Equipment selection – times of doubt

Sunday morning, we will board the plane that will start our trip. Whatever gets in my camera bag that day will be with me for...
Sunday morning, we will board the plane that will start our trip. Whatever gets in my camera bag that day will be with me for a full year. I am currently contemplating two options (and yes, I know I am lucky to have them). 1) Leica M8 with 35mm Lux Asph or 2) Leica M9 with 35mm Lux Asph and 60mm Hexanon. I guess it happened to all of us, the sudden doubts before a big trip. Therefore I tried to organize my thoughts in several points before getting to a decision : Lenses / focals : 35mm on the...

The flower merchant

Was this street seller mocking the long line of customers waiting to buy him flowers ?  (click on picture for high res) Sigma DP2 at...
Was this street seller mocking the long line of customers waiting to buy him flowers ?  (click on picture for high res) Sigma DP2 at 40mm at F2.8, 1/125, ISO400

Meeting street photographers III : Eric Kim

Eric Kim runs a successful website dedicated to street photography. We first got in touch about a year ago and talked a few times about...
Eric Kim runs a successful website dedicated to street photography. We first got in touch about a year ago and talked a few times about how it would be great to meet and do some shooting together. This finally concretized last week, since we found ourselves by coincidence in Paris during the same week. It was very interesting to see Eric in action, especially his "in your face" street photography. Indeed Eric used a 35mm lens (Lux Asph v2) on a Leica M9 and would constantly get within one meter of his subjects. While many people were quite surprised (especially...

Farniente by Lake Geneva

Switzerland is often thought as of a snowy and mountainous country. Yet, summer brings great weather and though Switzerland does not have any sea, many...
Switzerland is often thought as of a snowy and mountainous country. Yet, summer brings great weather and though Switzerland does not have any sea, many beaches can be found by the lakes. So when temperatures hit more than 30° celsius today, many headed to the shores of Lake Geneva for a bath or a picnic until sunset. And for those of you that see mist in the first shot, it is actually the smoke of some good food cooking on the numerous barbecues ... Note that I have put my M9 to rest for a few days and will use...

Trip update #2 – Everything under control

That is it, our around the world ticket has been booked and though changes are allowed, the itinerary is pretty final. Due to some countries...
That is it, our around the world ticket has been booked and though changes are allowed, the itinerary is pretty final. Due to some countries asking a bit too much paperwork to visit them (especially for my "made in Argentina" girlfriend), we will skip on the USA, China and South Africa. Great news is that we got the visa to get in Australia, which was a must go for us. Next Sunday we will head to London where the trip officially starts. Here are the first destinations that should take us 3 months : Turkey, Mexico, Cuba, Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia...

Glamour & Love

Aren't they endlessly linked in Paris ?  (click on picture for high-res) Leica M9 with 35mm Lux Asph at F1.4, 1/1000, ISO160
Aren't they endlessly linked in Paris ?  (click on picture for high-res) Leica M9 with 35mm Lux Asph at F1.4, 1/1000, ISO160

The train in Luxembourg

In the Luxembourg Garden, the train leads nowhere. It will just make your recover from a tough night partying in the Latin Quarter.  (click on...
In the Luxembourg Garden, the train leads nowhere. It will just make your recover from a tough night partying in the Latin Quarter.  (click on picture for high res). Leica M9 with 35mm Lux Asph at F1.4, 1/4000, ISO160

Lady in red

I mentioned earlier that one of my recurrent themes was ladies in red. So here is my Parisian lady in red. (click on picture for...
I mentioned earlier that one of my recurrent themes was ladies in red. So here is my Parisian lady in red. (click on picture for high res) Leica M9 with 35mm Lux Asph.

Blind date triptych

Not all Parisian stories end up like you see in movies. (click on pictures for high res). Leica M9 with 35mm Lux Asph at F1.4,...
Not all Parisian stories end up like you see in movies. (click on pictures for high res). Leica M9 with 35mm Lux Asph at F1.4, 1/4000, ISO160, ND 0.6 filter

Under the Arches of Rivoli

Under the arches of Rivoli, many intrigues and secret rendez-vous take place. (click on pictures for high res) Leica M9 with 35mm Lux Asph at...
Under the arches of Rivoli, many intrigues and secret rendez-vous take place. (click on pictures for high res) Leica M9 with 35mm Lux Asph at F2.8, 1/500, ISO160