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Canal Saint-Martin

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Returning to enjoy the light and get a different view

I return to Paris at least twice a year. Why? Because Paris is always different. There is always something new around the corner what I’ve not yet discovered and photographed. But apart from discovering new places I also often go back to places where I’ve already been before. What’s the use of that? Well, the circumstances are always different. Day of time, weather, season it all affects the light and remember, light is what photography is all about.

Pont des Arts

One place I always go back to every time I’m in Paris is the Pont des Arts. There is always something going on. People are always crossing, boats are passing and since the invention of the love lock it is also the most romantic bridge in Paris. But for me the greatest thing about the Pont de Arts is the view on  Île de la Cité. One of the two islands in the Seine and the heart of Paris. Especially around Sunset when the artificial lights gets turned on, aka blue hour, the view is breathtaking. Every time I go there I take a few photographs and they always turn out different.

Hunting for a photo

But what I’m still hunting for is the sunrise behind the  Île de la Cité shot from the Pont des Arts. Unfortunate this only happens in the winter and the for the last 10 year I was in Paris in the winter the weather was never good enough. But one day, maybe even when you’re joining me on a photo walk, I’m sure I’ll make the picture that’s visualised in my mind already for so many years.

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Fuji X-pro1 in Paris

Paris is beautiful.  Whatever the season is. Maybe I like Paris the best in the winter. Less tourists, the foliage is not hiding the beautiful buildings, the wet streets can make nice reflections and the light is soft.

On my long walks I certainly am not enjoying to haul around loads of equipment  Ideally my camera gear will fit in a Domke F-803. That results in a Leica M with a few lenses or lately the superb Fuji X-pro1 with the 60mm, 35mm, 18mm and a Voigtlander 15mm. This fits easily in the bag and is so light that I hardly notice carrying it around when I do my photo walks in Paris.

The Fuji X-pro1 is even lighter than my Leica M7 and the same is true for its excellent lenses. With the latest firmware update the auto focus is faster than I can do with my Leica. Do the pictures look the same as the analogue ones? No, but the Fuji is the first digital camera I really like and the pictures are different but beautiful.

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Markets also are being held in winter. Only the dog is now wearing a coat too.

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The church is cosey and warm


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And churches have to be cleaned too!


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Inside the Arc de Triomphe


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Along the canal st. Martin


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Canal st. Martin


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Cimetière du Montparnasse


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Foundation Henri Cartier Bresson


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Things we do in the Metro

Metro rides can be boring, even in Paris. Unless you have a camera with you!

In between photo walks or in the evening when going back to the hotel in the city of light, the metro is the way of transportation of choice.

Until I got the excellent Fujifilm X-Pro1 I used mainly B&W film when strolling through Paris. Shooting this kind of  pictures in the metro with B&W film is possible but with a digital camera with live view on the back, great high ISO capabilities, very silent operation and auto focus it is much less of a gamble. Not much post processing was needed on these photos. Some minor exposure adjustments due to user error and some white balance tweaks on a few photos were the only adjustments needed.

The liveview and the people being so self engaged make this kind of photography very easy. When doing well you do not get noticed at all.

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