Archive for janvier, 2011

Paris is a movie

Lundi, janvier 31st, 2011

Sometimes I wondered if it made sense to go to the movies in Paris. Indeed, the best ever movie was always there, at any corner of a street. (click on picture to enlarge)

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Leica M9 (lens unknown) F4.0, 1/250, ISO400

My dear coat

Vendredi, janvier 28th, 2011

In these cold Winter days, isn’t your coat your best friend ?  (click on picture to enlarge)

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Leica M9 with 60mm Hexanon at F1.4, 1/710, ISO160

At the scouts – a girl’s afternoon out.

Mercredi, janvier 26th, 2011

Is there anything better on a Saturday to go storm Paris with a few friends ? (click on picture to enlarge)

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 Leica M9 with 60mm Hexanon at F1.4, 1/710, ISO160

The mirror shop

Dimanche, janvier 23rd, 2011

Does the windows of the Mirror Shop (« Miroiterie ») reflect the current state of our society ? Colors, Creativity, but also a lot of incivility and anger I guess. (click on picture to enlarge)

On a side note, I have posted two new articles on street photography in my new website :

13 ways to shoot candids

How to recognize when you have a bad / great street photography outing

Though I’ll keep on maintaining this blog, all photography writings will now be published on my new website, so if you haven’t discovered it and are interest, do not hesitate to have a look.

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Leica M9 with 60mm Hexanon at F5.6, 1/125, ISO200

Louisiana Belle

Samedi, janvier 22nd, 2011

If France had not sold Louisiana to the United States (for $15 millions …), would it still be French anyways nowadays ? Probably not, but maybe we would see more of these wonderful wheel boats on the Seine River (click on picture to enlarge)

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Leica M9 with 60mm Hexanon at F2.8, 1/350, ISO80

International Street Photography Award

Jeudi, janvier 20th, 2011

This start of the year seems to be full of exciting competition for street photographers. Indeed, a new event named the London Street Photography Festival will feature the first International Street Photography Award. Submissions end on March 31st and the Festival will take place in July.  To read more about it, click here or on picture.

As a side note, I always struggled to find a good definition for what street photography is. I think the directors of the Festival did come up with a very good one : “candid, un-staged photography which captures, explores or questions contemporary society and the relationships between individuals and their surroundings.”

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When talent is a no show …

Jeudi, janvier 20th, 2011

… does one give up and just walk away ?  (click on picture to enlarge)

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Leica M9 with 35mm Summilux Asph at F1.4, 1/2000, ISO160

Market torture

Lundi, janvier 17th, 2011

How could one ever visit a Parisian market and not be able to smell the wonderful aromas ? Some kind of torture for sure.  (click on picture to enlarge)

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Leica M9 with 35mm Summilux Asph at F1.4, 1/4000, ISO160

Impressions by the Louvres

Jeudi, janvier 13th, 2011

Sometimes I guess one takes a shot without really knowing why. The light, the situation, the forms, the feelings, … who knows, we just hit the trigger. This was the case that afternoon by the Louvres, so today, you’ll have to build your own history about these two persons by the Louvres.  (click on picture to enlarge)

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

The true Parisian

Mardi, janvier 11th, 2011

With a beret, smile and friendly expression, isn’t that the face of a true Parisian ?  (click on picture to enlarge)

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Leica M9 with 60mm Hexanon at F1.4, 1/750, ISO160

The wild ride on Les Champs-Elysées

Dimanche, janvier 9th, 2011

A nice 1 kilometer long slope, slalom around the shoppers, here is the best place in Paris for riding a scooter : Les Champs-Elysées.  (click on picture to enlarge)

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Leica M9 with 75mm Summilux at F1.4, 1/90, ISO1000

Moments of truth

Jeudi, janvier 6th, 2011

I wonder how many planned declarations, untold lies, or passionate declamations are told each day on the Bridges of Paris. So inspiring are the views that one probably needs to carve the moment with unforgettable words.  (click on picture to enlarge)

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Leica M9 with 50mm Summicron at F2.0, 1/4000, ISO200

Win a Leica M9

Mercredi, janvier 5th, 2011

Yes, this is your chance to win a M9 by entering this photography contest sponsored by Seal and Steve Huff ! To know more, click on the picture below to enter Steve’s website. Good luck !

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Slideshow : The Dada Bar project

Mardi, janvier 4th, 2011

There is no other place like a bar’s terrace to understand the social life of Paris. Over the last 24 months, I took dozens of shots of two bars on my way to work or the market. Please click here on the picture to discover the life of the first one, the Dada bar. Pay special attention to details and interactions, Parisians are a special kind ;)

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Sigma DP3 wish list

Mardi, janvier 4th, 2011

I have posted an article with a tentative Sigme DP3 wish list on my new site. Click here to discover it.

Supporting friend

Dimanche, janvier 2nd, 2011

Can the friend be a better support than the bench ?  (click on picture to enlarge)

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Leica M9 with 35mm Summilux Asph at F1.4, 1/90, ISO800