Stephen Mayeux  

 St. Paul de Vence by Stephen Mayeux

October 2020 - St. Paul de Vence

October 2020 - Stephen Mayeux


About the Image(s)

St. Paul de Vence is one of the oldest medieval towns on the French Riviera. It is well known for its modern and contemporary art museums and galleries. I took this picture while walking through town with our bus tour group. Lucikly all people except one had gone into the shops along the street. This person created the interest I was looking for on this narrow winding street. I cropped the image, darkened and added texture to the walls on the far end. I like the image because it takes you back in time. I wish the man were 4 or 5 steps closer to me when I took the picture. When I first saw him he was perfect but by the time I raised my camera, framed the image and took the shot he was almost out of sight.

12 comments posted

Mark Laussade   Mark Laussade
I really like the composition. The street serves as a great leading line from foreground to background. There is a good story here with the human subject heading around the bend. It makes me want to know what is back there. Your crop is a good one getting the utility equipment out of the picture. Quaint old streets like this are fascinating and you captured this one well in my opinion.   Posted: 10/05/2020 15:59:53

Richard Siersma   Richard Siersma
I agree with Mark's comments, it's rare to find streets like this devoid of quite a few people; it's too bad the one you want to have there is almost out of sight. Still, this image really does evoke a nostalgic feeling, especially for those have experienced these types of villages.   Posted: 10/06/2020 10:19:40

Freddie Kelvin   Freddie Kelvin
I love your crop, and I'm fine with the guy about to disappear out of view because that's where the leading line takes me. The orange areas really add greatly to this street scene, in my opinion.   Posted: 10/06/2020 19:42:04
Stephen Mayeux   Stephen Mayeux

Thanks for the comments and welcome to our group. This image and one in a empty restaurant with one couple seated at a table were my two favorites from the trip. We had a number of rainy days but our two days in Niece we had perfect weather.   Posted: 10/13/2020 16:25:35

Barbara E Miller   Barbara E Miller
The arch in the door, the leading path, the figure at the end, everything is just right in this image. I believe it is one we all wish to have in our files; the added texture completes a well presented image. Good work Stephen,   Posted: 10/08/2020 15:31:17

Larry Treadwell   Larry Treadwell
(Groups 36 & 67)
Beautiful, just beautiful. I love the feeling of nostalgia that just flows from the image. I even think that the on the vanishing man is perfect.

If I may suggest two minor adjustments just for the sake of cleaning up the image. At the top you might crop down to eliminate the dark area above the arch and then on the left edge crop in just enough to remove the partial wall that shows in the top left corner. Both crops will just leave clean lines all the way around the image.   Posted: 10/10/2020 10:39:27
Stephen Mayeux   Stephen Mayeux
Thanks for your comments. My interpretation of the crop you suggested. Is this correct?   Posted: 10/13/2020 16:58:30
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Larry Treadwell   Larry Treadwell
(Groups 36 & 67)
Looks good to me, but do you like it?   Posted: 10/13/2020 19:30:55
Stephen Mayeux   Stephen Mayeux
Larry, I like my crop on the left because it adds some depth of field. The top I have no preference. I used the top stone line for the horizontal reference. In a town this old very little is square and plumb but thanks for the suggestions.
  Posted: 10/13/2020 19:46:45

Beverly Caine   Beverly Caine
(Groups 48 & 80)
Visiting from 48 & 80
I love shooting these medieval towns when traveling. They have so much to offer photographically. This one is a beauty. Love the texture in almost everything in the image. Very well done.   Posted: 10/11/2020 06:11:18
Stephen Mayeux   Stephen Mayeux
Thanks for your comments.   Posted: 10/13/2020 16:59:50

Nick Muskovac   Nick Muskovac
Steven, The lead in lines are just beautiful. You captured the person just right. Your treatment of the upper left corner is great, along with the crop.   Posted: 10/11/2020 14:01:20


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