Monday, May 25, 2015

PARIS Outtakes - Analyzing Photo Images

An outtake, a less than perfect image, can still be interesting. Here are some that I found in my archives of photographs. The original definition* of outtake is what was left on the editing room floor when a film or a photographer's work was edited.


The Petit Palais
Paris, France



The Petit Palais, Paris, Triple Arched Entrance by DG Hudson


Built for the 1900 Exposition Universelle, this building is now the home of the City of Paris' Museum of Fine Arts (Musée des beaux-arts de la ville de Paris). Construction began in October of 1897 and was completed in April 1900. 

The image above was taken from a moving vehicle as we passed by, but there are some details you don't see until you look at the image later. The triple arches at the entrance capture the eye immediately, but I later noticed the sculptures on the sides of the steps, the French tricolour flags and the gilded gate. I did notice the posters announcing what was showing at that time.


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Egyptian Antiquity
Louvre Museum



Antiquity Grooming Implements, Egyptian display at Louvre, by DG Hudson


The items in the images above were necessities - for any woman of that era wanting to ensure her grooming. Quality was determined by what one could afford, whether wooden, ivory or other materials commonly used in that time. Combs, hair picks, mirrors, and some small items are shown. 

Crafted from various materials, we see some grooming tools carved more elaborately than others. Imagine Cleopatra's female friends (if there were any) using these implements. By keeping them protected at the Louvre, these items have endured, although the mirrors seem to have lost their reflective ability.

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The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier
Arc de Triomphe, Paris



French Soldiers, at Arc de Triomphe re-Tomb of the Unknown Soldier by DG Hudson



A small group of soldiers marching before a dedication to the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier beneath the Arc de Triomphe. We saw this event in passing, so not sure of the reason for it, but many onlookers were there to observe. Note the umbrellas among the spectators, as a light rain was falling. 

When photos are taken 'on the fly', we don't always know the details, but the image is preserved and the location should be identified as soon as possible to make the image more informative when viewed in retrospect.

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A Gilded Gallery
Versailles Palace, France


Versailles, the Sun King's Palace - Gallery Furnishings, by DG Hudson


The furnishings at Versailles were lush and designed for maximum effect, especially to impress. That gilded lady is wrapped around a light fixture which may at one time have held candles to light the galleries at night. 

A tour guide told us some of the furnishing were 'appropriated' by various persons during times of strife in Paris, and some have been acquired anew via ebay and other auction sites. Looting is something that has been considered the victor's right for centuries. . .

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Do you sit and peruse your photographs remembering when and where they were taken? Do you look at them for inspiration in your writing, for blog or a story? 

I'd be interested in knowing how you view images, e.g., the difference in an image of a speeding car in a Grand Prix race as opposed to a tranquil water scene? You get the picture? used to be a common question for 'do you understand what I'm trying to say'.

Please leave a comment to let me know you were here, and I'll reply. Thanks for dropping by! 

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References

All images in this post taken by DG Hudson, on location in France.

* outtake - a length of film, etc. rejected in editing. Definition In Oxford Dictionary,Canadian version.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Petit_Palais  The Petit Palais Wiki

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Palace_of_Versailles Palace of Versailles

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14 comments:

  1. I always love looking at my pictures and remembering what was going on at the time. I wonder what all those paddles were used for in the grooming implements picture? Are they fans? Or maybe warmed and used as an iron to straighten hair?

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    1. What looks like paddles is what once was mirrors, I think, JoJo. The mirror's reflective quality or shine has worn off after time. Oxidation and the silvering doesn't stand up well.

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  2. I do look at photos. Sometimes time and time again - and different moods will make different aspects jump out at me.
    I loved all of your out-takes, and they set my mind wandering. Thank you.

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    1. You have the heart of the photographer, never satisfied that we have captured all that we meant to contain in our image. And if I set your mind wandering, then my purpose in sharing them has been served. I love your photos too, and they show me things I'm not sure I'll ever get to see in person.

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  3. When I went to Versailles, there was almost no furniture of any kind. It seemed kind of bare to me but I am talking a long time ago now. I don't remember the Petit Palais.

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    1. The furniture has been acquired sometimes by donations and sometimes from auctions, according to our tour guide. Some have had to be restored. This has only occurred since more funding was available. (tours help) You might not have noticed the Petit Palais as it is near the Grand Palais and may not have been an art gallery when you saw it.

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  4. I love looking at old pictures and reminiscing, mostly about how I felt that day and what I was thinking as I experienced it for the first time.

    Also, if that's your definition of an outtake, then all of my pictures are outtakes. I don't have quite the touch that you do (even your outtakes are better than anything I can take).

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    1. It's the moment we capture, maybe not always the best composition, but that moment is a trigger for our brain via the eyes. Memory is a precious thing.
      Thanks for the kind words about my photos!

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  5. I love to look back at the pictures I've taken. I even click through my albums on Facebook just to reminisce. It's so much fun! I don't get to travel, but if I ever get to go to places like Paris...Ireland...San Francisco ;) I would look at those pictures all the time.

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    1. I agree, until they invent teleporting or cheaper air fare, looking at our frozen moments is the next best thing.I always take lots, and have never regretted the excess.

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  6. "A picture is worth a thousand words." I love history, artifacts, art and architecture.

    I do look back at photos and reminisce. There is always a story there!

    I need to write more from these inspirations.

    Thank you for sharing and inspiring!

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    1. Try writing some flash fiction. . .and glad you could drop by Julie!

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  7. I take so few photos that it's relatively easy for me to remember where the were all taken. Love that building in the first photo.

    Arlee Bird
    A to Z Challenge Co-host
    Road trippin' with A to Z
    Tossing It Out

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    1. That is the Petit Palais. I can remember most of my shots, where and when they were captured, but there are some I can't exactly place.

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