Gig’em Aggies !

Apart from street photography, my other big passion is American Football (yes I know, this is kind of odd). Every Autumn, I stay up very...
Apart from street photography, my other big passion is American Football (yes I know, this is kind of odd). Every Autumn, I stay up very late at night to watch my favorite team's games. And after almost 13 years of suffering, tonight was finally a night to remember forever. Though the team colors aren't quite right, this picture illustrates my high spirits right now, in a Paris way of course. Gig'em Aggies !  Leica M9 with 35mm Lux Asph at F1.4, 1/4000, ISO80

The chessmen dance

On the shores of Lake Geneva, a little clever mind thought that chessmen should join in a round dance rather than fight each other. (click...
On the shores of Lake Geneva, a little clever mind thought that chessmen should join in a round dance rather than fight each other. (click on picture for high res) Leica X1 at 36mm, F5.6, 1/250, ISO100

Elections over – finally !

After the massive media coverage of an election taking place so far away, can we finally get our local newspapers covers back ? Well, as...
After the massive media coverage of an election taking place so far away, can we finally get our local newspapers covers back ? Well, as we say in French :  "Si tu veux boire de la bonne eau, va à la bonne fontaine"  - if you want to drink good water, then head for the good fountain. Whatever that is supposed to mean ... (click on picture for high res) Leica M9 with 50mm Summicron at F2.0, 1/1000, ISO160

Indecision

Red, white, or subtly between the two ? A clear line separates the intentions of the corteous lover from the impetuous one.  (click on picture...
Red, white, or subtly between the two ? A clear line separates the intentions of the corteous lover from the impetuous one.  (click on picture for high res) Leica M9 with 50mm Summicron at F2.8, 1/4000, ISO160

A digital contact sheet : Santa is back to work

"Contact sheets unveil the story of what went into a photograph. Was it the outcome of what a photographer had in mind from the outset?...
"Contact sheets unveil the story of what went into a photograph. Was it the outcome of what a photographer had in mind from the outset? Did it emerge from a diligently worked sequence? Was the right shot a matter of being in the right place at the right time? Here, for the first time, are the best contact sheets created by Magnum photographers. They reveal the creative methods, strategies, and editing processes used by some of the acknowledged greats of photography..."             Description of the amazing Magnum Contact Sheets book by Amazon With that in mind, I thought I would...

Weekly poll #6 : Which street photography book would you take on a trip ?

Imagine you are about to be sent on a business trip to Kazakhstan for a month. Due to luggage restrictions, you are allowed to grab...
Imagine you are about to be sent on a business trip to Kazakhstan for a month. Due to luggage restrictions, you are allowed to grab only one book, which of these would it be ?  (as usual, feel free to explain why in the comments section) As for last week's poll  "Do you shoot street photography mainly in colors or B&W?" (206 votes), it resulted overall in a perfect 50-50 split. I think this is a great news for the multiplicity of creative approaches in street photography.

Job conditioning

In the Luxemburg Garden, it is ok for waiters to take a break for a quick call. But trays might never be left aside.  (click...
In the Luxemburg Garden, it is ok for waiters to take a break for a quick call. But trays might never be left aside.  (click on picture for high res) Leica M9 with 50mm Summicron at F2.8, 1/500, ISO160

Notre Dame lovers

Was Quasimodo the Hunchback looking with envy from one of the towers ?  (click on picture for high res) Leica M9 with 50mm Summicron at...
Was Quasimodo the Hunchback looking with envy from one of the towers ?  (click on picture for high res) Leica M9 with 50mm Summicron at F4.0, 1/350, ISO160

The dream wedding

Paris, a sunny day, a beautiful dress, a great vintage car and a photo shoot by the Seine River. What more could a bride dream...
Paris, a sunny day, a beautiful dress, a great vintage car and a photo shoot by the Seine River. What more could a bride dream of ? A husband that does not ruin her pictures ? (click on picture for high res) Leica M9 with 50mm Summicron at F2.8, 1/4000, ISO160

7 common beginners mistakes in street photography

I often get emails from readers who are new to street photography and ask for an opinion on their work. While the level might vary...
I often get emails from readers who are new to street photography and ask for an opinion on their work. While the level might vary from one to the other, I have noticed certain trends in the mistakes most commonly found in their pictures. I thought I would list them to help beginners forge themselves a first opinion on their work. This being said, if you are a seasoned street photographer, a routine check up can never hurt. Note : all the lousy pictures below were taken in my first 6 months shooting street photography. I) You are not close...