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This is in Passy Cemetery, in Paris. A little bit of history – in the late 18th Century the old central cemetery at Les Innocents was full to (literally) overflowing. A decision was reached to clear it and to develop four new cemeteries in what were then outlying villages.
You may well have heard of three of those, Montmartre, Père Lachaise and Montparnasse; you are less likely to have heard of Passy, but it's the one most people will have walked past – it lies just off Trocadéro, overlooking the Eiffel Tower. It is much smaller than the others – it caters for the upmarket side of Paris which has always had a much lower density of population. It is the only one of the four to have a heated waiting room for mourners.
Here we are looking into one of the tiny chapels that mark family graves. They had their heyday in the 19th Century but are a continuing tradition – the couturier and parfumier Hubert Givenchy has a rather fine one nearby.
Thanks for looking,
Moira

Brand:NIKON CORPORATION
Camera:Nikon D90 Check out Nikon Nation!
Lens:16.0-85.0 mm f/3.5-5.6
Recording media:RAW (digital)
Date Taken:25 Oct 2011 - 12:05 PM
Focal Length:19mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/3.7
Aperture:f/13.0
Shutter Speed:1/40sec
Exposure Comp:-1/3
ISO:200
Exposure Mode:Shutter speed priority AE
Metering Mode:Multi-segment
Flash:No Flash
Title:The light within
Username:mrswoolybill mrswoolybill
Uploaded:15 Dec 2011 - 7:29 AM
Tags:Photo journalism, Specialist / abstract
Votes:142

Comments

CarolG
CarolG e2 Member 7128 forum postsCarolG vcard Greece17 Constructive Critique Points
15 Dec 2011 - 7:38 AM

Perfectly captured, Moira, that glorious blue of the stained glass window, reflecting onto the stonework, magical. Carol

marktc
marktc e2 Member 347 forum postsmarktc vcard United Kingdom13 Constructive Critique Points
15 Dec 2011 - 7:44 AM

Very well captured, its wonderful how that glorious blue has held its colour on the stone... terrific.

r6jvr
r6jvr  2 United Kingdom
15 Dec 2011 - 7:49 AM

This is stunning!

FlashBangPicture

now that is a little bit special

goosed
goosed  8 United Kingdom
15 Dec 2011 - 8:08 AM

what a moment to capture! well done

rontear
rontear e2 Member 11rontear vcard England4 Constructive Critique Points
15 Dec 2011 - 8:14 AM

Beautifully taken Moira, keen eye for an image !!
Ron.

Scottishlandscapes
Scottishlandscapes e2 Member 1068 forum postsScottishlandscapes vcard Scotland35 Constructive Critique Points
15 Dec 2011 - 8:23 AM

"the couturier and parfumier Hubert Givenchy has a rather fine one nearby."

The sweet smell of success even in death, that's Paris for you.

The blue cross and it's shadow is quite surprising but very bold.

Dougie

bliba
bliba  8 Austria2 Constructive Critique Points
15 Dec 2011 - 8:32 AM

wow..what a cracker

Richsr
Richsr e2 Member 790 forum postsRichsr vcard England209 Constructive Critique Points
15 Dec 2011 - 8:42 AM

Well seen and captured here Moria, the blue cross is certainly bold
Regards Richard

franken
franken e2 Member 123132 forum postsfranken vcard Wales4 Constructive Critique Points
15 Dec 2011 - 8:45 AM

Wonderful image Moira; the blue reflection is superb!

