The light within

By mrswoolybill
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,

Tags: Photo journalism Specialist and abstract


CarolG 15 199 20 Greece
15 Dec 2011 7:38AM
Perfectly captured, Moira, that glorious blue of the stained glass window, reflecting onto the stonework, magical. Carol
marktc Plus
11 101 15 United Kingdom
15 Dec 2011 7:44AM
Very well captured, its wonderful how that glorious blue has held its colour on the stone... terrific.
r6jvr 10 United Kingdom
15 Dec 2011 7:49AM
This is stunning!
15 Dec 2011 7:58AM
now that is a little bit special
goosed 15 9 United Kingdom
15 Dec 2011 8:08AM
what a moment to capture! well done
rontear Plus
18 23 9 England
15 Dec 2011 8:14AM
Beautifully taken Moira, keen eye for an image !!
15 Dec 2011 8:23AM
"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.

bliba Plus
16 2 Austria
15 Dec 2011 8:32AM
wow..what a cracker
Richsr 14 91 223 England
15 Dec 2011 8:42AM
Well seen and captured here Moria, the blue cross is certainly bold
Regards Richard
franken Plus
19 5.3k 4 United Kingdom
15 Dec 2011 8:45AM
Wonderful image Moira; the blue reflection is superb!

prabhusinha 13 5 5 India
15 Dec 2011 8:56AM
A keen observer can only record such an wonder.
danbrann 17 640 17
15 Dec 2011 9:09AM
Up there with your best Moira.
gary_d 14 576 13 Wales
15 Dec 2011 9:28AM
What a fantastic reflection Moira. - gary
mrswoolybill Plus
15 3.0k 2467 United Kingdom
15 Dec 2011 9:43AM
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!
Jasper87 Plus
11 2.8k 158 England
15 Dec 2011 9:49AM
Excellent capture. The diagonal blue 'reflection' makes for such a strong composition.

lonely_oryx 14 61 55 England
15 Dec 2011 9:56AM
This has been beautifully seen, thought out and created
Rock 19 10 2 England
15 Dec 2011 10:04AM

MattK 10 63 United Kingdom
15 Dec 2011 10:09AM
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 Plus
13 10.0k 30 England
15 Dec 2011 10:22AM
So unusual to get just one colour in a window, and together with the composition and excellent exposure makes this a rather splendid image.
15 Dec 2011 10:22AM
Wow, fantastic shot!!
luceombra 10 27 5 Italy
15 Dec 2011 10:36AM
Wow, what a magnificent capture! Really a divine light!
CaroleS Plus
11 442 3 United Kingdom
15 Dec 2011 11:16AM
An excellent image with that vivid blue. Carole
AnnChown 12 207 1 United Kingdom
15 Dec 2011 11:23AM
An excellent blue shadow - love it against the grey of the chapel. Many congratulations Moira on the GEA!!!
mikbee 14 3 8 Scotland
15 Dec 2011 11:51AM
Not too often I see coloured shadows Moira.
Could almost be a mono image with a bit of blue colour popping !!
Interesting shot.
Joline Plus
15 37 59 United States
15 Dec 2011 12:07PM
This is a masterpiece.
Your dialog gives us the setting for it as well. Simply fascinating.
wrinkles 13 351 United Kingdom
15 Dec 2011 12:12PM
A very nice capture Moira.Wink
TrevBatWCC Plus
13 13 19 England
15 Dec 2011 12:22PM
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
15 Dec 2011 12:36PM
Think it's all been said - really well done.

southpole 10 59 United Kingdom
15 Dec 2011 1:31PM
wow infact WOW
Daisymaye Plus
13 23 20 Canada
15 Dec 2011 1:52PM
The perfect moment, you seen it and you captured it. Very special image.............Sandy
pascalg Plus
14 37 1 France
15 Dec 2011 3:12PM
well spotted with the blue light!
cats_123 Plus
17 5.1k 30 Northern Ireland
15 Dec 2011 3:31PM
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 14 60 6 United Kingdom
15 Dec 2011 3:51PM
Light on the wall is lovely.
mrswoolybill Plus
15 3.0k 2467 United Kingdom
15 Dec 2011 4:03PM

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...
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.
Sezz 16 619 15 England
15 Dec 2011 4:41PM
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 14 620 43 United States
15 Dec 2011 4:50PM
Ergh! I'm envious and not afraid to voice it! This beats my slice of red by a long mile. Fabulous Moira!
pamelajean Plus
15 1.7k 2239 United Kingdom
15 Dec 2011 5:00PM
Beautifully composed and captured, congrats on the awards.
Niknut Plus
11 3.1k 82 United Kingdom
15 Dec 2011 5:32PM
Stunning shot !!!!.....amazing 'aura' to this image !!!!!
jonwebber 13 4 1 United Kingdom
15 Dec 2011 5:34PM
This is, well, wonderful. Wonder how they heated the waiting rooms for mourners, mind.
twelvemegs 11 6 United Kingdom
15 Dec 2011 5:35PM
Wonderful image Moira, complemented by your “little bit of history” Smile

LynneJoyce Plus
13 22 101 United Kingdom
15 Dec 2011 5:42PM
Fascinating - both the image and the commentary.
JuBarney Plus
10 34 5 United Kingdom
15 Dec 2011 5:53PM
A really lovely image
15 Dec 2011 5:54PM
This is a lovely shot Moira, I really like it. Good title too.

