Chinese New Year Selfie

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Selfies are flavour of the month. Even at the Chinese New Year pageant in Paris and even though one should be looking and smiling at the crowd. Narcissism knows no boundaries. February 2015.

The Vintage Camera Lover

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Spotted today at the 2015 Chinese New Year Pageant, this vintage camera lover who didn’t hesitate to bring a fixed lens and old-style bellows camera amid the crowd. Not sure about the position of her fingers right in front of the lens, with a non SLR camera (hence, she can’t see her fingers but the lens will!) Reminds me of my old Foca Sport II, a 1960s camera I used to carry around with me all the time. I loved the way you had to manually tune your shoots from A to Z including the manual exposure meter (which looked a bit like this). Not sure about her measure of light and exposure in this shot either. Having said that, most of my shots are tuned manually (except today because it was too crowded and one had to shoot over people’s heads if one wanted to see something so I resorted to semi manual with a bit of autofocus in auto mode and I still don’t like it because it’s all over the place).

The Rule of Thirds, The Ant and the Friday Photo Challenge

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This week’s photo challenge is about the rule of thirds. And as the original post for the challenge was about Bokeh I chose that photo of an ant taken with the classic Nikon 105mm/f2:8 Micro lens. I don’t know about you, but I enjoy these challenges more and more! Many thanks to the Dailypost blog for creating these challenges.

Original Daily Post Rule of Thirds post click here 

Symmetry ( Weekly Photo Challenge )

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This week’s Weekly Photo Challenge is symmetry. Symmetry, in fact doesn’t really exist, but I find that photos based on that topic work best when they aren’t perfectly symmetric and slightly flawed. Thanks to the Dailypost WordPress blog for challenging us on such interesting subjects every week.

Photo1: staircase

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Photo 2: St Jean railway station in Bordeaux, France 

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Photo 3: Louis Vuitton foundation, Eliasson’s installation

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Photo 4: glass ceiling at the Aria Hotel in Prague

Vintage Car Exhibition (2)

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More radiator caps from the “retromobile” vintage car exhibition in Paris. February 2015.

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Vintage Car exhibition (1)

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Taken at “Retromobile 2015” the vintage car exhibition in Paris last Sunday. This radiator cap is a superb 1922 René Lalique Crystal job entitled “Victoire”.

Scale: Schütte’s Mann in Matsch

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As this week’s post challenge is about scale I chose this shot of a visitor at the Louis Vuitton Foundation in Paris in front of Thomas Schütte’s 2009 “Mann in Matsch” (Man In Mud). My main question about that statue wasn’t about its meaning. I tried to figure out how they managed to fit it in such a room whereas all the entrances were so small no such statue would have been able to get through. I suppose Schütte must have assembled his statue puzzle-like and that they have re-assembled it in the gallery. 

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