Archive for juin, 2010

Heat

Mercredi, juin 30th, 2010

Women have a clear advantage when heat waves hit the city like this week. Tomorrow is planned to be worse, will we see men with umbrellas ?  (click on picture to enlarge)

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Leica M9 with 60mm Hexanon at F1.2, 1/4000, ISO200, ND filter

The weight of history

Mardi, juin 29th, 2010

In Versailles, these tourists show a « Goyesque » discomfort among statues and paintings decorating the rooms of the King’s palace. Did they fear that the revolutionary citizens would come back centuries later to have their heads cut ? (click on picture to enlarge)

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

Waiting for the postman

Lundi, juin 28th, 2010

In wait for the letter that will start a long trip ? (click on picture to enlarge)

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Leica M9 with 35mm Summilux Asph at F8, 1/500, ISO200

Last look before the trigger

Dimanche, juin 27th, 2010

On a late night in the Paris metro, a lone passenger rides home. Suddenly, a black mass raises in front of him and shoots him … click, thanks for the picture Sir.  (click on picture to enlarge)

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Leica M9 with 35mm Summilux Asph at F1.4, 1/125, ISO800

Lady of Versailles

Samedi, juin 26th, 2010

Long gone are the corsets, petticoats and wigs of the French court, but sometimes elegance appears like an old ghost in the Versailles Palace Gardens. (click on picture to enlarge)

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

White wine, red bucket

Vendredi, juin 25th, 2010

The hottest day of the year so far in Paris. Only way to cope with the heat was to enjoy a few glasses of wine on a terrace. White wine in a red Champagne bucket. of course.

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Leica M9 with 60mm Hexanon at F1.2, 1/4000, ISO400

Leica blog interview

Jeudi, juin 24th, 2010

I was interviewed by Steve Huff for the Leica Blog last week. If you are interested in the article, please click here : Leica blog

Also do not hesitate to discover Steve’s website as it is a vast and enthusiastic source of information mainly related to rangefinder photography.

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Leica M9 with 35mm Summilux Asph at F1.4, 1/1000, ISO160

Beer for men, wine for girls

Mercredi, juin 23rd, 2010

Since Summer is back, I had to post the classic terrace shot. Is there any better place on earth for a drink after work ?  (click on picture to enlarge)

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Leicca M9 with 35mm Summilux Asph at F1.4, 1/2000, ISO200

Over confidence prohibited

Mardi, juin 22nd, 2010

One might be built like Van Damme, but what can muscles do when stabbed in the back. The Almighty decides. (click on picture to enlarge)

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

A tango to welcome the summer

Lundi, juin 21st, 2010

As Paris welcomes the solstice with music in every streets, the St-Honoré Market hosts tango dancers under his roof. A little dance to welcome the summer, three wonderful months to come, Paris at his best.  (click on picture to enlarge)

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Leica M9 with 35mm Summilux Asph at F1.4, 1/125, ISO800

Beauty by Mr Rogers and Piano

Dimanche, juin 20th, 2010

Why did Mr Rogers and Piano create such a complex and ugly structure as the Centre Pompidou in the heart of Paris ? So it could enhance even more the beauty of Parisian girls ?  (click on picture to enlarge)

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

The tabac down the street

Samedi, juin 19th, 2010

Be it for a pack of cigarette,  a bingo card, an entrecote, or a quick coffee, the Tabac shop down the street will save your day many times.  (click on picture to enlarge)

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Leica M9 with 60mm Hexanon at F1.4, 1/1500, ISO640

Before the show

Vendredi, juin 18th, 2010

Smoking, laughing, concentrating, everybody deals with stress its own way I guess.  (click on picture to enlarge)

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Leica M9 with 35mm Summilux Asph at F1.4, 1/500, ISO160

The acrobat

Jeudi, juin 17th, 2010

Eyes scanning through the crowd movement, smooth steps and full control of his body balance. Dropping a glass of Champagne would be a sacrilege in France. Waiters on Les Champs-Elysées are acrobats.

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Leica M9 with 60mm Hexanon at F1.4, 1/500, ISO160

Back from the past

Mercredi, juin 16th, 2010

A man seems to appear on Les Champs-Elysées through a time tunnel. Elegance is timeless in Paris.

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Leica M9 with 60mm Hexanon at F1.2, 1/1000, ISO160, ND

Girls love football too

Mardi, juin 15th, 2010

Meanwhile women magazine overwhelm their readers about what activities to do during the World Cup, it seems that actually quite a few of them enjoy following the biggest show on earth. For the next three weeks, the Champs-Elysées will be invaded daily by fans flowing to celebrate their countries’ victories. Today was the turn of Portugal who actually only managed to tie Ivory Coast. I guess that in Portugal, any result is a good reason to go out in the streets and party.  (click on picture to enlarge)

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Leica M9 with 60mm Hexanon at F1.4, 1/1000, ISO160

Suffering makes you greater

Lundi, juin 14th, 2010

A few friends climb the statue of  in Park Monceau. Sacrilege ? Maybe not as the following words are written on its base :

« Rien ne nous rend si grands qu’une grande douleur »  meaning « Nothing makes us greater than a great suffering ».  Looks like it was granted to him !

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Leica M9 with 75mm Summicron at F8, 1/3000, ISO160

Sunset at the harbour

Dimanche, juin 13th, 2010

A couple contemplates the sunset over the Trocadero.

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Leica M9 with 35mm Summilux Asph at F1.4, 1/4000, ISO80

The cheerleaders bus

Samedi, juin 12th, 2010

Unlike the US where they travel in buses, cheerleaders ride in 2CV in Paris.

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Leica M9 with 35mm Summilux Asph at F5.6, 1/1000, ISO160

A bottle over the Seine River

Vendredi, juin 11th, 2010

A few friends share some thoughts and a nice bottle on a bridge over the Seine River.  (click on picture to enlarge)

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Leica M9 with 75mm Summicron at F2.8, 1/2000, ISO160