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paris stare... by cweeks paris stare... by cweeks
this was my last night in paris. i think.

was it the night before my last? seriously, it feels like it was the last.

i remember i called my daughter afterwards. didn't have "a girl," per se, to call. spoke with some friends.

what's odd is that my server that night saw my camera. we talked about black and white photography. her childhood in greece. the fact she "got into photography" after a boyfriend she had loved to take pictures of her in all states of disrobe.

i just enjoyed the fact i could drink a glass of wine and have a smoke and eat rather late in the night.

i would have normally used my leica mp but due to the fact i blew shutters on both the mp and the m6 ttl, i shot with the trusty fm2 and the zeiss 1.4/50 zf. thing was ... the nikon's shutter was starting to go.

and even though i was a bit bitter about the leica failures and the pending total shut down of the fm ... i could still make a frame.

for whatever reason i had pre-focused on the wine glasses frame center right. didn't touch the lens as my food arrived.

perhaps i'm a dick.

but ... when i saw these two walk in ... i watched.

i could tell she was "just there." i don't think she gave herself enough credit in life to see that she didn't have to "just be there."

she played with her ever-present cigarette constantly.

she drank with a quick pace.

almost as though she was "lubing" herself with alcohol to make it better.

then again, bitch may have just wanted to party.

we made eye contact a few times.

i almost felt like a cat.

i wanted the photo.

i know what i saw.

i knew i didn't have my quick weapon mp.

i knew that shooting at anything less than a sixtieth was risky with an slr.

but i saw the chance.

the emptiness i'd seen previously was right there.

and i pressed the button.

once.

it was one of the photos of the few thousand i made -- not counting the wedding i shot -- which i remembered and wanted to see.

and it was the first time i'd taken a raw set of images and let another person see them for the first time ... with me.

'twas odd for me because the only people who really get to see my work first are professional photo editors ... and it's not "personal work," then again, i shoot almost everything like it's personal work.

and another thing ... you don't need to see his face.

just hers.

and i think you may know the whole story.

or at least a fun one to surmise.

nikon fm2. zeiss 1.4/50 zf. f/1.4. 1/60th. ilford delta 400.

and wankerboy says this lens sucks. amazing to me.
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EdelineDawn Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2012
A shot full of mystery...with a certain magic to it...
It's good you had the courage to take the shot since, as you mentioned, she did notice you a few times... :D
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Arid-Eauprofonde Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2012
Superb shot!
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Special-K-Beloved Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
So beutiful! I love your photos, they are so incredible, it shows the beautiful art of expresion of photos, you are so lucky , yo go to Paris! :O_o: Anyway, love your gallery! :+fav:
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MissEvansVaffanculo Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2012
love it!
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Faddoush Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2010
killer mood you got there.
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geonebieridze Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2009   Photographer
wow
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:icongeonebieridze:
geonebieridze Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2009   Photographer
wow
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vermichellex Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2009  Student Photographer
:aww: Hello! **

your photo was featured here : News - Time never touched cities : Paris .


- :blowkiss:M.
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Imam-Santoso Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2008  Professional Photographer
love the compo :heart:
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SwellShade Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2007
i love the mood of this one.

such a warm black and white, i love that.

:+fav:
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Virtu-Imagery Featured By Owner May 30, 2007  Hobbyist Photographer
Sweet capture!
I love this stuff!
True and natural.
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nara-obscurart Featured By Owner May 18, 2007
wow. brilliant. I love observing people. and I find Parisians to be among the most interesting.
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hell-on-a-stick Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2007  Professional Writer
yet again you have captured a moment one could truly say is 'art'. not too many people have the advantage of your people watching skill.
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cweeks Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2007
thank you so much, mate!

very happy you enjoy watching my work!
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GrantHoward Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2007
i absolutely love this photo, i don't know why, i just do.
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cweeks Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2007
thanks!
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myoung4828 Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2007
that works wonderfully...paris is a great metaphor for the meaning in that stare
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simba Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2007
Sometimes the cat has the best view of a scene. They seem to be able to be much more patient than humans, and they always see everything ... even the stuff we hope nobody saw. ;)

Nice composition, and who cares that she drank fast. I think you could take her. :)
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kamandir Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2007
she's fucking sexy
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:iconcweeks:
cweeks Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2007
and sweet, believe it or not.
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kamandir Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2007
i do, and dont even know why.
you're a convincing bastard, you know Chris? ;)
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shutterhound Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2007   Photographer
beautiful shot. I think photographs of conversations whether the person is into them or not, are some of the most intrigueing shots I see. I almost feel bad for the woman.
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fortun Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2007
...i go as low at 1/15th with the f4 - handheld no less - but its got a lot more mass to dampen the mirror flip too...
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cweeks Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2007
not bad! you must be steady! like a human tripod!
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fortun Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2007
...its more of the blind-squirrel-finds-a-nut kinda thing...

...70% blurred shots, but I get the other 30% to pick thru...
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oceangirl Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2007
it's incredible that there's as much to see on the inside as there is on the outside
and very few people see either
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ShiverNamelessone Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2007
i have felt that emptiness before :sun: you captured it, i get it.

i remember when my special someone realized that my photography was personal, not random. he seemed surprised and went back and actually looked at it for the first time.

i am happy that you have found your someone to share with :) it certainly takes the edge off ~ unless of course, she is edgy too ;)
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dehog Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2007  Professional Interface Designer
plainly lovely !
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acolight Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2007  Professional Digital Artist
what i really love in this photo is the focus! mad skills!
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cweeks Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2007
:)

i got really lucky, mate. really.

thanks for noticing!
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acolight Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2007  Professional Digital Artist
hehe...i guess in time this becomes like second nature :P
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Deea-Dee Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2007  Professional Photographer
Paris.. What a wonderful place. Did you enjoy it?
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dollfie Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2007
i love the clarity of your photographs
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thetreesgirl Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2007
i
am so there with you.. contemplating, can you hand hold under 1/60th? sometimes, sometimes not, so we shoot an extra frame... but you caught it- well done!
love the image. still want to know how you overcome the stigma as the man behind the camera

cheerio- T
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tanplusblue Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2007
excellent
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fron7runner Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2007   Photographer
I don't like your lens either, or you leicas. They cost too much, and I want one, so I don't like them. makes sense right ;)
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GerbilEater Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2007
You seem to know a lot about wankerboy, despite how much you despise him!
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red5 Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2007
you ever think about shooting a feature film?
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:iconcweeks:
cweeks Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2007
yes.
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:iconred5:
red5 Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2007
i've got 60 pages of that script done if you want to read it.

it needs a unique look to it. maybe from a certain street photographer?
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cweeks Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2007
totally, bro! totally!
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red5 Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2007
;)
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Alteru Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2007
You amaze me.

Amazing shot. :)



By the way, try googling "wankerboy" and see what the number one result is. ;)

Cheers mate.
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cweeks Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2007
thanks ...

and ... well ... yep ... there it was ... number one!

i've achieved what i need to. i'm done. ;)
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Alteru Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2007
:lmao:
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DocHott Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2007  Hobbyist Photographer
I love how this came out focused on her face. Brilliant. :)
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SteliosKa Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2007
it'd be a pitty to leave such a shot go...
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MyLittleWorld Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2007   Photographer
I like the photo a lot! And she is beautiful! ;)
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:iconcweeks:
cweeks Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2007
she was and is ... but ... there was something disconcerting about her.
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MyLittleWorld Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2007   Photographer
I understand!
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