Beautiful Colours of The Capitole

I love working with Black & White, but also with Colour. I don’t feel the need like some people that Street always has to be in black & white. I can’t tell you when it is best, as that a personal thing. It is more just a feeling, and my feeling is that all the shots in this post should be in colour, and I think you will see why.


Both pairs of girls below were taking shots of each other in front of the Capitole, then asking other women around them to take shots of both of them together in front of the Capitole.

Helping with the settings
Helping with the settings

It makes me smile when I see that, as I remember once in Cardiff there were four French boys about 20 years old who wanted their photo taken with a Paramedic on a bicycle. He called me and asked if I would take the shot. They all stood by him, and one of the boys gave me his phone. I stood back and lined them up, then turned and ran. Only a short way, but all I could hear behind me was shouts and as I turned back all the four boys running after me. I saw their faces and had to stop a while until the laughter subsided. The look of relief of the boy who the phone belonged to was priceless.

Everyone's got a camera
Everyone’s got a camera

I looked at this woman and thought I bet there is another side to her than the stern look she is showing suggests. It is the way she is dressed and the Awe Some shirt she is wearing.

Awe Some
Awe Some

I took this shot right in front of the entrance to the Capitole. I assume it is a Mother and Daughter. They were trying to enter the Capitole and were speaking to the Police on guard at the door. They were refused entry, and were turned away. I don’t know for what reason, but it may have had something to do with a Marriage Ceremony being held in there.

Attempting to get in
Attempting to get in

I was sitting minding my own business as I do, across the square from the Capitole, when two women and a man rode up on bicycles and stopped right beside me, and spoke to somebody sitting in the cafe behind. I am assuming the two women were once again Mother and Daughter.

Beauty
Beauty

It would have been a missed opportunity not to get shots of them. You can tell which one was nearest to me.

Younger Beauty
Younger Beauty

I took this shot for one simple reason, she looked so pretty sitting their alone in her thoughts!

Against the wall
Against the wall

That’s it from the Capitole, for now. I will return to here at a later date, but let’s move on to somewhere else.

6 thoughts on “Beautiful Colours of The Capitole

  1. You know I like both color and black and white pictures, it depends of what you want to show. So I really like this post. Toulouse is a colorful town (“the pink town”) , and even if the Capitole is not the main subjet, it gives to your pictures a nice background. So my favorites are the top picture, then “helping with the settings” and “everyone’s got a camera”. They give a nice sunny atmosphere, a “smell” of holidays.
    Thank you to share some little stories, it adds fun to read your posts. It is why I prefer blogs than flickr, now. But I often try to discover blogs with a mix of pictures and stories (about the context), and there is not a lot of this kind of blogs.

    • I know what you mean about preferring blogs to Flickr. I love reading people’s thoughts and ideas. It’s fun to really interact with people and bounce ideas off of each other. I like how we can really get a sense of who the person is by their blogs.

  2. I know what you mean by the “smell” of holidays. Toulouse is such a vibrant, bright, colourful city. I think that is partly due to all the tourists, and also the University, which means there are a lot of youngsters having a good time, but not in the sense of being yobbish.

    I hope you are finding your mix here. I have found that I don’t like my posts with just photos as you can see that on Flickr, but am also aware that we don’t want it full of text, so I try to get the balance right, and also try to inject some humour. Making up little stories around a shot can make it more imaginative, as most times we don’t know what happened either side of a shot.

  3. I laughed so hard at the story of you pretending to steal that boy’s phone. Naughty, naughty! You probably scared them off asking strangers to take their pictures forever. 😛

    • That’ll teach them to hand over their phone to a complete stranger.

      Can you imagine their claim form to the insurance company if I did run off with it.
      Q. How did the thief steal your phone?
      A. I gave it to him in his hand voluntarily!

      • I guess they’ll just have to use those selfie sticks from now on. 😀

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