Bill Foy  


Early Sunday Morning in the Marais by Bill Foy

November 2019 - Early Sunday Morning in the Marais

About the Image(s)

This image was made a few weeks ago in the Marais section (4th Arrondissement) of Paris, France. I was out walking in a light rain that eventually became heavy enough to drive me indoors with soaked jeans and shoes. There were very few people walking around so it was pretty easy to get an unobstructed shot of this fruit/vegetable market. I thought it was unoccupied until I spotted the man holding a bag on the left side of the image when I pulled the image up on my large screen at home. I cropped a bit on the left and top, brightened it just a bit, removed some papers from the sidewalk and did an auto sharpening. Nikon D500, Tamron 18-270mm lens @ 60mm, f/8, 1/160, ISO-800, no flash, handheld, Auto WB, Exposure Program-Manual.


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15 comments posted

Bob Legg   Bob Legg
Bill, good use of your time when avoiding the rain. I love the possibility of lightening up the fruits even more. I see possibility of capturing great colors in the displays and bringing details out of the shadows. May not work but suggest you punch up the brightness or exposure some more.   Posted: 11/10/2019 10:58:15
Bill Foy   Bill Foy
Welcome, Bob. I wasn't avoiding the rain at the time I made this image, I was standing in a light drizzle, which became a downpour a couple of hours later, and that's what drove me back into the apartment. Thanks for your comments. I didn't want any more light on the market than the light I saw. I wanted to present an early morning Paris market as it is.   Posted: 11/22/2019 13:24:14

Karen Harris   Karen Harris
I love this image. I wouldn't change anything.   Posted: 11/12/2019 11:35:21
Bill Foy   Bill Foy
Thanks, Karen.   Posted: 11/22/2019 13:24:51

Tam Phan   Tam Phan
Your picture is nice.I like it.(J'aime Paris!)May I make the image lighter.   Posted: 11/14/2019 18:20:46
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Bill Foy   Bill Foy
!Je t'aime Paris en effet. Merci, Tam.   Posted: 11/22/2019 13:29:20

Bob Wills   Bob Wills
I really think this is a magnificent image as shot. You've captured the mood and tranquility of pre-dawn Paris, but added the bicycle to remind us of the bustling city to come. Sharp as a tack, and wonderful color. As a pano I would say it is perfect. I have to add a crop for competitive entry though, just because!   Posted: 11/17/2019 12:45:27
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Bill Foy   Bill Foy
Just because...INDEED! Thanks, Bob.   Posted: 11/22/2019 13:30:40

Stephan Debelle   Stephan Debelle
Very nice scene and capture. I added a little light on the stand to make the produces pop a little more. Love the tone and colors, I removed the white thing in front of the stand as I thought it was distracting. Very nice! I am originally from Lyon (France) where such scenes were the way of life.   Posted: 11/18/2019 12:54:35
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Bob Wills   Bob Wills
How in the world will the elevator bring their produce cart from the basement without the white thing! Just kidding. (I hope that is what it is}   Posted: 11/18/2019 17:39:32
Stephan Debelle   Stephan Debelle
-) Actually not sure what it is, it just bothered me a bit. There is also one person behind the window that does not "fit" in the scene but hardly noticeable.   Posted: 11/18/2019 17:49:46
Bill Foy   Bill Foy
It is a grate - perhaps for the Metro? I mentioned that person behind the window. I decided not to remove him to see (1) who would notice and (2) who would think he ought to go.   Posted: 11/22/2019 13:38:05

Judy Burr   Judy Burr
Great night shot--no wonder you left Spokane early! The wet street adds interest and you made good use of getting out of the rain. Well done. I might like a bit more light, but not as much as Tam added. I never know whether it is my eyes or my monitor or both.   Posted: 11/19/2019 14:25:11
Bob Wills   Bob Wills
Dorinda thought she needed new glasses, but it turned out she has another cataract. I actually reduce the brightness to 120 cd/m2 for printing.   Posted: 11/19/2019 20:37:20

Bill Foy   Bill Foy
So, Bob Legg, Tam, Stephan and Judy all thought there should be more light. Question - why - what does it do for the image that makes it more acceptable? If you don't think the light as it is is acceptable, what was it like when the workers were loading those shelves? It was the same under the shelves, but darker outside.
I thought about it - for a 1/2 second or so - and knew I was not going to change it. I wanted the viewer to experience the early morning hours of the Marais, one of my favorite areas in Paris. On another trip, I hope to make an image of a similar nature in Montmarte, another favorite area.   Posted: 11/22/2019 13:47:47