Archive for novembre, 2010

Luck in street photography

Mardi, novembre 30th, 2010

Prophotoresource.com is dedicating a full month to street photography, which is an amazing initiative. I was invited to participate as guest writer with an article on the topic of « Luck in street photography ». Click here to discover it !

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Leica M9 with 90mm Tele Elmarit at F2.8, 1/250, ISO1600

Good bye Paris

Lundi, novembre 29th, 2010

After five wonderful years in the City of Lights, our last night in Paris has arrived. My state of mind is like this picture, some shadows on the Sacré Coeur but a bright horizon line full of adventures.

Indeed, two weeks from now, a new adventure will start: 80 weeks around the world. I will launch a new photoblog dedicated to this trip as street photography will be a big part of it. Meanwhile, and for a few months, I will keep posting Paris shots on this blog. I have always tried to post shots taken during the current week, but from now on I will have to turn to my archives. I hope you will not mind but be sure that the day I feel I have no more quality shots to show, it will end.

So stay tuned for the launch of 80 weeks around the soon. First stage of the trip will be a far away country whose capital is very reminiscient of Paris !   I’ll let you guess ;)   (click on picture to enlarge)

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Leica M9 with 90mm Tele-Elmarit at F8, 1/500, ISO200

Fashion from far away

Dimanche, novembre 28th, 2010

Paris brings out the best of its visitors fashion wise. Many of them take special care to dress as if they had to honour the city of glamour.  And they do honour it.  (click on picture to enlarge)

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

Immune to temptation

Dimanche, novembre 28th, 2010

Paradise on earth doesn’t fool anybody anymore.  (click on picture to enlarge)

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Leica M9 with 35mm Summilux Asph at F2.8, 1/125, ISO800

Bright future

Samedi, novembre 27th, 2010

No kids yet, but great plans for the future (click on picture to enlarge)

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Leica M9 with 35mm Summilux Asph at F1.4, 1/500, ISO200 

Lights are on

Jeudi, novembre 25th, 2010

It is always a special event in Paris when the Christmas lights are turned on the trees of Les Champs-Elysées. Braving the bad weather, a man takes his son out for a walk on the enlightened Avenue.  (click on picture to enlarge)

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Leica M9 with 35mm Summilux Asph at F1.4, 1/125, ISO1600

Vision from the past

Mercredi, novembre 24th, 2010

An old man passes by a restaurant window pulling its trolley. A vision of the old Paris in the Montmartre flooded by tourism nowadays.

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

Duel at Disney

Mardi, novembre 23rd, 2010

A man engages a duel with a bear at the Disney Store. Or was it the sudden memory resurgence of an old brown Teddy bear he knew decades ago ? (click on picture to enlarge)

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Leica M9 with 35mm Summilux Asph at F1.4, 1/350, ISO200

The music box marionnette

Lundi, novembre 22nd, 2010

A girl is busy hanging decoration on the window display of a store in Montmartre. For a moment, I almost thought she was a marionette whose movements were activated by the hands of her colleague.  (click on picture to enlarge)

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

Operation Clichy

Dimanche, novembre 21st, 2010

As the sun slowly disappears behind the place, a phone suddenly rings in a busy street. A man picks it up and hears the four words sentence. Operation Clichy is on.  (click on picture to enlarge)

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Leica M9 with 90mm Tele Elmarit at F4, 1/2000, F4.0, ISO200

The sight in Montmartre

Samedi, novembre 20th, 2010

Though one can enjoy one of the best view in the world from Montmartre, this boy’s vision seems obnubilated by the young girl caught in his arms.  (click on picture to enlarge)

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Leica M9 with 90mm Tele Elmarit at F4.0, 1/2000, ISO200

Cig or kiss ?

Vendredi, novembre 19th, 2010

or both … ;)  (click on picture to enlarge)

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Leica M9 with 35mm Summilux Asph at F1.4, 1/60, ISO1600

The girl in the rear view mirror

Jeudi, novembre 18th, 2010

While you stare at dreamy worlds, life might pass by in your back. (click on picture to enlarge)

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Leica M9 with 60mm Hexanon at F1.4, 1/90, ISO1600

Reverse world

Mercredi, novembre 17th, 2010

In Paris, while girls smoke in the inside, boys chat on the outside.  (click on picture to enlarge)

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Leica M9 with 35mm Summilux Asph at F1.4, 1/180, ISO1600

Paris Authentic

Mardi, novembre 16th, 2010

Authenticity is probably lost the moment you start promoting it. (click on picture to enlarge)

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Sigma DP2 at 40mm at F2.8, 1/250, ISO800 (staged shot)

Esmeralda 2010

Lundi, novembre 15th, 2010

A modern Esmeralda waits at the corner of a bridge crossing the Seine River. One could almost feel Quasimodo looking from the tower of Notre Dame.  (click on picture to enlarge)

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Leica M9 with 35mm Summilux Asph at F1.4, 1/60, ISO200   (staged shot)

Blown away

Dimanche, novembre 14th, 2010

… by the sound of good news ?  (click on picture to enlarge)

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Leica M9 with 35mm Summilux Asph at F1.4, 1/500, ISO800

The prostitute’s umbrella

Samedi, novembre 13th, 2010

In a street close to downtown work a few prostitutes. A red umbrella to protect from the rain, or a promess of warm moments to passer-by’s.  (click on picture to enlarge)

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Leica M9 with 60mm Hexanon at F1.4,  1/750, ISO200

Power exposed

Vendredi, novembre 12th, 2010

When Nicolas Sarkozy was elected President of France, he took all the captains of the French industry to a dinner at exclusive Fouquet’s on Les Champs-Elysées. An economic downturn afterwards, most of them have suddenly become invisible. (click on picture to enlarge)

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Leica M9 with 35mm Summilux Asph at F1.4,  1/250, ISO800

Rain is business

Jeudi, novembre 11th, 2010

This week has probably  been the rainiest so far this year. Usually good business days for valets, yet this boy definitely had a very dry uniform… (click on picture to enlarge)

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Leica M9 with CV35mm Nokton SC at F1.4, 1/250, ISO800