As she waits for the next metro tain, this girl seems off to a less lugubrious place. (click on picture to enlarge)
Leica M9 with 60mm Hexanon at F1.2, 1/90, ISO1600, ND filter
Probably my favorite spot in Paris for Winogrand style of street photography. First, start at Place de la Concorde and walk eastbound under the arches that lead to the Louvres Palace. Plenty of shot opportunities as street vendors, palace valets and coffee terraces will mix with the arches and sights over the Tuileries garden. Don’t let you get too absorbed under the arches, but slalom around the columns as great shots might also happen on the outside. Once past the Louvres palace, you will enter the second section of the street where you will face a frenzy of shoppers. I love that spot as there is always people around you on a somewhat tight sidewalk. Add to than the ad signs, shops, noise, cars and some landmark monuments and you’ll almost get New York City’s 6th avenue kind of shooting. So just stand at a crossroad for a few minutes and let scenes unfold around you.
Pictures type : Shoppers, valets, coffee terraces, youngsters, wanderers.
Your best lens : 28mm
Favorite spot : Crossroad of Rivoli and rue du Renard.
When to go : sunset is a must. Walk the street West to East to get the sun in people’s face (watch out for your own shadow)
Must go : at night under the arches close to Place de la Concorde. Mystery’s all over the place.
Metro Station : Concorde
Map of area
Sample shots (click on picture to enlarge)
Believe or not, this scene was taken a few blocks away from the Gare du Nord train station. A neighbourhood initiative intents to bring back some of the spirit of backyards vegetable gardens of decades ago when many inhabitants would rent small lots on the outskirts of the city. Therefore for a small annual fee, they can grow whatever they please right in the middle of a public place. Quite an unusual sight for the passer-by’s which wondered what a downtown Paris carot could taste like. (click on picture to enlarge)
Leica M9 with 60mm Hexanon at F1.2, 1/1500, ISO160, ND filter
As I got near this couple in the Tuileries Garden, suddenly the sound of a familiar music came to my ears. The boy was holding a loudspeaker playing the soundtrack of « Amélie Poulain ». For those that haven’t seen this iconic movie on modern romance in Paris, rent it whenever you can. For those that do have seen it, click here to launch a slideshow that will play the soundtrack and come back to the picture. Then think, is their story a good remake of the movie ? (click on picture to enlarge)
Leica M9 with 60mm Hexanon at F1.2, 1/4000, ISO160