Waiting for the right moment in (where was I exactly) Arles, France

My travel technique is one often ridiculed by those who don’t understand. Actually, i’ve ridiculed it myself! Ever since my first trip to Europe, my style has been that of the typical American I guess: See as much as possible and at a rapid pace. I actually spent about 4 hours in Venice my first trip there. FOUR HOURS! Jumped on a boat from the train station, headed to St. Marks, walked a few alleys, got back on the train, and bam….off to Florence. Silly, I know…

Fast forward a few years and I’m essentially the same guy, not quite AS bad, but still a bit hyper. All that being said, it was at first quite torturous to wait here for the slowly wandering tourists to clear out of the shot. Its kinda funny, when your waiting…they seem to move slow as molasses, don’t they? Appearing to be studying nothing at all, one guy wandered in and out of my camera view for what seemed like hours!

Like a slap in the face, however, my focus changed. What in the hell was I in such a rush for. If I could only slow the pace down a few clips, I might actually be able to let my mind wander a bit and imagine the stories these walls might be able to tell. Almost like a scene from a bedtime story I might have read to my daughter, this place was magical. As I sat down on the cool stones in the corner, I allowed myself to sink into the music on the Ipod while noticing the details in the arches, the texture in the stones, the musty smell of years gone by, …….WOW. Its amazing what we let out minds filter out in the rush of the average day.

I sometimes wonder what value there is in spending so much time behind the lense, until I recall moments like this 🙂

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  • jade2k - November 21, 2009 - 3:09 am

    This is magnificent, Mike!!!!! I love the composition, textures and lighting!!!!! I feel as though I’m standing in the middle trying to decide which hall to walk down!ReplyCancel

  • tantonr - November 21, 2009 - 4:26 am

    Great lighting and textures! Good work!ReplyCancel

  • Btruxell - November 21, 2009 - 3:53 pm

    This is simply amazing. Awesome angle and tones. Great job!ReplyCancel

  • Mizz S - November 21, 2009 - 4:15 pm

    This is SOOOOOO good!

  • Garthephotoarts.com - November 21, 2009 - 4:31 pm

    outstanding hdr!!! really worth the wait (for the right moment)!ReplyCancel

  • luckyonthecliff, Kathy "Cody" Robinson - November 22, 2009 - 12:33 am

    WOW, stunning shot!! Awesome!!ReplyCancel

  • shutter mama - November 22, 2009 - 10:59 pm

    i LOVE this!!! excellent shot!!!ReplyCancel

  • rawshooter72 - November 22, 2009 - 11:13 pm

    Fantastic HDR! Great work.ReplyCancel

  • hyper-a - November 24, 2009 - 1:08 pm

    This is a great shot! I need to find time to travel soon. I am going nuts with looking at everybodies picutres.

    I know so well about those slow moving crowds and people. Some even sit down in really weird spots right in view. Had that at a waterfall in Iceland this year for like 15 Minutes…

    You can play funny games, though. Look at aboslutely non-descript spots outside your radius and say OOH and AAH. Then shut up and play secret.
    Often that works and they move away 😀ReplyCancel

  • country_boy_shane - December 11, 2009 - 5:42 pm

    I would die to shoot in here. This looks incredible Mike!ReplyCancel

  • setsuyostar - February 7, 2010 - 1:46 am

    Like several other images in your stream, this one takes HDR almost to the edge of being over-done, but not quite! (I gess that means that it’s spot-on?!?)
    Re waiting for a clear shot, In situations like this , I simply take the same shot 3-4 times over, say, 2 minutes, and then blend the shots together to get rid of the intruders!ReplyCancel

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