Not the best angle to show the true agony depicted in this statue, but in order to have the Eiffel Tower as a supporting object, there weren’t too many options. I was also making a quick pass through the Tuilerie Gardens trying to meet up with some family at the time, which also played into the limited composition. It must be torture for anyone to travel with me because more often than not, it takes me forever to get anywhere since I’m always wanting to stop and photograph something. I’m guessing no one else has that problem, right? lol
The directional lighting wasn’t helping my cause either, but thanks to some help from Krzysztof (krzychu30), this shot was rescued from the depths of despair. I know it’s not the sharpest of pictures, but I have a good excuse…I didn’t know what I was doing…and I was in a hurry! ;)
This 1896 marble sculpture by Henri Vidal is entitled "Cain venant de tuer son frere Abel" or "Cain coming from having killed his brother Abel". It depicts Cain naked and in apparent misery with his right hand covering his face. Cain and Abel were of course the first sons of the first couple, Adam and Eve in the Bible's Book of Genesis. It is widely believed that Cain killed Abel after having God reject his sacrifices, but accepting his brothers.
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macjake (54240) 2014-02-03 23:29
well, let me be the first person to write up on this shot.
As I always say, anytime you can get a photo with such an Iconic subject as the Eiffel Tower, in a new and unique scene...take it!
I can honestly say this is totally new for me.
and yeah, the sky is overblown with lots of white in it, but unless you planned on staying around for a few hours for the light to dim a bit, there's not much you could have done anyway.
the title is great, really depicts his mood perfectly.
So did you loose any money on the Super Bowl. I wish i did bet, I was picking an outright win from Seattle. Of course they one...b/c i didn't bet!! haha
My bestfriend is a HUGE Denver fan...oh my!
see you around
fabbs99 (16147) 2014-02-03 23:54
Great shot of the statue .Excellent pov and sharpness. Very well done ,TFS.
Royaldevon (27781) 2014-02-04 2:37
What have you done?
Well, just head butted the most iconic landmark in Paris!! No wonder you're wilting!!
Ha! Ha! Love it, Jason!
It's not easy to get an original shot of such a well known building. As you say, not crisply sharp but as Clodo often shows us, it is the content, the mood that is equally important.
You cheered me up today!
Have a great day yourself,
Romano46 (16584) 2014-02-04 2:52
apprezzo soprattutto l'originalitŕ di questa foto che offre un aspetto inconsueto della capitale francese, pur senza nasconderne la sua caratteristica torre.
Eccellente la composizione e piacvevole la nitidezza che permette di concentrarsi sulla statua.
Ciao e buona giornata
jhm (136868) 2014-02-04 4:30
The blurred background care for more accent on the statue.
The statue as image this is an other question, but everyone has a choice!
Composition and presentation are excellent chose.
Very well done, TFS.
mirosu (12770) 2014-02-04 4:53
Superb combination of the statue with slightly blurred Eiffel Tower in background. You have arranged it very well in portrait format. You must have a very good eye for photography, that you have spotted this superb combination. Very well done.
timecapturer (46655) 2014-02-04 5:57
A clever shot this, one full of symbolism and one that makes my imagination run riot, if you know what I mean ;-). Would make a superb caption competition shot this.
That aside it is a beautifully original image and I love the tender outline of the distant Parisian landmark. The light is both flattering and brings out the fg detailing so powerfully. Excellent and imaginative imagery! I like it!
My caption: where are my blasted sunglasses! (this is a printable one).
Sergiom (56819) 2014-02-04 6:05
Il semble avoir le poids du monde entier sur les épaules ce pauvre homme. J'aime beaucoup le point de vue avec la tour en arričre plan, j'aime aussi beaucoup le choix de la profondeur de champs.
ikeharel (54397) 2014-02-04 7:25
You write that it was a salvaged picture, Jason, so let me add that the overwhall ambiance around, match the view of the statue in subject.
By itself, good clarity on the sculpture, one of many in this garden, and the afternoon light with clouds as a BG, made it a bit moody - yet adequate.
