From Minneapolis to Chicago

It’s been a while since I’ve posted on the blog. Crazy few weeks…

We celebrated two graduations: Lucas from University, Nathan from High School.

I also wrote a new ebook The Art of Seeing Photographically which will be released in the next few days. I wrote a new article for Fujilove Magazine and I was featured in the German Soul of Street magazine, including the cover pic! I’ve also been busy proofing the typeset pages of my next book Street Photography: The Vision Behind The Lens to be released by Focal Press in New York in two months

I also taught a street photography workshop in Minneapolis and just returned from being a speaker at the Out of Chicago photo conference.  I also recorded quite a few exciting episodes for my weekly podcast Hit The Streets with Valerie Jardin.

Here are a few of the pics I’ve collected along the way…

Minneapolis…

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Chicago…

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New York Is Always A Good Idea

New York City is seeing a lot more of me these days. I’ve been walking its streets more and more frequently. My photographer’s eye can’t get enough of it but my heart and soul still belong to Paris…

Here are a few pics from my trip earlier this month:

From Grand Central…

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Reading upside down in the subway…

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To a windy day on Broadway…

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Light and Shadow in the Oculus at the World Trade Center…

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All photographs shot with the Fujifilm X100F

From Paris to Amsterdam

April has been a busy month so far! After teaching two consecutive workshops in Paris early in the month (a week-long workshop followed by a weekend), I had just enough time to fly back to the States to be home for a short week before it was time to fly across the atlantic again to teach in Amsterdam. I’m back in the States now and ready to fly to New York City next week. That’s a lot of air miles, but more importantly, a lot of miles walking with my Fuji teaching what I love to do…

Many memories later and some goods laughs shared with new friends, here are a few of my favorite pics from Paris and Amsterdam.

From Paris…

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To Amsterdam…

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The Colors of Quintana Roo

I resist more and more the term ‘street photographer’. I am a photographer. I do not limit my lens to people, never have and never will. I see life photographically and that makes me happy.

I just returned from a trip to Quintana Roo, on the Yucatàn Peninsula of Mexico. It wasn’t a photography trip (more on that in this post), but I always had my camera with me. When it’s winter and you live in a snowy state, any splash of color is a welcome sight. Here are some of the colors that grabbed my eye on the streets of Tulum and on Isla Mujeres last week.

More pics coming soon!

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New York Again…

I am spending almost as much time in New York as I am in Paris these days. Both cities are always a good idea and I could never get enough of them.

I was in the Big Apple again in February to speak at the first ever Fujilove LIVE conference. The event was a big success and a lot of fun. I had very little time to roam the streets with my camera but I took every opportunity that presented itself. 

Here are a few snapshots of my wanderings, a glance into the extraordinary life of ordinary people. 

Some Black & White…

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And some Classic Chrome…

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All we need is love…

...Love is all we need.

A short video of a collection of photographs depicting love on the streets.

 

Thank you for visiting, please don’t forget to leave a comment. And, in case you missed it, visit also my new blog Random Thoughts

 

 

Random Thoughts ~ A New Blog

Bonjour!

As you may remember, I started a Q&A blog a few years ago. Because I answer your questions on my podcast, I decided to revamp the blog and turn it into a blog of random thoughts. I just published the first post. If you enjoy my writing, you can read it here: Random Thoughts 001: Refocussing Feel free to subscribe if you enjoy it. 

Of course I will continue to share photographs here, so don’t go anywhere!

Thanks again for your continued support.

Valérie Jardin

The Everyday Life of Ordinary People

Street photography is more than beautiful light and shadows. It’s a glimpse into the life of ordinary people. An expression or a gesture that tells the story of everyday life.

Yes, as you know, I love photographing a beautiful silhouette or a person walking through a shaft of light in the perfect step, but those images are much less challenging or rewarding than capturing a really special expression or gesture. Both are still a depiction of everyday life, the first is more giving, while it is much more difficult to see and appreciate the second. The rate of success in capturing the uniqueness of everyday life in a compelling photograph is also much lower.

The slice of life forever frozen in time, in all its simplicity, is what street photography means to me in its purest form. I am the happiest when I capture a moment of the human condition, whether it is love, sadness, the struggles of aging or anything in between. The challenge is to learn to recognize the moment that will make the strongest possible photograph. It can be as subtle as the position of a hand on a railing, the loneliness in a woman’s eyes or men adjusting they reading glasses.

