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As some of you will know, Mrs.Salty and myself were in Paris last week. What you won't know is that we had a lot of tips and advice on alternative things to do and see whilst there provided most generously by the woolybills - Moira & Bill.
Mrs. S and I have been to Paris on numerous occasions (indeed, I lived there for about 18 months as a young and very fancy-free 20/21 yo)), but we had never been there together, so we were keen to experience something different, away from the typical tourist trails.
One of the most fascinating place we were advised to consider was the cemetery Pére Lachaise. The cemetery is "home" to many a famous person, including Maria Callas, Chopin, Auguste Comte, Marcel Proust, Molière, and a certain lead singer of The Doors.

I felt the images from there lend themselves perfectly to b&w, I hope you agree. (Albeit the final version is in colour - but you noticed that, n'est pas?)
Here is a selection.

Many thanks for all your recent comments.

Thanks for bothering.

Malc

Brand:Canon
Camera:Canon EOS 5D MkIII
Lens:EF24-105mm F/4L IS USM
Recording media:RAW (digital)
Date Taken:27 Sep 2012 - 12:30 PM
Focal Length:105mm
Aperture:f/4.0
Shutter Speed:1/80sec
Exposure Comp:0.0
ISO:100
Flash:Off, Did not fire
White Balance:As Shot
Title:Père Lachaise
Username:saltireblue saltireblue
Uploaded:5 Oct 2012 - 3:43 PM
Tags:Black & white, Cemetary, Paris, Pere lachaise
Votes:39
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franken
franken e2 Member 112913 forum postsfranken vcard Wales4 Constructive Critique Points
5 Oct 2012 - 4:17 PM

Wonderful collection here especially version 1 Malc.

Ken

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SUE118
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5 Oct 2012 - 4:17 PM

Lovely images.

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mrswoolybill
mrswoolybill Critique Team 7328 forum postsmrswoolybill vcard United Kingdom879 Constructive Critique Points
5 Oct 2012 - 4:23 PM

Direct eye contact...
A superb set, leading with the star turn. V1 contains so much of the appeal of the place - the symbolism, the memories, the living residents. All the Parisian cemeteries have their cats.
I like the low pov you have used in V5 - must remember that when next time there.
And V6 has us searching our brains and Google, I think the bronze palm leaf has a military significance, Bill thinks it denotes an academician. Still working on that one...
By the way, I thought for a moment V1 was Piaf's grave but checking back in my files it's definitely not as she has an urn immediately above the crucifix.
I hope we are in for a long series!
Moira

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RonnieAG
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5 Oct 2012 - 4:40 PM

A fine set documenting various scenes and artefacts within the cemetary, Malc, and of course accompanied by an interesting narrative.
But for me V 1 takes some beating.........you timed your visit so well capturing this inquisitive feline.
Ronnie.

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mrswoolybill
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5 Oct 2012 - 4:50 PM

PS A quick link for reference, this could be a near relative!

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AnnChown
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5 Oct 2012 - 4:55 PM

You've got some amazing images here Malc - love them all. v1 is priceless and, as Moira says, the low pov in v5 is a winner!
Ann

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saltireblue Site Moderator 33364 forum postssaltireblue vcard Norway22 Constructive Critique Points
5 Oct 2012 - 4:57 PM


Quote: PS A quick link for reference, this could be a near relative!

Indeed, Moira, could be the mother of the one in my image?

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SlowSong
SlowSong e2 Member 53989 forum postsSlowSong vcard England28 Constructive Critique Points
5 Oct 2012 - 5:12 PM

A cat may look at a King.
How lovely. A superb set.
x

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cats_123 e2 Member 103956 forum postscats_123 vcard Northern Ireland24 Constructive Critique Points
5 Oct 2012 - 5:31 PM

mono definitely..so clear and crisp.

V1 looks lik teh cat is ready for a kill

V3 is quite moving...but like V4 for the pov SmileSmile

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AnnChown
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5 Oct 2012 - 5:35 PM


Quote: and, as Moira says, the low pov in v5 is a winner!
Ann

Looking again, I meant the low pov in v4! Smile v5's good, but I really like v4! Would have liked to have seen you lying among the gravestones. Smile

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5 Oct 2012 - 5:47 PM

If People knew as much about Religion as Cats do, the world would be a much better place Malc Smile

John Smile

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mrswoolybill
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5 Oct 2012 - 5:50 PM

After a bit of research (I just love saying that for Google and Wikipedia...) the bronze palm leaf is a symbol of both the French and Belgian Croix de Guerre. I thought I had seen it on military graves. For the French military it apparently distinguishes an army citation for the award but I'm not sure of the significance of that.
Moira

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LynneJoyce
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5 Oct 2012 - 5:59 PM

Brilliant series. I'm a colour freak and V6 really does it for me.

