm in France. It is a great experience to sit in such street coffee shop, have a drink and watch the local people around. You have captured it )(I am repeating my self) really in excellent way. Wit tight crop you have allowed a full concentration on the nice boulangerie house and the guest enjoying the bakery products with a coffee (??). Well done.
Sergiom (61944) 2014-01-30 5:51
J'aime beaucoup le post traitement accordé à cette photo. On dirait une peinture. Le bleu est prédominant et attire le regard vers cette très belle terrasse au mois de septembre.
cornejo (32722) 2014-01-30 11:08
Hi Jason, Great photo of this beautiful corner of Paris with this beautiful wares, very well captured in this good frame with good quality, interesting and beautiful work well done, congratulations my friend. Thanks for sharing this beautiful work.
Good afternoon and happy rest of the week.
Warm greetings from southern Spain.
nikkitta (14992) 2014-01-30 12:38
you know you made ma laught, today watching at your page is featured your Tour Eiffel, watching this , who must suspect you like in Saint Lake City or am I wrong?
At first view of course it seems a HDR capture or PP, color contrast are great and quite eye catching "coin" of Paris
Can t believe, I AM A FAN of blue color, having spent my childhood in a small city called Azul ( blue in Spanish)
Like and enjoy all kind of arab food, falafel included
Merci mon ami du Nord
Gigidusud (16525) 2014-01-30 13:07
Superbe capture de cet angle de Paris avec cette belle boulangerie bleue. Bonne idée pour le titre, monsieur Samsonite! :)
Gigidusud sous la pluie!
PaulVDV (23015) 2014-01-30 13:21
The title is a very good play of words.
The blue umbrellas and chairs fit in beautifully with the blue on the facade at the ground floor.
And the shopkeeper has ensured that the whole fits nicely with the official street sign on the corner at the left :)
Even the publicity poster on the far right is neatly integrated into the blue corner.
I also just realized that when you love blue so much, you had to move to Arizona with its blue skies most of the time.
Best regards, Paul (under a grey sky now)
Royaldevon (30745) 2014-01-30 14:14
I'm with you!
I couldn't stand and wait al that time ... I'd start eating my bag, or something!!
I love to read your notes as well as see your photographs. They always complement one another nicely!
A well composed shot, giving us two possible leads but, I would suggest, most people go right, first; there are more details and 'more blue'!
A daily life shot which so very clearly captures the mood of Paris ... and French towns generally.
My warm regards,
macjake (57412) 2014-01-30 18:36
now thats what I call a lineup!
forget about purchasing a Falafel, I want to purchase the restaurant!!!!
as for this photo, yeah it does look a bit hdr'ish, maybe its the contrast levels? not sure. but it still looks fine to me.
My god, my gf would have a field day in Paris with all the wonderful eateries and cafe's, she may never come back to Canada!
for many people, the scene you've captured is the precise reason why they love Paris, so it a perfect Parisian photo!
see you around
jemaflor (86040) 2014-01-30 23:47
Nice pov on this blue boulangerie, Well your funny title. Good frame and exposure, tfs.
fabbs99 (16739) 2014-01-31 22:17
This is marvelous piece of photography of the boulangerie .Perfect composition and sharpness.Very well captured with good lightings and sharpness.Very well done.TFS.
Didi (57492) 2014-02-02 10:38
For information the Kebbab is much better in Lebanon or Egypt, in France it's not the real one
Interesting scene of the Paris district, I prefer also the picture in Workshop
Cricri (107999) 2014-02-03 11:04
A chaque fois que j'ouvre une de tes images , je me réjouie aussi de lire ta note, toujours amusante :-) bon pas d'un bon repas ( pff quand je voit la file, je pense que si j'attend là et que viens mon tour je n'aurai plus faim) et puis cette boulangerie avec du BLEU ne manque pas de charme, tout bon le rendu comme un HDR, ah oui bien trouver le titre :-)
adores (38158) 2014-02-26 16:57
A curious bakery. I like the colours and details. The blue sunshades really catch our eye. Surely one of those corners that still keep the old charm.