We Belong Together – Paris, France – Somewhere In Time Weekly Travel Photo.

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Somewhere In Time is a weekly travel photo from around the world. Enjoy!

We Belong Together – Louvre – Paris, France

Going through some of my travel photos I have come to realize (more than at any other time in my life) that I love photographing people. I looked through hundreds of old negatives last week and I realized this has been a running theme in almost all of my photos. It’s the relationships between people (or lack thereof) that I am fascinated with.

Spatial relationships, how people interact and what happens to the space in between – is it lost? How does it exists? Does it exists the same with people as it would without? How much does the emotional relationship to ourselves and to others determine the space that surrounds us? What are all the things that we don’t see? This is one reason why photography is so fascinating to me. It can stop that moment, freeze it, allow you to see things again that you remember so clearly. The feelings you remember when you are driving alone in your car or riding on a train – to me that’s a large part of what photography is.

We were walking out of the Louvre when we remembered we had to return our headphones. We went back to return them and as we turned around to leave I saw this perfect light just streaming through the famous glass triangle and into the main lobby of the Louvre. It was stunning. Then there were the people – some exhausted after a long day of looking at paintings, others excited to be in the Louvre, others just milling about probably deciding what section to visit next. We were riding the escalator down and I remember standing there a bit in awe just looking at the people buzzing around in the light and the beauty of it all. I took a couple quick photos because I had to. It was too pretty not to.

So why two photos for today? I’m showcasing these photos together because they are actually the same two images. Each image has 2 images within it – the same two. The BW one is processed like an HDR photo, the color one is done as a multiple exposure. I honestly can’t decide which one I like best and I thought of using one for this week and once for next week BUT since they have some of the same players in them it just seems fitting that they go together. These photos were a happy mistake. I only combined them out of curiosity because I wanted to run a test on an HDR process. But I kinda fell in love with them – independently and as a pair.

I love the people, the shapes, the stairs that magically end on what looks like a second floor (but it’s not) in the color photo. I love the little dots of red and the little dots of green that carry your eye whimsically around the photo – I didn’t create those colors, I just got lucky. One of my favorite things about it though are the two ladies in the bottom right hand corner and the fact that they are standing perfectly in the shadow of two people riding on the escalator in front of me from the 2nd image. Really it’s perfect- I don’t think I could’ve planned it that way if I had tried.

The BW photo features the same two ladies in the corner but the HDR processing cleaned up most of the ghosting from the other image so all of the people are more defined and have their own space. I love the look of the stairway and I love the oversized people to the left of the stairwell. They just, strangely, line up perfectly with the people from the original image. It’s almost unnoticeable that they size ratio is totally wrong until you look at it for a second.

It’s like magic to me that the photos have the same people in them but almost everyone looks completely different in each image. It’s the space between the people that changes the emotions in the photos. They look and feel completely foreign from one another yet – they belong together.

*Please remember all photos on this website are copyrighted and property of BeersandBeans.com, NarikosNest.com & Bethany Salvon. Please do not use them without my permission. If you want to use one of them please contact me first because I do love to share and I would be flattered. Thanks!

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  • Annie -

    March 5, 2011 at 3:57 am

    Wow, that’s amazing the way everything fits. My not-so-artistic eye wouldn’t have seen everything you did without you explaining it to me.

    If I could learn to be half as artistic as you are, I would be in a good place!

    Two more great shots!

    • Bethany -

      March 5, 2011 at 10:53 am

      I really got lucky on these. I was pretty psyched when I saw the end result. Thanks Annie 🙂 @Annie,

  • Sophie -

    March 5, 2011 at 8:01 am

    Very, very cool photos!

  • Lorna – the roamantics -

    March 5, 2011 at 4:23 pm

    i am in totally awe of these!!! they’re absolutely stunning. i love your thought process around them as well- a sneak peek into the head of the artist taking a sneak peek 🙂 i don’t think you’re giving yourself enough credit here though. you talk of luck and i think it’s more a result of an amazing eye and the well-honed rhythm & skill it takes to capture the perfect glimpse. you’re so freakin’ good it kills me!

  • Erica -

    March 5, 2011 at 8:26 pm

    Okay, after seeing the BW HDR, I MUST know how to do this.

    • Bethany -

      March 6, 2011 at 1:02 pm

      Next time we are online together .I’ll give you the 411 🙂@Erica,

  • HappyHomemakerUK -

    March 6, 2011 at 1:33 am

    Ooh, the Louvre. We were there a year ago – what a crowd around Mona Lisa! I love your photos – a view that is not often captured on film.

    • Bethany -

      March 21, 2011 at 10:51 am

      Thank you so much for commenting. I’m glad you liked the photos of he Louvre. 🙂

  • Miriam -

    March 6, 2011 at 4:23 am

    Absolutely incredible photo – I need a new camera & I need to go to Paris! I love it!!!

  • Michael Hodson -

    March 6, 2011 at 10:50 am

    really great effect in these shots — totally evokes the spirit of the place

  • Christy @ Ordinary Traveler -

    March 7, 2011 at 9:22 am

    I love the post processing. Nicely done!

  • Candice -

    March 16, 2011 at 7:31 am

    These are so fantastic, Bethany. I can’t wait to get back to France at some point! Was looking at housesitting jobs there all morning. 😀

    • Bethany -

      March 18, 2011 at 11:42 am

      Houesitting in France sounds like a really good idea! I should do that too! Do you housesit often? I can’t wait to go back too. I could not get enough of paris!@Candice,

      • Candice -

        March 22, 2011 at 5:12 am

        I haven’t done it either! But I’m registered on a site or two, so hopefully someday. Lots of great options out there.

        • Bethany -

          March 22, 2011 at 10:12 am

          Yeah, I need to look into it a little more. Being registered with the wWOOF program in Italy, i get alerts every now and then that there is a farm that needs sitting and I wish I was there to do it! @Candice,

  • jade -

    March 21, 2011 at 3:27 am

    I really like photographing people too, however, I’m still learning and always trying to get better. For me, the composition is the hardest part and making it interesting and not just a picture of someone. (if that makes any sense.) Love these and really feel a story and sense to time/speed to them.

    • Bethany -

      March 21, 2011 at 10:54 am

      Thanks Jade! My two tips to help with that are 1. try to use the rule of thirds. You can read more about it on an aritcle i wrote on Almost Fearless – this is the #1 thing that will help you with composition -http://almostfearless.com/2011/02/21/how-to-be-a-photo-editing-ninja/

      The next tips is to remember that if the composition is a little boring you can fix that during the editing process. Oh shoot, the link I just wrote in here was for editing. Here’s the other one I am talking about. Anyway, here is the other one, both will help you with that problem. 🙂 http://www.nomadicmatt.com/travel-blogs/four-tips-for-taking-better-travel-photos/

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  • Katherine | Kapcha The World -

    August 21, 2012 at 5:37 pm

    Wow amazing. I love both of these. This is something I’ve never even thought to do before. Would love to know what program you used. Fantastic result though. I can’t choose which one I like best either. They are both beautiful in different ways.