Continuing the theme of people running through the scene when I'm trying to take a picture, here I was setting up for a purely architectural shot of the underside of the Paris Metro viaduct on the Pont de Bir-Hakeim, when a young man (more of a boy, really) burst through. Perhaps he is training to be one of the enemy agents described in the Note of the image linked above. Or perhaps he is simply another victim of the severe lack of public toilets in Paris. Or maybe both.
At least he was kind enough, in his rush, to position himself so that his (lighter) head was set against the dark archway while his (dark) clothing was set against the lighter pavement.
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xavshot (69835) 2008-08-12 10:05
j'ai reconnu ce pont sur la miniature ;o) Belle photo avec une belle sensation de mouvement du passant. J'aime également le passage en n&b. Bravo.
Polonaise (5802) 2008-08-12 10:23
Don't you even try to convince me that there is yet another guy chased by the train on the streets of Paris !
But then...I understand perfectly your frustration Ken, about the people being able to spoil even the most beautiful picture of the wall or grass or the ocean waters or the pavement - as a matter of fact...
They ARE rude, man...
Obviously - the jogger in your pic had seen you perfectly well, yet he'd decided to ruin your efforts...
Well... What can I say...
My most beautiful portraits are strongly ( shall I add - negatively ?) affected by those faces in them...
I intend to enthusiastically award your photo, trying not to see that rude dude in it...
i know pal, you heart is bleeding profusely upon this desecration of the photo...
Stay strong...You are not the only one suffering these occurrences...
I'm with you ...By your side...
Your friend George
I've got a camera too - you know...
gaby (19819) 2008-08-12 12:22
Excellent - the blurried man is fantastic - a great image
Morac (27667) 2008-08-12 13:24
Good evening Ken,
Superb photograph to denounce the severe lack of public toilets in Paris.
oriolm (1142) 2008-08-12 13:37
great depth and an interesting element of movement
toto (0) 2008-08-13 1:36
belle photo de ce dessous de pont, bien pris, bien net, beau flou de cet intru qui cour en passant devant juste au moment de la prise.
Bon NB qui marque bien les détails de ce passage.
pastadog (13111) 2008-08-14 13:53
You were actually lucky here IMO, Ken, for this spot is very well known and I've seen many shots of it (although I never visited it) so with this running boy you really have tremendous value-added, and you are completely right, his position his perfect (but that - thanks to your timing)... Regards, Daniel
devimeuxbe (58557) 2008-08-14 14:00
Excellent composition. The contrast between the symetry of the architecture and the dynamism of the runner is very good.
amazon (12112) 2008-08-17 4:39
very good timing and backraund,
i like pov and symetry,
gokanlam (6605) 2008-08-17 8:06
Hi Ken, great timing! he looks like a ghost.. great sense of depth too.. i like your choice of B&W.. Congratulations,
carobnica (1336) 2008-10-07 1:46
The atmosphere here is great. The emptiness of the foreground and blurred man running while looking towards the camera, there could be nice story if one would try to make one. The rhythm and the depth suggested by columns and lines works perfectly with this accidental runner that "ruined" your photo, but in my case he actually made it not to be dull.
- Copyright: Ken Alexander (kensimage) (8561)
- Genre: People
- Medium: Black & White
- Date Taken: 2008-05-23
- Categories: Daily Life
- Camera: Canon 350D (Rebel XT), Canon 17-85mm F\4-5.6 IS USM
- Exposure: f/5.6, 1/30 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2008-08-12 10:04