Eye candy for claustrophobes

by Stefan Fletcher February. 06, 2010 5134 views

A friend commented on my previous post to the effect that the narrow streets made her feel claustrophobic.

These streets are narrow and winding because this is a medieval village that retreats into itself before the Mistral, a strong, cold, northern wind that blows majestically unchecked down the Rhone valley. The Lubéron to the North and the Alpilles to the West funnel the Mistral through to blast over the Gulf of Lion – but hitting my village first.

My village lies at the foot of one of the few hills that try to check the Mistral. On the other side lies Vernègues [photoblog.com].

I’ve been feeling rather cooped up myself, but with work – the dreariest, dullest text I can imagine. As it’s legal and for a major client, I can’t go on autopilot (read: “tank up on whisky”) and sail through it. I have to wade through the effluvia of some verbally incontinent techno-lawyer’s maunderings.

So I escaped to watch the dusk, as I used to do in front of the Parthenon in another life.

I wanted to compose a panorama, mostly for the fun. There’s little point posting panos here (although I have tried here [photoblog.com], here [photoblog.com] and here [photoblog.com]) owing to the web 1.0 frame architecture on PB unless you can tilt your neck / laptop / monitor. If you click on the middle “here”, you’ll see technical notes on how to go about taking panos successfully.

I used to love being surrounded by tourists from all over the world who came to enjoy the astonishing view of the Acropolis from the rock where St. Paul harangued the Athenians. However, I used to dread the two questions they would always ask. The first was after watching me with camera, cable release, tripod, pano head, etc. They'd ask whether I was a photographer… If I resisted the huge temptation to reply that no, in fact, I was a crash-test dummy for a condom manufacturer, the next question was worse: could I take a picture of them with their PnS? Do you know those things are really hard to use?

Here, one other person braved the wind at dusk. Of course I kept him in the picture.

One last thought: I came across the term ‘eye candy’ only recently. It's like one of those irritating pop songs; it's stuck in my brain doing no good there and I can't get it out.

A fake panorama (cropped image shot with a 24 mm L f/1.4 mk II, probably the best lens I own). A real pano follows but you have to tilt something

Told you… Below are some of the constituent images (not the ones used for the above pano; I composed several). The colours are slightly different because this file is too large to use the “Save for Web and convert to sRGB” options.

Dusk - with the sun burning out my highlights. Now I know how Barbie feels.

A panorama usually comprises between three and ten images (more are difficult to handle and produce an unpleasant format). It's a good idea when trying several compositions to mark the start and end of each one with a dud shot. I use my watch.

By chance, I had my flash unit with me. I was trying for something and failed miserably - probably because I didn't know what.

This is the closest I got…

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Rodica O 9 years, 9 months ago

Forgot to mention that the little "Street of the Wind" goes down toward the sea and the wind sometimes could be heard whistling its sad songs there

9 years, 9 months ago Edited
Rodica O 9 years, 9 months ago

But what if that claustrophobe is afraid of heights :) ????? !!
...Just for the record, once more : My claustrophobia doesn't get in the way of me LOVING this kind of streets. My favorite street in my old city was like that. It was called "Stradela Vintului" and it meant "The street of the wind ". It was a narrow lovely street with cobble stones....Now they have covered it with asphalt
Amazing panorama - thank you, it makes me feel like on top of the world, I don't care about the awkward angle ...it's like when you want to kiss somebody so badly that you don't even feel the pain in the neck ( only until after ;) !
You got it at my favorite time of the day.That orange glow is heavenly.

By the way, the expression "eye candy" makes me think of a stupid song that I hate:[url=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aMICD3aMZpw]" I want candy" [/url] ( and I hope it's not going to haunt me for days now ).

But I have exactly what you need to get the "eye candy" expression out of your mind.
I like this song [url=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2nVmv9vghy4 ]"Come on to my house[/url]( and I'll give you candy )" which being the theme song of a show with Hugh Hefner gave a new meaning to "candy, plum, apricot and cake" ;) ! It's delicious, enjoy.

9 years, 9 months ago Edited
Photo4life 9 years, 10 months ago

very good
Great Shot

9 years, 10 months ago Edited
Lynda 9 years, 10 months ago

I do have a crick in my neck.??bit it was worth it.