Ken

prabhusinha
prabhusinha e2 Member 6prabhusinha vcard India3 Constructive Critique Points
15 Dec 2011 - 8:56 AM

A keen observer can only record such an wonder.

danbrann
danbrann e2 Member 10473 forum postsdanbrann vcard 15 Constructive Critique Points
15 Dec 2011 - 9:09 AM

Up there with your best Moira.

gary_d
gary_d e2 Member 6534 forum postsgary_d vcard Wales13 Constructive Critique Points
15 Dec 2011 - 9:28 AM

What a fantastic reflection Moira. - gary

mrswoolybill
mrswoolybill Critique Team 7435 forum postsmrswoolybill vcard United Kingdom1024 Constructive Critique Points
15 Dec 2011 - 9:43 AM

Thanks to everyone who has visited here today, I'm delighted at how well this is being received.
There are any number of similar chapels but so often the glass is broken or dirty.
It's a late start for me today, and our last day in school before the Christmas holidays. Very soon we will have time to rest and recover... Smile
Keep warm, everyone!
Moira

WhiteRose1
WhiteRose1 e2 Member 41054 forum postsWhiteRose1 vcard England136 Constructive Critique Points
15 Dec 2011 - 9:49 AM

Excellent capture. The diagonal blue 'reflection' makes for such a strong composition.

Dave

lonely_oryx
lonely_oryx e2 Member 661 forum postslonely_oryx vcard England54 Constructive Critique Points
15 Dec 2011 - 9:56 AM

This has been beautifully seen, thought out and created

Rock
Rock e2 Member 12Rock vcard England2 Constructive Critique Points
15 Dec 2011 - 10:04 AM

Wonderful.

Rock

MattK
MattK  263 forum posts United Kingdom
15 Dec 2011 - 10:09 AM

I too am surprised by how well the blue reflection kept its colour on the stone but it makes for a lovely shot. Interesting to look at Smile

Thanks for the info that was added with the image - It is nice to have a bit of background

SlowSong
SlowSong e2 Member 64438 forum postsSlowSong vcard England29 Constructive Critique Points
15 Dec 2011 - 10:22 AM

So unusual to get just one colour in a window, and together with the composition and excellent exposure makes this a rather splendid image.
Chris

jadaszek
jadaszek  2 United Kingdom
15 Dec 2011 - 10:22 AM

Wow, fantastic shot!!

luceombra
luceombra  327 forum posts Italy5 Constructive Critique Points
15 Dec 2011 - 10:36 AM

Wow, what a magnificent capture! Really a divine light!

CaroleS
CaroleS e2 Member 434 forum postsCaroleS vcard United Kingdom3 Constructive Critique Points
15 Dec 2011 - 11:16 AM

An excellent image with that vivid blue. Carole

AnnChown
AnnChown e2 Member 4183 forum postsAnnChown vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
15 Dec 2011 - 11:23 AM

An excellent blue shadow - love it against the grey of the chapel. Many congratulations Moira on the GEA!!!
Ann

Last Modified By AnnChown at 15 Dec 2011 - 11:24 AM
mikbee
mikbee e2 Member 7mikbee vcard Scotland7 Constructive Critique Points
15 Dec 2011 - 11:51 AM

Not too often I see coloured shadows Moira.
Could almost be a mono image with a bit of blue colour popping !!
Interesting shot.
Mick.

Joline
Joline e2 Member 8Joline vcard United States51 Constructive Critique Points
15 Dec 2011 - 12:07 PM

This is a masterpiece.
Your dialog gives us the setting for it as well. Simply fascinating.

wrinkles
wrinkles e2 Member 5349 forum postswrinkles vcard United Kingdom
15 Dec 2011 - 12:12 PM

A very nice capture Moira.Wink

TrevBatWCC
TrevBatWCC e2 Member 6TrevBatWCC vcard England8 Constructive Critique Points
15 Dec 2011 - 12:22 PM

Love this, Moira, with that beautiful deep blue of the window being cast onto the wall - excellently composed, too Wink Definitely one for the favourites...worthy of my Award, too...
Trev Smile

Last Modified By TrevBatWCC at 15 Dec 2011 - 12:24 PM
MichaelBHanney
MichaelBHanney e2 Member 6MichaelBHanney vcard
15 Dec 2011 - 12:36 PM

Think it's all been said - really well done.

