Banaue

Banaue is a surprising city. Located in the middle of the vast rice terraces region, it seems that most of its buildings are about to...
Banaue is a surprising city. Located in the middle of the vast rice terraces region, it seems that most of its buildings are about to crumble down the steepy hills. Though surrounded by green, everything looks grey. Yet, as our guide said, everybody is happy in Banaue. Far from the metropolis and close to the sky, Banaue still leaves in its own world.  (click on pictures for high res) All pictures taken with Leica M8 and 35mm Lux Asph

The Venice of the rice

A 90 minutes drive through muddy roads brought us on top of mountain overlooking the Batad valley. It took another 90 minutes of a walk...
A 90 minutes drive through muddy roads brought us on top of mountain overlooking the Batad valley. It took another 90 minutes of a walk down the steep flanks of mountain to get the isolated town of Batad. The long procession of locals carrying huge loads of goods, animals of food shows make the tourist breathing loudly look silly. No cars ever made it here and only the screams of kids and a few barking dogs break the silence. Finally, Batad can be seen at the bottom of the valley, laying in the middle of rice fields whose stone walls...

Merry Christmas

We are in the middle of rice terraces and with just enough cell phone reception for a 5 minute picture upload. So this will be...
We are in the middle of rice terraces and with just enough cell phone reception for a 5 minute picture upload. So this will be the way we wish a Merry Christmas to our families, friends and all the readers of this website. So Merry Christmas to all of you !!!    

Your favorite 2011 picture # 21 : Michael Kipp

I am struggling accessing my email from the remote area we are currently located, so I am not sure I'll be able to keep the...
I am struggling accessing my email from the remote area we are currently located, so I am not sure I'll be able to keep the daily posting of readers pictures for the next few days. In any case, I'll extend it into part of January. Berlin is the setting for today's picture and was taken my Michael Kipp in March. Panasonic GF-1 with the Panasonic/Leica 45mm/2.8 This is what Michael wrote about his picture: I took this photo in March 2011 in Berlin when heading to an important business-related meeting. I'm terrible when it comes to orientation and navigation -...

Jeepney’s and co

When one sets foot to Philippines, he is straight away surprised by the bus units. Indeed, they consist of a Jeep looking front and a...
When one sets foot to Philippines, he is straight away surprised by the bus units. Indeed, they consist of a Jeep looking front and a used truck enging is built in. They come in thousands different colors and designs and have the characteristic to be often overcrowded. Luckily, we found a regular bus for the 8 hours drive that took us to the rice terraces region of Banaue. Yet the 2 hours we spent on dirt tracks to reach the hotel and view points where spent on a Jeep. Quite an exercise. (click on pictures for high res) All pictures...

The sphere

Get caught in the sphere, hopefully as a kid's game only. (click on picture for high res)  
Get caught in the sphere, hopefully as a kid's game only. (click on picture for high res)  

Your favorite 2011 picture #20 : Konstantin Mihov

Today's picture is a scene from Amsterdam in the Netherlands taken by Konstantin Mihov. Leica M9 and Voigtlander 35 mm f1.2 Aspherical II This is...
Today's picture is a scene from Amsterdam in the Netherlands taken by Konstantin Mihov. Leica M9 and Voigtlander 35 mm f1.2 Aspherical II This is what Konstantin wrote about his picture : I was walking with a friend around the main street leading from the train station to the city centre and just about 3 minutes before the picture, a bird pooped on my shoulder so we went into a cafe to ask for a napkin. As soon as we came out, I noticed this guy walking towards the sun. He looked very strange with that pot of flowers on...

Meeting street photographers #VII : Craig Nye

When Craig kindly invited me to a street photography outing in Sydney, I gladly accepted. And it was a great pleasure to meet him and...
When Craig kindly invited me to a street photography outing in Sydney, I gladly accepted. And it was a great pleasure to meet him and his friends. A few shots, a few beers and a lot of interesting talks. Surprisingly, I was the only one out there with a digital camera, who said film is dead ? As usual, the pictures illustrating this interview were taken during our outing. Craig in the Sydney Harbour with his 1935 Leica IIIA and 50mm Industar lens Here are a few questions that Craig kindly accepted to answer : Sydney is an amazing place...

Your favorite 2011 picture #19 : Aline Beney

New York will be our destination once again, this time seen through the eyes of Aline Beney from Switzerland with this shot taken in April. ...
New York will be our destination once again, this time seen through the eyes of Aline Beney from Switzerland with this shot taken in April.  (click on picture for high res) iPhone 4, app. HIPSTAMATIC, lens JOHN S, Film Blanko. This is what Aline wrote about her picture : I was for one week with a friend in NY with my big NIKON D70s. But imagine two girls shopping in NY means no space in the bag for a big camera. So I realise that an iPhone can also take interesting souvenir pictures (I'm not a street photographer but Yanidel...

Hello Philippines

After two months spent in the safe haven of Australia, we finally made it to the Philippines. Difficult to describe Manila with words, but I...
After two months spent in the safe haven of Australia, we finally made it to the Philippines. Difficult to describe Manila with words, but I guess "Chaos" would be perfect to describe the first impression one gets when entering the city. Unluckily, I feel that my candid rate is going to decrease drastically. Indeed, at almost 2 meters high, I am almost a Circus freak here ... (click on pictures for high res) All pictures taken with Leica M8 and 35mm Lux Asph