I just returned from New York yesterday and before I start posting NYC pics on a blog post, I better post the few Classic Chrome pics I shot in Paris last month. In case you missed my last post, Paris Sera Toujours Paris, I definitely see my city in B&W most of the time. Now that I have the beautiful Classic Chrome available as a film simulation, I have been shooting more and more color. Here are a few of my favorite color pics from my September trip. Enjoy!
I’ve been back from France for over a week and getting ready to go to New York, it’s about time I post some of my photographs from Paris, don’t you think? I had an AMAZING week. I taught a 6-day workshop to a wonderful group of 10 people from all over the world. It was a week of photography, friendships, good food and good laughs.
I must say that, being a French expat, I truly appreciate the French way of life when I’m back home. Yes, there are problems, like everywhere else. No place is perfect. But life in France is pretty darn good! I miss it more and more…
Here is a selection of pics from my recent visit. They are random moments of everyday life, the ordinary as seen through my lens. Slices of life immortalized forever. Street photography is so important!
Some Paris in color coming as soon as I have a few minutes of free time🙂 Enjoy!
On the train…
Music in a shaft of light
“Je veux un voilier, maman!!!”
Meanwhile, at the Petanque courts nearby…
“Yes, I know, my boyfriend looks like a true frenchman.”
Writing Le Plat du Jour on the board.
Rain will not stop the dancers at Rue Mouffetard!
A dose of daily news and passion
Considering what’s on the news… I don’t blame him!😉
The eye contact
I always allow myself a few extra minutes during my morning commute to catch some light!
Shy Jack Russel
Seen at St Sulpice
Some art mixed with construction workers
Gilberte and her reflection
Another one immortalized for my readers series…
Waiting in the light in Le Marais
Playing with reflections in Le Marais
Neighbors on the ground floor: Helliot and Lily with their mom and dad.
Lily with her mom
On the bus…
In the metro…
Chasing the evening light
No comment, this IS Paris🙂
At the next table…
Crossing the line
The model and the boy
Lunch and a glance
Checking out the menu part 1
Dog in a bag
Dogs in a stroller
Dog on a Harley
Seeing double on the Seine
A Royal Entrance at Le Louvre
Enjoying the rain at the park
Pont des Arts
Alone and framed
A blur in the night
Eiffel head… Couldn’t resist😉
Of course I did a few mirrored-me selfies along the way…
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I am spending two days at my family home in Normandy before the next Paris photo workshop starts on Saturday. It’s a glorious time to be on the coast. The tourists are gone and the weather is nearly as beautiful as in July. I took my camera for a few walks during my short visit. Here are a few snapshots of every day life on the Normandy beach…
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Here are a few more miscellaneous snapshots from my visit at the Minnesota State Fair. Contrary to the previous post, the pics below were shot during the day. Enjoy and please leave a comment!
I love photographing at night. Available light sources of all kinds illuminate your subjects in many different ways. I love the bright lights and the deep dark shadows.
I was at the Minnesota State Fair last night with a friend and I focused my attention on the faces and expressions of fair-goers near the rides and attractions happening in the Midway.
Lots of beautiful people enjoying a perfect summer night…
Here is my good photo buddy Brad and his reflection, buying his last Pronto Pup before the end of the ‘Great Minnesota Get-Together’🙂
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Some photographers decide to shoot all in black & white or all in color. Although I do prefer B&W for the most part, I also know how to recognize a subject that would lose all interest in monochrome. Sometimes the color is such a big part of the story that removing it would almost be a crime.
I used to shoot RAW and made the final decision in post processing, but this year I’ve only shot JPEGs and embraced the limitations. After all, it wasn’t that long ago that I was making the decision to put a roll of color or monochrome in my camera and lived with that decision.
I do believe that shooting color is often more challenging, you have to be more aware of the many distracting elements that can overpower your subject. Making quick compositional decisions to tell your story while eliminating distractions from the frame before you press the shutter is a balancing act.
I made a selection of recent pics to illustrate that colors often rule on the streets!
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County fairs offer a very unique experience in the United States. Walking through a County Fair is a bit like going back in time. They are nothing compared to the giant State Fairs. It’s local and authentic, people know each other and they take the time to slow down.
I don’t like crowds but I really enjoyed the Washington County Fair in Minnesota with my camera for the first time. I was there for just a couple of hours on a Saturday evening early August. It was a perfect evening for silhouettes🙂
Here are a few of the pics I came home with. All shot with Fujifilm X70.
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Ah, lazy days at the beach…
Here are a few pics snapped near my family home during my wanderings this summer. Enjoy!
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You probably know by now that I’m all about creativity in the field. I get bored with post processing, photography for me is all about being out with my camera, not spending hours in front of a computer.
I recently acquired a Lensbaby Velvet 56mm lens for my Fujifilm XPro2. If you’re not familiar with Lensbaby, they’ve been making really fun creative focus lenses for many years. I used to play with the their Composer system during my Canon days. The Velvet is definitely not a lens you absolutely need, but it sure is a ton of fun! It is quite challenging to use, all manual focus, it will definitely slow you down and make you think. It’s about being very discerning and finding the right subject to fit the look. It’s also about finding the right balance in the aperture you choose and making sure the eye of the viewer is drawn to the subject(s) most in focus. Not too much softness, not too little… And, more importantly, forgetting your preconceived idea that sharpness is a must and embracing the dreamy soft look that you can achieve in camera without spending any time in the digital darkroom.
I found that the dreamy look is particularly suited for the beautiful Classic Chrome film simulation of the Fujifilm cameras. So I set out for a walk on the beach near my family home in Normandy and saw it in a new way.
Just remember that… Sharpness is a bourgeois concept ~ Henri Cartier-Bresson😉