Michael

southpole
southpole  355 forum posts United Kingdom
15 Dec 2011 - 1:31 PM

wow infact WOW

Daisymaye
Daisymaye e2 Member 5Daisymaye vcard Canada9 Constructive Critique Points
15 Dec 2011 - 1:52 PM

The perfect moment, you seen it and you captured it. Very special image.............Sandy

pascalg
pascalg e2 Member 737 forum postspascalg vcard France
15 Dec 2011 - 3:12 PM

well spotted with the blue light!

cats_123
cats_123 e2 Member 104023 forum postscats_123 vcard Northern Ireland25 Constructive Critique Points
15 Dec 2011 - 3:31 PM

the window on it's own is superb, but to also get a blue shadow...magnifique Smile

some credit too to the stonemason...wonderful definition Smile

Scaramanga
Scaramanga e2 Member 637 forum postsScaramanga vcard United Kingdom5 Constructive Critique Points
15 Dec 2011 - 3:51 PM

Light on the wall is lovely.

mrswoolybill
mrswoolybill Critique Team 7435 forum postsmrswoolybill vcard United Kingdom1024 Constructive Critique Points
15 Dec 2011 - 4:03 PM


Quote: wow in fact WOW

My feelings just now, opening up here after a particularly trying exams session! (Just how many non-functioning CD players can one school accumulate and pile on the same mug in the same day??)
Thanks to John for the GEA and to Trev for the UA, two awards in a day is pretty special; and thanks to everyone who has called in here. I think it's a bottle of the red stuff tonight to celebrate...
Moira
Edit - Can I add that there's been a certain amount of dodging on the statue of Mary, to get some detail into the shadows, but the blue light is as taken.

Last Modified By mrswoolybill at 15 Dec 2011 - 4:05 PM
Sezz
Sezz  9617 forum posts England15 Constructive Critique Points
15 Dec 2011 - 4:41 PM

The reflection is excellent Moira as is the whole composition - my congrat's for your awards and enjoy the 'red stuff' later Wink

Sarah *

AnneWorner
AnneWorner e2 Member 6612 forum postsAnneWorner vcard United States42 Constructive Critique Points
15 Dec 2011 - 4:50 PM

Ergh! I'm envious and not afraid to voice it! This beats my slice of red by a long mile. Fabulous Moira!
Anne

pamelajean
pamelajean Critique Team 8769 forum postspamelajean vcard United Kingdom1598 Constructive Critique Points
15 Dec 2011 - 5:00 PM

Beautifully composed and captured, congrats on the awards.

Niknut
Niknut e2 Member 4600 forum postsNiknut vcard United Kingdom63 Constructive Critique Points
15 Dec 2011 - 5:32 PM

Stunning shot !!!!.....amazing 'aura' to this image !!!!!

jonwebber
jonwebber  6 United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
15 Dec 2011 - 5:34 PM

This is, well, wonderful. Wonder how they heated the waiting rooms for mourners, mind.
jon

twelvemegs
15 Dec 2011 - 5:35 PM

Wonderful image Moira, complemented by your “little bit of history” Smile


David

LynneJoyce
LynneJoyce e2 Member 6LynneJoyce vcard United Kingdom98 Constructive Critique Points
15 Dec 2011 - 5:42 PM

Fascinating - both the image and the commentary.

JuBarney
JuBarney e2 Member 3JuBarney vcard United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
15 Dec 2011 - 5:53 PM

A really lovely image
Ju

lifesnapper
lifesnapper e2 Member 8lifesnapper vcard England1 Constructive Critique Points
15 Dec 2011 - 5:54 PM

This is a lovely shot Moira, I really like it. Good title too.

John Smile

BarbaraR
BarbaraR  8 England1 Constructive Critique Points
15 Dec 2011 - 6:12 PM

Super image, well done Moira.

