Photographer's Note

The Baron Rouge is a bistro near the Place d'Aligre. On Sundays at this time of year, a friend of the owner brings in huge sacks of oysters from Brittany, and those who know this descend on the place, so many that sometimes they end up using car hoods and even garbage bins as tabletops.

We went with some friends, and by dint of sheer - but polite - persistence eventually got to sit at a table inside. I didn't have much light - or space - to work with, but I couldn't resist playing around anyway. I got this shot of the bar when the people standing at it somehow all moved out of my line of sight for a moment. I like the chiaroscuro effect (also, by this time I think we had seen every Rembrandt in Paris, and I was feeling inspired by the master).

Technical: Some sharpening; noise reduction by Noiseware Professional (Dfine tended to flatten this image). Cropping, then some burn work in the upper left and brush work on the right edge to tone down the burnout. I have raised Brightness more than normal for this version, to compensate for TE's darkening effect. If I print this, I plan to stress the chiaroscuro aspect more.

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Additional Photos by Daniel Kohanski (Wandering_Dan) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 930 W: 150 N: 1023] (3449)
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