Archive for juillet, 2010

Love and communication

Samedi, juillet 31st, 2010

In front of a post office in Le Marais, a passionate lover wrote « I send you all my love ». Meanwhile a few blocks away a man is on his way to deliver his message himself.  (click on picture to enlarge)

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Leica M9 with 35mm Summicron IV, ISO200

Walk ‘n’ Shower

Vendredi, juillet 30th, 2010

Paris Beach is on again on the piers of the Seine River for a full month. While obviously nobody will take a bath in the River, the sprinklers are here for a refreshing halt.  (click on picture to enlarge)

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Leica M9 with 60mm Hexanon at F1.4, 1/2000, ISO200, ND filter

Rebel without a cause

Jeudi, juillet 29th, 2010

A 2010 James Dean version ?  (click on picture to enlarge)

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Leica M9 with 60mm Hexanon at F1.4, 1/1000, ISO200, ND filter

Good Guy Inside

Mercredi, juillet 28th, 2010

To celebrate the launch of latest installment of Starcraft, a large department store of Les Champs-Elysées organized a special event on Monday Night. Walking by, a huge blue robot appeared in the crowd and suddenlly came to faced me …  Fear ?  No, based on his look, « Good Guy Inside », more of a candidate to marry one’s sister.  (click on picture to enlarge)

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

A gust of wind

Mardi, juillet 27th, 2010

On the plain of les Invalides, a sudden gust of wind lift the hat of this charming girl as she passed by me. So strong was the squall that even my camera tilted…  (click on picture to enlarge)

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

Choices

Lundi, juillet 26th, 2010

In the Luxembourg Garden, three young friends on a summer trip stare at the vegetation in a long silence. Studies, work, and maybe love, these are the times of difficult choices.  (click on picture to enlarge)

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Leica M9 with 60mm Hexanon at F1.2, 1/250, ISO400, ND filter

Last one for the Texan

Dimanche, juillet 25th, 2010

Today saw the arrival of the Tour de France on Les Champs-Elysées. It was the last one for superstar Lance Armstrong, so a large colony of fans had made the trip to show support and celebrate with him. Good-bye cowboy. (click on picture to enlarge)

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

When East meets West

Samedi, juillet 24th, 2010

This year again, the wealthy families from the Middle East have elected the Champs-Elysées as their main vacation destination. Day long shopping, coffes on the terraces, luxury cars, but also a lot of social activity going on. Indeed young women and men take the opportunity to meet each other on the Avenue, which is often quite a difficult or prohibited event in their home country. I guess that these summer Holidays in Paris will lead to an increase of happy weddings in the Middle East. (click on picture to enlarge)

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Leica M9 with 35mm Summilux Asph at F2.8, 1/500, ISO200

Marilyn & Co.

Vendredi, juillet 23rd, 2010

Walking down the street in Le Marais, here is Queen Marilyn and her friends. Three young ladies ready for a long night of party. (click on pictures to enlarge)

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Both pictures with Leica M9 with 60mm Hexanon at F1.4, 1/500, ISO200

The innate nature of street fashion

Jeudi, juillet 22nd, 2010

Parisians have an innate sense of behaving like they are on the cover of a fashion magazine.

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

Street photography spots VIII : The Canal Saint-Martin

Mercredi, juillet 21st, 2010

 

The Seine River is not the unique water way in Paris. Indeed, facing problems of salubrity in dowtown Paris, Napoleon ordered the construction of huge canals to bring potable water as well as merchandise to the city. Nowadays these canals are mainly sailed by guided tours ships and are a great place for long wanders along its piers, as well as wonderful sights at its many floodgates and bridges. The most typical part of the canal network is the Canal St – Martin that links the Villette harbour to la Bastille.

First head to the Stalingrad metro station (a very photogenic place in itself) and you’ll find yourself overviewing the canal located on the left. Obviously, you can wander by both sides of the water way and if you have time, do so. Otherwise I recommend taking the right bank when going towards La Bastille. You will be on for a 2 kilometers walk full of pictures opportunity. Indeed, barges, terraces, floodgates, lovers, lone wanderers, fishermen, bridges, campers, joggers, .. it is all there for creative picture taking. And don’t forget your lunch for a nice meal with your feet in the water.

 

Pictures type   : Strollers, terraces, barges, group of friends.

Your best lens : 35mm and 75mm

Favorite spot   : By Stalingrad

When to go     : Very early morning or before sunset.

Must go         :  See a ship go through the floodgate system.

Metro Station  : Stalingrad

 

Map of the area

 

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Sample shots  (click on pictures to enlarge)    

 

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Trading sleep

Mardi, juillet 20th, 2010

On Place des Victoires, a taxi driver take a quick rest in his car as he waits for customers. A long night of quick naps for your convenience of getting faster home and enjoy a good night of sleep. (click on picture to enlarge)

PS : I can’t believe I talked positively about taxi drivers …

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Leica M9 with 35mm Lux Asph at F1.4, 1/60, ISO800

My Raspberry Nights

Lundi, juillet 19th, 2010

An even mellower interpretation of the wonderful and photogenic « My Blueberry Nights » as a girl and a boy enjoy a date in a deserted Monday night restaurant. (click on picture to enlarge)

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Leica M9 with 75mm Summicron at F2.4, 1/45, ISO1600

Little secrets on the House of Bettencourt’s

Dimanche, juillet 18th, 2010

Luckily for the media, this won’t be a long and boring summer on the news front. Indeed, justice is currently investigating whether the all wealthy Bettencourt family financed the ruling party during the last presidential elections. The House of Bettencourt vs Justice vs the President, what a great and captivating summer thriller for the readers.  (click on picture to enlarge)

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Leica M9 with 60mm Hexanon at F2.0, 1/4000, ISO200, ND filter

Wonderland above

Samedi, juillet 17th, 2010

The Louvres palace rests magically over the umbrella of this girl. (click on picture to enlarge)

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

Waiting for the bling-bling Italian ?

Vendredi, juillet 16th, 2010

or for the driver of the fiery American ?

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Leica M9 with 35mm Summilux Asph at F4, 1/350, ISO800

Dead shadows walking

Jeudi, juillet 15th, 2010

On Rivoli street, shadows err under the heavy sun of a hot summer day. When one has the attitude, even her shadow shows.  (click on picture to enlarge)big-legs-shadows-girl-lr.jpgLeica M9 with 21mm Voigtlander at F5.6, 1/1000, ISO200 (cropped)

The handsomest in the neighbourhood

Mercredi, juillet 14th, 2010

Overlooking the street that runs along the Canal Saint-Martin, a man overlooks the passer-bys. Trying to impress these ladies ? (click on picture to enlarge)

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Leica M9 with 35mm Summilux Asph at F1.4, 1/1000, ISO200

A little blues on Saint-Louis bridge

Mardi, juillet 13th, 2010

Two street artists perform a little blues in the early morning. (click on picture to enlarge)piano-blues-singers-bridge-lr.jpgLeica M9 with 60mm Hexanon at F1.2, 1/4000, ISO200, ND filter

Tour de Paris

Lundi, juillet 12th, 2010

Good-bye to the World Cup and welcome to the Tour de France. I even think a new competition should be created, that is the Tour de Paris. Indeed, every day the prettiest girl found riding a bicycle in the city would get to wear a yellow skirt the next day.  Like the idea ? (click on picture to enlarge)

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Leica M9 with 35mm Summilux Asph at F1.4, 1/1000, ISO200