A bucket of love

Street photography is sometimes so surprising. So here I am sitting on a beach by Lake Geneva and notice a heart shaped bucket laying a...
Street photography is sometimes so surprising. So here I am sitting on a beach by Lake Geneva and notice a heart shaped bucket laying a few meters away. I take out my camera, mount a 85mm lens and start composing. A heart left alone on the rocks, isn't that full of meaning ? As I ready to click, a girl suddenly enters my frame and reaches to the bucket. My first reaction is : "damn, she is going to steal muy bucket", so I click straight away. It is only afterwards that I realized she was actually looking at me....

The games will wait

It is Friday the 27th of July on the shores of the lake. A thousand kilometers away, the world's biggest joust is about to start....
It is Friday the 27th of July on the shores of the lake. A thousand kilometers away, the world's biggest joust is about to start. The show will probably be sumptuous. Yet to some, a sunset on Lake Geneva is even more beautiful.  Still, in the presence of the Union Jack of course. (click on picture for high res) Leica M9 with 35mm Summicron IV at F2.0, 1/250, ISO640

Manchester United of Bagan

The people of Myanmar (Burma) love football. Despite years of isolation, it seems that every kid knows the names of famous players of all around...
The people of Myanmar (Burma) love football. Despite years of isolation, it seems that every kid knows the names of famous players of all around the world. Yet, probably consecutive to decades of British rule, the UK sides are still the most popular and a large majority state Manchester United as their favorite team. It was not different in Bagan where we started to chat with that group of of little monks. The subject of football popped up immediately. So much that it seems to me that their real religion was football and ManU's players their new gods. I therefore...

The race to success

In a train bound to Tokyo airport, a group of students board early in the morning. Some joke around, others listen to music while most...
In a train bound to Tokyo airport, a group of students board early in the morning. Some joke around, others listen to music while most look anxiously at their notebooks. One stop later, a tall kid enters. He must be 14, maybe 15 and holds firmly to the train's steel post. His head thrones above the others yet his skinny body seems about to crumble. A long fight against his sleepy eyes begins and it looks like he is going to crash on fellow passengers in the next curve. A long night of studying must have preceded. Finally, he surrenders...

Sweet punishment

No, we did not visit a SM kind of club while on our short stop in London. To the opposite, it was a great Ice...
No, we did not visit a SM kind of club while on our short stop in London. To the opposite, it was a great Ice Cream Parlour near Covent Garden. Sometimes appearances do mislead. (click on picture for high res) Leica M8 with 35mm Lux Asph at 1/45, F1.4, ISO160  

The princess of the seas

Once upon the time, a mighty farmer captured the beautiful princess of the seas. He brought her back to the mainland locked in a cell...
Once upon the time, a mighty farmer captured the beautiful princess of the seas. He brought her back to the mainland locked in a cell pulled by his steel horse .... Well, I am not really a fairy tale writer and the reality behind this picture is less magical. Indeed, it was taken in Ralay, Southern Thailand. The tractor is used to bring local workers to the shore when the tide is low as boats can no more dock on the shores. Sorry Mister Prince, there is no lady to be freed this time ...  (click on picture for high...

Fallen to influence

During the next to last day of our 80 weeks trip around the world, I suddenly found myself shooting at F16 and a speed of...
During the next to last day of our 80 weeks trip around the world, I suddenly found myself shooting at F16 and a speed of 1/8th for the first time. For someone that basically shoots only at large apertures and high speed, what could then have happened? Influence. I fell to influence. Indeed, I had just discovered a wonderful picture by Raghu Rai at the Mumbai train station. I found it reproduced so well the atmosphere of this extraordinary place that I could not help trying a similar effect when I got in the building.  Bad or good ? I...

The train that would never come

You might think that taking pictures of two kids walking on a train track is quite inconscious. You are probably right but this Swiss Alps...
You might think that taking pictures of two kids walking on a train track is quite inconscious. You are probably right but this Swiss Alps line is currently closed as rocks fell on the tracks a few weeks ago. The two kids happen to be my nephews who always wished to appear on this blog. I guess this was the perfect opportunity.  (click on picture for high res) Leica M9 with 35mm Summicron IV at F2.8, 1/4000, ISO160

The way to ultimate love

Only a few steps of the ultimate symbol of love, some stay stuck behind barbed wires. (click on picture for high res) As started a...
Only a few steps of the ultimate symbol of love, some stay stuck behind barbed wires. (click on picture for high res) As started a couple of weeks ago, I'll keep on posting a few technical comments on the pictures.  Today's illustrates the risk of playing too much with shallow depth of field. Indeed, the wall is slightly of focus, so is the Taj Mahal. In this case, the blur does not really bring anything to the picture, therefore a smaller aperture would probably have been better. Shallow depth of field must be used wisely as blur is not always...