9 years, 10 months ago Edited
Mikkal Noptek 9 years, 10 months ago

Wonderful picture. Great composition and colours.
The watch in 3 reminds me of this picture : Czechoslovakia, August 1968. Koudelka positioned a passerby to show the exact time that Soviet troops invaded Prague. Photograph: Josef Koudelka/Magnum

9 years, 10 months ago Edited
Moira 9 years, 10 months ago

Glad you were bored I like these especially no 3's composition and I actually like no 9 out of the last three but then I'm not a photographer like you.

9 years, 10 months ago Edited
Tomie Poodle 9 years, 10 months ago

la lumière est très belle sur ce beau panorama! c'est différent de la thailand...les deux ont leurs charmes!

9 years, 10 months ago Edited
Alexander 9 years, 10 months ago

No 9 is my best

9 years, 10 months ago Edited
Jennye 9 years, 10 months ago

Love your "eye candy"!! :))
These are beautiful shots!...added the pano to my favorites.

9 years, 10 months ago Edited
Eiram Marie 9 years, 10 months ago

I never heard the expression eye candy..I think I like it....

by the way..I have a question..if you do not mind...ARE YOU A PHOTOGRAHER??

Sorry, could not resist:))

Great post!!

9 years, 10 months ago Edited
Contesina 9 years, 10 months ago

good work!

9 years, 10 months ago Edited
Jan Eljapa 9 years, 10 months ago

Thanks for hurting my neck with that panorama shot but its worth the pain. Details and beautiful light are amazing. Beautiful.

9 years, 10 months ago Edited
Justgood 9 years, 10 months ago

Congrats to this beauutiful view which makesme remember good holidays! And all the best with your boring work...

9 years, 10 months ago Edited
Robert Moffat 9 years, 10 months ago

I love your narrow streets - and I adore these pictures - added to favourites

9 years, 10 months ago Edited
Kecskemétiné Nelli 9 years, 10 months ago

Charming place, esp. at dusk.
What about this song: [url=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iDt-NQtXnaI]Várj, míg felkel majd a nap / Wait until the sun rises[/url]

9 years, 10 months ago Edited
Soulcurry 9 years, 10 months ago


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Heather 9 years, 10 months ago

I have to admit, I don't give panos much of my time. It can't be properly displayed so I normally keep scrolling...but this was worth the tilt. Also the golden light is quite amazing. The fact that condom was used in your tag made me giggle.

9 years, 10 months ago Edited
Adriana 9 years, 10 months ago

wow! great shots! beautiful pano!

9 years, 10 months ago Edited
Michael Sakowicz 9 years, 10 months ago

Hmm. I like the result of shot nine. Damn those panos though... ;)

9 years, 10 months ago Edited
Howard. 9 years, 10 months ago

That is a great panorama. I hope you get" Eye-Candy" out of you head.....a drop of the hard stuff might do it!

9 years, 10 months ago Edited
Jarvo J 9 years, 10 months ago

Great shots, but I'm going to need a little lie down now you've triggered my agoraphobia.

9 years, 10 months ago Edited
Lynda 9 years, 10 months ago

There's something very satisfying in shot no 3- the composition, colour perspective. As usual your post is entertaining , witty and stylish and you are definitely a photographer!

9 years, 10 months ago Edited
Masoud Ahmadpoor 9 years, 10 months ago

Great post !

9 years, 10 months ago Edited
Thebronzebow 9 years, 10 months ago

Beautiful as your previous panos, you've really made the best use of the light and winter landscape. I really like what you've gotten with that last pic, can't imagine how you'd like to improve it. What's wrong with the phase "eye cnady"?

9 years, 10 months ago Edited
Helen Hooker 9 years, 10 months ago

Wow, that's a great panorama - as are the others your posted too. I really must try my hand at one of these again - the last time I tried I created a seascape with a rather bendy horizon!!

9 years, 10 months ago Edited
Sandra Vermeulen 9 years, 10 months ago

What your intention was with the last three photos is not clear to me, but I like them anyway !

9 years, 10 months ago Edited
Huiching 9 years, 10 months ago

Haha... But "Eye candy" is a lovely word. Nice shots too.

9 years, 10 months ago Edited
Goldbrandi 9 years, 10 months ago

Fantastic set!Nice work,bravo! :))

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