Archive for septembre, 2009

Not so clueless

Vendredi, septembre 11th, 2009

Indeed given the clever look of this girl encountered in the Marais neighbourhood.    (click on picture to enlarge)

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Leica M8 with 28mm Summicron at F2.8, 1/250, ISO320

Divine rays ?

Jeudi, septembre 10th, 2009

When I saw these rays of light piercing through the stained glass window of Saint-Germain-de l’Auxerrois, I could not resist staging this shot. Yet, after looking at the result, I got the impression that it looked more like an alien communicating with her mothership  than a divine ray ;)

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Leica M8 with 28mm Summicron at F2, 1/30, ISO640

Leica M9 Launch today, sample picture

Mercredi, septembre 9th, 2009

Great news today as the first full format digital M Leica was finally anounced. This camera has a 24 x 36mm sensor that will replace the brave M8. I had a chance to try one this afternoon and something tells me that pictures on this blog will soon be taken by this camera ;) I am not a pro so I will let others review it such as www.stevehuffsphoto.com or www.reidreviews.com but my first impressions is that this is the digital M camera that so many have been waiting for. So here is my first test picture taken with the 35mm Summilux Asph. Click on picture to see the full size picture (slightly compressed). Note that you can also look at this picture unprocessed by clicking here.

As for the story of this picture, simple, this woman had her breath taken away as she saw the new Leica M9 in the window of PhotoSuffren.

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Leica M9 with 35mm Summilux Asph at F1.4, 1/710, ISO160

Metro Hell’s Angel

Mardi, septembre 8th, 2009

Not quite a Hell’s Angel nor a Harley Davidson, yet this little scooter is definitely a great mean of transportation in the dowtown streets of Paris.  (click on picture to enlarge)
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Leica M8 with 28mm Summicron at F2, 1/180, ISO640

Tourists and Photography Quizz

Lundi, septembre 7th, 2009

As I wander through the streets of Paris, I usually pay special attention to the numerous tourists and their relationship to photography depending on their nationality. I believe there are some trends that can be extracted from these observations. So here is a little quizz full of stereotypes and, of course, just for fun :

Match the following nationalities (numbers) to the description of their photographic style (letters)

1) Japanese 2) American 3) Spanish 4) Parisians 5) Russians 6) British 7) Italians  8 ) Argentine

A) They own the biggest and latest cameras but use them on automatic mode. The ladies of this country will  pause with one hand on the hip and a leg elegantly positioned in front of the other. The stance will be completed with a deep and sensual look at the photographer.

B) There are two generations of photographers from this country. The  elder one lugs around a tripod all day and spends endless minutes composing his pictures. Yet at some point, after he set the self timer and walked to his position, he turns back and wonders why the tripod and camera are not here anymore.  The youngest generation always look for the most creative framing to match their extravagant clothing.

C) No contest here, they are always the best dressed in the streets. So each pictures has to look like the cover of the next Vogue magazine. They are sometimes seen complaining about not seeing well the LCD. Of course, this is usually solved when they finally take their sunglasses off.

D) The easiest to detect since most have never seen old stones before,  therefore they tend to behave like shooting machines. Note the generic smile of all females when pictured, probably the result of years of practice for the annual shoot of their High School yearbooks.

E) Most of their pictures are taken at night in a bar. After a few beers, creativity is always at its best. They  can also be detected by their clothing as it is usually adapted for temperatures at least 10 degrees higher. Expect them therefore to wear shorts in December.

F)  Only group pictures. Yet it takes forever since the grand mother does not know where the shutter is located. She is then helped by her grandson who cannot figure it out either. It usually ends up by asking a passerby « Take picturre please ».

G) They don’t take pictures as they think they look so much better live than on a still image. Therefore, they only use the LCD screen of their camera as a mirror and spend endless minutes contemplating their own reflection with their long hair wavering in the wind.

H) Street photographers come from all over the world just to picture them. So why bother? ;)

Got it right ? You will find the answers below the picture.

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Leica M8 with 28mm Summicron at F2, 1/4000,  ISO160

Answers : 1B, 2D, 3F, 4H, 5A, 6E, 7C, 8G

Louvres Girl

Dimanche, septembre 6th, 2009

This girl was sitting on the stairs of the hallway leading to the « Cour Carrée » of the Louvres. The look in her eyes was intriguing, almost Bellucci-esque.   (click on picture to enlarge)

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Leica M8 with 28mm Summicron at F2.8, 1/750,  ISO160

Around the World : The People of Chicago

Samedi, septembre 5th, 2009

Chicago is one of my favorite city in the US. It is clearyly a North American city with its high rise buildings and large avenues, yet the crowded downtown full of boutiques, terraces and animation do give it a little European touch. There is even a large sand beaches for the ones  looking to come back with a nice sun tan. Chicago has it all, except maybe for its long and snowy winters. Over the next couple of weeks, I will post a series of three sound slideshow on Chicago. Today is the first one, dedicated to  its friendly inhabitants.   Click here or on picture to launch slideshow.

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Taken mostly with 24mm Elmarit, 35mm Summilux Asph and 60mm Hexanon.

Bored

Vendredi, septembre 4th, 2009

As this tourist bus passes in front of the prefecture, the little girl does not show much interest much in a future career in the police services.     (click on picture to enlarge)

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Leica M8 with 24mm Elmarit at F4, 1/1500, ISO160

The delighted model

Jeudi, septembre 3rd, 2009

Difficult to visit Montmartre and not have his portrait drawn by one of the many street artists. Nevertheless in this case, this girl did not seem all that happy. Did she peep at the unfinished drawing and not like what she saw ?      (click on picture to enlarge)
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Leica M8 with 85mm Jupiter 9 at F5.6, ISO160

The Kid and the clown

Mercredi, septembre 2nd, 2009

By the Seine River, a clown crafts a comics with balloons. His expression though  made me think more of Batman’s Joker than a gentle circus clown.   (click on picture to enlarge)

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Leica M8 with 28mm Summicron at F4, ISO160

Rose cocktail

Mardi, septembre 1st, 2009

As this man had ordered the very special Rose cocktail from the owner of this bar, his eyes were already fixed on the recipient of his little surprise.     (click on picture to enlarge)

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Leica M8 with 60mm Hexanon at F1.2, ISO640