Thursday, March 11, 2010

Blog Day: The Tenin Technique

Today the City Daily Photo blogs pay tribute to our founder, Eric Tenin. It's a good day for such a celebration because today is the 5th Anniversary of Eric's hugely popular blog, Paris Daily Photo. To date, Eric and his blog have inspired 1178 City Daily Photo blogs around the world, including this one.

Quoting from the instructions for today's theme day: "Imitation being the sincerest form of flattery, all CDPBloggers are invited to post a tribute shot from their own city using The Tenin Technique of placing the camera on the ground to make an image, or of skewing/tilting the composition, or in some way imitating a specific photo Eric has posted or a common subject matter of Eric's photos...Have fun with it, make it your own and help celebrate a great guy who has spread a lot of friendship and inspiration around the globe since his first post in 2005."

I'm a big fan of Paris Daily photo and of Eric, who really does "spread friendship and inspiration" with his photos and blog. He loves the low angle, likes to tilt the camera, occasionally gets a lot of feet in the picture and, due to French law, blurs the recognizable faces. I can't bring you the Louvre or the Eiffel Tower! Eiffel Tower! Eiffel Tower! (Paris Daily Photo joke), but I can give you a few feet! And a little low angle tilting is the least I can do for a guy who, whether he means to or not, has done so much for so many.

How do you post a photo a day, every day, for five years? Maybe some of today's participants will find out. Click here to view thumbnails for participants in today's theme.

28 comments:

Shell Sherree said...

I love your take on the Tenin Perspective!

Posting every day for five years deserves some kind of ceremony and honorary doctorate of something, doesn't it? Astounding! And I'm so happy that Eric started the CDP community ~ and of course, PDP is how I first found many of my blogpals, including you and Petit PDP, Petrea!!

Kim said...

This is just so fun, and reminds me of that shot of E's on the Metro. Very well conceived and captured Ms. P. And I love Shell's name for your own wonderful blog, Petit PDP!
-Kim

lewi14 said...

Yes, an interesting angle. And an excellent way to celebrate that memorable day. I want to agree with Shell Sherree. I'm really proud to be a part of the City Daily Photo Community. It's very interesring to try new or inimitable or non-banal methods of photography to present its own city.

Bibi said...

This is fun. I sometimes do hip shots, but how low can you go is a challenge! I like this photo, Petrea; a mouse-eye view of a cafe...

Come see Bibi up close and personal....

Julie said...

Yep ... that surely is getting low down and dirty for the cause.

Nice homage.

Dina said...

The more I look at this photo of yours, the more I like it, a lot.
This day is getting fun, a 24-hour birthday.

Turquoise Diaries said...

I didnt know that this technique had a name. I am learning something new everday. I will try to do mines. Love the photo.

Lori Lynn said...

Terrific Tenin Shot!

I like your text a lot as well!
LL

Petrea said...

Thank you all for visiting today! I'm going to try my best to see all of today's entries. This is a fun one.

I've referred to my blog as PDP Junior, but Petit PDP it shall be for ever more.

Katie said...

Petrea's Petit PDP -- love it! (Thanks Shell!) You've taken a delightful Tenin-perspective photo (did you get down on the floor too, or just put your camera there?) and given a very well-deserved tribute to The Man who started such an amazing community of city bloggers. Keep up the excellent work with your blog -- we all love the Petrea Perspective as well!

maria said...

vive PDP! both of them.

Jilly said...

Wonderful, Petrea and so original. A lovely tribute to Eric.

Los Angeles Suburbia said...

Great capture of perspective and contrasts of light and tones.

Virginia said...

Glad that guy hadn't stepped in merde de chien! HA

Good one girl. Glad Eric's inspiration has brought us all together.
V

Bellis said...

What's the PDP (or PPPDP as it is now known) equivalent of Eiffel Tower?

Ms M said...

Great photo to celebrate 5 years of the Tenin Perspective! And now we have the Petrea Perspective, too! :)

Petrea said...

Thanks, everybody.

I tried a bunch of different shots in different places--laid on the ground, tilted the camera, etc. For this one I just placed the camera on the floor and pushed the button. It turned out to be my favorite.

Is there a Petrea Perspective? Lately I feel like I need to think outside my own box.

As for the Pasadena equivalent of the Eiffel Tower, it would have to be City Hall, don't you think?

pasadenapio said...

You've posted a perfect representation and admirable tribute, Petrea.

Laurie said...

Oh, I completely missed this Theme Day! I didn't realize there would be more than the one on the first of the month.

This is a gorgeous tribute shot. I'll have to make the rounds and see the rest, including the Mack Daddy himself over in Paris...

USelaine said...

This really is a fun theme, and for a worthy honoree. Perfect job of it, Petrea. Sadly, I can't get a comment to post on Eric's new format. Here's what I wanted to say to him:

"I think no one will ever be able to measure the good you've given to the world through the effects of Paris Daily Photo. It has everything to do with your generous spirit. Thank you."

Petrea said...

Thanks, Ann.

I want to see them all, too, Laurie, but it might have to wait 'til this weekend.

Elaine, I've taken the liberty of posting your comment for you. It's number 175 on Eric's blog for 3/11/10. Yowza.

Chuck Pefley said...

And I suppose the Seattle equivalent has to be the Space Needle. But you know, no photo of either the ET or the Space Needle could be nearly so "well-heeled" as yours, Petrea. Clever!!!

Petrea said...

Why thank you, Chuck!

USelaine said...

Petrea, I love you. Just sayin'.

Thib said...

I'm late! But I love your tribute to our friend Eric!
Welldone ;-)

Petrea said...

I guess I did something right, Elaine. I love you back.

Thank you, Thib. It's nice to see you here any time.

Margaret said...

Very cool, and I love the history.

Nishant said...

I love Shell's name for your own wonderful blog,
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