Archive for the ‘Trompe l’oeil’ Category

Triptych

Jeudi, avril 15th, 2010

Three views on parallel existences. Superfluous luxury ? (click on picture to enlarge)

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Leica M9 with 35mm Summilux Asph at F4.0, 1/125, ISO400

The intruder

Samedi, avril 10th, 2010

Confidence overcomes adversity, doesn’ it ?

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Leica M9 with 60mm Hexanon at F1.2, 1/2000, ISO160

Two pairs of ears

Jeudi, mars 25th, 2010

The first pair of ears is easy to spot, can you find the second one ?  (click on picture to enlarge)
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Leica M9 with 60mm Hexanon at F5.6, 1/90, ISO1000

Mirror, mirror, who is the most beautiful ?

Samedi, mars 13th, 2010

Nothing lasts forever. Be it the menu of the day or be it youth, it all has to vanish at some point.  (click on picture to enlarge)

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Leica M9 with 35mm Summilux Asph at F1.4, 1/180, ISO160

The hurt locker

Samedi, mars 6th, 2010

As they wait in front of a theater showing « the hurt locker », did this boy try to imitate a step on a mine to impress his friend ?  (click on picture to enlarge)

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Leica M9 with 35mm Summilux Asph at F1.4, 1/250, ISO160

The Starbucks shot

Dimanche, février 28th, 2010

I get the impression that over the last decade, at least 5% of all pictures taken represent people having a drink at Starbucks. So to keep with my times, here is my Paris Starbucks shot.

Note that the garbage can is here to remind us that though Starbucks might taste good, it belongs to the large and growing family of junk food chain stores.  (click on picture to enlarge)

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Leica M9 with 60mm Hexanon at F2, 1/250, ISO160

Weekend runaway

Vendredi, février 26th, 2010

As the weekend starts, a few commuters show their impatience waiting for the next bus on Les Champs-Elysées. (click on picture to enlarge)

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Leica M9 with 35mm Summilux at F1.4, 1/180, ISO640

Tuba Wars

Jeudi, février 18th, 2010

Who will win the three on three Tuba Wars ? Power, organization and soundless winds or chaos, variety and harmonious melodies ?  (click on picture to enlarge)

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Leica M9 with 60mm Hexanon at F1.2, 1/1400, ISO160

Kneeled down

Vendredi, février 12th, 2010

While some kneel down for a few coins, others kneel to find out what they fancy.  (click on picture to enlarge)

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Leica M9 with 60mm Hexanon at F2.8, 1/40, ISO1250

Do red berets look more red in red light ?

Samedi, février 6th, 2010

The answer is no but I could not let this beautiful red beret fall into anonymity.  (click on picture to enlarge)

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Leica M9 with 35mm Summilux Asph at F2.8, 1/125, ISO1000

Listen to your heart, be stupid

Mardi, février 2nd, 2010

Not everybody seemed convinced that day on the latest marketing campaign of a well known Jeans company.  (click on picture to enlarge)

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Leica M9 with 35mm Summilux Asph at F1.4, 1/500, ISO160

Luxury is so boring

Mardi, janvier 19th, 2010

While his parents are shopping in the temple of luxury, a little kid sits bored and probably craving to join the many passerby’s having a walk on Les Champs-Elysées.  (click on picture to enlarge)

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Leica M9 with 60mm Hexanon at F2.8, 1/125, ISO160

Queens at Queen and Flakes on Flakes

Vendredi, janvier 15th, 2010

Snow is falling as these girls take shelter at the entrance of the Queen dance club for a cigarette. It almost looks like Heidi’s land on the outside, yet in the inside, it becomes at night the hottest place in town.  (click on picture to enlarge)

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Leica M9 with 60mm Hexanon at F2.8, 1/125, ISO200

Last sandwich before the robbery

Mardi, janvier 5th, 2010

It did indeed look like this man was preparing for a robbery of the famous Bulgari jewelry. Obviously, I am not sure he would have taken a lunch break if it was its real intentions.  (click on picture to enlarge)

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

First snow on Les Champs-Elysées

Samedi, décembre 12th, 2009

For those that believed that there is a micro climate on the lower end of les Champs-Elysées where the Christmas market is located … sorry to have broken your illusion. (click on picture to enlarge)

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Leica M9 with 35mm Lux Asph at F1.4, 1/1400, ISO80

Fauchon’s mosaic

Vendredi, décembre 11th, 2009

Bits of food and bits of life in Fauchon’s mosaic wall, one of the most famous delicatessen shop of Paris  (click on picture to enlarge)

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Leica M9 with 35mm Summilux Asph at F1.4, 1/10, ISO640

A race between deers and horses

Lundi, novembre 30th, 2009

As we enter December and the holiday season, a rollercoaster was installed in front of the Grand Palais. The deers seem to enjoy a little race versus the horses on top of the palace. The later being obviously  condemned to eternal stillness. (click on picture to enlarge)

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Leica M9 with 60mm Hexanon at F2.8, 1/2800, ISO160

For rent

Dimanche, novembre 29th, 2009

As this fashion boutique was foreclosed, a « for rent » sign was placed in the window. I guess they could have elected a better spot … (click on picture to enlarge)

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Leica M9 with 35mm Summilux Asph at F2.8, 1/125, ISO200

Cani-bal Lecter

Mardi, novembre 24th, 2009

This scene almost suggests that they were shooting a remake of the « Silence of the Lamb » ….. for dogs.  (click to enlarge)

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Leica M9 with 35mm Lux Asph at F2.8, 1/1000, ISO160

Where is my room ?

Lundi, novembre 16th, 2009

A traveller walks through the lonely Louvres court. She stops and stares lengthily at the Palace. Was she the special guest of the King that night ?   (click on picture to enlarge)

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Leica M8 with 35mm Lux Asph at F1.4, 1/45, ISO640