Archive for the ‘Urban Scenes’ Category

Paris Landscapes gallery

Jeudi, avril 28th, 2011

I have started the large task of organizing my archive of Paris pictures. Indeed, there are several hundreds pictures on this website (and thousands more in my computer), which makes it sometimes tough for readers or agencies to find shots corresponding to specific situations. I therefore decided to group my best shots in dedicated galleries and post them on my new website.

The first one of these galleries is made of landscapes / sceneries of Paris. I am not a landscape shooter yet I never skip on a good landscape opportunity, especially if there is somewhat of a street feel to hit. Some of the pictures in this gallery have been posted before, some have not, please click  or on the picture to discover it.

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Frozen sight

Samedi, décembre 25th, 2010

Going through freezing days, that’s the price to pay for an everlasting view on the Tower.  (click on picture to enlarge)

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Leica M9 with 35mm Summilux Asph at F1.4, 1/4000, ISO200

The hidden Symphony

Jeudi, décembre 16th, 2010

Scrutinizing eyes are a must in Paris, there is always a special detail to be caught close by or a little further. Probably to ease the eyes of the passer-bys, a band elected to practice on the piers of the Seine River. (click on pictures to enlarge)

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 Leica M9 with 60mm Hexanon at F4.0, 1/350, ISO200

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

I despise my neighbour !

Lundi, octobre 4th, 2010

At first, I thought he was moving. But tonight I realized he was hosting the Yves Saint Laurent fashion week show. Here they were, the world’s most beautiful girls just across the street and … I wasn’t invited. (long sigh).        (click on picture to enlarge)

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Leica M9 with 60mm Hexanon at F1.4, 1/250, ISO200

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Leica M9 with 60mm Hexanon at F2, 1/4, ISO200 (tripod)

Under the roofs of Paris

Vendredi, septembre 17th, 2010

« As the moon rose over the Eiffel Tower on a late Summer night, I noticed a lamp lit up in the apartment across the street. Suddenly …. »

Wouldn’t that be a great start for a novel ? Love, adventure, drama …..  your choice. Yet « Under the roofs of Paris » would be its name.  (click on picture to enlarge)

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Leica M9 with 50mm Summilux Asph at F1.4, 1/125, ISO400

The return of the bad boy

Vendredi, juillet 9th, 2010

In front of the Saint-Gervais-Saint-Protais Church, a nun does not seem to happy about the stories she is listening too. Bad boys never change … but I guess the doors of her small « shetler » will always remain open. (click on picture to enlarge)

PS : This is one of my first shots with the Voigtlander 21mm lens I acquired this week. It falls in the category of super wide angles and gives a 90 degrees field of view. Quite difficult to master due to converging lines, distortion and … lot of space to fill. I will experiment more with it, but this is definitely a very fun lens to use in these moments where a scene just does not fit in the frame.

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Leica M9 with Voigtlander 21mm at F5.6, 1/500, ISO200

The ghost barge

Jeudi, février 4th, 2010

On a Seine River arm, a ghost barge is docked waiting endlessly for a captain to take its command. One could almost think that zombis will appear from the decks. Well, look closely, a presence is making sure nobody will board the ship looking for adventure.  (click on picture to enlarge)

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Leica M9 with 60mm Hexanon at F1.2, 1/2800, ISO80

Le Tourne bouchon Bar

Mercredi, février 3rd, 2010

A street scene in front of a bar. If you pay closer attention, you might recognize a famous French movie star that got scared at the view of my camera. Why ? I ain’t no paparazzi, can’t celebrities also be part of a normalParis life scene?  (click on picture to enlarge)

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Leica M9 with 60mm Hexanon at F5.6, 1/90, ISO1600

The lonely path

Lundi, décembre 28th, 2009

When looking at this scenery with a lone wanderer, one would have a tough time to believe that only a few meters away, thousands are striding along the Champs-Elysées. Indeed, the park was closed due to risky slides … yes indeed, it seems that a bit of snow is very feared in Paris.  (click on picture to enlarge)

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Leica M9 with with 24mm Elmarit at F5.6, 1/500, ISO160

Water Homes

Vendredi, novembre 20th, 2009

A man takes a walk by the Seine River and returns « home ». The routine of a barge captain.

