The Streets of Chicago

I just had a fantastic weekend in ‘The Windy City’ where I was a presenter at the Out of Chicago photo conference. I met such amazing people, both among the attendees and the other speakers. So much energy, creativity and camaraderie were packed in 3 days! I can’t wait to participate again in 2016. There were many highlights to my weekend, seeing old friends and meeting new ones. I also had the honor to become an official X Photographer for Fujifilm USA, which marks the beginning of a new adventure!

Here are a few snapshots gathered while roaming the streets of Chicago…

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Ordinary Objects are Beautiful Challenge ~ May & June

No worries, I haven’t forgotten to photograph a weekly ordinary object.

Here are the things, among many others, that caught my eye in May and June: A discarded sofa, my hotel room pillows in Canada, a lost toy found on a window sill in the streets of Paris, modern cafeteria patterns, a rooftop view from my bedroom, light on an indoor shutter, balls from a game I never understood and a rope seen at the dock while walking by the lake during the sweet evening light…

Click on each picture to see it larger. To see all 36 weeks, please visit this gallery.

Paris, encore Paris…

Bonjour! I finally had time to look through more of my photographs of Paris from my last trip in May. It was such a great week. I am thankful everyday to be able to live my dream and make a living teaching others how to see and capture everyday life. In case you missed the previous post, you can see it here. And if you want to join one of my upcoming photo adventures, please visit the workshop listings on my website

Thank you for visiting my blog, please leave a comment if you enjoy your time here. Merci!

 

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Paris, toujours Paris…

Today is day 3 of my Paris photo workshop. This week my students are coming from Australia, South Africa, Ireland and the United-States. The workshop is about Seeing Photographically, with a big emphasis on Street Photography. The goal is for each student to make his/her own iconic images of Paris. They soon realize that it’s not about famous landmarks, but it’s about an emotion and a fleeting moment.

I never tire of photographing my beloved Paris and here are some of the images I captured this weekend…

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Canadian Silhouettes

I just spent the weekend in Winnipeg, Manitoba in Canada. It was a personal trip, not a photography one. Of course the camera is never left behind, but during those trips I only grab a shot here and there without taking too much of my precious family time. Since I just returned from Italy and I am heading to Paris shortly, I wasn’t yet suffering from photography withdrawal. But I enjoyed focussing my attention on capturing silhouettes and collected these few images…

First I grabbed this iPhone shot through the car windshield while driving on the highway (no worries, I was in the passenger seat).

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The first evening we explored an area of Winnipeg called The Forks, the light under the railroad tracks made for some really cool contrasty images.

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While visiting the amazing Canadian Museum for Human Rights, I spotted a few more interesting silhouettes.

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Did I mention that I was staying at the famously haunted 100-year-old Fort Garry Hotel? No ghost sightings but this gentleman seemed to have stepped out of a different era when I saw him waiting for the old elevator.

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I hope you enjoyed this series of Canadian silhouettes. Please leave a comment. Thank you!

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Hit the Streets with Valerie Jardin ~ #2 Seeing the Light

Today is my birthday and I wanted to share something with you, so I decided to release my second mini tutorial as a way of giving back to such a wonderful community. Thank you all for your support, this is blog post #435 already!

Tip #2 will help you see the light in the streets and be more discerning when the right subject enters your frame. I hope you enjoy it!

Ordinary Objects Are Beautiful Challenge ~ April

A bike by night, some rustic shadows, a sleepless night, some dancing shirts, and a shutter shadow… These are the objects, among others, that caught my eye this month. To see all 28 weeks, please visit this gallery.

Hit the Streets with Valerie Jardin ~ #1: How to be Invisible in Street Photography

This is the first in a series of mini tutorials and tip videos available on my YouTube channel.

Tip # 1 will help you remain invisible in street photography when you want to avoid eye contact and not draw attention to yourself while being very close to your subject. I hope you enjoy it!

I would like to thank my friend Shawn Brezny for making this short video possible.

Roma in Monochrome

Roma is a feast for the senses and it inspired me to shoot in color most of the time during my photo workshop last week. This is unusual for me, as a majority of my street work is in B&W. There were a few instances when the scene obviously called for monochrome and this is something I discussed with my students thoughout the week. Either the subject required a more timeless feel or the color was overpowering or too distracting and was better removed because it didn’t add anything to the story. Here are a few of my B&W images of Roma (and two or three pics shot in Firenze):

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The Colors of Roma

Roma is of one of those cities that screams color, as much as Paris screams B&W in my opinion. No worries, the next post will be Rome in B&W but there will be fewer images.

I just returned from teaching a week long workshop in Italy about the Art of Seeing Photographically, with a big emphasis on Street Photography of course. The workshop was a big success and I am planning to run it again in the Fall of 2016.

I’ve never been one to feel stuck in either color or B&W. Some subjects are all about color and removing it would not make any sense. I rarely hesitate between color or B&W. I either see the shot in color or in B&W. I’ve always believed that those decisions should be made before you press the shutter, even if the digital age gives us options we didn’t have in the film days.

The light and the colors of Roma are so warm. There were only rare occasions where I saw the story in B&W, and you will discover those in the next blog post. Until then, please enjoy ‘Roma in colore’!

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