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Simplon by cyaenn Simplon by cyaenn
"My" metro station is closed for renovation. So I had to use the dark and dirty Simplon station, which has not been reconstructed yet...

I wanted to use my tripod and my wide-angle lens, but I forgot the lens adapter and the tripod at home. Stupid me. So I gave it a try without them, and I did my best to stay stiff and motionless for two long seconds of aperture time :P I wanted motion blurs for the train and the passengers, not for the name of the station !
But I like it, anyway. I like the ad, too, with the woman who seems to look at the metro passing by...

Just after this shot, some policemen-like people with big muscles and big guns came to talk to me. They said it was absolutely forbidden to shoot pictures in the metro, and they told me to write to RATP (the Parisian metro company) to get an authorization. I will write, for sure. I won't survive a long winter without shooting in the warmth of our good old French Metropolitain :D

Hope you will enjoy this one :kiss:

Comments and faves are most welcome, as usual :P
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keffer Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2005
c'est vrai qu'elle est pas super cette station, mais la photo est bien, j'aime bien le flou du métro
Cambay Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2004
magnifique ! :D
CutterX Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2003
Excellent! Le format de la photo s'accorde très bien avec la direction du métro. Le passant est vraiment passé là au bon moment. Dommage que tu n'aies pas utilisé un trépied, le fond reste flou... :( La photo n'en reste pas moins très ré ussie. :)
mcismowski Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2003
i like that it was taken without a tripod. it seems to give it more life and motion.
ageai Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2003
haha the police...with big muscles and no brai...:D
this is a lovely shot, great moment :exclaim:

shot taken with a coolpix 5700? u wrote something like that in your last submissions.

Litaweb Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2003   Photographer
I like this shot! :)
welder Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2003
Love this shot. Just great composition, especially with the blur. The fact that you can make out the faces on the advertisement in the background really adds a great dimension to the photo. Well done.
suntech Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2003   Photographer
very nicely done :)
bookdiva Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2003
Nice capture of movement and blur, I like the tones and the depth, good work on this, nice photo...makes a nice print.
chante Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2003
Whoa:!: EXCELLENT job holding that camera. I can't seem to figure out why taking a picture in the "subway" (as we would call it :)) would be forbidden. Oh well . . . whatever the reason - I'm glad you took it anyway :nod:
lionel Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2003   Photographer
Very nice !
Just too bad you forgot the tripod, for the metro station (especially the garbage) are a very little blurred :(
But anyway, very beautiful ! I really like the way the metro disolves !
cyaenn Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2003  Hobbyist General Artist
I know :(

But I'm trying to get an auth and freely take pictures in the subway :D
nikhil Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2003  Professional General Artist
wow. you actually stood motionless for two seconds. beautiful shot.
dapejn Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2003
nice, I love how the train almost seems to disappear...
huldap Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2003
I wish we had Metro here...but I guess we can't have everything :(
cyaenn Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2003  Hobbyist General Artist
I guess you can't have one because of the volcanos and hot springs everywhere in the Icelandic soil... But *I* wish I could bath outside when it snows, like I did at the Blue Lagoon :P

And having a metro usually means living in a crowdy stinky polluted city. Take every inhabitant of Iceland. This is not even the total population of Paris 15th district, you know... Paris makes me sick of stepping onto other people all the time. I need wide spaces ! Fresh air ! :D
huldap Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2003
...and I'll have hot pots across the to the ocean...
huldap Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2003
those are things I'll have when I move to Drangsnes next week :)...a lot of wide open areas and the smell of the ocean.....and only 7 kids in the preschool instead of over 50 ;)
iksela Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2003
Don't mention it, i had to deal once with the cops, once with the militaries...with uzis.... :(
But yeah, if you get an auth, tell me how difficult it was to get, else i'll have to bypass the guards it seems :)
Oh and this is a very well thought photo, too bad for the lack of tripod though. I like how the station seems to stretch into infinity.
kjetilh Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2003
Stunning. I love how the train just dissolves..
rain1man Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2003
This is just toooooo goooood. How stupid those police men are. Why don't they allow people to photograph, play music or theatra in the tube?
Oh, almost forgot........A FAV
theghostofwazup Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2003
I refuse to believe this was held by you. No way can a living human being hold a camera completely and perfectly still for 2 seconds. I think you used a handrail, bench, pillar or something like that. I like the picture though, the train just zoooomed by it seems.
Lucibel Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2003
Oh mais voilà un format auquel tu ne nous avais pas habitué... Bravo ! Ca rend super bien avec cette très belle photo de notre train fantôme souterrain :D
eatelsewhere Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2003
well done - all things considered!! i like the way the image loses all sense of detail towards the 'back'. kind of adds to the sense of perspective in a less obvious way. And yeah - that advert... hehe, shes just missed the train.
foureyes Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2003

I love it !...looks sureal with the blurred person on the right !
reminds me of the movie metro !!!!

mcbastian Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2003
nice pic! good work.
and it's nearly perfect sharp, if one know, that you had no tripod and a shute speed of 2 sec ;-)
and the unsharpness of the trains and persons give it a good concept.
could you please tell me, if you get authorized (and how) by the ratp or sncf? cause I'm in france too some times. mostly for taking pics there ;-)

greetings, Bastian
pecchio Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2003
I like this pic, tthe detail i like most is the ad poster on the wall next to the name station, it seems that the model is looking at the just leave train :)

fdpiech Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2003
I always like to kind of picture... pitty about the tripod though... I so much would like to see that background sharp and crisp.
morganaarau Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2003
...those pictures are always nice... :)
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