My Paris Photo of the Day

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Neutral Density Filters

A Neutral Density Filter (ND filter) is a round piece of dark glass that you can screw on to your lens to limit the amount of light that gets to the sensor so you can use a larger aperture or a longer exposure.

websters falls revisited

Photo by: Paul Bica | License: Attribution 2.0 Generic

In the end it means you get to make pretty blurs in the daytime like in this photo above.

I was looking for a ND filter for my Minolta lens of 49mm diameter and I couldn’t find any shops that posted to France for a reasonable price. All of them asked for almost the price of the filter to send it so that would double the price.
So, I have to wait to get the ND filter I want. *sad face*

In the meantime I read this cool article about creating your own with two polarizing filters and I’m going to try it out. I just ordered the filters on ebay and now I’m crossing my fingers that the french mail doesn’t screw this one up. I’m sure it will be fine.

I’ll keep you posted about this experiment. Can’t wait to try it!

Here is one more great photo that uses a ND filter:

Fire Island Lifeguards

Photo by: annabelleny | License: Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 2.0 Generic
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Beautiful Landscape Photography by Martin Sojka

Slovak photographer Martin Sojka travels all over the world and takes amazing photos. I like the dream like quality of his work. He brings out the beauty of a place with the light he captures. Check out some of his beautiful and inspiring landscape photographs.

Hot Air Balloons Flying over Bagan during Sunrise ~ Myanmar (Burma)

Burma

Far Away ~ Socotra Island, Yemen

Yemen

Winter Symmetry in the Cold Morning ~ Liptov, Slovakia

Slovakia

Nomad Camp ~ Ladakh, India

India

Idyllic Morning ~ Horehronie, Slovakia

Slovakia
All photos by: Martin Sojka | License: Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 2.0 Generic
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Breaking the Rule of Thirds – Friday’s Pictures

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 Breaking the Rule of Thirds.
The rule of thirds is one of the first things you became aware as a young photographer or visual artist. It’s a rule that helps you in the composition of your pictures to make them instantly more pleasing to the eye by arranging the elements of the picture along some of the four lines, instead of just centering the subject.
This picture ilustrates this concept very well:

Rule of Thirds

Photo by: Moondigger | License: Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 2.5 Generic

You can read more about it in this Wikipedia article.

These next photos, although not abandoning altogether the concept of rule of thirds, are great examples of beautiful pictures that somewhat break the rule. Enjoy!

Forever Texas

Photo by: John Mueller | License: Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 2.0 Generic

bay bridge across troubled waters

Photo by: Darwin Bell | License: Attribution 2.0 Generic

IN DESERT

Photo by: A. RB | License: Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 2.0 Generic

El Porto, California

Photo by: Pedro Szekely | License: Attribution-ShareAlike 2.0 Generic
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Weekend in Belgium

One of the great things of living in Paris is the fact that you feel that Europe is your playground. Because Paris is in the middle of the EU you can just drive to very cool places in three or four hours.
This time we went for a little drive to meet our friend I. in Belgium. Although it was raining relentlessly and the sky was cloudy and I had to cover my camera because of the humidity it was a great weekend and I got some cool photos. Not as much as I hoped for but still, great weekend.

#136 - Gent, Belgium

in Gent, Belgium

The first two photos were taken in Gent, which is in the Flemish part of Belgium. To the untrained eye it almost looks like the Netherlands.

#137 - Mons, Belgium

Mons, Belgium

The next day I snapped some photos in Mons which is in the Walloon part of Belgium.
Belgium is a weird and fascinating place, I tell you what!

Mons, Belgium

** I’m having a hard time with the auto focus on my camera. I need to do some tests to see if the problem is in the camera or in the old 50mm lens. Rats! I really like my old lens… I hope I can fix this soon. **

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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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