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No time to stop

No time to stop
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Copyright: James Park (JimmyP) Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 15 W: 3 N: 42] (92)
Genre: People
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2011-02-06
Categories: Daily Life
Camera: Canon 450D Rebel XSi, Canon EF-S 17-85mm IS USM
Exposure: f/22, 1 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2011-02-12 4:58
Viewed: 1816
Points: 8
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
One of the most fascinating things I find about visiting a new city is people watching. From a shaded cafe seat on the pavement, I watched hundreds of people rush past this spot less than a minute from Notre Dame (seen in the background). Such a variety of people - businessmen rushing to appointments, mothers with their children, young adults meeting and sauntering around and tourists from all over the world.

I purposefully took a long exposure shot of this scene, with the hope that the blurred movements and overexposure would add to the sense of controlled chaos which I felt whilst watching all of this unfold! Very little post-processing performed in Photoshop - slight increase in contrast and addition of a noise filter and border.

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Hello Jimmy

I like the artistic view you have here. The view of showing life at is often brisk pace. Interesting and wonderful capture.


Hello Jimmy,
Yes, this is art. Great sense of movement and of the "controlled chaos" as you put it. Well done.

It is a district that I know well.
Great ambiance of daily life in Paris.
Very interesting photo with great colors. The pov is well tought too.
Excellent work and good balance.

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  • tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 213 W: 93 N: 875] (4422)
  • [2011-02-12 8:57]
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Hello Jamie,

I like this one a lot - it has lots of movement and interest, even having part of the well-recognised facade of Notre Dame in the background on the right. Well composed.

Apart from the moving figures, it's nice and sharp and clear - I guess you either used a tripod or rested your camera on a table next to your glass of beer.

Yes, Paris, especially, is a wonderful place for people-watching!

Kind Regards,


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