Noel_Byrne (22260) 2014-02-04 10:13
I think you are being harsh on yourself here, when I clicked on this I thought whooooooooooo..... (not sure how many "o"s are in whooooooo). This composition is brilliant. You may have seen that I love a good sculpture shot, and a good architecture shot, and you have a brilliant composition of both combined elegantly together in an impressive, and humorous way.
Certainly it could be a very serious shot, and I can see it that way, especially when I see the actual name of the statue. But I prefer to think that in this scene, Cain has just received a delivery from UPS having ordered something on Amazon while drunk, and as his new landmark is plonked in the front garden and he is asked to sign for delivery, he thinks how his girlfriend will respond :)
The depth of field on the tower itself is superb, and presents it in a completely new way for me. Normally, the tower is the focus of every shot from Paris, centre stage and everything else plays second fiddle, but here, the tower is prominent, but secondary to the story the viewer may create on the basis of the statues expression. I love that. It also seems that the tower is piercing the clouds giving an amazing sensation of height.
Really nicely done.
ourania (28576) 2014-02-04 11:11
you make it easy for me to admit I'm an irritating companion when I hold my camera in my hands:) People have to wait all the time and I take advantage of their good will as much as I can. I feel grateful for their patience and have learned when to stop trying it, though:) It's great that in your hurry you saw this composition and gave it a chance. I like very much the juxtaposition between the proud symbol of the splendid city and the desperate, iconic figure from the Bible. Your tight frame has brought them closer to each other. An interesting association that can make the viewer's mind work. The subdued colours make the scene more intimate. Congratulations and thank you!
All the best, have a lovely day,
krzychu30 (15354) 2014-02-04 11:18
Hello my friend,
I will not agree with you concerning the angle.I think it was really brilliant and smart idea from you.Love the juxtaposition of the sculpture with the Eiffel Tower.And the agony of the sculpture is also well visible.
But the most I´m impressed how excellently you framed the scene(in the version you sent to me the sculpture was in the middle of the frame).Here you decided to place it a little bit off-center and it helps here a lot.And finally you deserve appreciation for the way you´ve coped with the sky(unfortunately I wasn´t able to help you more with Photomatix in this matter).
The outcome is really great!
nikkitta (14036) 2014-02-04 14:27
Hola Amigo Jason
What is this?
Taken after drinking Pastis, Kirk Royale or.... just in a hurry and so the blured BG?
But yours is the main problem I have..stoping for photos, people (family, friends) geting angry ( the way angry birds did ), me saying the last, just one second, etc, so the best and relaxed way is alone with time , not posible all the time
Anyway you obtained a quite personal photo of the golden tower and your note is a great Bible Lesson
Behave and cheers
Marie du Sud
carlo62 (29651) 2014-02-04 15:54
un bellissimo modo per fotografare un luogo famoso, dalla tua inquadratura si capisce subito dove siamo, ma l'attenzione cade sulla scultura.
worldcitizen (6663) 2014-02-04 16:52
Cain is definitely in big trouble now!! I think this POV is great, and I like that the Eiffel Tower is blurred in the background. The verticality of the presentation is nice, and the feeling of shame is palpable. Nice one! :-)
jemaflor (82268) 2014-03-01 9:31
well composed with the the statue in the Fg and the tower in the Bg, well seen and presented with this perfect vertical format.
ACL1978 (7467) 2014-03-25 18:12
Figured I'd check out what people posted while I was away...
Honestly for me the pose here is perfect, Jason. We get the point easily enough, but from this angle he's walking away (in shame?) PLUS we get the Eiffel in the scene, when the shot would have worked even without it! The PP you did is great as well, and very moody. Cool work.
serp2000 (38980) 2014-04-15 21:46
Excellent and interesting photo of the sculpture, and the Tower, incidentally, on the background. ;) Well, but I remember the clear blue sky in Paris at September.
Good title, yes we know that tragic story in the past.