Archive for the ‘Street portraits’ Category

The Earl of Menilmontant

Mercredi, septembre 7th, 2011

This man introduced himself as the Earl of Menilmontant. Told us many great stories of his prime years. Even sang us a song. Earl in the heart, he was.  (click on picture to enlarge)

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Leica M9 with 35mm Lux Asph at F1.4, 1/1000, ISO160

Point of view

Mercredi, mai 11th, 2011

A table on Les Champs-Elysées, best place to go out and check out the girls walking by.  (click on picture to enlarge)

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Leica M9 with 60mm Hexanon at F1.4, 1/180, ISO160, ND fitler

Chinese mix up

Mercredi, février 9th, 2011

I think I am bit late for the Chinese New Year congratulations, I don’t even know exactly when it ends. And this picture was taken last year anyways. So let’s enjoy the intemporal look of that girl and try not to get mixed up further.  (click on picture to enlarge)

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Leica M9 with 60mm Hexanon at F1.2, 1/4000, ISO160, ND filter

Merry Christmas !

Vendredi, décembre 24th, 2010

Wherever you are …. Japan, US, France, Malaysia, …. or Russia, I wish you all a Merry Christmas ! (click on picture to enlarge)

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Leica M9 with 60mm Hexanon at F2, 1/1500, ISO200

Two impressionists by Notre Dame

Mardi, décembre 14th, 2010

Bokeh is often an impressionist best friend. (click on picture to enlarge)

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

The snow storm

Jeudi, décembre 2nd, 2010

I can’t remember another instance where such a snow storm hit Western Europe so early in winter time. Up to 25 centimeters of snow were able to paralyze most of France and people had to find extra creativity to wipe off the snow piling up in the street or on store awnings. (click on picture to enlarge)

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

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

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 day after

Lundi, octobre 18th, 2010

Put some clothes on, grab a cigarette and go buy a few baguettes for Sunday breakfast.  (click on picture to enlarge)
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Leica M9 with 35mm Summilux Asph at F1.4, 1/500, ISO200

Montmartre here I come

Lundi, octobre 11th, 2010

A pair of red glasses, a guitar and the head full of dreams of fame … Montmartre here  I come.  (click on picture to enlarge)
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Leica M9 with 60mm Hexanon at F1.4, 1/4000, ISO200

The eyes of the draftsman

Mardi, octobre 5th, 2010

Half scrutinzing and half in admiration, the eyes of a draftsman lock on their target and forget about the world around it.  (click on picture to enlarge)

Talking about eyes and to follow up on the manual focus series, here is a great link to a test that compares the Canon 5DII, Olympus E-P1 and Leica M9 in various situations. It seems that manual focus cameras are still kings in low light conditions ;)

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

Last one before the wild ride

Lundi, septembre 27th, 2010

Riding a scooter in Paris is a tough challenge as danger can be at every corner. Like a cowboy before riding his horse, a last cigarette and the scooter driver will race to the battle field.

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Leica M9 with 60mm Hexanon at F1.4, 1/350, ISO200

Candid

Samedi, septembre 25th, 2010

Candids are the ultimate goal of street photography. Grab an instant of time, an expression, a look or a smile without altering it with your presence. You see it but you are not part of it. (click on picture to enlarge)

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Leica M9 with 50mm Summilux Asph at F1.4, 1/250, ISO200

Terminator V : Lost in Paris

Mardi, septembre 7th, 2010

Suddenly he appeared out of nowhere on Rivoli Avenue. Maybe was it a new Terminator disguised as a cop ? Too bad nobody told him he had landed in Paris and not it New York City.  (click on picture to enlarge)

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Leica M8 with 35mm Summicron IV at F2, 1/8000, ISO160

The kind waiter

Vendredi, août 27th, 2010

22h, terraces are full in Le Marais neighbourhood, beer flows and even the waiter enjoys that nice summer night. (click on picture to enlarge)

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Leica M9 with 60mm Hexanon at F1.4, 1/90, ISO200

Good Guy Inside

Mercredi, juillet 28th, 2010

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)

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Leica M9 with 35mm Summilux Asph at F1.4, 1/125, ISO200

Trading sleep

Mardi, juillet 20th, 2010

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 …

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Leica M9 with 35mm Lux Asph at F1.4, 1/60, ISO800

A little blues on Saint-Louis bridge

Mardi, juillet 13th, 2010

Two street artists perform a little blues in the early morning. (click on picture to enlarge)piano-blues-singers-bridge-lr.jpgLeica M9 with 60mm Hexanon at F1.2, 1/4000, ISO200, ND filter

Tour de Paris

Lundi, juillet 12th, 2010

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)

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

Mona Gaga

Vendredi, juillet 2nd, 2010

Fashion is ever changing, but a woman’s Mona Lisa deep glaze will always exist. (click on picture to enlarge)

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Leica M9 with 35mm Summilux Asph at F1.4, 1/90, ISO1600