Sunday, June 26, 2005

Southern France: Solstice Jazz

Summer Music

By popular :-) request, this week's theme is photos taken on my trip to the South of France last week. I was mainly trapped in the hotel/conference centre so this is really a collection of quirky pictures that I snatched between meetings.

We were able to get out into the local town on Tuesday - the evening of the summer solstice - the tradition is to make music in the streets. I had a fabulous meal with my colleagues followed by several hours wandering from bar to bar listening to all kinds of music; in particular, jazz.

I took this picture without flash and on low ISO to deliberately blur the image - to be honest, I made several attempts before getting this one which is quite pleasing. I moved the camera to avoid it being a little bit blurred which just looks out of focus.

There is another of my photos from the South of France blogged today by my good friend Frédéric over at Nomad Photo. He asked me for a picture to post, so I took this one (Neapolitan Shadow) because it is the closest I can get to Fred's own distinctive style. This picture is my gift to him - Thank you Fred.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Beautiful shot, Ian! The motion is wonderful, and I love the warm golden color... How was the jazz?

26/6/05 07:21  
Blogger ian said...

The jaz was fabulous - then I do love jazz.

26/6/05 09:14  
Blogger Michael Salone said...

So did you have a wonderful time in France? Survive the heat?

26/6/05 10:31  
Blogger A Little World of My Own said...

No way.. I too love Jazz! And how about reggae, blues, R/B and Hawaiian? Warm yet magical motion: Did you use motion mode on your camera? I sure have tons of photos like that...wonderful shot! Oh and that..I wanted to thank you for your nicest comment :BIG HUG:

26/6/05 12:21  
Blogger Judy Birmingham (Seeing Anew Blog) said...

Great skin tones -- I love that glow off the shoulder, hair, and sax. You've caught an evening of Jazz very well!

26/6/05 12:57  
Blogger Rock Kauser said...

Lovely warm colors. Really captures the golden sounds of jazz.

Wow, I thought I had already commented on this shot... umm, too many late nights.

26/6/05 13:06  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Was that girl so ugly that you had to take her out of focus... :-)
Great effect and colors. I too love jazz.

26/6/05 13:44  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i like the motion blur effect..glow light and orange color add a jazz mood.

26/6/05 15:08  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This jazz lover was serioulsy moved!

26/6/05 15:12  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Cool! I'm not usually a fan of motion blur, but I like this!

26/6/05 15:59  
Blogger Jennifer Swanepoel said...

Very nice! I love shots of musicians. :) Capturing music visually. It's a challenge.

26/6/05 16:54  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great, almost eerie, effect! It's tough getting shots that look nice blurred, but you've managed to nab this one well.

26/6/05 18:06  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What I like about this is the warm colors and the motion, I guees from other comments, that makes me just one of the crowd. Great shot, Ian.

26/6/05 18:21  
Blogger vishnoi said...


the movement in the picture coupled with the gold shade makes the musician look amazing!

27/6/05 01:49  
Blogger Karthik L G said...

Mr Ian,
Ur just too good. I say this bcos, amidst ur busy schedule ( u seem to be a high profile manager) u take out time to indulge in photography(which seems to fascinate you) and then update your plog in a very devoted manner.

as if this is not enough u make it a point to visit almost all the photoblogs I know(Im reffering to some of the Indian Photobloggers) and leave a comment which is very encouraging. And you turn out to be the first person to leave a comment no matter at what time they post.

Wish I had a colleague/boss/manager like you ;).
My salutations to you.

27/6/05 02:13  
Blogger MP said...

Motion effect works in this picture cause music is hard to capture;-)

27/6/05 06:45  
Blogger ChickyBabe said...

Motion and jazz...well captured!

27/6/05 11:21  
Blogger Ezequiel Mesquita said...

This is a masterpiece! One of the best blurrs i've sen so far.
BTW, I like jazz too :)

27/6/05 20:57  
Blogger ian said...

Thank you once again.

I used cloudy WB to get the golden glow.

Rock - YOu saw this on Flickr.

Sidney - as I have said before, I do not like my pictures of people - this is OK since it is abstract - I got several 'clear' shots, but they lack the emotion.

Karthink thank you for the tribute - some of what you say is true - I do love photography and I am unable to do anything halfheartedly! RSS/Atom help me a lot - it is just a matter of time management really.

27/6/05 22:59  
Blogger Arto Alamaunu said...

This is nice...looks like jazz...great shot, it was like me when i was young...

28/6/05 00:04  
Blogger KMJ said...

Excellent! Love the intentional movement of the camera to get this effect. And Frederic's site is wonderful too. :)

2/7/05 23:48  

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