Sunday, July 26, 2009

Mirror in the trash


I found this mirror - which is probably a cabinet door actually - in the trash on my way to the office a few weeks ago. I loved the reflexion of the light so I stopped. But then started the hard part: how to take the photo without me being in the picture nor the ugly buildings in the neighborhood. People must have thought I was crazy to put so much energy into shooting this photo (and maybe they were right!). Anyway, the result is not too bad (at the risk of sounding pretentious!).

42 comments:

  1. Mirror, mirror, on the wall, Who is the fairest of them all?

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  2. It looks like modern art! I love the reflection of the sky; this must have been a non-rainy day!

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  3. It was well worth the effort - the photo is fantastic!!

    Its too pretty to be put in the bin! I want it : (

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  4. Nice photo - it looks like Eric posed the mirror. If we see what we want to see, then this is a clear-eyed vision of beauty.

    Tomorrow I get up at 4:30 am (again!) (I've become briefly obsessed) to watch the Tour de France riders roll onto the rue de Rivoli. A beautiful end to an exciting race!! And what a history. Woohoooo - can't wait! : )

    Is anyone else watching?

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  5. I agree with Wren, and I think it's a great pic!

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  6. Hmm. Time warp. Just realized, the date on our photo means the race will enter Paris (for the folks on the other side of the pond) "today". The live feed of it, though, will be "tomorrow" here in LA!

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  7. Not at all pretentious, and the result is superbly lit to capture that gorgeous pale blue.

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  8. Fabulous mirror mosaic!! I can't believe someone was throwing this out. Thank you so much for taking the time to capture this awesome image. I don't think you are crazy at all for taking the time to get the perfect photo. I however would have been thought crazy as I would have attempted to drag it home.

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  9. Oh, absolutely worth the effort! And it's definitely better than "not too bad." Eric, if this was an art form, I'd call it "fracassisme!"

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  10. Definitely worth the effort! The photo is great!

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  11. Superb, Eric! I love the sky and clouds and that crazy pole. I can understand someone moving it on, though. It's creative but yikes, imagine waking up in the morning and catching sight of oneself in it, especially after a late night out on the mosaic tiles. Not a flattering start to the day!

    Caro, Le Tour is on late evening through to early morning our time. Hubby has been watching tout seul! But I'll stay up with him tonight to watch the final stage in Paris. I find it so quaint that they don't try attack to change overall standings in this last stage. Very refined. Bien sûr.

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  12. This is a great shot, Eric! And can I say, having followed this blog for several years, that I don't think anyone could ever accuse you of being pretentious. I'd say that you're modest almost to a fault, despite your obvious considerable talent.

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  13. The result is nice! It certainly caught my attention. i love the color and shapes. It's hard to know that it's a mirror until you explain it. It just looks like interesting shapes in nice shades of blue.

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  14. Shell Sherree - it is refined, isn't it!

    I've read, though, that its not unthinkable to attack and so there still might be a try for third place. But, it will be pretty tough to pull off. I'm reading there may also be contention for the green jersey.

    Whatever happens, it will be cool to watch the riders wheeling through the streets of notre Paris! Chapeau to all the riders who have worked so incredibly hard.

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  15. Katie: I thought of you when I saw this mosaic mirror. This would have stopped me in my tracks also. It's a pity it's been tossed.

    Shell: the best thing about having a mirror like this is that if one looked horrible one could always blame the mirror!

    Carrie: I have seen some of Le Tour. Don't tell anyone, but I follow Lance on Twitter as I was curious to read what he'd have to say. Of course I also follow Gilles Marini. Has nothing to do with Le Tour it's just he's so pretty!

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  16. Great photo, Eric. Thanks for all your efforts ;-)

    I can't believe I'm not in Paris today to see the riders arrive at The Champs Elysée. I'm usually in front of La Maison du Danemark because the Danish riders and directors always come over there for a little talk in the end.
    I did buy a bottle of champagne though to pop when they arrive in Paris around 16h.
    Have a great TOUR everyone ;-)

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  17. ...and I can't believe you wont be there with your camera, Eric.