John Smile
BarbaraR 15 1.2k 1 England
15 Dec 2011 6:12PM
Super image, well done Moira.

saltireblue Plus
11 12.4k 78 Norway
15 Dec 2011 6:24PM
Simply wonderful, Moira.

LexEquine 15 1 19 United States
15 Dec 2011 6:28PM
'Good Shot~'
frz67 12 10 32 Italy
15 Dec 2011 8:53PM
that blue light is really amazing!
well seen Moira, and enjoy your red stuff, you deserve it

pdcche 11 4 United Kingdom
15 Dec 2011 11:15PM
Beautiful Moira, nice stained glass window and shadow.. Peter
wyatturp 16 2 England
16 Dec 2011 7:50AM
Super work SmileSmile

footloose 10 1 England
16 Dec 2011 3:02PM
Top drawer stuff this one,well done.
xwang 12 56 8
16 Dec 2011 4:09PM
Well spotted image. Excellent!
16 Dec 2011 10:46PM
Very nice indeed.
Beautiful capture of blue, wonderful
Buffalo_Tom Plus
15 2.3k 22 Wales
17 Dec 2011 4:29PM
Love it Moira.
kinfatric 17 550 9 Scotland
17 Dec 2011 5:43PM
A lovely find Mrs W and well taken
eddiet 9 United Kingdom
18 Dec 2011 6:16PM
Well captured impressive work
Joline Plus
15 37 59 United States
19 Dec 2011 12:33PM
Nothing in my shortlist compared with this. It is stellar in every way.
glyndwr 14 103 10 Wales
22 Dec 2011 9:35AM
Excellent capture, just look at all the awards.

Mavis 19 143 2 England
22 Dec 2011 4:01PM
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 15 255 2 England
22 Dec 2011 11:44PM
Such wonderful light reflected on the stone wall, this image fully deserves all the accolades it has received
davey_griffo 12 213 165 England
27 Dec 2011 3:00PM
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 Plus
15 3.0k 2467 United Kingdom
27 Dec 2011 4:12PM
I was lucky Dave, I'm not that patient! Wink
28 Dec 2011 2:28AM
Splendid image, spot on.
Suehh 14 39 6 England
30 Dec 2011 9:16PM
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 9 1.5k United Kingdom
2 Jan 2012 7:11PM
A lovely evocative image very well composed.
gajewski 17 10 9 United States
5 Jan 2012 9:39PM
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.
6 Jan 2012 7:23PM
Excellent composition and light
NobbytheNobster 12 33 5 England
10 Jan 2012 1:00PM
Now this is excellent Moira, love the blue reflection on the wall and captured perfectly!
Very interesting write up too.
Nice one
joseph 15 England
17 Jan 2012 10:07PM
Just so wonderful!!
Barjo 10 United States
18 Jan 2012 1:49AM
This a most remarkable image....So beautifully seen and shot! The reflection is awe-inspiring.....Memorable work.
helenlinda Plus
14 374 22 United Kingdom
19 Jan 2012 7:43AM
Lovely capture and well deserved awards MoiraSmileSmileSmile
dawnmichelle 14 12 United States
20 Jan 2012 1:06AM
PattiW 16 24 2 United States
27 Jan 2012 12:45PM
Don't know how I missed this one! So beautiful and well composed and a very fitting name, Patti Smile
ugly Plus
13 9 57 United Kingdom
2 Feb 2012 12:54PM
Very nice work...
HarrietH Plus
11 303 Portugal
5 Feb 2012 4:34PM
Beautiful, a stunning capture.

Leightonhs 15 155 1
7 Feb 2012 7:46PM
Very nice indeed. I'd be very proud of this one....

azurak 13 Croatia
9 Feb 2012 3:21PM
Yes, it´s all about the light and having an eye for it.
lesarnott 11 11 2 United Kingdom
15 Feb 2012 5:49PM
Jat_Riski 13 89 United Kingdom
16 Feb 2012 5:49PM
Excellent shot.
PaulLiley 12 2 13 United Kingdom
21 Feb 2012 6:58PM
A striking image. The blue reflected coloured cross make for a good shot. paul
John_Humphreys 16 69 2 Ireland
22 Feb 2012 9:05PM
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.
An excellent capture,. The blue cross reflection is superb well done on the awards, well deserved
mugshotmyk 10 3 9 United Kingdom
6 Mar 2012 6:35PM
What a wonderful capture, which has clearly been taken by a talented photographer.
User_Removed 17 386 2 United Kingdom
17 Mar 2012 8:33AM
Yes, it's outstanding, love it.

19 Mar 2012 11:27AM
Superb, love this light.
Great frame Moira.
love this very strong light
edwood 13 3 Scotland
23 Mar 2012 4:52PM
Love the blue, great shot. Your pf looks really good. ed x
Kim Walton 18 145 30 United Kingdom
10 Apr 2012 10:43PM
Well handled,love the blue.Smile
User_Removed 11 48 1 United Kingdom
12 Apr 2012 11:54AM
Superb image, great comp' and lighting.
1881 9 India
8 May 2012 7:44PM
Vary good photograph.
cassiecat 13 39 46 England
8 May 2012 7:50PM
very well spotted. congrats on the awards.lesley

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