About me

photo Mike Elek

My name is Yann, I am a Breton (i.e. a Celt), and I was born and I live in Paris, France, after spending quite some time in England and roaming the world for business. I grew a passion for Art ever since childhood and I have been practising watercolour painting and drawing since the early 1980s.

I have also practised photography since the early 1980s, beginning with a Foca Sport II (an old 1960s French-made camera with a beautiful Angenieux fixed lens). I then practised on a more advanced Canon AE1 Program (from 1981 onwards), and I learned the Art of development in the dark room all by myself, focusing on black & white.

photo KenRockwell.com
photo KenRockwell.com

In 1996, I discovered digital photography – being an Internet pioneer – with one of Canon‘s first digital cameras brought by one of my Unisys colleagues direct from Japan: Canon’s Powershot 600.

It was using bespoke proprietary tiny floppy disks. The quality was terrific considering the date, and it took digital cameras a long time to catch up with those ancient wonders (half a million pixels overall, but the quality was excellent; maybe the built-in lens did it).

I then purchased a Kodak and wasn’t impressed with it, and I went on to use quite a few bridge format cameras from Olympus and a pocket Fuji camera until I purchased a decent DSLR camera by Sony (née Minolta) in 2007. I then decided to pawn my Sony Alpha 100 in 2011 for the amazing Nikon D7000, a mid-level SLR camera which provides really good shots for a very decent price.

Photo Ken Rockwell
Photo Ken Rockwell

In December 2012, I exchanged my Nikon D7000 for a brand new Nikon D600, a full-frame SLR camera very similar to the D7000 and more affordable than the top-end Nikon D800.

A few years later I bought the D810, a 36 MP beast. It’s a great camera, almost a medium format full frame job. Its precision and quality are absolutely amazing as in this shot of a sunflower taken last summer in the Ariège.

sunflower
click the sunflower to enlarge and you will be able to view all the details (spot that dew on the flower seeds right there in the middle)

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