Surprise Surprise

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Last night’s photo challenge was about surprise or macro photography or both, I’m not sure. I chose macro photos with incredibly shallow depth of field. As Spring is back we’ll soon be able to take more. Each of these photos show incredible amounts of detail and often, the odd insect, extremely tiny even though they look huge on the photo because of the macro lens.

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Security

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Tonight’s a sad night in Stockholm, and as Krista’s theme for the Friday challenge is ‘security‘, it was hard for me not to change the subject to another meaning of that word. So I know I’m off topic here, but I can’t help it.

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Last December in Antibes, a stone’s throw from Nice, I spotted that installation in a window. Obviously somebody who had had to suffer from the deadly July attacks. Very sad.

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Putting people behind bars isn’t always the answer. It doesn’t always work.

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Neither does force. Even though it might still protect us most of the time and give us a sense of security.

At best, we can put our blinkers on and keep working. This is what we’ve been doing here for 3 years.

Dense Crowds in the Chinese Quarter

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The Paris Chinese Year pageant takes place every year. This year, the Chinese New Year was on February 5. Instead of focusing on the pageant itself I zoomed in on the dense crowd this time and I found that the best part of the show was there, behind the barrier tape. One of the onlookers didn’t like me that much and she cast me a very stern look.

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Among the dense crowds one could also find moments of tenderness. The only difficulty was to zoom in through the throng.

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A tiltshift of the crowd taken at arms’ length.

Meet Sergio Pomodoro

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Meet Sergio Pomodoro (not his real name), an Italian chap I met at a meet up yesterday afternoon. We were sitting on the ground, trying to catch our breaths after an exhausting tour of artists’ workshop in Paris 6th district and he spotted my camera. So he asked whether I could take a mugshot of him for his Meet up and Facebook pages. It was very sunny yesterday and he was quite taken aback when I asked him to pose in the shade in front of a nondescript wall. Of course, shooting portraits in full sunshine will result in ugly shadows, that’s the reason why. Oh by the way, he is into hard rock concerts, but I believe you have guessed as much.

A Bit Of Greenery

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Today’s challenge is “green”. That’s an easy subject in a country where it rains so much, even though today, the sun is shining bright. Above the Auteuil greenhouses. This palm tree doesn’t need much water though.  

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Gerberoy, West of the Paris region, on the fringe of Normandy, water is plentiful. How could the grass be greener?

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Gerberoy again. Ivy everywhere. 

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There’s nothing like complementary colours like these. Geberoy again.