Archive for novembre, 2009

A race between deers and horses

lundi, novembre 30th, 2009

As we enter December and the holiday season, a rollercoaster was installed in front of the Grand Palais. The deers seem to enjoy a little race versus the horses on top of the palace. The later being obviously  condemned to eternal stillness. (click on picture to enlarge)


Leica M9 with 60mm Hexanon at F2.8, 1/2800, ISO160

For rent

dimanche, novembre 29th, 2009

As this fashion boutique was foreclosed, a « for rent » sign was placed in the window. I guess they could have elected a better spot … (click on picture to enlarge)


Leica M9 with 35mm Summilux Asph at F2.8, 1/125, ISO200

A Gipsy mummy

samedi, novembre 28th, 2009

I had always wondered who was behind these mummy disguises. Indeed, they sometimes stand for hours still in touristic place. Today, I finally got the answer as I witnessed a switch. Not much of a surprise I guess.  (click on picture to enlarge)


Leica M9 with 24mm Elmarit at F2.8, 1/125, ISO320

Little sailor

vendredi, novembre 27th, 2009

France has traditionally been home to many of the world’s most famous sailors. To do  so, they start to practice in their earlier years. While kids in Brittany definitely have an advantage due to their proximity to the sea, Parisian kids learn patience as their boats slowly cross the even waters with little help from the wind.  (click on picture to enlarge)


Leica M9 with 35mm Lux Asph at F5.6, 1/1400, ISO160

When dogs lay 6 feet under, cats grin

jeudi, novembre 26th, 2009

As strange as it sounds, Paris has a dog cemetery; « Le cimetière des chiens ». Created in 1899, it is believed to be the first pet cemetery in the world. You will find hundreds of tumbs under the shade of trees longing the Seine River. You will also be amazed by some of the tumbs, worthy of the greatest human celebrities. Yet, there are still some living souls in this cemetery as a dozen of cats pace up and down the alleys. You can almost hear them cry on the graves of their buddies cat. Yet, they will also lay peacefull with a slight grin on dogs’ last residences.  (click on pictures to enlarge)


Leica M9 with 60mm Hexanon at F1.2, 1/710, ISO160


Leica M8 with 60mm Hexanon at F1.2, 1/4000, ISO160

The eternal « Vie en rose »

mercredi, novembre 25th, 2009

As you ride the metro in Paris, you will at some point encounter gypsy musicians that will throw a quick performance between a couple of stations for a few coins. They then exit the railcar and transfer to the other side of the lane to ride in the other direction. I wonder how one must feel after playing « La vie en rose » dozens of times in a day.  (click on picture to enlarge)


Leica M9 with 35mm Lux Asph at F1.4, 1/30, ISO640

Cani-bal Lecter

mardi, novembre 24th, 2009

This scene almost suggests that they were shooting a remake of the « Silence of the Lamb » ….. for dogs.  (click to enlarge)


Leica M9 with 35mm Lux Asph at F2.8, 1/1000, ISO160

The two happy fellows

lundi, novembre 23rd, 2009

As this painter takes a look at his cell phone in Le Marais, two men walk happily down the street. I guess he definitely missed a nice scene to include in his sketch … (click on picture to enlarge)


Leica M9 with 35mm Lux Asph at F1.4, 1/125, ISO320

Hats are back

dimanche, novembre 22nd, 2009

It seems that hats are back in fashion in Paris as this scene taken this morning in the Aligre market seems to suggest.   (click on picture to enlarge)


Leica M9 with 35mm Summilux Asph at F5.6, 1/125, ISO400

Ride with style

samedi, novembre 21st, 2009

A little Velib glamour … (click on picture to enlarge)


Leica M9 with 35mm Summilux Asph at F1.4, 1/125, ISO640

I would die for you

vendredi, novembre 20th, 2009

A girl sits alone in the dark. But she is alive …   (click on picture to enlarge)


Leica M9 with 60mm Hexanon at F1.2, 1/20, ISO640

Water Homes

vendredi, novembre 20th, 2009

A man takes a walk by the Seine River and returns « home ». The routine of a barge captain.

