The Littoral Series X : The final cut – 12 Hours

Time to end this series and show you the final cut of a full week of reportage shooting.

On the last day of the course, each of us laid on a table the 300 pictures he had taken during the week to build a reportage.  A very tiring day, though definitely very interesting. A first selection of our best pictures was made, then sometimes a second one before Eric cleverly added a few of his picks and started arranging the pictures in a cohesive series. After an hour and dozens of arrangements, there was the result of a week’s work appearing in the form of a 5 to 20 pictures reportage. It was also time to learn our last lesson, and probably the toughest one, that is the « mourning of one’s best images ». Indeed sometimes your best shots just don’t fit into a series, so one has to accept to leave them aside. Difficult and frustrating, but definitely a wise advice.

My series consists of 12 pictures, some of them I have commented on previous posts while others will be new to you. I named it « 12 hours »; a wander through a day and its changing light, impressions of life on the Littoral from sunrise to sunset. Click here or on the picture to launch the slideshow.

Finally, I take this opportunity to thank Eric Bouvet and the full Buvette group for one amazing experience. If you are based in France (or nearby) and would like to learn more about reportage, Eric will most probably give this course again next summer, so check out the Rencontres d’Arles website sometimes next May. Note that Eric also sets up courses for associations and photo clubs all over France, so do not hesitate to contact him if you are interested.

(click on picture to launch slideshow)


Leica M9 with 35mm Summilux at F1.4, 1/3000, ISO200, ND filter

10 Responses to “The Littoral Series X : The final cut – 12 Hours”

  1. Sergey dit :

    Great series and thank you for sharing. I cant wait for you to get back to Paris and continue with you wonderful photos!

  2. Richard Clark dit :

    I love it, as a film editor of many years I know the struggle of simply rejecting great shots that don’t add to the story, learning to edit my photography is a whole other challenge but your sharing has helped. Now to simply create a number and tell the story in that many shots. Less is More :)

  3. Fotoleica dit :

    Very interesting and educational series. The final cut works so well as a coherent work – you must be very pleased. It is generous of you to share this experience and in my view has made your blog one of the best. Maybe you could continue with this theme?

    I hope you do not have to be without your M9 too long following the shutter problem!

  4. Jesper dit :

    Great work! Also, following your participation in the course and the ideas and frustration it has caused you has been very rewarding – this is blogging at its very best!

  5. Jason dit :

    What a great essay, written and photographed. Thank you for sharing your insights into the process of reportage. Yes, we all hate « killing our darlings », but that is part of the profession.

    I especially liked the last photo in the series.



  6. admin dit :

    thanks all, glad you enjoyed it. I might do another series next month, maybe on some technique aspects of street photography. Will see how inspiration and time get along …

  7. Fanfan dit :

    Superbe série : originale par ses choix de cadrage et par son traitement… Tout cela rend l’ensemble très homogène et rappelle l’ambiance, la lumière et les gens du sud : j’aime beaucoup !

  8. Axel Cordes dit :

    Yanidel, thank you for taking your time and putting all that together for us.
    I personally take very much out of this series and your daily contributions.

    You words are always taken as careful as you images. It is a pleasure to read and view.

    Thank you for all your effort which is helping us/me to develop.

    Best regards Axel

  9. admin dit :

    Thanks Axel, glad it helps !

  10. wyman dit :

    HI!I love your photos!
    I want to ask, had these photos been used any software to do post process ?
    All the photos are original ??
    I’m a beginner, hope you could teach me~