Wanderings in Normandy

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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Hit the Streets with Valerie Jardin

Hit the Streets with Valerie Jardin
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A new photography podcast for the Urban Photographer

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After 2 years and 104 episodes as the host of the Street Focus podcast on the TWiP network, I decided to spread my wings and launch my own show!

Join me every Thursday in this new adventure. Make sure to sign up for the weekly posts to get more information about my guests and participate in photo contests. Hit The Streets with Valerie Jardin will officially launch on Thursday, September 22 but it is now live on iTunes, Pocket Casts, etc.

PLEASE leave a rating and review to help give the show more visibility. Thank you for your continued support. Now it’s time to grab your camera and hit the streets!

Valerie Jardin

 

 

Meet me at the fair

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!

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Faces in the Night

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…

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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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Thank you for visiting! Which was your favorite face in the night?

When Colors Rule on the Street!

 

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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New York

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Paris

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Bayeux

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New York

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Los Angeles

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San Francisco

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Mont Saint Michel

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Deauville

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Cabourg

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Melbourne

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New York

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Minneapolis

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Paris

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Rome

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New York

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Minneapolis

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County Fair Folks

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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Normandy Beach Goers

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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Au Revoir!

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At the Beach with the Lensbaby Velvet

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😉

 

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Paris – Bruxelles

It’s vacation time! I just spent the past 3 weeks at our family home in Normandy with two fun side trips to Paris and Brussels.

As you know, during family time photography takes somewhat of a backseat. After all, it’s what I do the rest of the year so I can take a little break once in a while, or at least try… My camera is always with me, I couldn’t live without it. So I get to snap a shot here and there along the way. It always makes for an interesting challenge. There is no time to wait for the shot, it’s all about reacting quickly to whatever is happening in front of me.

I believe that the limitations keep you sharp and I feel that I always learn a lot from the experience. The key is to embrace the limitations and not let the lack of photography time become a frustration. Do you experience something similar while on family vacation?

Paris…

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Brussels…

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Street Photography: First Steps and Beyond

Bonjour!

I recorded this short video to give you an overview of my ebook, Street Photography: First Steps and Beyond.

Big thank you to my friend Shawn Brezny for the video production!

To download the ebook, click here.

Thank you for your support!