May Day in Toulouse (Part 2)

Welcome to part 2 of the May Day March on a wet day in Toulouse.

These two guys stopped right in front of me, and seemed to have given up on keeping dry.

Slightly Wet
Slightly Wet

Once again I got in amongst the demonstrators to get this shot, so I could shoot under the umbrellas.

Amongst the umbrellas and banners
Amongst the umbrellas and banners

This lady made me smile because when she noticed me she put her hand over her mouth in what seemed an attempt to stop me hearing what she was saying. As you know I wouldn’t have understood hardly anything of what she was saying.

Hiding Her Words
Hiding Her Words

I think this shot shows the mood of the day. There were quite a few children there. I couldn’t help but think that the coat the girl was wearing would keep her dry, but it would also allow the rain to run off the coat all over her father.

A Free Ride
A Free Ride

There is always someone wearing the freebies. He seemed to be happy though despite the rain.

la CGT
la CGT

Amongst it again, these two having a conversation stood out.

Private Conversation
Private Conversation

I love taking shots of older ladies that are quite happy to smile. It really brings out their character.

A Smile
A Smile

Although we had plenty of people smiling and laughing & joking, there were others who seemed to be taking things a lot more seriously.

The Protestor
The Protestor

I was running out of energy writing the narrative for this post, but wanted to get it posted so apologise for that.

What has become evident to me is that this template is not ideal for how I wish to show my shots. Yes it is a Blog template, but I feel that we have such big screens now, so it seems a shame to just use the centre and in so doing show the images much smaller than they can, or should be shown. Although each image can be viewed larger, I know a lot of people will work there way through and not click the image to see it larger and better. So I will be looking for a new template to show the images larger as the initial view.

6 thoughts on “May Day in Toulouse (Part 2)

  1. A new very good photo reportage. I love the girl on his father’s shoulders, a very symbolic and lovely shot.
    For the two men (private conversation) your post-processing is excellent for focus on them. And the nice portrait of the lady, she seems so happy that you took a picture of her.

    About the template, I agree with you and I think the same about my blog. In yours, the black left side is big indeed. I wish I could have time to open every picture but I admit I don’t do it, except when something is smaller to be watched.
    I guess there is new wordpress templates to try…

  2. Thank you Esther, for your lovely comments.

    There are thousands of Templates, but so many are similar to each other. This style is almost what I want, but the images are too small. Thank you for being honest about not opening them all. I knew it as I am exactly the same. However I think we lose out on so many shots as we look at them at the displayed size and would see them totally different if we viewed them larger.

    I think it may be a while before I change it though as it will take a while to search for the right one.

  3. Add me to the list of wanting a new template style. I quite like the ones where everything is in the middle because then the pictures do seem a bit larger, but I really like my sidebars and they wind up at the bottom someplace.

    • I remember there was one I tried a long while ago that the shots were shown almost full screen, but then we hit a snag with how a lot of people view blogs, the smart phone. It didn’t look brilliant on that.

      There is a template out there for all of us and we can adapt it meet our needs, but with thousands of them, probably tens of thousands, a search is on our hands.

  4. MisterGC

    Straight away I liked the small girl on her dad’s shoulders too. A really nice shot of a pretty little girl. I also like the eye contact from the bystander in the background. When I was young my dad once said to me “…remember, there’s always someone watching you!”. How true.

    Your description of the lady covering her mouth brought a smile to my face and is an excellent candid moment. The ‘blue’ tint to the shot adds goes well with the miserable weather.

    As for the template layout…I will also admit that I don’t open all images to have a closer look, however this doesn’t mean I don’t appreciate the time, skill and effort that has gone into taking the images and posting them online. I may open an image up when there are fine details to be appreciated up close, such as elderly portraits with wrinkles or macro insects (not that there would be any insects in your blog) but for general street shots the sizes above are, in my opinion, just fine.

    Obviously if you find a template that offers larger images straight off the bat, then why not? It does seem a shame to waste so much screen space. The layout is nice, easy to navigate and pleasing to the eye….just a bit ‘thin’ on screen.

    Enjoy your weekend.

  5. Grant I know you are like me, that some people take photography too seriously, and in street there is so much humour and fun. I love to take a simple shot and just by giving it a certain title viewers look at it a different way, towards the way I want them to. I also like when viewers give their ideas or mad mind wanderings as to what is happening in a shot.

    “Thin” is probably a good description. When I put shots on the blog I always resize them to 1500 on the long side as this is big enough for the screen, but I want the initial view to be larger. I am on a quest, but there are not enough hours in the day and we have to prioritise, and seeing that the blog is not falling apart it can wait. I don’t want to fall into that mode like some people do where they spend so much time on the design of a site that the content is either crap, non existent or not kept up to date.

    I suppose that is a bit like photography where people spend so much time and money updating their equipment to get better shots, when what they need to do is use what they have and take time creating ideas. We are all guilty of that. You add to your collection all manner of cameras and lenses, but the brain operating them is still the same so the results will be the same, maybe just a better quality.

    So thank you for your feedback on the template it helps me to know that you find it easy to navigate.

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