B.

saltireblue
saltireblue Site Moderator 43922 forum postssaltireblue vcard Norway25 Constructive Critique Points
15 Dec 2011 - 6:24 PM

Simply wonderful, Moira.

Malc

LexEquine
LexEquine  8 United States19 Constructive Critique Points
15 Dec 2011 - 6:28 PM

'Good Shot~'

frz67
frz67  4 Italy32 Constructive Critique Points
15 Dec 2011 - 8:53 PM

that blue light is really amazing!
well seen Moira, and enjoy your red stuff, you deserve it

francesco

pdcche
pdcche  4 United Kingdom
15 Dec 2011 - 11:15 PM

Beautiful Moira, nice stained glass window and shadow.. Peter

wyatturp
wyatturp  8 England
16 Dec 2011 - 7:50 AM

Super work SmileSmile

DougSmilex

footloose
footloose  3 England1 Constructive Critique Points
16 Dec 2011 - 3:02 PM

Top drawer stuff this one,well done.
Dennis

xwang
xwang  531 forum posts7 Constructive Critique Points
16 Dec 2011 - 4:09 PM

Well spotted image. Excellent!

Ernest_Godward
16 Dec 2011 - 10:46 PM

Very nice indeed.

Michaela_Solway

Beautiful capture of blue, wonderful

Buffalo_Tom
Buffalo_Tom e2 Member 82322 forum postsBuffalo_Tom vcard Wales9 Constructive Critique Points
17 Dec 2011 - 4:29 PM

Love it Moira.
Tom.

kinfatric
kinfatric  9550 forum posts Scotland9 Constructive Critique Points
17 Dec 2011 - 5:43 PM

A lovely find Mrs W and well taken

eddiet
eddiet  2 United Kingdom
18 Dec 2011 - 6:16 PM

Well captured impressive work

Joline
Joline e2 Member 8Joline vcard United States51 Constructive Critique Points
19 Dec 2011 - 12:33 PM

Nothing in my shortlist compared with this. It is stellar in every way.

glyndwr
glyndwr  766 forum posts Wales9 Constructive Critique Points
22 Dec 2011 - 9:35 AM

Excellent capture, just look at all the awards.

Robert

Mavis
Mavis e2 Member 12143 forum postsMavis vcard England2 Constructive Critique Points
22 Dec 2011 - 4:01 PM

A great capture Moira . The light through the window showing off the shadow of the blue cross to perfection . A very Happy Christmas to you and yours love Maeve xx

Glostopcat
Glostopcat e2 Member 8234 forum postsGlostopcat vcard England2 Constructive Critique Points
22 Dec 2011 - 11:44 PM

Such wonderful light reflected on the stone wall, this image fully deserves all the accolades it has received

davey_griffo
27 Dec 2011 - 3:00 PM

You were either very lucky with your timing, or you had the patience to wait for the sun to be in the right place. For me the light on the wall makes the shot much more interesting. That's not to say it wouldn't have been without it, just that it is even better with it.

Well seen & well taken Moira.

mrswoolybill
mrswoolybill Critique Team 7435 forum postsmrswoolybill vcard United Kingdom1024 Constructive Critique Points
27 Dec 2011 - 4:12 PM

I was lucky Dave, I'm not that patient! Wink

thelooneybishop

Splendid image, spot on.

Suehh
Suehh  739 forum posts England6 Constructive Critique Points
30 Dec 2011 - 9:16 PM

A completely perfect comp and POV Moira - with the beautiful blue - this really is a most splendid capture. The blue reflective light is wonderful. Well done you. One of your very best meethinks.

