Thursday, November 13, 2008

Walking Downtown


Oh my - I am turning into the parking deck downtown and I see this gentleman, so dapperly dressed.  I grabbed my camera and hoped for some decent shots throught the car window!  He was just too good to pass up. Where was I headed?  I was on my way to Regions Bank downtown to get my euros!  Now I am starting to believe that my trip is just around the corner!

Tune du Jour...." Walk On By" by Dionne Warwick

PARIS COUNTDOWN.... 3 DAYS! Oh My Goodness!


Discover Dionne Warwick!

38 comments:

Wayne said...

I'm no expert V., but, I think this is a classic image. It reminds me of photos I've seen created by some of the great names in photography.

You're putting a lot pressure on yourself kid. Or I am, I'm not sure which.

Virginia said...

Wayne, the check's in the mail, pal, Thanks, I really mean it!
V

Julie said...

Nice one, V. A corker really - the instant I saw it on the portal I thought "yep"! And you have given him space to walk into ... yep yep yep.

USelaine said...

It is a wonderful street shot, V. You are going to have such a blast in France!

Judy - So California said...

V, What a great shot! You are definitely ready for Paris - the questions is..........is Paris ready for you? YES - for sure....you'll take 'em by storm.

Tash said...

Wow, such great results & thru the car window. You took it against a perfect background too. & I love the soda cup - not what you'd expect from a dapper gentlemen. & Paris - You are going to have so much fun!

Eki Akhwan said...

THe candid moment you captured in this photo is excellent for street photography, V! Bravo. Oh, and that simple pattern background makes it even more pronounced.

Julie said...

Engarde, Madame! Slap, slap ...

jill said...

Excellent Virginia! What Wayne said!!

angela said...

Such a lovely photo. It's a pity he won't ever know that you've immortalised him...

Webradio said...

Nice photo in B&W...

Et bientôt : "Bienvuenue à Paris !"

Rambling Round said...

This could be from decades past. We don't see men wearing hats like that nowadays. Great shot, especially from your car window!

Foodimentary said...

I love it.

It is a timeless picture.

a story

I love the choice of B & W

you just want to know where he's going

You made art.

Jilly said...

Dapper indeed and what a fabulous shot. So right in B and W and yes, so reminiscent of those great street photographers of old - the ones we love so much. Just wait on Paris! Not long now.

rob said...

He's great. A man of another century. And i like the backdrop!

alice said...

Wow. So strong. So South. Reminds me some fimls or photos with a very special atmosphere. Du beau boulot, Virginia, vraiment.

GrandAnglais said...

Fantastic shot, could be dated from almost any decade in the least 50-60 years were it not for the drink carton. I zoomed in close and he appears to be carrying a bag filled with medicine bottles. Sitting in a car appears to be a great way of taking photos incognito, like a private detective!
Great song too, one of my favourite Bacharach songs.

PJ said...

Virginia, I'm not sure what you meant the other day about restoring the trash can to my commetns. If you want an embedded comment form anyone can have it now. For me, the only drawback is that you can't see anyone's avatars.
I must day the image is wonderful, I'm especially intrigued by his bag of prescriptions...

Karen said...

What a wonderful photo and so like the classic photos of the 40's and 50's.
Have fun spending those euros in Paris.. it is so close you must have butterflies..
I am still 31 days away and one moment it seems so far off and others it seems to be so near.
Have a delightful time there. I hope you will post to your blog while there.

Mary said...

She shoots...she SCORES!!! What an eye for composition and endearing subject matter...allez Virg.
To Monsier La Vache - although we DID drink in 3 locations on Tuesday we also lingered over dinner & dessert. Read: we are certainly NOT floosies or barflies - the police had words with us earlier in the day prior to the drinking ;-)
xx,
M

babooshka said...

Wayne "I'm No expert" Poppycock you spotted this was a classic from the off, expert enough for me. You are practising you Parisian protraits aren't you? The techies(me when I have to me) will tell you it's the forward leaning angle and lifted foot that makes it classic "To catch motion as a frozen shot." I am geting Magritte from this, and I love Magritte.

Virginia said...

Merci beaucoup mes amies!!! I almost didn't put this one up because it wasn't as sharp as I would have liked. I appreciate your remarks and hope to hone my street skills in Paris. Wait...that didn't sound right!HA

Mary, did you have to spill the beans about the police woman???? :)

Sharon said...

I am so jealous that you are about to head off to Paris. I hope you have a fabulous time. I'd love to do a little Christmas shopping in Paris one day. Oh heck, I'd just love to be in Paris again.

Snapper said...

Timeless photo. Wishing you a great trip!

sondha said...

You have gathered a beautiful moment

Bob Crowe said...

I'm happy to see that some people in contemporary America still care about how they dress. This gentleman is elegant.

DON'T BUY FOREIGN CURRENCY AT A BANK IN THE US. Use your home bank card at ATMs abroad. You get a much better rate. We usually hit the ATM at the airport on arrival and then top up as needed. Many ATMs in Europe are mulit-lingual. Well, you could read the French, anyway. It works, says Bob the tireless traveler.

Kelly said...

Excellent shot! It has such a timeless quality! THREE more days! How can you stand it!

Virginia said...

BOB!!!!!! NOW you tell moi. Oh well, I am sure I will need more and hopefully can deal with the ATM's there. Merci mon ami.

BTW, Bob's new blog Gateway is open for business. Everyone needs to run over and have a look at his Arch only blog. IT's terrific!

Marie-Noyale said...

Everything has been said.. I am too late!
This is a picture that has no age...except may be for the paper cup of soda..
Nothing to say but Perfection.
You are ready to set foot in the country of J.H.Lartigue or Cartier Bresson...

marley said...

Love the photo, love the song, love how excited you are, love how excited I am!!

Virginia said...

Marley,
You're the best. Thank you!!!! Jump the pond and join us. IT's not far really. Come on. We're going to have some big fun!

D.C. Confidential said...

Um, driving and shooting? Excuse me? ;-)

Great picture! Sometimes, it's worth the risk, isn't it?

Virginia said...

DC,
Actually I had slammed on the brakes by the time I took this so technically I was not "drivin' and shootin'"!
BTW, I was so rattled after getting the shot, I went IN an EXIT at the parking deck! I'm hopeless! I guess I AM busted though aren't I.
V

Laurie said...

I'm speechless.

Perfect shot.

Ming the Merciless said...

Don't spend all your Euros on the first day in Paris. :-)

I'm so excited for you. Can't wait to see photos of your trip.

Dusty Lens said...

Now that's a snappy photo! Happy to see someone in nicer attires.

lisasarsfield said...

Clearly you have a good eye for what will make a good photo!
I find the dress clothes and takeaway cup to be an interesting contrast!

Have a great HOLIDAY!

Chuck Pefley said...

Perfect timing! Very well done and so very "in the moment".