Archive for août, 2009

Some people like to wait for the next metro

Mardi, août 11th, 2009

Indeed, this girl did not seem too keen on boarding the incoming metro train     (click on picture to enlarge)

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Leica M8 with 28mm Summicron at F2, 1/60, ISO640

Life Outside : August Dolce Vita

Lundi, août 10th, 2009

For a change, life outside shot from inside. This picture gives a flavour of the atmosphere in Paris during the month of August. Sun, warm days and terraces full of Parisians enjoying a nice lunch with some fresh white wine.  This shot was taken behind the Montmartre hill, a neighbourhood that remains very Parisian and where few tourists venture.

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Leica M8 with 60mm Hexanon at F1.2, 1/3000, ISO160

Don’t drink and blade

Dimanche, août 9th, 2009

As I was crossing the Rivoli Avenue this afternoon, I found myself facing a wave made of hundreds of roller bladers  on an organized city tour. I spotted this sympathetic blader that seemed to have gotten pretty thirsty by this exercise on this hot day. Hope he did not get fined for that ;)      (click on picture to enlarge)

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Leica M8 with 28mm Summicron at F2.8, 1/2000, ISO160

Baguette and Beret

Samedi, août 8th, 2009

A few days ago, I commented on cliché pictures that foreigners take when they visit Paris (« High Tech Monks » entry). I guess this one could be one of them as a a man wearing a beret and eating a baguette sits by the Seine River with his fiancee.   (click on picture to enlarge)

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Leica M8 with 28mm Summicron at F2, 1/750, ISO160

A magic Iguana

Vendredi, août 7th, 2009

A street magician performs a show by the Seine River. He asks a kid to pull a piece of paper out of his mouth. It turns out to be an endless thread. If one would rewind the scene, it would look like an iguana that just caught its prey.    (click on picture to enlarge)

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Leica M8 with 60mm Hexanon at F1.2, 1/1500, ISO160

High Tech Monks

Jeudi, août 6th, 2009

Most Europeans that visit the Asian countries return with a picture of monks in temple, such a classic shot. Therefore when I see these two monks with their high tech camcorders, I wondered about which classic picture/scene from Paris they will bring back to their country. A man wearing a beret with a freshly baked baguette under his arm ?    (click on picture to enlarge)

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Leica M8 with 28mm Summicron at F2, 1/250, ISO160

The Dragon’s Lair

Mercredi, août 5th, 2009

As this man played his didgeridoo, I almost expected a Dragon to answer his call, fly over Notre Dame and grab a few bystanders with his claws before entering his lair    (click on picture to enlarge)

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Epson R-D1 with 28mm Summicron at F2, 1/240, ISO800

The shooting stand

Mardi, août 4th, 2009

Guess at what (or who) the girl was aiming at …. ;)

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Leica M8 with 28mm Summicron at F2.8, 1/125, ISO640

Versailles Coastguard

Lundi, août 3rd, 2009

Of course, there is no sea in Versailles but a large pond built at the times for the leisure of the Kings of France. It is now invaded by dozens of small rowboats rented by visitors. This is where I found this man watching the seafaring as if he was a coastguard officer.    (click on picture to enlarge)

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Leica M8 with 60mm Hexanon, ISO160

Ants’ World

Dimanche, août 2nd, 2009

As one climbs the stairways of Pompidou Center, he will soon have the impression that the square below is populated by hundreds of ants. Though they look organized, at least in space occupation, these ants do not seem to be busy building their next hill … not every of them at least when you take a closer look.  (click on picture to enlarge)

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Leica M8 with 35mm Summilux Asph, ISO160

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Leica M8 with 60mm Hexanon, ISO160

Strawberry Fields Forever

Samedi, août 1st, 2009

In a  « self service » far,m located 20 miles outside of Paris, a little boy sits exhausted in a wheelbarrow. His sister hands him a strawberry picked up a few seconds earlier to cheer him up.    (click on picture to enlarge)

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Leica M8 with 60mm Hexanon at F1.2, ISO160