For those of you interested about technical aspects of the Leica M9, this was my first shot taken at Pull 80 in uncompressed raw file. Click on link below to get a full size picture.  Focus done on the right barge’s anchor.  Note the impact of full frame on depth of field. Obviously, I have also applied my processing to the file.

Click here for full size picture


Leica M9 with 60mm Hexanon at F5.6, 1/250, ISO Pull 80

A new French Can Can at the Lido

jeudi, novembre 19th, 2009

In order to protect the main places of the Champs-Elysées against potential riots during the World Cup celebrations last night, several hundred officers were placed at key entrances. It was indeed also the case in front of famous Lido Carbaret. Maybe under the influence of the glamorous place, the leftmost policeman seems to be starting a little dance step. Obviously, it did not end in a French Can Can but I can’t help imagine the scene. (click to enlarge)


Leica M9 with 35mm Lux Asph at F2.8, 1/20, ISO1250

Road to World Cup

mercredi, novembre 18th, 2009

I have receive a new camera today, the Leica M9. So from now on, most pictures will be taken with what has become the first full frame digital rangefinder. The first series of picture were taken tonight on Les Champs-Elysées were thousands converged to celebrate the qualifying of Algeria to the next football World Cup. Be it on top of cars or motorcycle, happiness and pride could be seen on all faces. Especially since a few minutes later, France also qualified against Ireland. As I write, a mixture of Algerian and France flags are still mixing up on the Champs-Elysées and the party will go on until the early hours of the morning (click on pictures to enlarge)


Leica M9 with 35mm Summilux Asph at F1.4, 1/20, ISO640


Leica M9 with 35mm Summilux at F1.4, 1/20, ISO1250


Leica M9 with 35mm Summilux at F1.4, 1/90, ISO1250


Leica M9 with 35mm Summilux at F1.4, 1/125, ISO1000


Leica M9 with 35mm Summilux at F1.4, 1/90, ISO1250


mardi, novembre 17th, 2009

A few years on the road, discovering the world and playing in wonderful places. This is the wonderful Bohemian life of young street artists.   (click on picture to enlarge)


Leica M8 with 35mm Lux Asph at F1.4, 1/125, ISO320

Where is my room ?

lundi, novembre 16th, 2009

A traveller walks through the lonely Louvres court. She stops and stares lengthily at the Palace. Was she the special guest of the King that night ?   (click on picture to enlarge)


Leica M8 with 35mm Lux Asph at F1.4, 1/45, ISO640

My new photoblog : Souls

dimanche, novembre 15th, 2009

I have just launched a second photoblog called Souls. It will be dedicated to B&W portraits and will update it on a weekly basis.  Here the address of this new blog;


As for this blog, Street photography in Paris, it will go on as usual with a picture a day.

Flooded waiter

samedi, novembre 14th, 2009

Strong showers hit Paris this afternoon. So much that a large puddle was growing on the terrasse of a restaurant. Until the waiter allowed the water to go free, in a somewhat acrobatic way.  (click on picture to enlarge)


Epson R-D1 with 60mm Hexanon at F2, 1/100, ISO800

Surrounded Ferrari

vendredi, novembre 13th, 2009

As the sightseeing buses drive up Les Champs-Elysées towards the Arch of Triumph, the passengers show more interest in the surrounded Ferrari than the old brick monument.   (click on picture to enlarge)


Leica M8 with 28mm Summicron at F5.6, 1/250, ISO160

Petanque by the Tower

jeudi, novembre 12th, 2009

One of the French favorites hobby is the game of Pétanque. Whenever you see a flat trail with some gravel, players are not far, and sometimes only a few feet away from the Eiffel Tower.


Leica M8 with 85mm Jupiter 9, ISO160