Archive for novembre, 2010

The boat stop

Jeudi, novembre 11th, 2010

Dark clouds threatening again. Commuters wait eagerly for the next boat to dock for a lift to the center of the city. (click on picture to enlarge)

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Leica M9 with 60mm Hexanon at F1.4, 1/4000, ISO200

My world has changed

Mardi, novembre 9th, 2010

An elder man errs on the Champs-Elysées Avenue among thousands of wanderers. I wonder how it looked 50 years ago and what his memories of these times are.  (click on picture to enlarge)

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Leica M9 with 35mm Summilux Asph at F1.4, 1/750, ISO200

The baker and the seagull

Lundi, novembre 8th, 2010

In the Tuileries garden, a baker takes a break and shares his bread with his most starving customer.  (click on picture to enlarge)

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

On clichés : the reunion

Dimanche, novembre 7th, 2010

We are already at week 6 of the Street Photography Now Project.  This week instruction was « Never overlook a cliché » by Artem Zhitenev. It got me to reflect on what can be considered as a cliché picture, especially in Paris. Indeed Paris, together with New York, is historically the city most concurred by street photographers and has probably been shot upside down throughout the last century. It makes it difficult to innovate and showcase the city in a different way then what has been done before. In some ways, any shot taken in Paris becomes almost instantly a cliché and when I look at my archives, I am sure that a very high percentage would fit the cliché category. But in the end, does it matter ? What has been done before  has never been done in 2010, so even if so themes and composition are recurring throught the years, we shoot yours times with our own vision.

Making abstracton fo it, if I would have to define a cliché shot in Paris, I would mention, love, glamour, art, bohemia and the great humanist tradition. This is what I think I found in the shot I submitted. It was taken by the Alexander III bridge as this girl waved towards her boyfriend for a reunion.  (click on picture to enlarge)

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

A dark rainy night

Samedi, novembre 6th, 2010

Bad weather is back, but even then, there is always something lyric about Paris.  (click on picture to enlarge)

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Leica M9 with CV 35mm Nokton SC at F1.4, 1/90, ISO800

Association of ideas : The Lady of the Orange Mercedes

Vendredi, novembre 5th, 2010

I took a picture of this Mercedes in a street by Les Halles, probably attracted by its weird orange color. A couple of minutes later, I crossed path with that lady and automatically took her picture. That reason became clearer while reviewing the sequence of these shots : it looks like our brain has an inconscious short term memory of colors and structures, or who knows,  a special ability to detect a link between a car and its owner. (click on picture to enlarge)

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Both shots with Leica M9, 50mm Summicron, 1/500, ISO200

Battling the invisible

Jeudi, novembre 4th, 2010

Are you odds to win better when you play chess against the invisble ?  (click on picture to enlarge)

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

Stop for a minute

Mercredi, novembre 3rd, 2010

So cute and so smart, but if only she could stop talking for a minute.  (click on picture to enlarge)

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Leica M9 with 60mm Hexanon at F1.4, 1/1500, ISO200, ND filter

Pick a winning boat

Mardi, novembre 2nd, 2010

In the Tuileries Garden, a mother helps her kid to choose the boat that will sail on the pond. Yet how can you pick on a winning boat when you don’t even know what the sea looks like ? (click on picture to enlarge)

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

Miss Autumn

Lundi, novembre 1st, 2010

On the street overlooking the Seine River, she appeared storming down the sidewalk in elegance and avoiding ingenuously the looks of charmed passer-bys. She is Miss Autumn, and Miss Summer is already forgotten.   (click on picture to enlarge)

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