Archive for juin, 2010

Gunfight at OK Etoile

Jeudi, juin 10th, 2010

Two men face each other on opposite platforms of the Etoile metro station. A woman slowly walks away as the man reaches for his pocket under the eyes of worried passengers. A modern French Western ? (click on picture to enlarge)

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Leica M9 with 75mm Summicron at F2, 1/125, ISO1250

By the Fontaine des fleuves

Mercredi, juin 9th, 2010

Who said statues can’t be touched by one’s sorrows. (click on picture to enlarge)

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

When Bollywood comes to Les Champs-Elysées

Mardi, juin 8th, 2010

Bollywood productions are probably the most creative movies in the world. So when an Indian girl rode a pink scooter on Les Champs-Elysées,  nobody seemed too surprised by the scene. Maybe a little fact was more puzzling … the scooter was indeed powered by a very special engine.   (click on picture to enlarge)

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Leica M9 with 35mm Summilux Asph at F1.4, 1/180, ISO1250

Sliding down a steepy slope

Lundi, juin 7th, 2010

… in a more sleepy way.  (click on picture to enlarge)

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

You can’t hide from the mirror

Dimanche, juin 6th, 2010

… but you can hide behind the mirror. A woman in Montmartre does herself up as the morning breeze rushes through the window of her ground floor flat.  (click on picture to enlarge)

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Leica M9 with 35mm Summilux Asph at F1.4, 1/125, ISO160

Shoot the shooter

Samedi, juin 5th, 2010

A photographer getting ready for a candid of a beautiful woman. Or a woman getting ready to shoot a photographer with a enormous vintage camera ? Or even, a photographer shooting a photographer that is getting to be photographer by a beautiful woman ?

Headaches ? Well, if you  attended the Bievres Photography Fair today, you would have ended up up dizzy  by searching through the thousands of cameras and lenses on sale. As for myself, I found a perfect sample of a Russian Beauty… a vintage 85mm F2 Jupiter 9. A cheap but wonderful lens for portraits, for sure I won’t sell it again this time.

The show ends tomorrow so rush there if you are in need of any vintage photography equipment. (click on picture to enlarge)

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Leica M9 with 35mm Summilux Asph at F8, 1/60, ISO160

The magic Hula Hoop

Vendredi, juin 4th, 2010

On Les Champs-Elysées, a girl plays with a hula hoop. Almost seems a leathal weapon to enfrent the three threatening shadows walking toward her.  (click on picture to enlarge)

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Leica M9 with 75mm Summicron at F2, 1/4000, ISO160

Street photography spots VII : The Tuileries Garden

Jeudi, juin 3rd, 2010

Located in front of the Louvres Palace, the Tuileries Garden is the biggest park in downtown Paris. Once the Kings’ private garden, it has been open to the public for two centuries and has become a favorite of for Parisians in need of some green space.

As you enter the Garden through the Concorde gate, go left and up the ramp that overlooks the place on one side and the Garden on the other. There you’ll get the opportunity for shots with great paranomas, you’ll just have to wait for someone to bring some interesting action to your frame. Also a good opportunity to use your longer lenses for some subject compression or isolation effects. In the far left corner (as you face the Garden) stands the Jeu de Paume, a building fully dedicated to photography and featuring amazing exhibits. So do plan a couple of hours to visit it.

Once fully inspired by works of the masters, walk to the main pond area where you’ll usually find many people taking a rest in the famous green chairs. Take a seat, feel the place and hopefully you’ll find some ways to keep out of the « cliché » shots and find some creative ways to depict this area. If not, the famous couple sitting in chairs will do, heck you are in Paris, this is a must take shot. After that, head towards the wooden areas where shooting becomes a bit more challenging. Indeed, in the later part of the afternoon, sun, shadows, dust and vegetation create a special light that is great to create mysterious atmospheres. There is always something happening but you obviously need to find it so do not hesitate to roam around in search of your shots. Once out of the woods, you’ll find the second pond (and another couple shot …) and finally get in the last part of the Garden where labyrinths are located. Here again, your creativity will be put at a test but the setting is definitely there for some great shots.

 

Pictures type   : Strollers, couples, terraces, shadows plays, joggers.

Your best lens : 35mm and 75mm

Favorite spot   : Around the ponds

When to go     : Very early morning or before sunset. Avoid weekends.

Must go         :  Jeu de Paume Photography House

Metro Station  : Concorde

 

Sample shots  (click on pictures to enlarge)    

 

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The illusionist

Mercredi, juin 2nd, 2010

Are you sure about what you see ? Or is the illusionist tricking you ?  (click on picture to enlarge)

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

2010 Paris Beautiful Eyes Award

Mardi, juin 1st, 2010

And the winner is …. (click on picture to enlarge)

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Leica M9 with 60mm Hexanon at F1.4, 1/180, ISO1600