(En français à la fin de la page)
Hello dear friends,
This is fun! Taking photos not through glass but through plastic. Years ago, I photographed a table of diners in a Menton restaurant through the plastic protection of a restaurant terrace and was surprised (pleasantly surprised) at the distortion this gives to the image. Often, the eye doesn’t see it at the time of taking the photo but once home, and on the computer, it can have the feel of an impressionist painting. And it is just one click. It’s important though to focus ‘through’ the plastic and onto a person or object and not on the plastic itself.
Here are a few images taken over the years, some showing this effect and some showing Menton restaurants covered in for winter.
Hope you enjoy them…
Bar du Cap, Menton: rolling up the plastic at the end of the day
And for my French friends:
Bonjour chers amis,
C’est marrant! Prendre des photos non à travers du verre mais à travers du plastique. Il y a quelques années, j’ai photographié une table de convives dans un restaurant de Menton à travers la protection plastique d’une terrasse de restaurant et j’ai été surprise (agréablement surprise) de la distorsion que cela donne à l’image. Souvent, l’œil ne le voit pas au moment de prendre la photo mais une fois à la maison, et sur l’ordinateur, on peut avoir l’impression d’une peinture impressionniste. Et cela, juste en un clic. Il est important cependant de se focaliser «à travers» le plastique sur une personne ou un objet et non pas sur le plastique lui-même.
Voici quelques images prises au cours des années, certaines montrant cet effet et certaines montrant des restaurants de Menton protégés en hiver.
J’espère que cela vous plait…
I do love your pictures and you’re right it seems there are impressionnist paintings.
It’s nice to share once again with us.
I enjoy discovering such a theme !
So happy you like the photos, Michele. It’s great fun to do this. Now you will have a go and enjoy it! Thanks for writing. xxx
How are the dogs doing? My Pepper Jax is fine. He is a bit heavier than he was when we got him in 2011. Too many treats or bites of this or that. https://www.facebook.com/pepper.jax.5?pnref=story
Abe, so glad your Pepper Jax is doing fine. He’s allowed to be a little heavier! Like all of us… Thanks for the comment, Abe. I think of you today – or rather your famous ancestor in Washington!
It does create an impressionist sensibility. One of the people you photographed reminds me of Ben Kingsley.
William, I hadn’t thought of that but he does! x
Thanks for these. I needed something nice to look at today.
Judith, thanks! I agree, we all need something nice to look at today…. !
They look so cozy on a cold night!
Petrea, too right, they are cozy. Occasionally they can be overheated so don’t sit near to a heater, but otherwise they are a great idea – and fun to photograph! x
I like the look !
Yes it’s great fun, Melinda!
It looks indeed like an impressionistic painting, great find!
Thanks Marianne – glad you enjoyed it. x
These are wonderful. We rarely if ever have the plastic sheets here. The terrace may be open and may have space heaters but no barriers.
This calls for a trip to the ophthalmologist of less cognac.
Bob, so pleased you like them. I imagined there must be such things all over the world. Less cognac perhaps! Thanks for the comment, Bob
I’ve done this by accident also & loved how the plastic changed the whole look of the images. Your images are beautiful with the light that you captured & the subjects you choose. Thanks, you’ve inspired me to take some “plastic” pictures this month. There’s a beach nearby where they use plastic & outdoor heaters to keep their customers warm. If I put some thought into it maybe I’ll get a few nice pictures’. Usually when I go their I’m taking pictures of seagulls, etc….never people
Helene, Delighted you are inspired! That really pleases me! Actually it’s an interesting way of photographing people if it’s something you never do. Thanks Helene for the comment.