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)
Leica M9 with 35mm Summicron IV, ISO200
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)
Leica M9 with 35mm Summilux Asph at F1.4, 1/125, ISO200
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)
Leica M9 with 35mm Summilux Asph at F1.4, 1/1000, ISO160.
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)
Leica M9 with 35mm Summilux Asph at F2.8, 1/500, ISO200
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
Sample shots (click on pictures to enlarge)
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 …
Leica M9 with 35mm Lux Asph at F1.4, 1/60, ISO800
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)
Leica M9 with 60mm Hexanon at F2.0, 1/4000, ISO200, ND filter
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)
Leica M9 with 35mm Summilux Asph at F1.4, 1/1000, ISO200