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Scottishlandscapes
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5 Oct 2012 - 6:28 PM

V6 is quite superb Malcolm and most of the others are as well. My eye is captivated by the wonderful vision of the cat and the crucifix. (no un intended I assure you all) it's a one off and will never be duplicated. Great find and a great tribute to your trigger finger to catch this feline candid shot.

Dougie

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WhiteRose1
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5 Oct 2012 - 6:41 PM

Superb quality from that point and shoot toy you've got. I'm not sure I could choose a favourite they all are very well captured and have their own merits. I liked the comment from Ann about lying amongst the gravestones... I got caught lying flat out on a country church floor a few days ago!!!

Dave

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5 Oct 2012 - 6:42 PM

Some good image in this series Malc, V6 is especially appealing, although I can undersatnd why you chose to lead with the cat....Good work!

Ade

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danbrann
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5 Oct 2012 - 7:49 PM

A wonderful set of Images Malc. You must have a lot if you can afford to put 6 up in one Day.
Last time I visited a cemetery the undertaker lead the coffin and people 4 times around the whole area. I asked Why and was informed it was a new funeral director and he had lost the plot...

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vickyf
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5 Oct 2012 - 7:59 PM

Interesting series. V1 made me laugh but V2 is my favouriteSmile

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pamelajean
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5 Oct 2012 - 9:02 PM

LOL to danbrann's comment.
V1 is mesmerizing, Malc, glad you enjoyed the experience.

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Sue_R
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5 Oct 2012 - 9:39 PM

V1 is brilliant!

Sue Smile

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helenlinda
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5 Oct 2012 - 9:57 PM

v1 is a superb mono shot - a super set - glad v6 is in colour though
Helen

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taggart
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5 Oct 2012 - 9:57 PM

There seems to be a lot going on in your cemetery---- love the cat!

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pablophotographer

Although I like black and white photography I would say the last photo, the colour one, is the most Thoughtful. The blend of the green leaves and the brown ones, life and death. And the stonework imitating nature... "Everything you see around you is a product of an eruption or death" D. Liantinis
Walking in cemeteries is not fun, I rememer once I had found one near work, during a break. Life is so short, I saw tombs of children as young as three years old, I saw tombs, forgotten by relatives and friends. Life can be very short or very long. Happy or tiring. most of the times both. But may we rest in peace. Au revoir.

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6 Oct 2012 - 5:09 AM

A very beautiful, yet extremely thought evoking and if I may say so, a rather 'tactile' set of images, which is enhanced greatly with the use of the monochrome processing. Two images instantly leaped out as if they were trying to get a message across, firstly image number III. A very sorrowful expression, and what looks like tears running down his face adds to that feeling further. And photograph number IV, a solemn pathway leading into darkness....

Regards Nathan

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6 Oct 2012 - 8:03 AM

Let's make that three UAs... Couldn't give mine until this morning.
Moira

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6 Oct 2012 - 10:59 AM

Some great pictures but for me anyway V1 is a corker. Smile


David.

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6 Oct 2012 - 3:53 PM

This was a place I regret not visiting on the occasions I've been to Paris, it seems to offer many opportunities for some good shots, and you've got some good 'uns here, Malc Wink Like 'em all, but V1 has to be my fave Smile
Trev Smile

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banehawi
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6 Oct 2012 - 7:56 PM

Beautiful set. Especially 1, 4 and 5.


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BarryC123
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6 Oct 2012 - 11:20 PM

A very powerful and interesting set.
Even though I dislike cats, V1 has to be my favourite here - perfectly taken.

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7 Oct 2012 - 7:04 PM

An interesting and eclectic set of images taken in the cemetry, v1 was an inspired choice as the lead.

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7 Oct 2012 - 7:11 PM

'Superb Images & Composition' ~ LEx Wink

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7 Oct 2012 - 9:15 PM

Absolutely stonking set Malc of which v1 is my fsvourite. Brilliant work
Jason

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8 Oct 2012 - 10:10 AM

oh dear I missed this.. or you would have had another UA.
love it!!!!!

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8 Oct 2012 - 4:50 PM

V1. is a very striking image the eyes of the cat are fixed as if hypnotised, V3. is also startling as if the stone figure is crying! very impressive! if I had not just given my award to Nathan you to would have got another!, still looks like I will have future opportunities looking at your portfolio, regards Leon. favourite this.GrinGrinGrinGrinGrin

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