Philip_H
Philip_H  2 United Kingdom
2 Jan 2012 - 7:11 PM

A lovely evocative image very well composed.

gajewski
gajewski e2 Member 10gajewski vcard United States9 Constructive Critique Points
5 Jan 2012 - 9:39 PM

This shot is deserving of the attention and the award. Perfect timing -- catching the cross cast on the wall.
Thanks for including all the explanation as well.
-=\Walter

headskiesfly
6 Jan 2012 - 7:23 PM

Excellent composition and light

NobbytheNobster

Now this is excellent Moira, love the blue reflection on the wall and captured perfectly!
Very interesting write up too.
Nice one
Ricky.

joseph
joseph  8 England
17 Jan 2012 - 10:07 PM

Just so wonderful!!

Barjo
Barjo  3 United States
18 Jan 2012 - 1:49 AM

This a most remarkable image....So beautifully seen and shot! The reflection is awe-inspiring.....Memorable work.

helenlinda
helenlinda e2 Member 7337 forum postshelenlinda vcard United Kingdom21 Constructive Critique Points
19 Jan 2012 - 7:43 AM

Lovely capture and well deserved awards MoiraSmileSmileSmile
Helen

dawnmichelle
dawnmichelle e2 Member 7dawnmichelle vcard United States
20 Jan 2012 - 1:06 AM

awesome!!!

PattiW
PattiW e2 Member 9PattiW vcard United States2 Constructive Critique Points
27 Jan 2012 - 12:45 PM

Don't know how I missed this one! So beautiful and well composed and a very fitting name, Patti Smile

ugly
ugly e2 Member 6ugly vcard United Kingdom55 Constructive Critique Points
2 Feb 2012 - 12:54 PM

Very nice work...
Dave

HarrietH
HarrietH e2 Member 4265 forum postsHarrietH vcard Portugal
5 Feb 2012 - 4:34 PM

Beautiful, a stunning capture.

Harriet

Leightonhs
7 Feb 2012 - 7:46 PM

Very nice indeed. I'd be very proud of this one....

-Leighton.

azurak
azurak  6 Croatia
9 Feb 2012 - 3:21 PM

Yes, it´s all about the light and having an eye for it.
Aldo

lesarnott
lesarnott  4 United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
15 Feb 2012 - 5:49 PM

Brilliant!
Les

Jat_Riski
Jat_Riski e2 Member 665 forum postsJat_Riski vcard United Kingdom
16 Feb 2012 - 5:49 PM

Excellent shot.

PaulLiley
PaulLiley  5 United Kingdom13 Constructive Critique Points
21 Feb 2012 - 6:58 PM

A striking image. The blue reflected coloured cross make for a good shot. paul

Last Modified By PaulLiley at 21 Feb 2012 - 6:58 PM
John_Humphreys
22 Feb 2012 - 9:05 PM

Hi Moira - I see you posted this about 2 months ago but I've only come across it just now. I think it's a really fine photograph, beautifully composed, very striking colour and of course, a very interesting story. Well done.
John

Michaela_Solway

An excellent capture,. The blue cross reflection is superb well done on the awards, well deserved

mugshotmyk
6 Mar 2012 - 6:35 PM

What a wonderful capture, which has clearly been taken by a talented photographer.

User_Removed
17 Mar 2012 - 8:33 AM

Yes, it's outstanding, love it.

Lucien.

Joao_Lopes
19 Mar 2012 - 11:27 AM

Superb, love this light.
Great frame Moira.

reflectionsinlight

love this very strong light

edwood
edwood  6 Scotland
23 Mar 2012 - 4:52 PM

Love the blue, great shot. Your pf looks really good. ed x

Kim Walton
Kim Walton e2 Member 10144 forum postsKim Walton vcard United Kingdom29 Constructive Critique Points
10 Apr 2012 - 10:43 PM

Well handled,love the blue.Smile

User_Removed
12 Apr 2012 - 11:54 AM

Superb image, great comp' and lighting.
Alf.

1881
1881  2 India
8 May 2012 - 7:44 PM

Vary good photograph.
SANJEEV

cassiecat
cassiecat  639 forum posts England46 Constructive Critique Points
8 May 2012 - 7:50 PM

very well spotted. congrats on the awards.lesley

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