Archive for avril, 2010

Next train to Neverland

Dimanche, avril 11th, 2010

As she waits for the next metro tain, this girl seems off to a less lugubrious place.  (click on picture to enlarge)

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Leica M9 with 60mm Hexanon at F1.2, 1/90, ISO1600, ND filter

The intruder

Samedi, avril 10th, 2010

Confidence overcomes adversity, doesn’ it ?

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

In the mood for love

Vendredi, avril 9th, 2010

In a tiny street leading to Les Champs-Elysées, a young couple spends a few romantic minutes before facing the crowded avenue.  (click on picture to enlarge)

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Leica M9 with 60mm Hexanon at F1.2, 1/125, ISO1600

Wind of change

Jeudi, avril 8th, 2010

Suddenly the girl raised her eyes and viewed a bright future. Change was about to happen.  (click on picture to enlarge)

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Leica M9 with 60mm Hexanon at F2.0, 1/250, ISO160

Street photography spots III : Rue de Rivoli

Mercredi, avril 7th, 2010

 

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  

 

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 Sample shots  (click on picture to enlarge) 

 

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Only girls can stop a Ferrari …

Mardi, avril 6th, 2010

… of course with a little the help of very powerful brakes. (click on picture to enlarge)

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

Shared gardens

Lundi, avril 5th, 2010

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)

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Leica M9 with 60mm Hexanon at F1.2, 1/1500, ISO160, ND filter

The King of Les Champs-Elysées

Dimanche, avril 4th, 2010

A modern mobster ? No, nowadays, the only crime on Les Champs-Elysées is not to be fashionable.

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Leica M9 with 60mm Hexanon at F1.2, 1/1500, ISO160, ND filter

The ingenious murder of Miss Bighair

Samedi, avril 3rd, 2010

« A little step back honey and stand still while I move the car »   (click on picture to enlarge)

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

The vet, the racer and the dancer

Vendredi, avril 2nd, 2010

Kids playing in the Monceau Park as the sun sets. Will today’s games shape tomorrow’s careers ?    (click on picture to enlarge)

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

Amélie Poulain, a thousand remakes

Jeudi, avril 1st, 2010

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)

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