Jim Mayo  

Classic Paris by Jim Mayo

March 2020 - Classic Paris

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Going through old images I found this one of Paris taken 10 years ago. It was shot vertically to show the whole Eiffel Tower but cropping it made it more interesting. Shot at 1/500 of a second, F 9.9, and ASA 1000. Processed with Corel Paintshop Pro.

4 comments posted

Isaac Vaisman M.D.   Isaac Vaisman M.D.
Jim, interesting image of Paris and the Eiffel Tower, where the emphasis was not placed in the tower (most iconic structure in Paris). I like the way you cropped the image to bring the interest to the other sculptures in the foreground and midground, and leaving the tower as background. All the levels are sharp, and the presence of the human component adds scale to it. Now; I see a very strong blue hue (raining ??, people walking with umbrellas) and the presence of the very red bus which takes my eyes directly to it overpowering the rest of the image. I did do a white balance adjustment and lowered the saturation of the red bus so it gets blended with the rest of the image.   Posted: 03/01/2020 11:12:01
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Randy Andre   Randy Andre
This picture suggests to me that it is of the viewpoint of someone who sees the Eiffel Tower all the time (a long time jaded resident) and is no longer impressed with the vision. This individual instead sees the overall view with all its components and weights no one single item over the others. Unfortunately the very large and red bus is hard to miss and draws attention to it by its size and color. I think the photo would benefit from not having the bus in it but that would require either a re-shoot (difficult as it was 10 years ago) or a lot of photoshopping. Too much de-saturation (a word??) as in Isaac's version doesn't seem to make the bus less noticeable. Perhaps more red than that, I also think that the light post with two lamp heads on it distracts more than it adds. I do like the "old" feel of the picture and that the Eiffel does not get its' "due" in this photo. Just curious, was this scanned from a film/print?   Posted: 03/03/2020 14:47:15

Daniel De Cort   Daniel De Cort
The Eifeltower is cut, this is not a problem, because it is not the subject of the photo. What is the subject of the picture? The statue which is looking out of the picture, or the bush who is very striking due to its red color. The blue hue give the atmosphere of the night.   Posted: 03/16/2020 14:28:15

Gloria Sprung   Gloria Sprung
Jim…I like the different layers to this image- foreground, middle ground and background. Bonus point for the inclusion of the humanity (2 persons w/umbrellas) and scale in an otherwise man-made scene. The image as you explained contains all the elements of Paris, and although taken 10 years ago- the image and feel is timeless. For your consideration, I submit a B&W alternative which adds to the "classic" feel which by coincidence is the name of the bus company; have flipped the image so the "statute" faces inward instead of "out of the picture"; and excluded the lamp post. I also added some contrast to bring out more of the tonal value of the image.   Posted: 03/23/2020 07:01:50
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