Monthly Archives: July 2011

My Paris Photo of the Day

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I like the way the passerby just mashed with the background. I chose to use a high contrast black and white to give it a more “street” feel.

This was taken in Place de la Bastille in the beginning of Boulevard Richard Lenoir.

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My Paris Photo of the Day

Strangers in the Metro

I love the metro because it always gives wonderful opportunities to be creative and see things in a different way. By using the ever changing publicity posters and the movement of the train I try to capture the banal in a new point of view.

This little girl was restless. The metro was taking too long to get to her destination and she was looking everywhere for entertainment. She was a bit bored.

This photo is part of my “Strangers in the Metro” series. You can see all the photos here.

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Musée des Arts et Métiers de Paris

Musée des Arts et Métiers

Kodak Instamatic 333X and old case of photographic chemicals


Paris has many museums. Everyone knows about the Louvre and the Musée d’Orsay. Some are less known but well worth the visit. Case in point, the Musée des Arts et Métiers*.
I always wanted to go but I’ve postpone it until a few weeks ago. I love it! I’m going back, for sure.
The museum is huge and it has all kinds of instruments and techniques represented. Walking around you can see old computers, space instruments, how the Statue of Liberty was made, railway paraphernalia and lots more. I was delighted to see the old photography section. They have dozens of cameras, some of them very inventive others very weird like the classic neck tie with the camera pin and the camera shotgun.

Musée des Arts et Métiers

Neck tie with camera pin, several old cameras and the camera shotgun


If you are in Paris and enjoy old technology, lose yourself in this wonderful world for an afternoon and you will be happy as a clam.

Musée des Arts et Métiers

Wrist watch camera and other mini cameras


Musée des Arts et Métiers

Pocket watch camera and mini box cameras.


Musée des Arts et Métiers

Chemicals to make photographs

*Museum of Arts and Crafts
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My Paris Photo of the Day

Sequins in Paris

I love the way reflections work so well on giving us a surreal feeling. Normal everyday life can look shiny and bright though a reflection.

Have a great week!

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Friday’s Pictures – Foggy Landscape

Friday’s Pictures is a recurring topic that features excellent photos by several photo artists and it revolves around a theme each week.

This week the theme is Foggy Landscape. It’s summer now and the heat is making me crave colder scenery. Take a look at these beautiful photos and dream for a moment of a perfect foggy day.

The Deeper I Go, The More Knowledge I Know

Photo by: Thomas Hawk | License: Attribution-NonCommercial 2.0 Generic (CC BY-NC 2.0)

Beautiful picture of a California beach. I love the monotone colors and the subtle layers.

Quiet foggy day on the parkway

Photo by: Captjn | License: Attribution-NonCommercial 2.0 Generic (CC BY-NC 2.0)

Wonderful photo. Love the warm tones and the way the road guides your eyes to the fog.

london calling

Photo by: greenhem | License: Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 2.0 Generic (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)

Classic winter landscape with naked trees and a cold monotone light. Amazing pic.

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Motion Blur – How to

This is a recurring topic where I pick a photo from the Creative Commons library and feature it as Creative Commons of the Week.

Golden Zephyr

Photo by: Joe Penniston | License: Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 2.0 Generic (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)

Great crisp photo of an object in motion.

As I talked about it in the comments of a previous post, you can achieve this sense of moving through space by following the subject’s motion with your camera while pressing the shutter button. It is called panning.

In this case the photographer shot it with a somewhat long exposure (1/20) and small aperture (f 25).
To do your own motion photos you will have to try different settings, depending on the time of day (light) and speed of the object but you can start by setting your camera for shutter priority (which is the “S” on your camera mode dialer) and set it to 1/30 or less. In the shutter priority mode your camera will “force” the aperture to give you enough light to make a well exposed picture. Sometimes this doesn’t work and you will have to try different settings. To do this switch the camera mode dial to manual (“M”) and try different apertures with the same slow shutter speed until you get the perfect exposure.

I find it helpful to experiment this technique in the side of a road where cars pass by. You will not have lack of moving subjects that way.

This is one of the first basic lessons I’ve learned that helped me understand how my camera works and how to take better photos with it.

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Paris’ Little Secrets

Statue of Liberty Replica

#116 - Statue of Liberty Replica

The Île aux Cygnes (Isle of the Swans) is an small artificial island in the river Seine between the 15th and 16th arrondissements. In it you find a one-fourth scale replica of the Statue of Liberty given to the city by the Parisian community living in the USA. It was inaugurated in 1889 and it’s facing New York’s own Statue of Liberty. I mentioned it here.

Every time I ride the train I see this statue and I was curious to see it up close.
It is worth it. The little isle is a nice leisurely walk and a new way to look at the city. It has a tree-lined walkway called Allée des Cygnes and it has some benches where you can have a picnic or enjoy a leisurely summer afternoon in the shade.


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Using wide angle lens – Creative Commons of the Week

This is a recurring topic where I pick a photo from the Creative Commons library and feature it as Creative Commons of the Week.

Photo by: Evan Finn | License: Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 2.0 Generic (CC BY-NC-SA 2.0)

I love the composition of this picture. The photographer took advantage of the huge distortion his wide angle lens would do to the photo and captured a perfect snapshot of a day at the festival.
The distortion gives it a “house of mirrors” effect and the Ferris wheel and food booths along with the girl’s smile makes me think of those childhood fun summer days.

The wide angle lens gives you the ability to take a photograph that visually includes more space than your eyes naturally do. For instance, if you close one eye and do a circle with your two hands and peek through them you will see the effect of a 50 mm lens in a regular film camera. A wide lens is usually a lens marked less than 35 mm. In the case of this picture, the photographer used a 10-24mm lens which is a very wide lens.
By giving you “more picture”, so to speak, it has to distort it around the edges so it all fits in a rectangle.

You can learn more about wide angle lens in Wikipedia.

Extreme wide angle lens are called fisheye lens and you can read more about it here but that’s a whole new can of worms.

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Photo Dudette “Call for Papers”

Are you interested in participating on PhotoDudette.com?

Would you like to see your photos featured in the site, write a guest post or maybe give an interview?

You can write me an e-mail or join the new Photo Dudette Flickr Group and submit your photos.

We are interested in your great photos, interviews with you – the photographer, guest posts and much more.

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Flying Horses

carrousel horses in Paris

carrousel horses in Paris

carrousel horses in Paris

I love the carousels in Paris. They are such a constant presence in the city. Everywhere you look you see one and it’s almost reassuring that the Summer is here and you are going to have a great time.

This one is located at the bottom of Montmartre right at the beginning of rue Steinkerque. The dramatic poses of the horses’ are striking. I find amazing how colorful they are and how scared they look. Such a contrast in concept leaves me quite melancholic.

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