For those of you interested about technical aspects of the Leica M9, this was my first shot taken at Pull 80 in uncompressed raw file. Click on link below to get a full size picture.  Focus done on the right barge’s anchor.  Note the impact of full frame on depth of field. Obviously, I have also applied my processing to the file.

Click here for full size picture

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Leica M9 with 60mm Hexanon at F5.6, 1/250, ISO Pull 80

An Indian sunrise

Mardi, juin 30th, 2009

While the sun rises over the Sacré Coeur, one could almost believe that it is the Taj Mahal shadows that appear  in the horizon   (click on picture to enlarge)indian-scenery-paris-lr.jpgLeica M8 with 75mm Summarit at F5.6, ISO160

Saint-Lambert de Vaugirard

Mardi, juin 16th, 2009

I always try to get out the beaten paths while wandering in unknown neighbourhoods. You sometimes encounter unexpected sceneries and situations. It is what happened early last Saturday as one of the first worshipper entered solemnly Saint-Lambert Church.     (click on picture to enlarge)

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Leica M8 with 21mm Elmarit Pre-asph, ISO160

Invisible men sanctuary

Jeudi, juin 11th, 2009

An abandoned office facility lays in the middle of the Ile Saint-Denis just outside Paris. Dozens of rooms have been tagged and destroyed by the gangs of the neighbourhood . A sofa lays on a side of the entrance path. Seems that  an invisible man is guarding the access to this urban art sanctuary.

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Sigma DP2, 24mm at F2.8, ISO800

Last drinks before the sunset

Lundi, avril 20th, 2009

Next to Centre Pompidou are located several bars with crowdy terraces on Sunny day. As the final rays barely make it over the roofs of the surrounding buildings, shades and reflections play with the tables and the customers.       (click on picture to enlarge)

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Leica M8 with 35mm Lux Asph at F4, ISO160

Fire on the Eiffel Tower

Mardi, mars 24th, 2009

Well actually not quite a fire but a trompe l’oeil picture of a Sunday morning exercise of the Paris Fire Department by the Seine River.    (click on picture to enlarge)

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Leica M8 with 85mm Jupiter 9 at F8, ISO160

Bir Hakeim Bridge

Jeudi, mars 19th, 2009

The Bir Hakeim Bridge is one of the remarkable view point of Paris. As it can be passed through by boat, car, foot or metro, the combinations of path between passengers and walker bys are endless.       (click on picture to enlarge)

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Leica M8 with 85Mm Jupiter 9, ISO160

Sunset in Clichy

Vendredi, mars 13th, 2009

Close to the Clichy bridge lays a small pier with a lonesome barge. A great tiny place for a short walk by the Seine River at sunset time.    (click on picture to enlarge)

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Leica M8 with 24mm Elmarit at 2.8, ISO160

The Liberty Sister

Lundi, février 16th, 2009

While everybody knows New York’s Liberty statue, it is less known that a smaller replica can be found in Paris below the Pont Grenelle. Indeed, the Statue de la Liberté was a gift from France to the United States in 1886 as a sign of friendship between the two nations yet a little sister was built on L’Ile des Cygnes. Funnily, this statue was rotated several times as it first faced the Eiffel tower, than the presidential palace to finally be orientated West in direction of her American sister. It can be seen on the picture as the sunset was witnessed by the many Sunday wanderers, almost giving the impression of a large ship entering the harbor. « New York, New York » could almost be heard in the distance.

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Leica M8 with CV25mm, ISO160
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Gipsies in Parc des Buttes Chaumont

Jeudi, février 12th, 2009

Les Buttes de Chaumont is less known yet a wonderful park located in the North-East of Paris. It is a favorite of the parisians so it gets very crowded on sunny weekends. The views from its many hills are fabulous and you can take a  rest below the many trees lining the curvy trails. It is behing one of them that this group of Gipsy women had decided to stop for a little chat. It did not seem to reassure the man sitting on the bench, probably due to the harsh fame following the Gipsies, many times without reason.

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Epson R-D1 at ISO800