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  18. Oh Eric you should have taken it home. I'd put that in the bathroom. Lovely. One man's junk is another man's treasure.
    Totally understand why you fussed around it before finding the right conditions to photograph!

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  19. Caro ~ There's only a small margin between 3rd and 4th, so it will be interesting to see if the gallantry holds up. :) Hubby assures me that the final stage is quite thrilling with little chases within the classifications, but like you, I'll be enjoying the Paris scenery regardless!

    Cali ~ I just looked at Gilles's Twitter page. Is it possible for contact lenses to fog up?

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  20. Shell: LOL! A little eye candy for the ladies.

    Where is Caro? I can't believe I am up just to see Paris LIVE! Men in lycra have nothing to do with it! I hope the gloves come off so we see what these riders can do.

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  21. Men in lycra? Where? Who said that? What have I missed?

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  22. Lynn: you miss something? NEVER! LOL. Check out Gilles Marini Twitter page for some photos sans lycra and keep one eye on Le Tour if you like men in lycra!

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  23. I will!

    Just heard Nicolas Sarkozy has been taken ill at Versailles and is hospitalised.

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  24. Oooh la la saw the pic, from Cali!

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  25. Apparently Nicolas Sarkozy felt faint whilst playing sports of some kind today and has been hospitalised, undergoing medical tests. Hope he's ok.

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  26. Ya, at first glance I did think it was just some piece of modern art, but in the end very interesting angle of sky!

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  27. A vasovagular episode is what Sarkozy suffered whilst jogging.

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  28. Really? Whilst jogging? I would have thought Carla would have been the cause of any vasovagular episode! Off to check the news now. Thanks for the update, Lynn.

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  29. Hi Ladies!! I could only watch the tour on my computer, so, that's why I wasn't here.

    Shell - Gilles has nothing to do with le Tour, but, I'm definitely not complaining about you bringing him up. Lance and Gilles are both pretty good at spinning, they just each have their own styles!

    It was awesome watching all the live shots of Paris as the strategy unfolded. If Lance can keep from getting too old in the coming year and Andy stays the same or improves, it will be a really cool three way show next year (not to mention any of the other amazing contenders who weren't in the top three).

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  30. Hope all's well with Sarkozy. People don't usually keel over for no reason.

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  31. Lynn -- men in Lycra? LOL (My vote goes for Thor Hushovd or Heinrich Hessler). ;)

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  32. Ok Lynn, now you're going to make us all look up vasovagular?!! ;)

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  33. Vasovagular - has to do with veins and the vagus nerve, the latter which stimulates the voice box, digestion, and heartbeat.

    I'm guessing that most people would say that if a politician suddenly lost his voicebox it might be a public service,
    :) but the heartbeat is another story.

    Well, I couldn't resist a politician joke, but I seriously do hope its not anything bad at all. I'll feel rotten if it is. Crossing my fingers for him.

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  34. Just read that it sounds like all is well with Mr. Sarkozy. Apparently its not an uncommon thing if people get overheated when exercising.

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  35. Carrie I didn't know what it meant and didn't have time to look it up! So thanks!

    he he From Cali, I'm not THAT into men in lycra, I should point out before you all have me down as having a lycra fetish. In fact ew. However, it's ...shall we say... always INteresting to watch a banana jiggle amongst the orange and apple, is it not? lol

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  36. Wow, at that angle one could in the words of Hendrix ..."kiss the sky." Although I would hate to kiss it careening around the corner on my Velib en route for a croissant and a java. Nevertheless, very cool camera placement Eric. Of course it probably means we've all many years of bad luck now. ;-)

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  37. I love this mirror, it looks like a piece of art. You do not often find see something like this in the trash.

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  38. Once again our man on the street gets his shot! Kudos Eric for a wonderful image. Very worth the effort and very creative.
    -Kim

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