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Let them eat cake

By Hardwicke
The street scene was full of decadent decay and exhilarating colours, when this old man walked across the stage bearing a crusty new french loaf of bread. Being France, it reminded me of Marie Antoinette and her cake, so this prompted the title. As such, the snap reminds me of both the beautiful local scenery as well as the run down appearance of so many French villages. But I liked the variance of all the colours.

Tags: France Photo journalism Travel Montreuil-Bellay

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Hardwicke 6 2 United Kingdom
26 Jun 2013 8:37PM
Yes! It may have been better to crop out most of the roadway and also blur the car reflections in the windows.

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franken Plus
14 4.0k 4 Wales
26 Jun 2013 10:16PM
I tend to leave street photography more or less as seen. The reflections are real so I'd leave them as is.

I would consider cropping up to the pavement though.

Ken
chase 11 1.1k 246 England
26 Jun 2013 11:10PM
Well timed to get that guy in a position without interferences,love the old buildings.
Looks a bit like you have replaced the sky,just a few tell-tale signs,especially in that tree where you have missed a few bits,or maybe you darkened it & missed them ?
The idea of cropping off the road is a good one & I also see a squarer crop to remove some of the buildings on the left which would remove the aforesaid tree & put the gent in a much better position...I'll try a mod to show you what I mean.
chase 11 1.1k 246 England
26 Jun 2013 11:29PM
I have done a couple of mods for you.When I opened this in Photoshop it does look a bit on the soft side but I do like the hint of movement as the gent is walking.
Not sure I have addressed the verticals quite right..I'm not brill at that..sorry.
I also sorted out the wee bits of white left in the tree...set the clone tool to darken,choose a source from the existing sky & clone in where the lighter bits are.

Just a quick point,it's better to convert your colour profile to sRGB for here,it does hold on to the colours & clarity a little better.
banehawi Plus
12 1.5k 3510 Canada
27 Jun 2013 12:38AM
Its a nice scene overall.


Theres quite a bit of barrel distortion in the lens (not abnormal for 18mm) that has the roadway bending in the middle that can be fixed; you can sort out that tree by simply copying some cloud over it.

Cropping to leave the edge of the sidewalk can work when distortions are removed.

Its quite soft, so I have to assume youve forgotten to sharpen the re sized image before uploading.


So all of the above has been done in the mod, scroll up and click the modifications tab. View large.


regards


Willie
Hardwicke 6 2 United Kingdom
27 Jun 2013 8:10AM
Thanks Guys. How do I correct the barrel distortion in CS5? This really is one of the points that irked me. But I really aoppreciate your thoughts. Thanks.
cats_123 Plus
12 4.6k 26 Northern Ireland
27 Jun 2013 8:17AM
fabulously colourful image...couldn't help having a go SmileSmile
paulbroad 9 116 1056 United Kingdom
27 Jun 2013 3:55PM
Nice image and I also suspect you added a sky. The tree is the give away. I would crop top and left to move the figure left whilst retaining balance. It does seem slightly soft? Very low shutter speed may be culprit, a bit of shake even at 18mm.

Paul
mrswoolybill Plus
9 965 1492 United Kingdom
27 Jun 2013 4:38PM

Quote:How do I correct the barrel distortion in CS5?

Filter> Lens correction; Remove distortion; a plus factor adjusts for barrel, minus for pincushion.
I wouldn't worry about the car reflections per se, they are part of the street scene, but I would crop tighter. I like chase's pano Mod. Replacement or otherwise, this doesn't actually need sky, it's about the street scene and anything that drags the eye up above the street is surplus to requirements.
Very, very French, from the yellow postbox to the baguettes to the peeling paint. The accommodation inside will be immaculate, with solid wood furniture and beautiful soft furnishings. That's where the money is spent.
Marie Antoinette actually told them to eat brioche, by the way, but cake is easier for the English tongue to manage...
Moira

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