Archive for février, 2010

The Starbucks shot

Dimanche, février 28th, 2010

I get the impression that over the last decade, at least 5% of all pictures taken represent people having a drink at Starbucks. So to keep with my times, here is my Paris Starbucks shot.

Note that the garbage can is here to remind us that though Starbucks might taste good, it belongs to the large and growing family of junk food chain stores.  (click on picture to enlarge)

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Leica M9 with 60mm Hexanon at F2, 1/250, ISO160

Little Monaco

Samedi, février 27th, 2010

Stuck in Paris and yearning for the great Monaco ?  (click on picture to enlarge)

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Leica M9 with 60mm Hexanon at F1.2, 1/500, ISO160

Weekend runaway

Vendredi, février 26th, 2010

As the weekend starts, a few commuters show their impatience waiting for the next bus on Les Champs-Elysées. (click on picture to enlarge)

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Leica M9 with 35mm Summilux at F1.4, 1/180, ISO640

The missing ring

Jeudi, février 25th, 2010

A woman remains lost in her thoughts with a finger pointing out. Is her unconscious longing for a ring to adorn it ? (click on picture to enlarge)

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Leica M9 with 60mm Hexanon at F2, 1/125, ISO1000

Code Da Vinci

Mercredi, février 24th, 2010

A man walks slowly towards the entrance of the Louvres on a rainy day. Mona Lisa’s melancolic lover or its  kidnapper ?  (click on picture to enlarge)

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Leica M9 with 60mm Hexanon at F1.2, 1/250, ISO160

Running out of gas – the Total hostages takers

Mardi, février 23rd, 2010

Closed gas stations and people walking in the streets could have become a common sight in Paris as 10% of the French gas stations were out of gas today. This was generated by the general strike of the  oil workers that protested against the closure of a refinery. Be it truck drivers, train employees or oil workers, they feel it is ok to take the whole country as hostage. By doing that, they pressure the government or corporations to concede to their demands, which happened tonight after several days of strike. Good news is there will be sufficient supply of gas tomorrow. But the real good news is hairdressers and engineers still haven’t found their way to blockade the country when they are unhappy. « Liberty, Equality, Fraternity » as we say.  (click on picture to enlarge)

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Leica M9 with 35mm Summilux Asph at F4, 1/180, ISO160

100 to 1 memories

Lundi, février 22nd, 2010

Not easy to select the postcards that will engrave one’s memories of Paris forever. My role was easier and one geniune look was engraved forever that night on Les Champs-Elysées.

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Leica M9 with 60mm Hexanon at F1.2, 1/125, ISO1000

Inflamed words

Dimanche, février 21st, 2010

Sometimes the most inflamed words are not enough to bewitch one’s lover.  (click on picture to enlarge)

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Leica M9 with 60mm Hexanon at F4, 1/250, ISO160

The ghost of Isadora

Samedi, février 20th, 2010

Antoine Bourdelle (1861-1929) was a prolific scupltor whose works you can admire a museum dedicated to him (Musée Bourdelle). One of his muse was Isadora Duncan, an American dancer who died tragically strangled by her own scarf . So when you look through the windows of Bourdelle’s original workshop, you can almost feel the presence of Isadora … and someday maybe even see her in her endless wanderings. (click on picture to enlarge)

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Leica M9 with 35mm Summicron IV at F2, 1/125, ISO320

The smoking shelter

Vendredi, février 19th, 2010

Are phone booths non-smoking areas ? In these day were legislation prohibits smoking in public places, people usually get out to have a smoke and brave the cold weather. Probably too cold that day for that woman, I even wonder if she wasn’t faking a call for a quick sheltered smoke.  (click on picture to enlarge)

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Leica M9 with 60mm Hexanon at F1.2, 1/1600, ISO160

Tuba Wars

Jeudi, février 18th, 2010

Who will win the three on three Tuba Wars ? Power, organization and soundless winds or chaos, variety and harmonious melodies ?  (click on picture to enlarge)

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Leica M9 with 60mm Hexanon at F1.2, 1/1400, ISO160

Remember our first ride

Mercredi, février 17th, 2010

As her man shows the way, this woman can’t help having a nostalgic look to that what might have been their first car (click on picture to enlarge)

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Leica M9 with 35mm Summilux Asph at F1.4, 1/250, ISO320

Mari-Hans

Mardi, février 16th, 2010

The female name of Marianne means a lot to the French as this figure represents the values of the French Republic, namely « Liberty, Equality and Fraternity ». After decades of immigration, I guess  that the figure of Marianne could no be a bit more representative of the country’s diversity. Just like in this scene of last Sunday’s Chinese New Year celebrations where local queens were parading in a truck with entangled flags of France and China. Maybe the election of the 2010 Mari-Han ?  (click on picture to enlarge)

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Leica M9 with 60mm Hexanon at F1.2, 1/2800, ISO160, ND filter

The pink Army

Lundi, février 15th, 2010

This peaceful Army had only one goal in mind yesterday, that is to march down the street of Paris to celebrate the Chinese New Year.  (click on picture to enlarge)

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Leica M9 with 60mm Hexanon at F1.2, 1/2000, ISO160, ND filter

Tied up balloon

Dimanche, février 14th, 2010

No, you won’t escape the traditional Valentine’s day picture. Yet, no couples, no kiss, no flowers, but a simple balloon tied up at the entrance of the Louvres. Left behind or romantic meeting point ? (click on picture to enlarge)

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Leica M9 with 60mm Hexanon at F1.2, 1/500, ISO160

Three in one

Samedi, février 13th, 2010

In France, most bakeries act also as pastry and candy shops (Boulangerie, Confiserie, Patisserie). Meaning, it is quite impossible to spend a day without a quick stop in one of them.  (click on picture to enlarge)

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Leica M9 with 35mm Summilux Asph at F1.4, 1/125, ISO200

Kneeled down

Vendredi, février 12th, 2010

While some kneel down for a few coins, others kneel to find out what they fancy.  (click on picture to enlarge)

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Leica M9 with 60mm Hexanon at F2.8, 1/40, ISO1250

The virtual sailor

Jeudi, février 11th, 2010

Obviously, difficult to own a full scale sailboat in Paris. Therefore, virtual sailors stand on the shores of the Luxembourg Garden fountain and let their dreams go in rounds.  (click on picture to enlarge)

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Leica M9 with 60mm Hexanon at F1.2, 1/2800, ISO160

Dear Comrade

Mercredi, février 10th, 2010

A man walks on the piers of the Seine River when he stops to contemplate a poster of the Che Guevara. Did it bring back  to his mind some revolutionary ideas from the past ?  (click on picture to enlarge)

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Leica M9 with 60mm Hexanon at F1.2, 1/1400, ISO160

The man by Opera

Mardi, février 9th, 2010

Shining lights outside, stars in the inside.  (click on picture to enlarge)

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Leica M9 with 60mm Hexanon at F1.2, 1/125, ISO500