Which digital camera would the masters choose nowadays ?

Imagine that some of the masters of photography were still alive nowadays and were forced to turn to digital by their clients.  Some tough choices...
Imagine that some of the masters of photography were still alive nowadays and were forced to turn to digital by their clients.  Some tough choices would have to be made, but eventually all would find the tool to perpetuate their style and vision. Let's have a look at which camera they would end up picking. Robert Capa : Always broke, Capa spent his money (and Magnum's) on drinks and taking out girls. Nowadays, he would probably own the cheapest pro camera availabe on the camera, weather sealed of course, just in case he had to swim in the Channel again....

5 tips to add depth to your street photographs

Depth is my obsession in street photography. Indeed, whenever I spot a potential scene, the first question that comes to my mind is "can I...
Depth is my obsession in street photography. Indeed, whenever I spot a potential scene, the first question that comes to my mind is "can I create depth with the available elements?" Though depth is not always essential to produce a good street photograph, it will assist viewers to recreate a three dimensional space out of the two planes output by your camera. Or in other words, it will get the viewers closer to the spatial experience of the photographer at the time of the shot. Here are therefore five tips to help you add depth to your pictures : I)...

Sir, there is an elephant running at you

Don't worry, the elephant wasn't on a rampage plastering whoever was on it way. It was standing at the entrance of a temple and being...
Don't worry, the elephant wasn't on a rampage plastering whoever was on it way. It was standing at the entrance of a temple and being honoured by worshippers. These one fed it with little stacks of grass and even gave it coins. Elephants like coins so it greeted their donatores by a little tap on the head with its trump. Talk about trust.  (click on pictures for high res) All pictures with Leica M9 with 35mm Lux Asph

Come back Louis … Vuitton

No, this group of workers in Pondichéry wasn't asking for the return of French royalty, but to get their jobs back with luxury company LVMH....
No, this group of workers in Pondichéry wasn't asking for the return of French royalty, but to get their jobs back with luxury company LVMH. Four years ago, Louis Vuitton created its first Asian factory in Pondichéry and hired a couple hundreds people. The venture apparently didn't fare very well since it sold its operations last year (in other words, it packed its "bags"), and left behind an ongoing labor dispute. Had it happened in France, it would be a headline news. But when it happens so far away, who cares ? (click on picture for high res Leica M9...

A touch of France

We will spend the new two weeks in the city of Pondichéry. In case you haven't heard of it, was a French colony during close...
We will spend the new two weeks in the city of Pondichéry. In case you haven't heard of it, was a French colony during close to 300 years and it is only in 1962 that India took over the territory. Why spend two weeks here ? I guess we missed the croissants and baguettes too much the last few months. More seriously, we were in need of a rest and the small coastal city seems the right place for it.  (click on pictures for high res) Leica M9 with 35mm Lux Asph at F1.4, 1/180, ISO640

An evening at Marina Beach

Madras has on the largest public beach in the world with 13km of sandy shore. And amazingly, it is busy in most of its stretch....
Madras has on the largest public beach in the world with 13km of sandy shore. And amazingly, it is busy in most of its stretch. Since swimming is not recommended (strong drifts), many activities are proposed to the visitors. So you actually have the feeling to be at a Fair. A very large one. (click on pictures for high res) All pictures taken with Leica M9 and 35mm Lux Asph

The flowers market

Below the Horwah bridge, very early in the morning, one will discover a huge flowers market. Not that the people of Calcutta is especially fond...
Below the Horwah bridge, very early in the morning, one will discover a huge flowers market. Not that the people of Calcutta is especially fond about flowers, but most of them will be sold around temples for worshippers to offer the Gods. And the Gods seem to like orange a lot. (click on pictures for high res) All pictures with Leica M9 and 35mm Lux Asph, except #5 with 50mm Summicron

The long life of the Ambassador

Like NYC, the fleet of cabs in Calcutta is all painted in yellow. Yet only one brand is allowed, that is the 50 year old...
Like NYC, the fleet of cabs in Calcutta is all painted in yellow. Yet only one brand is allowed, that is the 50 year old Ambassador which is still manufactured. How many decades must have them dealt with traffic ? Luckily, we all know that the main virtue of an Ambassador is patience.

The goddess of death

In the Southern part of Calcutta stands the temple of Kalighat. Entirely devoted to Kali, an important divinity in West Bengal, sacrifices of goats are...
In the Southern part of Calcutta stands the temple of Kalighat. Entirely devoted to Kali, an important divinity in West Bengal, sacrifices of goats are still performed to honor it. Therefore, red is the dominant color of the temple,as well as surrounding neighborhood. Kali won many battles and would drink the blood of its enemies. What a goddess to worship ! (click on picture for high res)

Calcutta

Somehow Calcutta has a bad reputation as it was often depicted as Hell on earth. So we were really surprised today to find a modern...
Somehow Calcutta has a bad reputation as it was often depicted as Hell on earth. So we were really surprised today to find a modern and pleasant metropolis. Calcutta is the only large city in India that was created by the British, so you can often feel like you are in a European type of setting, Well, kind of, because poverty and franziness are still here, tnough the city seems to have accomplished huge progress over the last decades. But that is just one day, let's see what tomorrow will bring once we head out of our centric and cozy...