Monday, May 16, 2011

Zoom-Zoom VI


This petit garçon was at full throttle alternately pushing with his feet and coasting in perfect rhythm. I was glad to see he was wearing a helmet, color-coordinated with his balance bike, bien sûr!

Can you tell that he is a French boy? Why, certainly you can... he is wearing a chic scarf

... zoom-zoom!





My dear friend, Shell Sherree, whose artistic talent is well-known, has posted a watercolor inspired by one of my photographs. She improved on the original as only she can do with un petit chat hiding among the flowers. I am truly honored, ma chère amie!


53 comments:

Sara Louise said...

Absolutely adorable! Great photo :-)

Sylvia K said...

Oh, adorable indeed! I do love it! Reminds me of my kids when they were learning to ride their bicyles! Such a great shot, Genie! Enjoy!

Sylvia

Pierre BOYER said...

:-)
Have a nice day...

Pierre

orvokki said...

Really good photo :)

We don't have in Finland such a balance bices, but my douchter lives now in Swhitzerland and before that in Germany, and her sons have (had) those. It was "terrible" to see how speed the boys can bike with them. And the older one, now 4 year, has no problem to start bike with a really bycicle early in this spring.

Thanks for your visiting in my blog.
Have a lovely day with sunshide.. :)

orvokki said...

I forgot to say; he's scarf is really french-styling. Very nice :D

megi said...

Dear Genie,
very beautiful photo!!!
We must be let us chic also into our hearts.
Have a nice day
Megi

Suzi said...

I love this photo Genie,
The colours enhanced and the movement are just perfect.
How lovely for your friend to honor you with a watercolour. Wow!

Bergson said...

quelle vitesse
belle prise

Rob-bear said...

Enthusiasm, joy, and abandon on two feet.

Does he have a licence to drive that thing?

Malyss said...

I like the "speed effect" you offered to him! I'm sure he would be very proud to see himself in such a way!
I visited your friend's blog, What a lovely drawing made from your picture!

PerthDailyPhoto said...

How gorgeous Genie, he looks as if he is really concentrating on staying upright. Brilliant colours.

Best wishes
Grace

Cezar and Léia said...

I'm enchanted by the motion in this picture,and for sure the cute little boy!
Have a nice day sweet Genie!
Léia

elsa said...

Beautiful picture! Thanks for the English onomatopeia!

Shell Sherree said...

Those colours are so vibrant ~ and he does wear that scarf with aplomb. {And it was such a pleasure to illustrate your gorgeous photo, dear Genie. Thank you for the beautiful inspiration...}

Ann said...

Oh he looks so cute...
and stylish too ♥

Andy said...

Great motion shot Genie.

Kelley Carey MacDonald said...

OMG - this is a TREASURE! Thank you for sharing this treat of a scene. And the scarf.... :)

You bring sunshine and smiles to my whole family (I insist on showing them your posts), thank you, thank you Genie! Now to check out Shell's work!

Joe said...

This is a keeper. Brought a smile to me face. The title is just perfect. Congrats.

biebkriebels said...

He looks very cute. Nice captured in his speed.

brattcat said...

how wonderful he is in his chic scarf. you make him appear to be going at some speed with the focus sharp on him and soft all around him. i even love the shadow the bike makes on the surface beneath his feet.

Carol Schiff Studio said...

Too cute!!

Aesthetic Alterations said...

Not only is he wearing a chic scarf, his bike is totally cool! Plus the matching helmet. What fun!

VenetiaMicio said...

Do you think it's a little boy ?
When I look at the face I find to see a little girl ! Yes there are the pants but to bicycle it's better, non ?
Tell me because you, you know !
So lovely ! Maybe the scarf isn't his(her) but that of his father, because the ground is not very childish !
bisous
Danielle

Ninny said...

No gasoline needed. Just the energy of a two year old! Cute picture!

kathrin said...

cool, I love it to make a pic of children, it s great, big hugh Kathrin

Nathalie said...

Fantastic action shot. I never would have picked the chic scarf :-)

Richard said...

Voilà le vrai bonheur!
Ne rien penser à autre chose que vivre sa passion. Et ce petit garçon est aux anges!

This is Belgium said...

I could 'borrow' him from you because our national colors are black red and yellow ;-)

TheChieftess said...

Perfection Genie!!! The motion, the boy, the colors...

Alexa said...

Wonderful shot, Genie! The scarf is a giveaway for sure. I can just see this petit Parisien whizzing fearlessly around the Arc de Triomphe on his moto one day!

autourdupuits said...

Very nice capture.

Bravo pour la netteté et le flou
A bientôt

JM said...

Outstanding capture, Genie! Love the subject, blurred background and colours. Great job!

Starman said...

The French are becoming more Americanized every day. I would never have thought they would make their kids wear those stupid helmets.

Harriet said...

An absolutely fantastic photo! Love everything about it.

martinealison said...

Rien est plus beau que l'innocence d'un enfant...
Merci pour votre gentil commentaire laissé sur mon blog.
Un grand merci pour cette belle photo...
Gros bisous.

Jack said...

