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By SuziBlue  
I seem to have had a really productive time in Paris - here's another one. The title / caption is just a flight of fancy but I was caught by the effect of her eyes thrown out of focus and the dynamic between her and the guy she's with, and the guy in the foreground.

Did some experimenting with toning.

1/60 @ f5.6

Thank you for dropping by! I appreciate any and all comments and find them all valuable, whether you want to leave a couple of words or a longer constructive criticism. So, in the spirit of non-competitiveness I wonít click on any comments on this pic but would invite anyone who visits to mark the comments they feel are helpful. Iíll do the same when I visit other portfolios, of course Smile

Tags: Paris Candid Portraits and people

Voters: deegee, jackieo, chris631uk and 19 more

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5 May 2006 5:05PM
this is cool ! Smile

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chris631uk 12 19
5 May 2006 5:45PM
great study
5 May 2006 8:52PM
like the out of focus guy in the bg (probably because of the hat). would have liked a bit more sharpness on the fg man, but a very appealing photo as is. Hadn't noticed the lady until I read your description btw, but for me she's not important for this image
bliba Plus
12 2 Austria
5 May 2006 9:24PM
good use of DOF!!!very well captured
riprap007 13 1.6k 37 England
6 May 2006 12:35AM
stunning image, don't mind it not being pin sharp, wouldn't have suited the image for me
TonyA 13 11 Spain
6 May 2006 1:29AM
He doesn't seem to convince her. Must be seen in the large version.

SuziBlue 15 16.2k 10 Scotland
6 May 2006 2:49AM
Thanks so much everyone. Funny isn't it that pics you've taken sometimes won't pull at your sleeve until some time afterwards.

Antonio thanks - and yes! Or rather, no he doesn't! Even though I've made up the story I'm really drawn to how it's playing out in the way she appears to be watching the guy in the fg go by.
stevenb Plus
14 265 6 England
6 May 2006 4:09AM
Good image Suzi, I like it. The man is just in the right place in the frame along with the out of focus people in the background.Great image.

dinamit 13 1
6 May 2006 5:33AM
Cracking image, could be a shot from Il Padrino...
owp 13 168
6 May 2006 9:52AM
. . an interesting and strong image Suzi . . I think you do people so well . . . [the "I have measured out my life" shot was imaculate] . . .

. .this is another great example . . one could read a lot into this . . every viewer will no doubt have their own take . . .

works just fine in mono . . .

stevie Plus
14 1.2k 2 United Kingdom
6 May 2006 11:54AM
I like these 'story in there' type of shots - cities like Paris and Rome are full of them (and, I suppose, London too, if you don't get arrested first) Regards.
(PS 800 redundancies announced at our Trust this Friday - I was SO dismayed when I heard. Where exactly are we heading?)
jimPat 13 8 1 Scotland
6 May 2006 12:25PM
Great shot, very sylish - astute obversation on The Bohemians ! JP
SuziBlue 15 16.2k 10 Scotland
6 May 2006 12:46PM
Thanks all. Very much appreciated.

Mike thanks for that - I'm gravitating towards candids I think and am plucking up more nerve to do them!

I'm glad the 'story' is coming across - pleased it works.

Jim - really? hehe
SuziBlue 15 16.2k 10 Scotland
7 May 2006 12:43AM
Bill thanks for taking the time to do a mod. Works well in sepia doesn't it, and it does change the mood slightly by upping the contrast - interesting.
ericfaragh Plus
14 149 4 United Kingdom
7 May 2006 11:30PM
Good dof, with just enough detail to suggest a context without distracting from the subject.
SuziBlue 15 16.2k 10 Scotland
8 May 2006 12:31PM
Thank you Eric - your feedback is very welcome 8-]
KatieR 14 6.2k 6
9 May 2006 11:15PM
That's a really fabulous shot - you've got so many great ones from that weekend. It was worth all the hassle!!
SuziBlue 15 16.2k 10 Scotland
10 May 2006 5:32AM
Thanks so much Kyd 8-]

It was a blessed nuisance that mobile wasn't it .. caused more problems than it was worth. Well, not the mobile as such but the French telecon provider ..
mwoods 13 21 United Kingdom
10 May 2006 8:04AM
Thought it was Lou Reed for a moment there, Suzanne, but excellent shot! Nice one..
SuziBlue 15 16.2k 10 Scotland
11 May 2006 1:40PM
LOL .. mind you it does look a bit like him! Thanks for the visit Smile
danb 13 1
14 May 2006 6:59AM
Very good

SuziBlue 15 16.2k 10 Scotland
15 May 2006 12:37PM
Thanks Dan Smile Much appreciated.
scott_c 12 84
26 Jul 2006 8:26AM
Great photo, there is a lot going on considering there are only three people.

Thanks for your comments, really appreciated, its not often that I get advice on how to improve.

SuziBlue 15 16.2k 10 Scotland
18 Oct 2006 6:18PM
Thanks Scott. Smile

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