Archive for avril, 2010

Date on the Alexander bridge

Vendredi, avril 30th, 2010

As a Spring breeze blows over the Alexander bridge, a girl waits patiently for her date. In the 21st century, men are no more gentlemen. (click on picture to enlarge)

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Leica M9 with 50mm Summicron at F2.8, 1/750, ISO160

Travel through civilizations

Jeudi, avril 29th, 2010

Imagine you are suddenly catapulted in another world. Then you open your eyes. Where are you ? Paris, Cairo, Rome, or Vegas ? (click on picture to enlarge)

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Leica M9 with 35mm Summilux Asph at F2.8, 1/350, ISO160

An indecent proposal ?

Mercredi, avril 28th, 2010

In front of a movie theater showing « L’amour à deux c’est mieux » (literally « Love with two is better »), a girl seem surprised by the words of her friend. Was he influenced by the movie ? (click on picture to enlarge)

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Leica M9 with 35mm Summilux Asph at F1.4, 1/750, ISO160

The New Roy of Les Champs-Elysées

Mardi, avril 27th, 2010

When one has the look, the Champs-Elysées belongs to him. (click on picture to enlarge)

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Leica M9 with 35mm Summilux Asph at F2.0, 1/1500, ISO200

New pictures look

Mardi, avril 27th, 2010

Time for a  change in the look of my pictures!

The basic style remains the same yet pictures will have less sepia and more colors. In other words : more pop for a more modern look.  I hope you will enjoy it.

Red Vespa always wins

Lundi, avril 26th, 2010

On Les Champs-Elysées, nor the luxury of a Mercedes, nor the speed of a motorcycle can beat the red Vespa scooter. It will always remain the coolest in the place. (click on picture to enlarge)

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Leica M9 with 35mm Summilux Asph at F1.4, 1/4000, ISO160

The girl with the Dalmatian

Dimanche, avril 25th, 2010

Nothing’s better than to start a Sunday with a breakfast on sunny Avenue Hoch by the Arch of Triumph. You might think that the dog thought I was after its breakfast. Yet don’t worry, it all ended with a smile.  (click on picture to enlarge)

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Leica M9 with 35mm Summilux Asph at F6.3, 1/350, ISO160

Red jacket for Saturday’s market

Samedi, avril 24th, 2010

A breakfast, his best jacket on, a few stops in the metro and here he is, right in the middle of Saint-Germain’s market. Sunny Spring Saturdays are the best.  (click on picture to enlarge)

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Leica M9 with 35mm Summilux Asph at F1.4, 1/3000, ISO160, ND filter

Too sad for Champagne

Vendredi, avril 23rd, 2010

While his friends celebrate heartily with a bottle of Champagne, a boy stares at the Seine River paying little attention to his glass. Broken-hearted ?

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Leica M9 with 50mm Summicron at F2, 1/4000, ISO160

Nicotine for cooks

Jeudi, avril 22nd, 2010

On Les Champs-Elysées, three cooks take a cigarette break. Last bowl of « fresh air » before the dinner rush hour ? (click on picture to enlarge)

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Leica M9 with 90mm Tele-Elmarit at F2.8, 1/1500, ISO160

Street photography spots V : Les grands magasins – Boulevard Haussmann

Mercredi, avril 21st, 2010

 

 An all time favorite by many famous photographers, you will find yourself in front of worldwide known department stores such as Galeries Lafayette or Le Printemps. Here watch the constant flow of shoppers rushing in and out of these fashion cathedrals in search of the latest of the French chic. You’ll also find travellers who came from far away for a day in paradise and glamour addicts walking the large sidewalks dragging huge bags. Stand at a crossroad and let the waves of shoppers come to you with views on century old facades of the Galeries Lafayette. While you are in the area, the Opera and Saint-Lazare train station stand only a block away. I also find them to be fun places to shoot as you’ll always get that frenziness feeling with landmark buildings in the background.

 

Pictures type   : Streets crowded with shoppers. Fashion, glamour, frantic.  

Your best lens : 28 or 50mm

Favorite spot   : In front of Galerie Lafayette, at the corner of Rue la Fayette. 

When to go     : Satudays afternoon

Must go           : Inside Galerie Lafayette

Metro Station  : Saint-Lazare

 

 Map of area

 

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  Sample shots  (click on pictures to enlarge)  

 

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Around the world : A Tuscan Comedy

Mardi, avril 20th, 2010

Not only Italians are very photogenic subjects, but they are also extremely welcoming and playful. Life to them sometimes seems to be just a comedy.  Click here or on picture to launch slideshow.

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Elvis is alive …

Lundi, avril 19th, 2010

… in the heart of many Parisians apparently. (click on picture to enlarge)

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Leica M9 with 60mm Summilux at F4.0, 1/180, ISO400

A marching musician

Dimanche, avril 18th, 2010

Can one guess to which kind of band a musician belongs by just looking at his step ? If so, I would bet on the Paris firefighter Marching band. (click on picture to enlarge)

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Leica M9 with 60mm Hexanon at F1.2, 1/750, ISO160, ND filter

The hideout

Samedi, avril 17th, 2010

Peeking in at infamous ogres ? Frightening witches ? Or simply a bunch of drunk friends ? (click on picture to enlarge)

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Leica M9 with 35mm Summilux Asph at F1.4, 1/125, ISO250

The Concorde cozy shelter

Vendredi, avril 16th, 2010

The sight of the majestuous obelix might throw one into a long contemplation. Hopefully, these lovers knew how to shelter themselves in the morning rain.  (click on picture to enlarge)

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Leica M9 with 60mm Hexanon at F1.2, 1/4000, ISO160

Triptych

Jeudi, avril 15th, 2010

Three views on parallel existences. Superfluous luxury ? (click on picture to enlarge)

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Leica M9 with 35mm Summilux Asph at F4.0, 1/125, ISO400

Street photography spots IV : Rue des Abbesses – Montmartre

Mercredi, avril 14th, 2010

 

The hilly neighbourhood of Montmartre is famous worldwide, meaning that it probably is better to avoid the Sacré Coeur church and painters’ market surroundings (unless you like to shoot masses of tourists). Nevertheless, wonderful spots are located a few blocks below the top of the hill, mainly around the very buoyant street of rue des Abbesses. This street has some of the ambiance and look of a small French town.  Not only will you find crowded terraces located next to food shops displaying their tempting and colorful merchandise,  but also fashion and artwork boutiques awaiting for their trendy customers. As Montmartre is famous for its bohemian spirit, you will most probably encounter some street artists here and there, the « La vie en rose » song will have no more secrets to you after a while. Moving on upwards to the parallel street des Trois-Frères, you’ll get great views over steep streets and everlasting stairs leading to the top of the hill. Patience will be your best friend as you wait for action to happen in your pre-selected compositions.

 

Pictures type   : Trendy, bohemian,  street artists, views over Paris, restaurant terraces, markets, stairs, tiny streets.

Your best lens : 50mm

Favorite spot   : Rue des Abbesses

When to go     : Lunch time

Must go          : The stairs on Rue des Trois Frères.

Metro Station  : Clichy or Pigalle

 

 Map of area   

 

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 Sample shots  (click on pictures to enlarge)  

 

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The forbidden candy

Mardi, avril 13th, 2010

Fear of expulsion of Heaven or belly growth ? (click on picture to enlarge)

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

Last flight to Paris

Lundi, avril 12th, 2010

After a weekend away from the city, sad to go back home, or scared of high attitude ?  (click on picture to enlarge)

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Leica M9 with 60mm Hexanon at F1.4, 1/125, ISO400