I hope this makes sense. Here is a selection of photographs to help illustrate the point I am trying to convey, because a photograph is worth a thousand words.

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All shot with either the Fujifilm X100S, T or F at 23mm  🙂

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The X100F in Paris

CAUTION: This is not a product review!

I’ve had the privilege to be one of the Beta testers of the recently announced Fujifilm X100F since November. I don’t write reviews, it’s not my style. But there are many good product reviews out there by some of my X Photographer friends. Guys tend to geek out with new gear, I don’t 😉 I can recommend this review from my good friend and former workshop student Ian Mac Donald, a fellow Fujifilm X Photographer in Canada.

The problem with Beta testing is that you can only use the gear ‘in secret’ until the product is announced so I wasn’t able to travel with it much. Thankfully, the X100F was announced the day before my Paris workshop started last week so it accompanied me on the streets of Paris for a few days.

As you know, I was a Fujifilm photographer well before I became an official ambassador in 2015. My love affair with the x100 series started with the S. It was the best camera I had ever owned (previously a Canon 5D Mark II shooter). The X100T surpassed it and, Fujifilm made an even greater product with the X100F. I’m more in love with it than ever!

What makes this camera so special? From my personal experience, it has become an extension of my vision. I don’t even have to think about it, it’s so intuitive that it almost feels like a part of me. The latest version is very impressive. Here are some of the features that I particularly enjoy: The faster auto focus, the added Acros film simulation, the focus joystick, the faster minimum shutter speed in auto ISO, the longer-lasting batteries. It also has the much sought after 24.3 mp X-Trans CMOS III sensor. The improved ISO ceiling of 12,800 (vs. 6,400 on the X100T) wasn’t a big deal for me but some people may find that useful. There is a boatload of other new features that I have yet to use. Remember, this is not a review, only my honest opinion.

So the question is: Should you get this camera? As long as you keep in mind that the only way a new camera will make you a better photographer is if it takes you out to shoot more, then YES! And this may well be the camera that is going to take you on more photo walks because it will also become an extension of you.

Conclusion of my findings: This is one sweet piece of gear. I loved its predecessors but you will find that the jump in improvements from the T to the F is much bigger than it was from the S to the T. The X100F is very noticeably faster and better and I couldn’t be more proud to have had the privilege to be one of the first photographers to experience its magic.

Here are a few sample jpegs taken in Paris this month. The color photographs were shot in Classic Chrome, The B&W were shot in Acros film simulation setting. Very little, if anything, was done in LR, slight exposure adjustment if needed, a tiny bit of straightening and a tiny touch of clarity on the B&W. I must have shot as much in color as I did in B&W this time.

Here are a few of the pics I shot with the X100F during my weekend in Paris…

Paris in Classic Chrome…

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Paris in Acros…

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This fun lifestyle video clip was shot for Fujifilm USA by photojournalist and friend Dustin Scholl in Minneapolis in November 

 

2016: Photographically Speaking

BONNE ANNEE ~ HAPPY NEW YEAR!

2016 was a very, very busy year for me. It was also a very exciting one! 

I taught 10 photo workshops in 4 different countries.

I had a solo gallery show at the beautiful Mpls Photo Center. Watch the opening reception video here.

I recorded and aired a podcast episode each week. I left Street Focus on the TWiP network and launched a new podcast under my own brand Hit The Streets with Valerie Jardin without even missing a single week!

Fujifilm USA sent me on a few speaking assignments across the country as an official Fujifilm X-Photographer. I was also a speaker at a few photo conferences.

I filmed my first live action course for lynda.com/Linked-in. (Receive a free 10 day trial and watch the course by following this link)

I wrote and published an ebook which, I’m proud to say, turned out to be a big hit.

I signed a contact with a publisher in New York for a “real” print book to be published in the Fall of 2017.  As I am writing this, I am only a few days away from the publisher’s deadline and adding the finishing touches to the manuscript. I will be very happy when it’s off my hands and I can kick off the 2017 photography workshops in Paris in January 🙂

2017 is shaping up to be another busy year, with new exciting photographic adventures. 

Living your dream is the hardest thing you’ll ever do, but also the most gratifying.

Here is a selection of some of my favorite shots of 2016 in a 4 minute video format. Enjoy and thank you all for your continued support!

Valérie