Roundabout Risks

by Tim Rogers May. 07, 2016 2518 views

When I took a sporting team to my old town of Paris, I figured since they were all adults I could get them to the Eiffel Tower, Champs-Élysées, Republique, Sacre-Coeur, Notre Dame and so on and I could get them home. But whilst we were there I was going to indulge my inner tourist as much as them. I didn't own a camera when I lived there, so I was observing these places with fresh eyes, just as excited as those I was showing around. So I always told them to stay together, be careful, go here or there and meet me at a set time and place. I didn't lose anyone, no issues arose and the players and coaches got to experience Paris in their own way.

I gave everyone 2hours to explore Sacre-Coeur and Montmartre. With the Basillica, the village, the stairs and the surrounding streets to wander amongst the guys came back buzzing at what it had to offer. Guys returned with bags full of purchases and iPhones full of snaps. I warned them about the areas reputation for pickpockets and scam artists preying on the bug eyed tourists, but it seemed everyone came back safely, un-scarred by the local petty criminal element.

Only one person to my knowledge had done anything risky with their valuables. Of course it was me. Just before we met up I walked down a set of stairs to the side of the hill and spotted the 19th century style carousel at the base. It was suprisingly sparsely populated, the sky was grey and the light was bang on for a longer exposure shot. I hadn't brought any gear with me other than the camera & a handheld shot was definitely out of the question. My only option was to set the camera down on a concrete ledge opposite the carousel about 1.5m high. The only problem with that was the afore mentioned population of snatch artists and pickpockets. I could block one side of the ledge but if someone grabbed for the camera and made off up the other side when I wasn't looking I would have had little chance of catching them. And these are professional snatch artists. Even if I'd caught up I've no doubt they would have passed it off to an accomplice. What to do? WHAT TO DO? Do I put my camera in a vulnerable place for a minute or so to get a simple photo or do I show the camera due care and be intelligent.

This is one of my all-time favourite pics. I love the movement in some point of the shot and the clarity in other parts. I like that a bird flew through at the perfect time. The little kid on the left playing, the people staying perfectly still as they watch their kids enjoy an age-old amusement ride at one of the worlds great tourist spots.

I'm glad I did what I did.

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Andy Lumb 5 years, 2 months ago

That's a fantastic shot! The sense of motion, the black & white....everything. Well done.

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Lukesmom 5 years, 2 months ago

I'm glad you did, too. Too my faves. This is such a great photo. I love the woman in the foreground with the cigarette. And all that motion. Just great.

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Sara G 5 years, 2 months ago

Love the shot! And, I hate to see women smoking (or anyone for that matter).

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Antonio Gil 5 years, 2 months ago

too many worries but a great final result. :-)

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Marilyn Grimble 5 years, 2 months ago

I hate seeing women smoking in the streets!

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