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The Christmas market, Montpellier

The Christmas market, Montpellier
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Copyright: joel berthonneau (jlbrthnn) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 7303 W: 0 N: 22961] (76039)
Genre: Places
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-12-13
Categories: Daily Life, Festivals, Event, Decisive Moment
Camera: Canon Powershot S3 IS
Exposure: f/8, 1 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
Map: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Images by night [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-12-14 1:15
Viewed: 5608
Points: 28
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note [French]
December 13, 2007
Montpellier 340172 34000
Hérault Languedoc-Roussillon
43.600 3.883 25 m

Market of Christmas, on the place of the Comedy in Montpellier.

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The Market of Christmas, on the Place of the Comedy, in the heart of the City, ambitionne to animate and stimulate the commercial activity and the attraction of Montpellier.

The markets of Christmas are in the beginning a Germanic tradition under name "Market of Saint-Nicolas", and made their appearance in France in XVIe century, in 1570 in Strasbourg more exactly under the name of "Christkindlmarkt", "market of the Child Christ".
They are with the time and the exchanges extended to all France. In wood maisonnettes, exhibitors make discover and buy the products of the culinary and artisanal traditions, in an environment of Christmas maintained by the illuminations, the traditional songs of this period, and the wine odors and roast chestnut.

For believing, Christmas is a Christian festival celebrating each year the birth of Jesus de Nazareth who, according to the New Will, was born in Bethlehem without giving precise day, and is called Nativité, of Latin "natalis" meaning "day of the birth". This festival gives place to religious offices and habits various like the exchanges of gifts, the fir tree, the crêche, the meal of family celebration.

Christmas becomes a religious festival into 354, when the Pope Libère or Liberus fixes the date of birth of Jesus de Nazareth at December 25 in the Gregorian calendar, to promote the rise of Christianity and to replace the popular and pagan festivals celebrated around the winter solstice.
The orthodoxe Churches, which follow the Julien calendar, celebrate Christmas on January 7 of the Gregorian calendar with a shift of a few days, i.e. on December 25 of the Julien calendar.
The real date of the nativity is a very discussed subject which goes from -4 to -1 front. J.-C., which for believing imports little since they celebrate an event, an advent.

Before the Christian era, at prehistoric times and during antiquity, this time of the winter solstice, always was the subject of manifestation like fear or belief.

Montpellier is the chief town of the Languedoc-Roussillon Area, populated of 244 300 (in 2005), Montpelliérains and Montpelliéraines, distributed on 57 km², is 3 963 hab/km². The urban surface is populated of 531 000 inhabitants.
The population has increased in an uninterrupted way for 50 years.
The climate of Montpellier is a Mediterranean climate. Contrary to a spread idea, it does not rain less in Montpellier that in Brest, but precipitations are much concentrated http://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Montpellier

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  • Nicou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 13818 W: 0 N: 16050] (169358)
  • [2007-12-14 1:19]


très belle entrée de ce machré de noël, belle ambiance, belle couleurs et lumière, mangigique décor.

Braov et amitiés


Hello Joël,
A very nice atmosphere for this composition of Christmas lights. The inclusion of the couple in the left foreground is a definite plus. Good exposure management with nice colours and good clarity.

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  • KLB Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 946 N: 3826] (23723)
  • [2007-12-14 1:35]

Salut Joël

Merci pour cette image de Montpellier aux couleurs de Noël.
Le temps de pose donne un effet sympa, qui symbolise l'agitation autour de la place (j'imagine !)...
Merci du partage.

Bonne journée,

Hi Joel,
Now this reminds me of the X'mas shopping I still have to do ... what a daunting task :) Wonderfully captured and interesting notes. Good lighting management ... well composed! tfs

Salut Joël,
very good exposure on all three, this blue hour one is excellent. Especially this entrance reminds me more to a circus and not to a Christmas market. The POV including some visitors is well chosen.
Lieben Gruss, Ulf

Hello Joel.
Very colourful square format photo. I like your very low point of view and the amount of sky you have chosen to include. I'm glad you left that little bit of lit decoration up in the top right corner. One can see just enough detail in the figures walking towards the entrance, although they seem a bit dark. Overall, it's a very striking blue hour shot and a nice Christmas one.

Bonjour Joël,
Une très belle composition d'image, avec ces lumières qui représentent la joie.
La note est formidable, tu as écrit une explication très claire de ce temps de fêtes et de sa signification.
Le solstice d'hiver paraît bien comme symbole de la VIE qui se reprend - toutes les raisons sont bonnes pour fêter!
Merci pour le partage de ce merveilleux "post"!
Et Joyeuses Fêtes!

salut joel
bien vu cette photo de nuit, ce dimanche j'ai fait ce marché de jour bien sur, un monde fou, blue hour oblige, belle illumination, avec ces petites étoiles sur les fils

bonjour Joël
sympa ta compo blue hour avec des couleurs bien rendues et un cadrage bien réalisé

Ciao Joel ,
e bellissimo vedere le luci di natale che addobbano le citta' .
molto ben riprese e con dei bei colori .
ben fatto

Hello Joel
Christmas ,holy days....everithing is in shoping fever....good lights

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  • Charo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5142 W: 58 N: 12086] (51212)
  • [2007-12-16 2:35]

Hola Joël,
Buena estampa navideña con muy buena luz y colores. Veo que has cambiado el formato de tus fotos en algunas tomas.
Buen fin de semana.

Bonjour Joel,

Une bonne prise de vue de l'entrée du Marché de Noel à Montpellier, la photo a une bonne composition, netteté et de belles couleurs. Bonne journée.


Hi Joel,
Very spectacular and impressive festive image with fascinating details. I like the decorative lights and the attractive POV, clarity is superb. Note is excellent, Very well done! Have a nice day

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