Genie, you are a genius (but you know that already)! I love the colors, and they way you caught the boy so clearly and the remaining action blurred. Wonderful!!!

Tammy@Beatrice Banks said...

My first thought was, look how cute he's dressed! Adorable photo!

Birdman said...

hahahaha! Wonderful shot. Carefree youth.

Genie -- Paris and Beyond said...

Sara Louise -- Merci, and I bet that Fifty would want to run alongside!

Sylvia -- Adorable regardless of the nationality, n'est-ce pas!

Pierre -- Merci, mon ami.

orvokki -- You are right and this type of bike makes it easy to learn how for the little children. Thank you for your comments also! Hahaha, his scarf is so very French...

megi -- Merci, mon amie. Have a nice sleep tonight.

Suzi -- Merci... I should have had a video of this one as he was moving so fast. Glad that you saw Shell's watercolor!

Bergson -- C'est vrai! Merci

Bear -- I think that just sums it up, mon ami! I do not think he has a license but he was definitely speeding (as was the petit on a scooter) hah!

Malyss -- Yes, I will probably print out this shot to take with me when I return to Paris... one never knows when you might run into the same kiddo.

Grace -- Merci. It is interesting that he had totally mastered the balancing aspect of this bike, spending much time "coasting" without his feet touching

Léia -- Merci, mon amie. This was the only shot I got and was fortunate that I could "track him" with my lens

Genie -- Paris and Beyond said...

elsa -- Merci! I just love saying onomatopeia - hehe.

Shell -- The French are just born with that talent! Merci to you, mon amie for the lovely illustration!

Ann -- Style with green shoelaces no less! Merci!

Andy -- Thank you, mon ami

Kelley -- So glad that your whole family enjoys the posts... gratifying indeed, mon amie!

Joe -- From your talent and photos, I greatly appreciate your comment... merci

biebkriebels -- He was a cutie-patootie!

brattcat -- Well, the truth is that he does not just appear to be going a some speed.... he actually was very, very fast! I did not notice the wheel shadows until I got it home on the big screen... merci!

Carol -- Cute and fast! zoom-zoom!

AA -- Yes, he was pretty color-coordinated. On this particular day, he was the only one with a balance bike. Most of the other kids had scooters

Danielle -- I thought that Marie might chime in today on this one, but we watched the children for some time. I felt pretty certain (98%) that it was un petit garçson but the child is quite beautiful. I think that we watched until this family left and "he" pitched a fit not wanting to leave... all "boy"

Liz -- Yes, I wish that I had that energy!

Genie -- Paris and Beyond said...

Kathrin -- I have always love photos of children because they are so transparent with their feelings and present an honest face to the camera... merci!

Nathalie -- Merci, mon amie. It is a small scarf and I think "child-sized"

Richard -- Merci, mon ami, et c'est vrai! Une expression parfait: "être aux anges!" (merci)

Anni -- He would be a wonderful mascot... and might even carry an olympic flag!

Chieftess -- merci, mon amie!

Alexa -- I bet his mama would not like that thought at all but he is practicing his speed! merci!

autourdupuits -- Merci pour les mots nouveaux (la netteté et le flou)!

JM -- The subject is so cute and my camera did not create him but I was happy with the blurred background... Thanks for noticing it! Merci

Starman -- Almost every kid that we saw on this trip had on a helmet... this one was color-coordinated

Harriet -- Merci... so glad that you like it.

martine -- Je pense que oui... et pour mon commentaire, je t'en prie

Jack -- I am a Genie but not un génie... glad you like it and I thought that you would ;-)

Tammy -- Merci, just a little Parisian

Birdman -- Carefree, indeed... enjoy, little boy, while you can!

Viennese Girl Vreni said...

He looks so completely focused on riding his bicycle! I´m wondering if Parisican babies are born with scarfes?

Genie -- Paris and Beyond said...

Vreni -- If not, there are plenty of boutiques to get started... I think that he and scooter-boy may have been racing.

James said...

Great action shot! I looked at the picture before I read your words. I thought "I wonder if this was taken in Paris" then I saw the scarf and thought "oui". :)

cieldequimper said...

Here I was thinking he might be Italian. Beaucoup plus chic. :-))

Jann said...

definitely a French boy! Would love to see that water color by your friend~

Genie -- Paris and Beyond said...

James -- This is your kind of shot and I am glad that you came over to see it... merci!

Ciel -- Naaah, French through and through... merci, mon amie!

Randy said...

This takes me back to my big green tricycle.

Genie -- Paris and Beyond said...

Jann -- You can click on the link at the bottom of the text to see it. Merci!

Randy -- Awww, I would think that yours was turquoise to match Santa Fe's colors....

Stan said...

A prize winner!! Hey, I have the same tartan scarf -- precious shot.

Rob said...

Adorable capture! Simply wonderful with the subtle motion blur to give this image energy.

Genie -- Paris and Beyond said...

Stan -- Same scarf? You must be a French boy too! Merci for your kind comment.

Rob -- I am fortunate that the motion blur was not the entire photo as he was really moving! Merci, mon ami!

Elizabeth said...

They start them young on the scarves, that is great!